About the Grant
Neuterhead sent VOKRA (Vancouver Orphan Kitten Rescue Association) a grant of $3,750, which was used exclusively for the veterinary costs of spaying and neutering. This grant covered the costs of spay/neuter procedures for approximately 25 cats. VOKRA finds homes 1300-1800 cats per year, most of whom need to be spayed or neutered, so their single largest operating expense is veterinary costs.
VOKRA’s mission is to end cat overpopulation and homelessness through rescue, trap-neuter-release (TNR), adoption and public education.
Vancouver Orphan Kitten Rescue Association (VOKRA) is a volunteer-run charity cat/kitten rescue serving Vancouver and other surrounding municipalities in the Lower Mainland.
VOKRA rescues, heals, then place cats – first in their network of foster homes, then in carefully matched, loving, forever homes. They are a passionate, volunteer-driven charity with extensive cat care experience.
For the past 20 years, VOKRA has also operated a very successful and well-known TNR program in which feral cats that are unable to be rehabilitated and placed in homes are spayed or neutered and returned to their original location, and are monitored and provided with food. When VOKRA was founded in 2000, there were an estimated 40-50 feral cat colonies in the City of Vancouver, whose individual populations were growing. Today, largely due to the efforts of their all-volunteer TNR team, the few remaining colonies are static or declining; it is now a matter of maintenance.
VOKRA also plays important education and support roles in community. Their trapping team regularly canvasses neighbourhoods in which strays are found to identify other possible strays, and to let residents know their help is available should they find others. They often provide spay/neuter assistance to low income families, and we have begun a public education program consisting of seminars that teach responsible pet guardianship.