Rainbow Bridge

Just this side of heaven is a place called Rainbow Bridge.

When an animal dies that has been especially close to someone here, that pet goes to Rainbow Bridge.

There are meadows and hills for all of our special friends so they can run and play together.

There is plenty of food, water and sunshine, and our friends are warm and comfortable.

All the animals who had been ill and old are restored to health and vigor; those who were hurt or maimed are made whole and strong again, just as we remember them in our dreams of days and times gone by.

The animals are happy and content, except for one small thing; they each miss someone very special to them, who had to be left behind.

They all run and play together, but the day comes when one suddenly stops and looks into the distance. His bright eyes are intent; his eager body quivers. Suddenly he begins to run from the group, flying over the green grass, his legs carrying him faster and faster.

You have been spotted, and when you and your special friend finally meet, you cling together in joyous reunion, never to be parted again. The happy kisses rain upon your face; your hands again caress the beloved head, and you look once more into the trusting eyes of your pet, so long gone from your life but never absent from your heart.

Then you cross Rainbow Bridge together....

November 2013

Little JoJo came to VOKRA with his little brother - both purring and happy to see people. Little JoJo had been attacked by a mink and had severe injuries that had turned to severe gangrene in both front feet and his lower jaw. After consultation with two vets, we made the extremely difficult decision to put him down as the only solution would have been to amputate both front feet and his lower jaw. However, his last hours were spent surrounded by the loving and caring people of VOKRA and Apex Hospital. His brother is now in foster care with VOKRA and will be a fabulous, affectionate kitty for some lucky adopter.

Bless you, little JoJo! You made a mark in the short time you were with us...


Rescued by VOKRA off the streets of Prince Rupert right before winter, he was little sweet runt by nature, even though pretending to be tough in his first few days.

He loved his sister and will follow her lead on any adventure.

And his sister loved him - she licked him clean up to the last hour before he passed away in his favourite spot at home

You were so loved so quickly little guy and made us beautiful memories in your few months with us. Rest in peace little Ambie.

Dear Semiahmoo April passed away today in her foster home.

This dear older kitty was part of our TNR program in march at the Semiahmoo Reserve in White Rock. April lived for many years on the reserve part of a large colony, most of which were her offspring.

When April passed, she was happy and loved in the home she always deserved.

Raspie put up a valiant fight but left us this afternoon.

He was a little jewel and I am thankful for the time I had with him even though it was so short.

I've been blessed with very healthy and happy kittens and momma-cats so far and I know that I will continue to enjoy my work with VOKRA and all the little ones that will come to be in my care.

Beau came to us with a whole pile of other fluffy orange felines from a hoarder house about five years ago.

He spent a long time with the volunteers at the Southlands Barn before coming down with an undetermined illness. At that point he was placed with his buddy Boo in a foster home by the beach.

Although he had made some improvements in his health during his time with his amazing foster, his health took a very sharp turn for the worse.

A vet found Beau's abdomen and chest were filled with fluid, and it was decided the most humane thing to do was to let him go.

Thank you to Carley for being there with him, cuddling him as he slipped away, and thank you to all the volunteers and his foster who made his time with us here as pleasurable as could be.

Rest in peace sweetheart. We will miss you dearly.

It is with profound sadness that Kenny Pawgers passed gently away May 2, 2013 at Intercity Emergency Clinic.

Kenny was feeling good earlier that day but began the dying process in the early evening. A gift was given to him to prevent any discomfort and he was put gently to sleep.

Kenny was an amazing cat. His mission in life was to give love to everyone that knew him. He accepted unconditionally every single person he met and showered them with affection.

We would like to thank Julie Anne Lee, Kenny’s homeopath, who gave him 20 months of a happy life living with lymphoma.

Kenny passed away from old age at 20 years and we truly believe his lymphoma was arrested.

Photo courtesy luv u pets

Kenny pictured with Maria, VOKRA Co-Founder and Trapper. Maria rescued Kenny and cared for him until the very end.
Click on the photo above to read a wonderful story about how they met.

Sweet Tora passed away on April 21, 2013. She was euthanized due to severe renal failure.

Tora was living outside sleeping on a pile of leaves before VOKRA was called in and found her a lovely home, where she knew love at the end of her life.

She was a talkative, gentle and loving cat who will be greatly missed.

Dear sweet kitty Perry lived to be 15 years old.

He lived on the streets for years fed by a loving VOKA volunteer.

His health started to deteriorate, and he was diagnosed with cancer.

He passed away with friends by his side.

RIP Pearl, found a construction site on Byrne Road in Burnaby.

She was not to be in this world long but while she was she had touched the hearts of some of the workers and security at this location.

One of the workers loved her and decided to give her a wonderful home but her breathing was elevated, she had a fever and extended belly.

She died at the vet while undergoing treatment.

Mickey Mouse passed from liver disease.

In the two days after his brother Timothy died, Mickey was so sad and just gave up.

He passed with love.

Pharaoh passed away this morning from cancer.

I know that he has found a special place in many volunteers’ hearts, and his memory will be with us for much longer.

He is truly a king among cats, a shining example of the love that animals have to give. I am grateful to VOKRA for saving this boy, and giving him a happy life and home.

Read more about Pharoah here.

Mayflower came to us after her tiny son Pilgrim saved her and his sisters.

May had spent three weeks hiding, hunting and protecting her babies in a place where she was utterly on her own. She ate garbage and drank water from dirty puddles to keep herself going so she could provide for her kittens.

She arrived thin and tired and so relieved that she was in a safe, warm place to raise her kits.

She was an affectionate kitty from the minute I met her and the most vocal cat I've ever met!!

Mayflower paid the price for her heroic attempt to keep her babies going while living on the street alone. She picked up parasites, bacteria and was physically exhausted.

Over the course of about two weeks Mayflower started to deteriorate. She stopped chirping, stopped eating and became lethargic on Christmas Eve.

Eventually, Mayflower passed away in her sleep in the night. The damage of life on the streets was simply too much and she was too tired to keep going.

Mayflower a true hero and the epitomy of a fantastic, selfless Mom.

My darling baby Bessie,

I loved you dearly for four weeks of pure joy. I knew you were too small to make it and kinda knew you wouldn't be long in this world.

Mamma loved you so much, and I will see and kiss you again in heaven.


Dear Georgie was a 12-year-old cat when VOKRA rescued her almost two years ago.

She lived on the streets for a whole year since she wandered from her owner's house. When we found her she was rail thin, wet and cold.

VOKRA soon discovered Georgie had high thyroid levels. She couldn't tolerate medication, so a kind sponsor paid for radiation treatment to her thyroid. Turns out Georgie was one of the one per cent on whom the treatment doesn't work.

Her thyroid levels plummeted and Georgie tried several different medications.

Finally, Georgie said she had had enough of medicine and treatment, and despite us wanting her to live forever, her foster mum Linda and VOKRA let Georgie go.

Thanks to VOKRA's wonderful foster Linda, who took Georgie in as her own and loved her like a daughter. Linda gave Georgie the home she wanted: a home full of love. Georgie was able to pass away at home with Linda, thanks to the help of Dr. Jack Brondwin.

Read more about Georgie here & watch a tribute to her here

Spencer was rescued from Burnaby. He was living in the bushes and fending for himself.

Elderly Spencer found a loving home with VOKRA foster Kelly.

He passed away during the night with foster mom close beside him.

Pearl was rescued from the Trout Lake area in 2011. It was pouring rain and Pearl was starving.

Pearl was adopted by Emma and had a lovely forever home. Pearl had a fireplace she dearly loved to sleep beside with her new adoptive brother.

Almost one year later, a year of knowing what unconditional love and kindness was, Pearl passed peacefully with her adoptive mother Emma by her side.

Rest in peace.

Baby Firefly passed away due to failure to thrive.

We thank his foster mom Ashley for allowing him a surrogate mum and litter mates to comfort him, and for giving him the best chance possible to survive.

Penelope was put down because of a tumour in her stomach.

She was found by VOKRA in terrible shape -- she was rail-thin, had ear mites and was missing the fur on her head.

But VOKRA took her in and loved her, and in February I was lucky enough to become her foster parent.

I fell in love with her at first sight and I was so excited to have her in my life.

However, the odds were not in favor for this little three-year-old sweetheart, and on April 4, 2012 I said goodbye to Penelope forever.

I loved Penelope with all my heart and soul, and I am grateful for VOKRA for finding her and allowing me to love her for the amount of time I had her.

Penelope was dearly loved.

Firefly was rescued from a city works yard.

He was an absolute doll, so playful and loved being pet. He just constantly begged for a scratch behind the ears. He was a bit skittish at first, but he warmed up so quickly. He was such a goofy, loveable boy!

VOKRA hoped to find Firefly a home but Firefly accidentally ate Chrysanthemum flowers. The foster did not know the flowers are poisonous to cats. And no one is to blame.

Firely put in a good fight for a couple days but in the end he went off to the Rainbow Bridge.

Kick it up Firefly. We are so happy you are now free.

My sweet feral PJ, who was spayed and had dead decaying babies inside her and huge infection, passed away yesterday.

Although she was given antibiotics the infection was too great. So sad.

Rest in peace lil PJ. At least you had a warm bed and we tried to save you. You didn't have to die outside alone.

Kellog, we will miss you. You were dearly loved for the 3 years you were with VOKRA. We wish we could have done more for you. Now you are free and kicking it up on the other side!

Billy The Kid was our tough guy. He was a man's cat: tough around all the other kitties and volunteers until a boy came into the shelter and he would snuggle right up to him.

Thanks, Billy, for being the special personality you were!

Earth Kit and her sister, SnowShoe, were surrendered to us after their guardian passed away. These two were the sweetest, gentlest girls you ever met. They had a soft gaze and gentle meow that would melt your heart. These two were content, no matter where they were.

They passed soon after they came to us. They had decided to join their guardian sooner rather than later -- not from a broken heart, but because it was simply what they wanted to do.

SnowShoe and her sister, Earth Kit, were surrendered to us after their guardian passed away. These two were the sweetest, gentlest girls you ever met. They had a soft gaze and gentle meow that would melt your heart. These two were content, no matter where they were.

They passed soon after they came to us. They had decided to join their guardian sooner rather than later -- not from a broken heart, but because it was simply what they wanted to do.

VOKRA has another angel in heaven. Sammi was a beautiful SH grey and white 17-year-old feral girl from our Southlands barn.

She and her sister were born feral and lived for 16 years in the backyard of a Vancouver mansion until the people had to move last year. Worried for the cats' safety, they asked us to take these two feral sisters to our barn, where they were happy and loved.

Rest well my sweetie, you were loved and had a good life.

Katya came to us as a feral kitten. She was with our best taming volunteers for some time. Katya decided that she wanted to be a cat's cat, no humans, and we let her be.

She lived out her life at one of our barn locations and was shy but happy around the volunteers. She was so gorgeous that everyone wanted to pet her and she had none of it.

During her last days, she changed and let us feed her, hold her and comfort her as she told us thank you for her time with us.

Pandora was always smiling. She was a kitten, for some reason overlooked, not adopted, and grew up with us.

She had a heart of gold, always playful and deserved a forever home -- one which she will always have in the hearts of our volunteers.

We love you Pandora.

Lady Gaga. You were a Champ! So shy and skittish and then, bam! One day a cuddle bug. As glamourous as your name suggests, we know you are rockin' it on the other side of the Rainbow Bridge.

Love you, darling, you are fabulous.

Rolo, your time with us was short. We hope you knew that you were cared for by us and that you were very, very, very special to us. We would never give you away and only wanted to find you a forever home.

Kick up the dirt on the other side!

Edna! You were larger than life and we loved it. Know that you were one in a million and we got that.

Enjoy nap time and keep every one in line over where you are : )

Virginia. You come to us as Virgil, having lost most your fur, and you were totally appreciative and loving the whole time. Eventually we saw that you were Virginia and such a love.

Rest well, gorgeous gal. You deserve it!

Nemo! You knew love for the few days you were with us and we will always love you!

Emma came to us after her owner died. Emma was heartbroken and fell ill.

We see this a lot with surrenders. Cats are devoted, loving creatures. Their hearts belong to their guardians. Once they lose that strong, familiar bond, their hearts cry.

Emma, we did our best and now you are reunited with your loving guardian.

Kick up the dirt on the other side!

Hercules was a tiny warrior. He fought to be here and stay with his family. He was very much taken care of, cuddled and doted over for his time here with us.

Thanks, Hercules. You were a gem!

Arthur was a dear soul and will always be remembered. Arthur!! We are so happy to have met you and to have shared all the joys of being "cat" with you : )

You are remembered for your kindness, forgiveness and perseverance. Arthur's foster parents will miss him dearly and will always remember him and his bravery, resilience and unique spirit.

Bones, you knew compassion and love. You now know freedom and peace. You are in our hearts forever, especialy your foster mum's, Mandarin, another special soul.

Kick it up, Bones! You are free.

Dear baby Moira, God wanted you back. Rest in Peace.

Maria here with her two babies from Por Coquitlam, Tikes and Buttons. These little guys had a cold.

Their feral mom was fixed and safely returned to her location.

Garfield was humanely trapped by VOKRA and was then neutered. Later, VOKRA discovered he had hemophilia and could not clot and he was bleeding.

This lovely stray tame boy was purring through it all. It was a devastating decision to have to put him to sleep. If only we hadn't neutered him? But no one knew and it is not a standard test rescues do.

It just tore our hearts apart to let him go. Kick it up, Garfield.

Colin (aka Sean) had a blessed life with our VOKRA volunteers. Now he can rest easy having known love while with us.

Hula, God needed an angel and took you. Thanks to Lisa and Grant for showing her love.

Wanted to let you all know that our beloved "little Raj" passed away this evening. He had a huge spirit but his little, little body just could not sustain him any more

(he weighed 19 grams at 22 days old).

He was cuddled up on my chest and my daughter was singing him lullabies when he left us.

Thank you, thank you, thank you to Karen who held my hand over the phone through the whole thing.

Sprite was just passing through, not officially a VOKRA kitty.

She was rescued by friends of Maria's and fostered for a short time until she succumbed to the cumulative effects of starvation.

Sprite knew much love in her short stay with us, and it's a comfort to know that she was warm and dry for her last days on this Earth.

She is mourned by her rescuers and foster mum - she was a sweet, sweet girl.

It is with profound sadness that I announce VOKRA's dear Leonard has passed away.

Leonard was a stray boy that our friends Marc and Serena were feeding in East Vancouver. He was in bad shape when they first saw him coming for food. He was old, bone thin, arthritic, dehydrated, hadvno teeth and was diagnosed with feline aids.

Leonard found a wonderful foster home with Joan Weaver, who provided Leonard with a warm home with lots of food and LOVE. Joan loved Leonard as a son and devoted herself to his care. Over the past five years, Marc and Serena visited Leonard regularly, bringing him special food, SubQ fluids for his newly diagnosed kidney disease and applying special drops for his recent glaucoma.

Leonard lay in his loving mom Joan's arms while he passed over to heaven. Leonard was fortunate to have such loving friends to rescue him off the street, he had a bum ticket in life before he came to Joan. At least Joan, Marc, Serena and VOKRA were able to give Leonard five years of total love and devotion.

In the end Leonard did not have to suffer any pain whatsoever. We decided to let him go before that happened.

Leonard will be dearly missed. VOKRA dearly loved him.

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