VOKRA volunteers getting ready for kitten season

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Photo Paul Breland and Heather
Hagen-Breland

Spring marks the start of kitten season and it’s a busy time for the Vancouver Orphan Kitten Rescue Association.

“Between now and October we’ll see more than 600 kittens come through our doors,” said VOKRA volunteer Tasha Bukovnik. “There can be anywhere from two to three waves that happen so we’re starting to see a bunch of kittens being born now and in the coming months we’ll see a definite influx. People need to spay and neuter their cats.”

She said people will call them if they see a pregnant cat, cat with kittens, or orphaned kittens and volunteers will go out to trap them. The cats are placed in foster homes and kittens will be ready to adopt once they are 10 weeks old.

Bukovnik said VOKRA is always looking for donations because people would be surprised how much kittens eat. “They really pack down the food and people are shocked because it’s actually more expensive to feed a kitten than it is a cat. They hoover the food like crazy.”

Paul Breland and Heather
Hagen-Breland

Veteran VOKRA foster parents Paul Breland and Heather Hagen-Breland welcomed their 14th litter of kittens on March 10 and provide updates on the their Facebook page: Kittypocalypse Vancouver.

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