I support the Quadra Feral Cat Group's efforts to reduce the number of unwanted cats on the island because it's just too common for cats to become homeless.
When I decided to adopt a cat from the SPCA, the volume and variety, all willing to be an outstanding pet, added a distressing note to the otherwise uplifting feeling of expanding the family.
Aware of the need for adoptive homes, within two and a half years, I ended up adopting three young adult cats who'd come to the shelter as strays with kittens.
All the ones I left behind were relatively lucky; at least they were safe, fed and sheltered. And they had a chance of being noticed by someone and ending up as a pet.
But even with all the dedicated assistance of the SPCA, every year in BC, thousands of unwanted cats never make it home.
There's no comfort in the Quadra numbers, and colonies of feral cats we have on the island start with stray and abandoned pets.
We all won the lottery when my three cats came home. And if luck had been a little bit different, their lives could have been a short, scared fight for survival rather than a shared experience of trust, comfort and affection.
I support the Quadra Feral Cat Group to help reduce suffering, in memory of three who made it.
I support the Quadra Feral Cat Group because I care about animals and have seen many heartbreaking cases of abandonment. I like the idea that the group is helping local cats directly. Members are volunteers and we can be sure that donations are being used here - not being sent away to support an organization with a large bureaucracy.
I really believe that spaying and neutering is the best solution to the many unwanted litters of kittens born each year and want to assist with that.
Many years ago my husband had set out on a hike in the bush with our dogs – near the Granite Bay Rd. junction. He had just started walking when he heard mewing coming from the trees. He stopped to listen and then a little kitten emerged out of the brush, then another, and another, and another, until there were 7 of them! They must have been pretty desperate for food and attention to be that brave in the presence of 2 large dogs. They were just about 8 weeks old and must have been dumped there just hours before.
He was able to gather them up and bring them home and though they had runny eyes and sneezed a lot their illnesses were treatable, and they thrived. We raised them for some time, and eventually found homes for 4, keeping 3 of them.
I’m sure they would have died out there if it hadn’t been for that chance encounter.
Three years ago a handsome black and white cat with a perfect Charlie Chaplin tux & mustache appeared on our patio. We figured he must be hungry, knowing he didn't belong to anyone nearby, so we began putting out table scraps and he began to trust us more and more.
Charlie began to step over the door sill to get his dinner as spring came and we could leave the door open. Long story short, Charlie adopted us, comes inside to sit on laps and be petted, got dewormed & de-flea-ed. Then he brought his mate we named G.G. for gray girl, a Persian with green eyes. Then they added kittens & and a couple more showed up so we wondered what to do about all these cats.
Then we saw the ad in the paper about this group forming. I went to a meeting and found a very well organized group of experienced folks dedicated to solving the problem of abandoned cats breeding
colonies on our island. After only 3 or 4 meetings, G.G. was taken to a foster home. I understand she'll be spayed in a few days. They're putting words and ideas into action right away.
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P.O. Box 192
Heriot Bay, BC