About the Grant
Neuterhead sent Vancouver Orphaned Kitten Rescue Association (VOKRA) a grant of $2,000. The purpose of this grant was to assist VOKRA with relief for their ongoing efforts to spay and neuter cats surrendered to them and feral strays assisted in their TNR (trap-neuter-release) programs.
Vancouver Orphan Kitten Rescue Association (VOKRA) is a no-kill, non-profit, registered charity dedicated to the rescue of cats in the Lower Mainland.
VOKRA does not have a shelter, instead they rely on a large network of individual foster homes throughout the Lower Mainland. In a home environment, our cats are safe and well socialized, with lots of love and attention. VOKRA covers all of the costs and provides ongoing support to foster families.
VOKRA was formed in 2000, with the plan of caring for very young, mainly bottle-feeding kittens. This age rarely survived if found without a mother cat, because very few people know how or are able to provide the round-the-clock feeding and necessary care. VOKRA soon found that older kittens, under the age at which they could safely be vaccinated, also would do much better in a foster home. Mother cats, both tame and feral, joined the list.
Another crucial part of VOKRA’s work is their trap/neuter/return program (TNR) – Volunteers humanely trap feral cats and kittens. Pregnant feral mothers are cared for through birthing and until their kittens are weaned, at which time the mother gets spayed and the kittens get socialized so that they can be adopted. If the mother cannot be tamed, she is returned to her original location where volunteers ensure food and water are available daily, and the cat’s health can be monitored. VOKRA also neuters feral male cats, and either adopt them out or return them as appropriate, with the same care arrangements.
VOKRA takes in 1800-1900 cats each year. VOKRA has become a well-known and respected organization in the animal rescue and welfare community. VOKRA does all of this entirely with dedicated volunteer workers, private donations, and bequests.