Come run with us on June 24!

On June 24, Team VOKRA will be participating in the Scotiabank Half-Marathon and 5k run/walk and we want you to join us. It might not change your life, but your support will definitely help change the lives of the more than 1,400 kitties we rescue each year.

Kitties like Timmy, a handsome gentleman cat who came to VOKRA way back in 2012 after being rescued from a shelter. Timmy’s diabetic which means he needs a shot of insulin twice a day to stay healthy. It’s very difficult to find someone willing to take on a kitty with health issues, so at some shelters cats like Timmy are often deemed “unadoptable” and end up being euthanized. At VOKRA, they believe every kitty deserves a chance at a happy, healthy life so Timmy will stay with them for as long as it takes for him to find the purrfect forever home.

Whether they’re kittens or adults, feral or tame, healthy or sick – VOKRA provides them all with the best care we can. But this does come at a cost.

You don’t have to be an athlete to join. And few on our team have ever fundraised before either (you only need to commit to raising a minimum of $50). All you need is a love of cats. This love is what unites us as a team and carries us all over the finish line!

It’s super easy to get started. To join Team VOKRA simply click here to register. And, as a bonus, each team member is entitled to a special preferred rate. To get the preferred rate be sure to enter one of the following PIN codes:

Half-Marathon discount code: 18VOKRA21K
5K discount code: 18VOKRA5K

Once you’re registered you’ll receive a link to your personal fundraising page so you can get started right away. And to help ensure you achieve your goal, Team VOKRA will provide you with a motivational emails to help you fundraise. We’ll also invite you to join the Team VOKRA Facebook group so you can connect with your fellow team members. So there’s no excuses! Sign up today and join Team VOKRA!

Be sure to reserve your Team VOKRA spot as soon as possible so you don’t miss out!

Don’t want to run? You can still help when you sponsor Team VOKRA today!

You Can Be A Hero Every Month!

Timmy’s a handsome gentleman cat who came to us way back in 2012 after being rescued from a shelter.

Timmy’s diabetic which means he needs a shot of insulin twice a day to stay healthy. It’s very difficult to find someone willing to take on a kitty with health issues, so at some shelters cats like Timmy are often deemed “unadoptable” and end up being euthanized.

At VOKRA we believe every kitty deserves a chance at a happy, healthy life. Whether they’re kittens or adults, feral or tame, healthy or sick – we provide them all with the best care we can. But this does come at a cost.

If you’d like to help, the easiest way for you to provide steady support for the kitties in our care is by joining our monthly giving program.

By choosing to give a monthly gift to VOKRA, you’re providing consistent, reliable resources to help us handle any situation – whether it’s a kitten needing emergency medical care, a cat requiring insulin or a feral tom in need of a neuter.

One donation a month really adds up to a big difference in the life of a cat. Here’s the lifesaving difference you can make:


Will you help a kitty today by joining our monthly giving program?

Donations are processed automatically on the same day each month which helps you budget monthly and annually. And you can change, pause or stop your donation at any time by simply contacting us.

You can also make a one-time gift when you click here.

Timmy’s patiently waiting for a forever home. If you’re interested, you can learn more about him here. Thank you to Angela McConnell for Timmy’s portraits!

 

It’s a TupPURRware Pawty!

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The holiday season is just around the corner and you’re going to need something to put your leftovers in! But have no fear – we’re having a TupPURRware Pawty!

From October 1 – 15, 2015, when you order from Tupperware Canada via our special fundraising page 40% of all proceeds go to us. All funds raised will go directly towards paying down our vets bills.

Click here to order online or contact lindaperry@telus.net. Paper forms are also available at our Operations Centre.

All orders will be shipped directly from Tupperware Canada for delivery around November 1.

 

 

 

Beanie Babies

We recently posted about how much we love our wonderful mama cats but I was reminded today of some other mothers who deserve special mention.

Meet Bean. She gave birth to two babies who are now ten days old and the whole family is being fostered by one of our newest fosters, Dawn. Dawn had only been fostering for four days when VOKRA ended up with two orphaned kittens about the same age as Bean’s littles. The orphaned kittens were being bottle fed but we always prefer for them to be cared for by a mama cat, if possible. It doesn’t always work; the mother doesn’t always accept them. But it was decided that we’d try putting the two orphaned kittens, now named Aberdeen and Nellie, in with Bean’s babies and hope she would care for them.

When Karen brought the kittens over, Dawn was understandably nervous. This was pretty big league stuff after only four days as a foster! Karen took one of Bean’s kittens and rubbed that kitten’s scent on Aberdeen and Nellie before placing them all back in Bean’s nesting box. Dawn held her breath. Aberdeen and Nellie latched on and began to purr immediately. Bean approved them with a stroke of her tongue and the deal was sealed. Dawn started breathing again. “It was as though she had four all along,” she said.

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As an adoptive parent (of human children, that is), I know I love my children every bit as much as a birth mother loves hers. But it is still always amazing to watch a mama cat take in babies she didn’t birth. Some are a little more reluctant than Bean, taking a while to consider these new bundles of fur that are presented to them. But it’s a beautiful thing when they decide to adopt the little orphaned ones, loving them and making no distinction between any of their kittens from then on.

In about eight weeks, all of Bean’s kittens will be looking to be adopted a second time, this time by their forever human families. They are very lucky little kittens to have as loving a mother as Bean. Dawn says Bean’s mothering instinct is so strong that they have to remind her to eat, and often bring her breakfast, lunch and dinner in bed.

So, do all the kittens get along?

“The only drama I have seen is that all the kittens seem to like the same nipple and will sometimes scratch and vie for suckling rights,” Dawn reported.

Sounds like siblings to me!

Thanks for being such a wonderful mom to all of your kittens, Bean. And thanks to Dawn for being a great foster.

Please consider making a donation to VOKRA to help pay for food, litter and vet care for all of Bean’s babies and the hundreds of cats and kittens we rescue every year.

 

 

 

Where Do Your Donations Go? (Video)

Ever wonder where your money goes when you donate to Vancouver Orphan Kitten Rescue Association? Let these adorable VOKRA kitties tell you all about it!

Great big thanks to Jamie Hamilton of Hamilton Design for making this video for VOKRA. Jamie’s family has volunteered with VOKRA for many years and Jamie grew up surrounded by foster kittens so he knows first hand what we’re all about.

Many thanks also to the lovely Bif Naked for letting her song So Happy I Could Die be used. Bif is such a great supporter of animals and we sure do appreciate her.

 

Now that you know how much good your money can do, what’s stopping you from donating to VOKRA?

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