You can help save a kitten this holiday season

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This is Cauliflower and she’s the proud mama of five kittens.

She was found upset and crying in the street not far from our Operations Centre. We’re not quite sure how she came to be on her own, but a neighbour told us this isn’t her first litter.

Unfortunately Cauliflower’s story is not uncommon. This year alone, more than 130 moms gave birth to more than 545 kittens while in our care. That’s a lot of kittens! And it doesn’t even take into account the little ones who’ve arrived without a mom.

The reality is only 25% of kittens who don’t receive human care survive. As a volunteer-driven non-profit, we wouldn’t be able to help all these moms and kittens without the support of people like you.

Kittens in our care have a chance at a happy, safe and healthy life. Once they’re old enough, Kale, Parsnip, Courgette, Broccoli and Cabbage will all be spayed/neutered and adopted into loving forever homes. And, like all the moms, Cauliflower will be spayed so she’ll never have to worry about getting pregnant again and she too will have her own forever home.

Your support today will help us pay for the cost of spaying/neutering, as well as for the food, litter and extra veterinary care all these moms and babies need.

Will you help us today?

This holiday season, please DONATE to help save families like Cauliflower’s.

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Parsnip, Kale, Cabbage, Courgette and Broccoli

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Brussel Sprout

And meet little Brussel Sprout, an honorary member of the veggie patch. He and his sister were found freezing cold in a shoebox when they were just a couple of days old. Despite our best efforts, we lost his sister and he was left alone in the world. But luckily for him, he went to live with foster mom Tania where he was bottle fed and received round-the-clock care. It just so happens Tania’s also fostering Cauliflower and her kittens. Cauliflower took one look at him and decided he needed to come join the veggie patch and that’s how he became Brussel Sprout!

P.S. – By becoming a monthly donor you can show your support for VOKRA all year long. Just $10 pays for one kitten to be vaccinated each month.

Why we Walk for the Kitties

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BeamerThis adorable guy is Beamer and he’s blind. He was born on a farm and most certainly wouldn’t have survived on his own.

The reality is only 25% of kittens survive without human care and, being blind, little Beamer wouldn’t have stood a chance.

Today Beamer’s in a loving foster home where he’s getting all the care and attention he deserves. He’s visited an eye specialist and his health is constantly being monitored.

Beamer is one of the thousands of reason why we Walk for the Kitties.

Each year, VOKRA rescues more than 1,800 homeless cats in the Lower Mainland. Unlike many other animal rescue groups, VOKRA is a volunteer-driven, no-kill organization. Our work is made possible through the generous support of volunteers, adopters and people like you. Walk for the Kitties is our largest fundraising event of the year and we rely on the funds raised to pay for the expensive care kitties like Beamer need. Learn more here.

Beamer2Please help us help kitties like Beamer this September 18 by joining us for our 7th Annual Walk for the Kitties. 

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Be sure to register before the early bird deadline of September 13! After that the registration fee will increase to $40.

Can’t make it on September 18? You can still donate today!

Why we Walk for the Kitties

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Long John Silver doesn’t let his injury stop him from being a scampy kitten

Tiny Long John Silver got his name because of his amazing silver fur. And because he’s missing part of his back leg.

He was rescued when a woman in Port Coquitlam spotted a mama and two kittens emerging from a carport. The kind Samaritan took the little family inside but the mama begged to be let back out. Once outside she went back to the carport and one by one brought out five more kittens.

We were called in and now the big family is safe and sound in foster care. Mom is very sweet and her mix of babies were likely no more than 4 weeks old when rescued. All the kittens are healthy except for Long John Silver who has a very damaged back leg and is missing his foot. The wound has been there for awhile and is infected, but with some TLC he’ll hopefully be able to live a normal life. He’s already made several trips to the vet though and the bills are starting to add up. But the good news is he’s healing really well and his wound is slowly closing over.

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Long John Silver and his siblings

The reality is only 25% of kittens who don’t receive human care survive. The chips were stacked against Long John Silver and with his wound it’s certain he wouldn’t have made it without our help.

Long John Silver is just one of the thousands of reasons why we Walk for the Kitties.

Each year, VOKRA rescues more than 1,800 homeless cats in the Lower Mainland. Unlike many other animal rescue groups, VOKRA is a volunteer-driven, no-kill organization. Our work is made possible through the generous support of volunteers, adopters and people like you. Walk for the Kitties is our largest fundraising event of the year and we rely on the funds raised. Learn more here.

Please help us help kitties like Long John Silver this September 18 by joining us for our 7th Annual Walk for the Kitties.

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Can’t make it on September 18? You can still donate today!

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UPDATE: It turns out Polly is a boy! Because he’s feral we weren’t able to get close enough to give him a thorough examination so it wasn’t until he was put under anesthesia to remove his rotten teeth that the discovery was made.

Senior cat Polly was living under a vacant house when she was spotted by a letter carrier who asked us to help.

Suffering from a severe infection to her nose and left eye, poor bedraggled Polly was taken to our Operation Centre for treatment. She came in very dirty and skinny with broken teeth and many puncture wounds. We suspect she must have been attacked by another animal, but initially the vet couldn’t rule out cancer on her nose.

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BEFORE & AFTER

To make matters worse, Polly is feral. This means she didn’t grow up with any human interaction so she lashes out when people come near. But this didn’t deter VOKRA co-founder Maria. She wouldn’t give up on Polly and everyday she patiently and slowly cleaned her face and applied antibiotic cream.

There was a point when Maria thought Polly’s nose would never heal, but suddenly one day new, pink skin began to grow. Today Polly’s nose is almost completely healed. After she has a couple of her rotten teeth removed, our hope is she’ll be able to live out the rest of her life in our feral barn sanctuary.

Polly is just one of the thousands of reasons why we Walk for the Kitties.

Each year, VOKRA rescues more than 1,800 homeless cats in the Lower Mainland. Unlike many other animal rescue groups, VOKRA is a volunteer-driven, no-kill organization. Our work is made possible through the generous support of volunteers, adopters and people like you.

Please help us help kitties like Polly this September 18 by joining us for the 7th Annual Walk for the Kitties.

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Walk for the Kitties is our largest fundraising event of the year. Learn more here.

Can’t make it on September 18? You can still donate today!

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Addie & Gypsy – Not Broken Anymore

Back in December we told you The Tale of Two Broken Cats & Four Cute Kittens. A lot has happened since then so we decided to check in and see how everyone’s doing today.

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Addie with her lame leg

When we last saw this black and white kitty she’d just been reunited with her kittens and didn’t even have a name yet. Today she’s called Addie and has been living with foster mom Tania since her kittens were adopted in January. When Addie arrived at VOKRA her left rear leg was sticking out so she was taken to a vet. It was determined the injury was old and it was likely she was born that way. After weighing the options it was decided it would be best for her if the lame leg was amputated.

Addie hasn’t let losing her leg stop her and, after making a full recovery, is just as lively as any other cat. Tania says she’s as agile as ever and loves jumping in bed to cuddle every morning. After her first few unhappy days (mostly due to the fact she had to wear a  cone!) Addie has been a loving, happy cat and has even put on some much needed weight. Tania has come to know what keeps Addie happy and to help when there’s a spot that needs to be scratched. Addie is loving her foster home and Tania is thrilled to have a gorgeous green-eyed friend to keep her company.

Here’s Addie showing off:

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Gypsy after her surgery

The last time we saw black kitty Gypsy she was hanging out at our Operations Centre after surgery. When she was rescued her left hip bone was out of it’s socket requiring her to undergo expensive surgery. After her initial recovery, she moved in with foster mom Louisa who says she’s in good spirits and has been since day one. “She’s always social and affectionate even with her injury,” Louisa happily tells us.

Louisa has been helping Gypsy get stronger day by day and has Gypsy eat her meals at the table where she has to stand on her hind legs. This daily exercise has made Gypsy stronger and she’s now an adventurous cat who loves jumping on the couch and window sill. Louisa and Gypsy love to chill out and watch TV and Louisa is so grateful her foster cat is so sweet and lovable.

Addie’s just been adopted and will be going to her new forever home soon! Gypsy will be ready for adoption in the near future so if you’re interested in giving her a forever home please visit vokra.ca/adopt.

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As a volunteer-driven non-profit, VOKRA relies on the support of donors like you to help rescue more than 1,800 cats and kittens each year. The cost for Addie and Gypsy’s medical care is in excess of $2,000. If you’d like to help us pay for their care, and the care of all the other VOKRA cats and kittens, please donate today at givetovokra.ca.

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The Tale of Two Broken Cats & Four Cute Kittens

Anne Salomon is one of VOKRA’s many dedicated volunteers. Here she tells us what went into the recent rescue of two injured cats and four adorable kittens.

VOKRA received a frantic call and several e-mails the evening of December 1 from a lady who had found a cat with what she described as a broken leg. She also said the cat had milk. I was contacted by VOKRA co-founder Karen Duncan and asked if I could call the finder. I did and the finder told me she and her daughter live in a small townhouse complex in the Newton area of Surrey and they had come across a cat with a broken leg the night before. They’d picked up the cat and put it in an abandoned car in the parking lot with food and water while they tried to figure out what to do.

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Secured in an abandoned car

The next day they took the cat to an animal hospital in Surrey for examination. Her left rear leg sticks straight out when she stands up and the vet advised the injury could possibly be an old one. They were also told the cat was either pregnant or recently had kittens. She needed an X-ray, but the finder could only  afford to pay for the exam and de-fleaing so they took her back to the car and gave her food and water again. The cat was purring up a storm, eating well and didn’t seem to be in distress. They then started posting on Facebook about the cat needing help and someone suggested they contact VOKRA. I discussed the situation with Karen and a fellow trapper and, although it was urgent to look for possible kittens, we decided it was too late in the evening to head out.

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Here’s her lame leg

The next morning I attended the site and met the finders and the cat in the car – what a sweet kitty! In my opinion she was not pregnant but engorged with milk, so I transferred her to a carrier and secured her in my car. We then started the search for the kittens in the area where they had found the cat. There were not many places outside to hide so I started knocking on doors and asking if anyone had seen the cat or kittens.

A few people said they’d seen the cat limping around the parking lot at the side of one of the buildings but no one had seen any kittens. The corner unit had a lot of debris outside so we searched that – but no kittens. I knocked on the door and after getting no answer we proceeded around the building and saw the unit had a small fenced in yard. There was an old cat bed there so I lifted the clasp on the tall gate and went in the back yard. I noticed the sliding door was open a bit so I yelled ‘hello’ and a young man showed up. I asked him if they had a cat. He said yes, but it had died the day before. I asked if he had seen any kittens and he said yes, but I’d better go back to the front door and talk to the owner.

I asked the finder and her daughter to go home and wait for me there while I sorted things out. A young woman opened the door and I told her we were looking for some kittens of a black and white cat. She looked confused and said she had a black and white cat but someone had come to the door the day before with a bag containing a dead black and white cat and asked if it was her cat. She had been missing her cat since the evening of November 30 but was too upset to look at the cat in the bag. I offered her my sympathy and told her the cat we had found had a broken leg and recently had kittens. She looked really confused and said her cat had a broken leg and she had four kittens upstairs. It turns out the dead cat was not hers. She went and fetched a basket with four cute and cuddly little four week old kittens.

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This delicate girl must be in a lot of pain

She told me someone had dumped two adult cats at her door a couple of months ago that were purportedly from a drug house. She took them in and fed them and the black and white cat had the kittens. She said they told her the cat had been born with the leg that way. The other cat was a black cat and she went and got it from the living room. This cat was also limping on one of her rear legs and the other leg was swollen. The rear end of the cat seemed completely out of alignment. The woman said it must have been hit by a car as it wasn’t limping last week, but she couldn’t afford to take it to the vet.

We had a nice long conversation about the cats and what was in their best interest. I told her she had done a good thing feeding the cats after they were dumped at her door step and explained what VOKRA would do for the cats. She finally agreed to give them up to our care so I packed them all up and re-united the kittens with their mom; it was a noisy sucking reunion!

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A happy reunion!
I thanked the original finders for all they’d done for the cat and then I went straight to the vet with the brood for X-rays and examinations. The vet determined the momma cat’s injury was indeed old, she as possible born that way or injured as a kitten, and he recommended nothing be done. The black cat however had a nasty hip injury where the femur was pulled right out of the hip socket on the one leg and a partially healed soft tissue injury on the other leg. After authorization from VOKRA it was decided to proceed with the expensive surgery to help this poor sweet soul. I took the mom cat and kittens to VOKRA where they’ll be put in foster care and the black cat will have the surgery in the next day or two.

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Her hip is entirely out of the socket so she’ll need surgery

If it wasn’t for VOKRA, the kittens would never have been re-united with the momma and they’d have grown up, un-spayed/neutered and gone on to produced many offsprings. The black cat may eventually have died from her injuries and both cats may have fallen easy prey to a coyote or run over by a car.  So all in all, it was a good rescue day!

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As a volunteer-driven non-profit, VOKRA relies on the support of donors like you to help rescue more than 1,800 cats and kittens each year. The cost of surgery alone for this black kitty will be in excess of $1,000. If you’d like to help us pay for her care, and the care of all the other VOKRA cats and kittens, please donate today at givetovokra.ca.

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Walk for Dino

Dino is one of this year’s six Walk for the Kitties spokeskitties. Here’s his special story.

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Dino and his mom Deanna were living under a woodpile when they were rescued. During an exam the vet discovered the little five-week old had a broken thigh bone that would require surgery. He’d been living with the injury for quite a long time and must have been in a lot of pain.

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For the first week after surgery Dino was able to scamper around with a cast, but once the cast came off and the leg was wrapped he was confined to bed rest. No running, no jumping, no fun! Dino was a champ though and after another check-up the surgery was considered a success.

It’s now been almost two months after Dino’s surgery and he’s on the road to a full recovered. As you can see in this video, he’s getting around with no problems and his foster mom, VOKRA co-founder Karen, says he’ll soon be ready for adoption.

To date, it’s cost us more than $2,000 to make sure Dino has the best life possible. And he’s just one of the many kittens with special needs we rescue ever year.

Will you be walking for Dino and all the kittens that need a little extra help?

On September 13 VOKRA will be holding it’s 6th Annual Walk for the Kitties. It’s our biggest fundraiser and this year our goal is to raise $50,000.

CHOOSE YOUR KITTY –  Each one of our spokeskitties have a tale to tell and represent different activities we do here at VOKRA. You can read all their stories here and decide which kitty you’d like to walk for.

REGISTER – Click here

GATHER DONATIONS – Ask your friends, family, and others to support you in walking for the kitties. The walk itself is a celebration of the support you’ve been able to gather. Learn more about how to raise funds here.

WALK – Join us at Jericho Beach on September 13. Rain or Shine!

CELEBRATE – Congratulate yourself on doing a good thing. Know that a cat or kitten today is receiving help that could only be supplied through your generosity.

Learn more about Walk for the Kitties here.