Media Release


September 9, 2010

For immediate release

A different kind of cat walk

Vancouver – Cats (and their owners) will be strutting their stuff on Saturday, September 11 for the first annual Walk for the Kitties, a fundraiser supporting the Vancouver Orphan Kitten Rescue Organization (VOKRA).

VOKRA is a no-kill, non-profit organization dedicated to the rescue of cats in the Lower Mainland. In 2009, more than 1,400 abandoned kittens and adult cats were saved from starvation, disease, and misery.

“It’s heartbreaking that these are all homeless or unwanted cats,” says Karen Duncan, VOKRA president. “We provide safe homes and high-quality care for the majority of these cats before they are adopted out. For the feral cats, we have a trap-neuter-return program.”

Run entirely by volunteers, VOKRA relies on adoption fees and donations to pay for food, litter, and medical costs for over a thousand cats each year. Numbers nearly doubled in 2009, and in 2010 VOKRA is just as busy. Expenses average over $25,000 per month.

“We’ve had just as many cats come through our door this year as last year, and we’re expecting more,” continues Duncan. “The reality is that we’re still paying our vet costs from last year, so the Walk for the Kitties fundraiser is really important for us to continue the work we do."

Duncan recalls one of the first kittens rescued by VOKRA many years ago. Bunny fought all the odds when she was young—seizures, not being able to walk or see, on the verge of not making it. Through treatment, care, and lots of love, Bunny survived and is now a healthy 9-year-old cat who was adopted by Duncan herself.

Bunny, VOKRA's mascot

”Looking at Bunny each day reminds me why we put our heart and soul into this rescue,” says Duncan. “So many kittens and cats would not have happy endings if we had not become involved in their lives. We hope our generous supporters and people everywhere will come out for the walk. Bring a friend, or four!”

The 5km Walk for the Kitties starts at the Jericho Sailing Centre in Kitsilano. The Family Fun Fair, which goes until 5pm, begins after the walk and includes games, contests, face painting, raffles, food, and music.

Join VOKRA at the Walk for the Kitties or donate online at, and help one more kitten have a safe and happy life!

Date: Saturday, September 11

Time: 10 am to 5 pm (Walk Registration at 9 am)

Location: Jericho Sailing Centre, 1300 Discovery St in Kitsilano

Vancouver Orphan Kitten Rescue Association (VOKRA) is a no-kill, non-profit, registered charity dedicated to the rescue of cats in the Lower Mainland. VOKRA has grown rapidly since its founding in 2000, from rescuing approximately 150 kittens and adult cats per year to more than 1,420 in 2009. VOKRA has become a well-known and respected organization in the animal rescue and welfare community. For more information, visit

Posted by dsheldon on September 9, 2010 @ 12:00 AM

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