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Vancouver Orphan Kitten Rescue Has Rescued 1,100 Cats In 2022 And Counting

12 Dec

Vancouver Orphan Kitten Rescue Association (VOKRA) is a wonderful volunteer driven non-profit organization based in East Vancouver. This non-profit was founded by two amazing women Karen Duncan and Maria Soroski.  VOKRA is run by an army of passionate volunteers who do amazing work in the community with lost, stray and feral cats and kittens.  We’ve learnt that in 2022, they have rescued 1,100 kittens/cats and the year isn’t even done. VOKRA incurs $60,000 a month in vet bills which does not include the cost of cat food or litter. If you are able to assist VOKRA with their work by way of a donation, you can make a donation online.  All financial donations go directly to funding the supplies, equipment, and veterinary and operational costs required to ensure the cats in their care are warm, safe and healthy. If you have items that can be donated that would assist them in their work, visit their Wish List to see what items are needed. Lastly, you can also support them by purchasing items in their online Shop.

Photo Credit: Catitude Photography

We Tour VOKRA: Vancouver Orphan Kitten Rescue Association

13 Mar

VOKRASaves.JPGWe recently had the pleasure of taking a tour of VOKRA, Vancouver Orphan Kitten Rescue Association.  Their intake facility is based in East Vancouver on Wall Street.  This non-profit was founded by two amazing ladies Karen Duncan and Maria Soroski who along with their  army of volunteers do great work in our community.   Army is a great way to describe the operation of this non-profit, particularly as it relates to the organization of it. From the volunteers, to the fosters which number over 350, the medical staff, the feeding and care of the cats in their care at the facility, the fundraising, the day-to-day operations of the facility. It takes an army to do the work that they are able to do.  VOKRA started 19 years ago and became a non-profit organization 18 years ago. Karen and Maria created the organization in part to deal with the large feral population in Vancouver and have made great strides with their Trap-Spay-Neuter program.  Through this program, their hard work and passion for what they do, they have now been able to keep down the numbers of feral cats/kitties coming into the facility. Their focus has shifted somewhat to focus more on lost, injured and abandoned cats. Unfortunately, due to rental restrictions in Vancouver, pet rescue organizations are seeing more abandoned cats.  As one that’s assisted in reuniting pets that are lost, the sheer volume makes us wonder why cats are allowed outdoors. If you wish to adopt from VOKRA, note they do have a strict indoor cat policy.  They’ve witnessed first hand what happens to cats that encounter coyotes, raccoons, cars and disease. Their focus is on education and responsible pet ownership which we applaud.

What we also learnt is the amazing support network that VOKRA has built up over the years. People volunteer their time and give resources to this organization, but VOKRA regularly gives back as well.  They are located in an area where there is some low income housing and if a senior or low income resident comes looking for food for their cat, if they are short that month, VOKRA has them covered.  This organization is a labour of love. We think these women deserve medals, keys to the City, or a day or two off.  If you are interested in volunteering at VOKRA whether it’s fostering cats, helping with paperwork or fundraising, check out Volunteering at VOKRA.

Going forward we will be featuring some of the cats in foster waiting for their FURever families.  For now, we leave with some photos of cats currently in their care.


Giving Locally: Vancouver BC SPCA Wish List 2016

19 Dec

spcaadoptedismyfavouritebreedWe at ILiveInEastVan.com are big supporters of all the great work the staff and volunteers do at the Vancouver SPCA.  The SPCA is a non-profit organization that helps nearly 37,000 injured, abused and homeless animals each year and relies on generous donations from supporters.  We provide our support wherever we can. If you follow us, you know we regularly feature many of the pets waiting for adoption.  Today, we would like to tell you about a different way you can support the Vancouver SPCA. That is by contributing some much needed items from their Wish List.  Maybe you have some extra items at home that they could use, or maybe you would like to purchase a few items from their Wish List for them this Christmas. Which ever way you choose to support them, these items go a long way to helping them do the great work they do.  If you do purchase new items to be donated, keep your receipt and drop it off with some identification and you are eligible for a tax receipt for income tax purposes.  We have set out below a short list of some of the most wanted items that would help them immensely, we invite you to take a peek:

Animal Care

  • Gently Used Bedding, Towels & Blankets
  • Clumping litter for cats
  • Fancy Feast or Tiki cat tuna for adult cats & senior cats
  • Treats for cats: They love Temptations
  • Smart toys and kongs of any kind
  • Leashes/collars
  • Bully sticks and hard chew toys for dogs (big need, few donations)
  • Training treats for dogs
  • Small animal toys for -chinchillas, guinea pigs, rabbits, rats & gerbils
  • Craisins, Cheerios, Shreddies
  • Romaine lettuce, bok choy, carrots, cilantro & parsley for the rabbits

Cleaning – Office

  • Eco friendly cleaning products
  • Paper Towels
  • Dishwashing soap
  • Photocopy paper

Donations can be dropped off at the Vancouver Shelter at 1205 East 7th Avenue (at the corner of East 6th Avenue & Keith Drive). For those taking transit, the Vancouver SPCA Shelter is located across the street from the VCC-Clark Skytrain Station.  The shelter is open Monday to Friday 10:30 am – 5:00 pm and Saturday & Sunday from Noon – 4:00 pm and items can be dropped anytime during those times.  If you have any questions, you can phone or email the Vancouver shelter directly at T: 604-879-7721 or vancouver@spca.bc.ca. For those that are cat lovers, VOKRA- Vancouver Orphan Kitten Rescue Association is another great East Vancouver based non-profit that seeks your assistance. Visit their Wish List available online for more information. We thank you in advance for helping support the great work these folks do speaking for all those that cannot speak for themselves

What You Can Do To Help Urban Wildlife In This Heat Wave

21 Jul

KittenLauraSchirmacherAs you might imagine this record heat wave is making it tough on some of Vancouver’s urban wildlife. A recent Province article highlights the issue. It states that Vancouver Orphan Kitten Rescue Association co-founder Karen Duncan is reporting that they are seeing more stray cats in very poor shape due to dehydration. As they have no rain water, they like have little or nothing to drink. If you suspect there are feral or stray cats in your neighbourhood, Karen suggests putting out a bowl of water.

It was also reported that some birds have landed in swimming pools and have become water logged. Karen at VOKRA suggests some residents put out bird baths to assist our feathered friends.

It seems even the bees could use our help. It has been recommended, that you set up a shallow pan of water with rocks or marbles for bees to have a drink. Seems if you add a scent, the bees will seek out water sources that are scented say the experts. If you want to learn more, check out Why Honey Bees Need Water.

If you see wildlife in distress, here are a few options:

If you see a feral/stray cat or kitten in distress, you can contact VOKRA by telephone at 604-731-2913 or by email at info@vokra.ca

To report an animal in distress (including wildlife), the BC SCPA’s toll free hotline is 1-855-6BC SPCA OR 1-855-622-7722. This call centre is open 7 days per week, Monday to Friday from 9:00 am to 5:30 pm as well as Saturday and Sunday from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm. If there is an animal emergency outside of these hours, the BC SPCA states that you are to contact your local police department or RCMP.

If you see other wildlife, birds, raccoons in distress, contact the Wildlife Rescue Association in Burnaby at 604.526.7275.


Photo Credit (Cat): Laura Schirmacher

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