Cat adoption saves lives. Adopt a cat and you'll have a friend for life! Contact us, or contact another local humane society, animal shelter or SPCA.
VOKRA: Love, Protect, Respect
Celebrating 12 Years of Rescue
Vancouver Orphan Kitten Rescue Association (VOKRA) is a no-kill, non-profit, registered charity dedicated to the rescue of cats in the Lower Mainland. We also coordinate rescue work with other groups in BC.
VOKRA does not have a shelter. Instead, we provide over 100 individual foster homes throughout the Lower Mainland. In this way we are able to protect the very young from colds, distemper, parasites and other transmissible illnesses. 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.
We formed our rescue 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. We 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 our trap/neuter/release program. Our teams of volunteers humanely trap feral cats and kittens. Pregnant feral mothers are cared for through birthing and until their kittens are weaned, at which time we spay the mother and socialize the kittens so that they can be adopted. If the mother cannot be tamed, she is returned to a location where volunteers ensure food and water are available daily, and the cat’s health can be monitored. We also neuter feral male cats, and either adopt them out or release them as appropriate, with the same care arrangements.
VOKRA has grown rapidly since its founding, from approximately 150 kittens and adult cats per year to over 800 in 2008, and over 1,420 in 2009. VOKRA has become a well-known and respected organization in the animal rescue and welfare community. We engage in public education using print, radio and television media, at community events and exhibitions, and through our publications: website, quarterly newsletter, annual calendar, and information pamphlets. VOKRA does all of this entirely with dedicated volunteer workers, private donations, and bequests.
Board of Directors:
Karen Duncan, President
Michele Carrington, Vice President
Maria Soroski, Vice President
Mary Anne Straw, Treasurer, Co-Secretary
Shelley Dowson, Member at Large, Co-Secretary
Dr Julie Anne Lee, DCH, RCSHom, Director at Large
Dr. Jack Brondwin, DVM, Member at Large
All are rescues are cared for by volunteers in foster homes. After we receive and approve your application, our dedicated volunteers will find the perfect match for you and your family.
We also have rescues at the North Vancouver PetSmart location. Please visit us there.
VOKRA is 100% reliant on donations, volunteers, private grants, and adoption fees. We receive no government funding.
The veterinarians with whom we work kindly provide their services to us for a discounted rate, as we are a registered charity. Nonetheless, the adoption fees for our cats cover only a fraction of the average costs we incur for each of our rescued kittens and cats.
Our adoption fees include the following:
first shot (adopter pays for second/booster shot)
de-flea treatment (if necessary)
tattoo (to identify your kitten if she or he is ever lost)
Kittens under one year $175
Two kittens $300
Adults over one year $125
Mom cat and kitten $250
Why should you adopt?
Dog adoption and cat adoption saves lives. Adopt a dog or adopt a cat and you'll have a friend for life! What is the difference between adopting a cat or kitten versus getting cats for sale or kittens for sale from a cat breeder? When someone is breeding kittens, they are creating new cats who need homes. Some people are interested in a very specific breed of cat or kitten and they think the only way to find that specific breed is to buy a cat for sale from a kitten breeder. Yet animal shelters are filled with cats who must find homes. So rather than buying a cat or kitten for sale from a cat breeder, we encourage people to adopt a cat or adopt a kitten at their local animal shelter, SPCA, humane society or pet rescue group.