Feral Cat Day Oct.16


What will YOU do for Feral Cat Day?

Press Release, 15 October 2010 - To acknowledge National Feral Cat Day on October 16, the Vancouver Orphan Kitten Rescue Association (VOKRA) urges everyone to think about the outdoor cats that exist in their neighbourhood. These cats can often be seen lurking in alleyways or being fed by kind neighbours, but on National Feral Cat Day, VOKRA hopes to encourage the community to learn more about our four-legged friends and how they ended up living as undomesticated, ‘wild’ animals.

“Feral cats are a necessary part of every community because they keep down the populations of rats and other pests,” says Maria Soroski, co-founder of VOKRA. “But at the same time, without any control, they have an endless breeding cycle that leaves millions of cats wandering the streets, often carrying diseases that spread to other cats in their colony.”

Soroski runs VOKRA’s Trap-Neuter-Return (TNR) program, the most humane and effective way to control feral cat population growth. All feral cats in a colony (family group) are trapped, spayed or neutered, and then returned to their territory where caretakers provide them with regular food and fresh water. VOKRA places feral kittens in foster care to be socialized and eventually adopted out to good homes.

“We are grateful to everyone who has supported us. Once again, we need the community’s help,” says Soroski. “On National Feral Cat Day, we hope to raise enough money to spay and neuter a colony of 30 feral cats living in Vancouver. We’re also challenging vets to donate their services to sponsor a spay or neuter for at least one cat.”

To help these feral cats, you can make a donation online at www.vokra.ca or join VOKRA for a hotdog barbecue, where you can also buy T-shirts and bracelets:

Date: Saturday, October 16

Time: 11 am to 2 pm

Location: Tisol Pet Nutrition and Supply, 2738 Arbutus Street (at West 11th Avenue), Vancouver

If you can’t get to the BBQ, you can get involved in other ways. VOKRA is always in need of foster homes and currently has a large number of kittens and adult cats ready for adoption. Please check the adoption gallery at www.vokra.ca to find your forever pet!

Posted by dsheldon on October 15, 2010 @ 12:00 AM

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