Archives - May 2012
Grino | May 30, 2012
Read full story here: http://blogs.canada.com/2012/05/29/kittens/
While on assignment at “Snakehead Pond” on Monday, I met Maria Soroski, a volunteer cat trapper who works with the Vancouver Orphan Kitten Rescue Association. Maria is the same woman who saved a cat and her litter of kittens from a construction site at Metropolis at Metrotown. (click her to read the story) Those kittens are still not ready for adoption, but Maria said they’ve had a few applicants express interest.
These kittens, however, were found at a Surrey farm and brought to VOKRA by animal control. She is fostering them and has to bottle feed them periodically. They just started to open their eyes, so it will be a while before they are ready for adoption.
Maria let me hold the kittens and feed on of them. They were mewing and nuzzling my sweater – too cute!
Grino | May 28, 2012
Wex, a beautiful flame point Siamese with big blue eyes was found at Forest Lawn Cemetery by VOKRA volunteers last week, confused and alone. He seemed very lost, and with no microchip, or tag on his collar, chances to reunite him with whomever he had belonged with were slim. Luckily, volunteers remembered a lost kitty ad they had come across almost a month ago, so while Wex got some love and food at VOKRA headquarters, VOKRA volunteers searched online lost ads, and eventually found Wex when they searched “BLUE EYES” for his stunning baby blues.
Wex had been missing since April 29th, suspected stolen from a local doggy daycare. The daycare was over 15 km away at Main and 3rd in Vancouver, but this was definitely the kitty. The family’s plea read:
“Please return him to us! He is our mascot, chief mouse catcher and loves throwing things off tables & desks to get attention. Please email or call if you have seen him in the Mount Pleasant or False Creek area! White cat blue eyes! Very cheeky and loves lots of hugs and sleeping on your head. We miss him so much! Please return him if you took him!”
Wex has been reunited with his family, and is one happy cat!
Grino | May 20, 2012
My name is Prince. And I am funky. Well, make that fuzzy...
This big, regal guy is the King of Cuddling. He will crawl up into your lap and plant himself there for your petting pleasure or stretch out alongside you while you're lying down, but he's also happy to simply curl up near you on the couch and have a nap. He really just wants to be around you and know that you're there. He also loves to be held in your arms on his back like a baby so that he can look adoringly into your eyes--while you pet him, of course.
This cat's heart is as big as his giant paws, his great big head, his huge tail...okay, he's a big dude. He's not overweight at all; he's tall, dark and handsome. And he's looking for someone with some big love to give.
Don't let his distinguished white whiskers and white ear fur that looks like greying temples (we've dubbed him the Victor Newman of cats) fool you. He's crazy for catnip and is way more playful than you'd imagine for a guy his size. He loves chasing toys and diving in and out of his play tunnel like he's in training for...um...some kind of event that involves jumping quickly through tunnels then drinking water out of a bowl with your paw.
He was obviously someone's much loved cat at one point. We don't know if he was abandoned or got lost but he clearly spent a long time alone, trying to fend for himself. He was found taking shelter from the cold behind an apartment building, rail thin, starved almost to death and very ill. VOKRA nursed him back to health and watched him grow in size and in strength. He's made an incredible recovery that no one expected. We know he will continue to thrive when we find him the perfect forever home where he will get the love and attention he so deserves.
Prince hates other cats and is very territorial so must be the only cat in your home. Depending on their age and temperament, he may be okay with older kids who would like to play with him but not annoy his royal majesty. He's had a rough go of it and his health will need to be monitored in the years to come but through it all he continues to be loving and trusting of humans. One of his most adorable habits is when he reaches out one of his big paws to touch your arm or leg for a while, as if to just be sure of you. Prince deserves somebody he can be sure of, for always. Could it be you?
Grino | May 17, 2012
An animal rescue group saved a cat and her litter of kittens from a Metrotown-area construction site in Burnaby last weekend.
Metrotown security called the Vancouver Orphan Kitten Rescue Association (VOKRA) on Friday about the cats because they kept triggering the site's security alarm at night.
"The momma cat was being a good mother and found a safe haven away from Vancouver's huge coyote population," said Maria Sorosky, a cat trapper with the association. "But a construction site is still a dangerous place for kittens. It's lucky the kind people who work there found them."
The construction site was heavily protected by high, locked wooden fences, so it is unclear as to how the pregnant cat found her way in. "It's sad that in the malls across Canada and North America there are pet stores that have their kittens shipped in from kitten mills, while out here outside there are homeless cats and kittens left unwanted and alone," Sorosky said in a press release.
Sorosk[i] set a trap Friday and was in possession of the mother cat by Saturday. Sorosky suspects the cat was not feral and had belonged to someone as she was rather trusting.
"She was obviously someone's pet who had been lost or abandoned and had not been spayed," she said.
The kittens, however, were lured and caught by staff at the site, who played with them until Sorosk[i] returned.
The association is taking care of the mother cat, who will be spayed, and her litter as they await adoption. One kitten has already been adopted by a Metrotown staff member, who was involved in tracking the felines.
"It is important we educate the public to always spay or neuter their pets," said Karen Duncan, founder of VOKRA. "It is also imperative to avoid supporting the inhumane practice of kitten mills and always adopt. Never buy from a pet store unless you know exactly where their kittens come from."
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Grino | May 15, 2012
Happy Birthday to VOKRA President and Co Founder, Karen Duncan.
Karen has dedicated over 12 Years to VOKRA and many more years to
Volunteer Cat Rescue.
Have a Great Day, Karen!
Grino | May 8, 2012
My brother and I adopted Noelle on Saturday from the North Vanc Petsmart VOKRA adoption day, on behalf of our parents. I just wanted to let you know that it is going fantastic! We have renamed her Allie, and she is completely happy and feeling at home. She slept on my mum's bed last night, snuggled right up next to her and is playing and eating up a storm today. I've attached a couple of pictures of her enjoying her new life.
A big thank you to Wendy for being such a wonderful foster mum. It must have been hard to give up such an adorable kitty, but rest assured, she is going to be living in the lap of luxury and will know nothing but kindness and love all of her days. When the time comes that our parents can no longer be good kitty-parents, then my brother will welcome Allie into his home. No one loves cats more than Larry and she will be seeing him almost every day until then, so it won't be a difficult transition.
Having this kitty is giving my parents a will to go on, and a reason to get up every morning. We can't overestimate what this means to their well being and health.