Archives - March 2012

Cee-lo's Cries for Help

Grino | March 13, 2012

Cee-lo’s Story of surviving an animal attack & having his cries for help ignored

By Ellen

If Cee-lo’s story doesn’t make you tear up even just a little, nothing will. **GRAPHIC CONTENT**

This big, long-haired, little guy was wandering around near Commercial Drive for days, a giant, infected gash on the left side of his face where he had been viciously attacked by an animal. Although he continued to cry out in pain and distress, no one dared to approach him. Luckily, as soon as VOKRA was alerted to him, he was trapped and taken to the vet, where he underwent surgery, and received stitches to the side of his face. Currently, Cee-lo is recuperating from everything he’s been through, and eagerly enjoying all the goat’s milk, treats, and attention that he can get. He is certainly a brave little guy, on the road not only to recovery, but a brand new, happy life, and a brand new mane to boot!

Cee-Lo has tested FIV positive. He will be enjoying a long, healthy, easy going life with our Friends at Katie's Place.

Please help VOKRA with Cee-lo’s Vet bills. It is only with your support that VOKRA can continue to help Cats in need in the Greater Vancouver Area.

Every little bit helps:

Hamish: Garbage Dump Cat

Grino | March 13, 2012

Hamish: Garbage Dump Cat

At only a few years of age, Hamish has already had more than his fair share of adventures, living a life that most of us would find unimaginable at a garbage dump in Terrace, BC. Rescued by Northern Animal Rescue Alliance, Hamish was flown into Vancouver last week so that he could receive the care and attention from VOKRA that he so urgently required. Hamish spent his formative years scrounging for food in a literal wasteland, and hiding in a little den from what must have been the unbearable cold and snow of the northern climate, where temperatures can easily fall below minus twenty degrees. It is nothing short of a miracle that this brave little boy was able to survive by himself for so long!

Can you spot Hamish in this picture? This was his home.

After weeks of unsuccessful trapping attempts by Northern Animal Rescue Alliance, Hamish strolled right up to a rescue worker, ate the food she had for him, and allowed her to pick him up and put him in a crate- it’s safe to say Hamish was ready for a new life! Having endured such hardship,ears frostbitten, Hamish was quick to enjoy the fresh food and water given to him. Hamish was very badly matted and had to be shaved. Happily, he also appeared to have no major health issues. Despite having lived on his own for most of his life, Hamish is a friendly cat, part flame-point with gorgeous blue eyes that are adorabley slightly crossed! He has adapted easily to the newfound care and attention that he has received from VOKRA. He also currently has a lot to say- wouldn't you?

Haimish is being adopted by his foster home..they love him!

Please help VOKRA help Hamish with your donations. It’s easy and we are a registered charity so you will receive a tax receipt:

-By Ellen

Recently, Katie's Place and VOKRA have come together to help Surrey cats. This is a very special story of one of those rescues.

One post on Facebook by a VOKRA volunteer saved the life of frightened Little Joe (AKA Oakley), a sweet gray kitty from Surrey who was found stuck 60 feet up in a tree, for an estimated five days. Volunteers arrived at the tree last weekend same evening of the post to check on the cat, but unfortunately it was too dark to rescue. The next morning a whole team of volunteers from VOKRA, Katie's Place, and the generous rescuers at Cassandra's Tree Service from Maple Ridge came together to scale the tree, rescue Little Joe, and place him in a loving foster home. He will be ready to adopt soon from Katie's Place!

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Huge thanks to Cassandra's Tree Service: 604-463-3245

All these folks turned out to help. This is around 7 am! VOKRA volunteers had only heard about the cat's plight around 5:30 pm the night before. Katie's Place stepped in, found Cassandra's Tree Service to help and sponsoured Little Joe's (AKA Oakley's) rescue!

Here are Katie's Place and VOKRA volunteers early in the morning, waiting for Cassandra's Tree Service! Staying dry : )

Joe, from Cassandra's Tree Service in Maple Ridge, is sizing up the tree. In the Daylight, volunteers realized that the cat was 60 ft up - not 30 ft as thought!

Can you see Joe way up there?

Look at that tail!! Or is it?

Little Joe made no fuss. He knew Volunteers were there to help.

A little camera shy.

Joe from Cassandra's Tree Service in Maple Ridge - Our hero!

Little Joe has a new name, Oakley, and is now happy and healthy! He is currently being fostered and will be ready for adoption soon. He is a very affectionate. loving cat.

Both VOKRA and Katie's Place are 100% non-profit, volunteer run.

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