From a VOKRA Adopter


When I adopted my three kittens - Clea, Oreo, and Coal (who's above) - nearly a year ago, they had been recently rescued by VOKRA. They were only three out of over 1,400 abandoned kittens and adult cats that VOKRA saved in 2009 from starvation, disease, and misery.

Since they came into my life, I've become acutely aware of the terrible situation that has been going on for decades in Vancouver, the Lower Mainland, throughout North America. Cats and kittens are abandoned and LEFT TO DIE!! I've heard stories of kittens being found in dumpsters, tossed out of a car window, or left in a box by the side of the highway. It is incredibly heartbreaking.

During the last year, I've also learned more about VOKRA and the profound work they do. They have inspired me so much that I volunteer with them. I'm doing some small things now, but hopefully I will be able to do more.

Last week, I was at a VOKRA foster house and saw two new mom cats nursing their litters. One had 5 newborns and the other had 9. (Yes, that's more than she can feed at one time!) Moms and babies need a lot of care before they all can be adopted out. VOKRA is providing that care. And VOKRA will need to pay for that care.

A visit to the vet for a healthy cat can cost anywhere from $50 to $200. Now think about an abandoned cat who has been exposed to a dirty, outdoor environment, and is probably underfed and dehydrated. Who takes him to the vet and pays all the medical costs? If he's fortunate enough to be found by VOKRA, then VOKRA takes him to the vet and pays the bills. And when other abandoned cats are found by or brought to VOKRA (and many, many are), then those bills get expensive.

The reality is that VOKRA is run entirely by volunteers and relies on adoption fees and donations to pay for food, litter, and medical costs for over a thousand cats each year. Monthly expenses average over $25,000. And they need your help. So, please donate in any way you can, so that VOKRA can keep saving kittens and cats like mine.


VOKRA Adopter and Volunteer

Watch Clea, Oreo & Coal, Happy VOKRA kitties:

Posted by dsheldon on August 17, 2010 @ 12:00 AM

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