Archives - July 2011
Grino | July 11, 2011
Grino | July 1, 2011
Vancouver—In just one week, the Vancouver Orphan Kitten Rescue Association (VOKRA) saved over 100 cats and kittens from locations throughout the Lower Mainland. The animals are now in the care of VOKRA, which has been overwhelmed by the sudden influx of rescues and is desperately seeking foster homes, adopters, and donations for the animals.
“In one day, we took about 40 surrendered cats from a single home, including five mothers with kittens and two other litters without moms,” says Karen Duncan, president of VOKRA. “We know kitten season starts in spring every year, but we weren’t prepared for all these cats right now. They are an enormous strain on our already limited resources, and we urgently need donations to pay their vet bills. We also need suitable foster homes and adopters.”
The rescued cats—most of whom are kittens, pregnant cats, and nursing mothers with young kittens, which is VOKRA’s mandate—were abandoned, surrendered from homes, or trapped from feral colonies in Vancouver, Burnaby, Surrey, and White Rock. VOKRA took in 208 cats this month, which is a 24% increase compared to June 2010.
“It’s really hard to hear the stories of where these cats come from,” says Michele Carrington, foster coordinator for VOKRA. “I met a woman who said her daughter heard a little cry and found two very young two-week old kittens in a paper bag in a dumpster in Yaletown. Their eyes weren’t even open yet. She took them home and fed them with an eye dropper until their eyes opened. Because they needed bottle feeding, VOKRA took them in.”
The health of all rescued cats and kittens are assessed; many are past due for being spayed or neutered and booked into a vet right away, and some have serious illnesses or medical problems that often require hundreds of dollars worth of treatment. VOKRA needs immediate foster homes and financial support to get these cats and kittens examined and cared for, so they can be ready for adoption.
“We recognize the tremendous support we have received from the community in the past,” says Duncan . “Unfortunately, there were many cat situations in the Lower Mainland that got out of hand at the same time, and now we need extra help to alleviate the problem.”
Please make a donation, become a foster, or adopt a cat!
To view photos of one mom cat and her newborns, go to our Facebook album: