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Cowichan Cat Rescue calling for cat food

Cowichan Cat Rescue’s trying their hand at a new way of collecting donations.

Organizers are calling their latest drive “cram the van” and are asking Cowichanians to come out Dec. 31 to Duncan Pets to fill a Caravan with cat food.

“Our efforts are focused on filling a Dodge Caravan with cat food, to stock up for the upcoming kitten season as well to collect donations to help pay off our considerable vet bills from 2011,” said organizer Lisa Aeichele. “It has been brought to our attention that the community may be misinformed and people tend to believe we get our vet services free.

“This is not the case and our outstanding vets need to be paid.”

Cowichan Cat Rescue’s mandate includes putting a halt to Cowichan’s feral cat population from breeding.

“The impact is far greater than just stopping kittens from being born in the wild,” Aeichele said. “These cats are fed, fixed and treated for any ailment they have. What we are doing gives them the fighting chance they were denied when they got thrown away like garbage.”

In 2011, CCR spayed 76 cats for low-income families.

Its feral cat program fixed 450 Cowichan cats.

“Our budget this year required $50,000,” Aeichele said. “We have received a portion from grants (approximately $15,000) but the rest, well those dollars come from adoptions and donations.”

Cram the van takes place from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Duncan Pets just off the Island Highway next to the Money Mart.

— Ashley Degraaf

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