Donations boost Cat Rescue's spay/neuter program

The number of unwanted Cowichan kittens shold be reduced thanks to a donation to Cowichan Cat Rescue. - John McKinley/file
The number of unwanted Cowichan kittens shold be reduced thanks to a donation to Cowichan Cat Rescue.
— image credit: John McKinley/file

Cowichan Cat Rescue members are happy to be lapping up all the attention — and funding — they're been receiving lately.

A donation of $5,000 was made to the CCR's low cost spay/neuter program on behalf of cat Heidi.

Heidi, a pregnant stray cat, arrived at the front door of CCR in 2002 in desperate need of a home and help. She found the love and care she needed.

Heidi became ill in April and lost her battle to an aggressive form of leukemia despite the best efforts of the family to obtain highly-skilled specialized vets.

The family wanted to create a significant memorial for Heidi and made the donation her legacy.

"As a result, approximately 45 cats owned by people living below the poverty line will be spayed or neutered or vaccinated,'' noted Jean Hamilton, trustee for CCR. "Hundreds, very likely thousands, of unwanted kittens will not be born into lives of deprivation as a result.''

CCR also applied to the Cowichan Valley Regional District for a contribution to the low cost program and was notified $3,231 had been approved and will be arriving soon.

An anonymous donor, who has matched donations in the past, will be doing it again with the CVRD's contribution.

"This is fabulous news for the residents of the valley,'' noted Hamilton. "After many months of no spay/neuter assistance in the valley, we are getting back to work. We are thrilled to be able to announce that we are once again accepting applications.''

The program is available to anyone living below the poverty line within the CVRD boundaries. Applications are available at Duncan Pets.

A $15 per cat contribution is required but can be waived in special circumstances and proof of income must be submitted with the application.


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