The Rewards of Fostering

katrina_2This beautiful girl is Katrina and, thanks to her foster mom Carrie, she has a chance at a better life.

Katrina came to VOKRA as a stray kitty and when she arrived at Carrie’s home she had a bad cold and was very scared. In fact, she spent the first several weeks hissing and didn’t want to get out of her carrier.

“I felt bad for her,” said Carrie. “She was in the bathroom and I couldn’t understand why she wouldn’t leave the carrier, especially since it was not comfortable at all and now smelling like pee! I had to eventually physically tip the carrier over so that she would leave it and go into the covered cat bed VOKRA had given me. At this point, I was wondering what I’d gotten myself into!”

Carrie is an experience foster who, to date, has taken care of more than 20 VOKRA kitties. They’ve always been calm, friendly cats so she wasn’t expecting Katrina to be so timid. Because she was so used to cats who let her drape them around her shoulders, having Katrina at times was very frustrating. There were days when she wanted to give up and send her back to VOKRA because she wasn’t acting like a “normal” cat. But Carrie’s patience was finally rewarded and she was left with a feeling of pure happiness when Katrina finally decided to trust her.

When asked what her secret weapon was, Carrie said, “Treats! So many treats. I would sometimes sit with her and try to get her to come out of her little cave that I had created for her in a box. She wouldn’t come out for the longest time. Eventually, she FINALLY came out, after tapping my fingers on the floor for God knows how long.”

katrina_1Today Katrina walks around the house like she owns it, running around all the time after treats and rolling over on her back when she wants you to pet her. There are still set backs – sometimes she nips a bit when being pet, she’s a bit skitterish and she hates being picked up – but she’s come a very long way.

“I’ve gotta say it was a challenge and at many times I thought of her as this troll in the bathroom,” said Carrie. “I would feed her and change the litter every day but not get to see or touch her. It’s such a relief now that she’s out and about, for my sanity and for hers! I hope she’ll find a really nice forever home where she can continue to thrive.”

Thank you Carrie for your patience and willingness to stick in there with Katrina! Thanks to you she’s now on the road finding her forever home where she’ll be safe, secure and loved. Although Katrina’s not quite ready for adoption yet, with Carrie’s continued care we anticipate she’ll be up on our website soon!

VORKA is always in need of fosters willing to work slowly with the scared cats in our care. Because we rescue so many kitties from the streets, we have many who need extra help and patience. So if you’re looking for a rewarding and satisfying way to give back, please consider fostering today. Learn more are www.vokra.ca/fostering.

Meet Charlie & Angel

Charlie and Angel are a brother and sister duo looking for a forever home together.

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Charlie’s very sweet and loves to be around people. He adored cuddling and receiving pets, and if you don’t have time to give him a pet he’ll be sure to patiently wait for one. He enjoys playing with his sister Angel and his favourite toy is the laser. He’s very friendly and will come up on the bed and sit on the pillow in the morning.

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Just like her brother, Angel loves to be around people. Her hobbies include cuddling, being pet and napping in your lap. She also likes playing with her toys and Charlie. For some reason, she also really enjoys watching her human friends in the kitchen, whether they’re cooking or doing dishes! Angel’s a very friendly kitty and was recently a young mama to her three kittens who have now been adopted.

If you’re hoping for a pair of adorable and loving cats to enter your life, look no further!

If you’re interested in adopting Charlie and Angel please visit our website at vokra.ca/adopt to fill out an adoption form.

Special thanks to Laura Bartlett for these great photos of Charlie and Angel!

Top 10 Best Things About Black Cats: 2016 Edition

Black cats are some of the best cats around – ask anyone who is lucky enough to have one in their lives. Sadly though, black cats are usually the last to be adopted, despite the fact they’re just as loving and wonderful as a cat of any other colour. Half of the cats we currently have for adoption are black. Many of them are adults, further lowering their chances of adoption.

In honor of Black Cat Day, here are the Top 10 Best Things About Black Cats featuring some of our very own kitties currently up for adoption:

10. When you befriend a black cat, you have a friend for life. They’re some of the most loyal cats around!

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Angel loves to be around people, cuddling and receiving pets.

9. They know how to cuddle and they’re experts at it.

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Patty Tolan is a confident little fluffball who loves playing and napping, and napping and playing.

8. What they lack in fancy colors they make up for in purrsonality- no two are alike!

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Lanakila, Kolohekoa and Poheke are all full of purrsonality.

7. They have gorgeous eyes that, thanks to their beautiful black coats, truly stand out.

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Moogy is super confident and will make herself at home with you in no time.

6. They’re like miniature black panthers, just small enough to fit in your home.

sesam

Sesam is very friendly and enjoys spending time with people.

5. They have very distinct meows- you’ll know who’s calling for dinner.

saffy

Saffy is a sweet, intelligent lady with an insatiable curiosity for her surroundings and a love for food.

4. They purr so much and so loudly that you wonder how they never run out of purrs.

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Lionel‘s a sweetheart and is sure to bring a lot of fun and joy into your life!

3. They usually have a trick or two up their sleeve, like headbutts or hi-fives or turning shoes into beds.

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Charlie likes to come up to the bed and sit on the pillow in the morning when he’s hungry.

2. They’re good luck – bring a black cat into your life and it will only get better. And better.

vidi

Vidi is extremely sweet and perfect for someone who’s looking for a lap cat.

1. They have sooo much love to give. They’ve often waited so long to be adopted that when they finally are, they will truly be all yours.

quidi

Quidi‘s an affection-seeking cuddler who’s always fighting for a spot on his foster mom’s lap.

Top 10 Best Things About Black Cats

Black cats are some of the best cats around – ask anyone who is lucky enough to have one in their lives.  Sadly though, black cats are usually the last to be adopted, despite the fact they’re just as loving and wonderful as a cat of any other color.  A quarter of the cats we currently have for adoption are black.  Most of them are adults, further lowering their chances of adoption.

In honor of Black Cat Day, here are the Top 10 Best Things About Black Cats featuring some of our very own kitties currently up for adoption:

10. When you befriend a black cat, you have a friend for life. They’re some of the most loyal cats around!

Shay and Taya

Shay & Taya, 1.5 year old sisters

9. They know how to cuddle and they’re experts at it.

Katerina and Wookey

Katerina & her brother Wookey, 1.5 years old

8. What they lack in fancy colors they make up for in purrsonality- no two are alike!

Sir Pounce

Sir Pounce, 4 months old

7. They have gorgeous eyes that, thanks to their beautiful black coats, truly stand out.

Ziggy

Ziggy, 6 years old

6. They’re like miniature black panthers, just small enough to fit in your home.

Fishsticks

Fishsticks, 2.5 years old

5. They have very distinct meows- you’ll know who’s calling for dinner.

Lucy Lui, 9 months, and her best friend Bear, 7 years old

4. They purr so much and so loudly that you wonder how they never run out of purrs.

Jahan

Jahan, 10 weeks old

3. They usually have a trick or two up their sleeve, like headbutts or hi-fives or turning shoes into beds.

Gustaf

Gustaf, 11 weeks old

2. They’re good luck – bring a black cat into your life and it will only get better. And better.

Bartholomew

Bartholomew, 6 years old

1. They have sooo much love to give. They’ve often waited so long to be adopted that when they finally are, they will truly be all yours.

Daisy

Daisy, 1.5 years old, has cerebellar hypoplasia. This doesn’t affect her health, but makes her a little wobbly when she walks.

In loving memory of Karona, who touched the hearts of many VOKRA volunteers.

Karona

Karona