VOKRA Surrey Needs your help!


VOKRA Surrey losing operating facilities after city pound relocation

Meet Chablis.Chablis is one of the many kitties that have come through VOKRA’s Surrey TNR (Trap-Neuter-Return) centre since it opened in 2012.

The Surrey branch of VOKRA will be left without its operating facilities after the City of Surrey Animal Resource Center's upcoming move to a Cloverdale location. VOKRA currently runs its TNR program from a building at the Animal Resource Center's 6706 152nd Street site.

The group is desperately seeking the help of the local community in finding a suitable new space in Central Surrey to continue its operations.

"We are absolutely devastated to be losing our Trap-Neuter-Return centre," said Christine Johnson, Surrey VOKRA volunteer. "We are very thankful that the City has allowed us to operate from its Animal Resource Center on 152nd Street for the past year. Since we started our work in Surrey, our volunteers have been able to help over 900 abandoned cats. The loss of the TNR centre will mean an immediate halt to our work."

VOKRA's Trap-Neuter-Return centre is where cats that are humanely trapped from the streets are first brought for assessment and care. Cats are then taken to a vet to be spayed or neutered, tattooed, vaccinated, and treated for any other medical issues. After a short stay in the TNR centre to recover from their surgeries, cats are returned to site if it is safe to do so, relocated to a barn if it is not, or placed in a foster home if the cats are tame and adoptable.

TNR stabilizes the feral cat population in a cost efficient and effective manner by preventing further reproduction, while also improving and protecting the lives of the existing feral cats and pet cats that are allowed to be outdoors.

The group is seeking a building with at least 20' x 15' space in Central Surrey that offers access to electricity, running water, and 24/7 access. Ideally, a washroom facility would also be available.

Alternatively, if a parcel of land can be made available, VOKRA will fundraise to place a suitable building on-site.

Community members and businesses that can provide building space, land or donations are encouraged to contact VOKRA at surreyvokra@live.com

Posted by Grino on February 24, 2014 @ 12:00 AM

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