We are big animal lovers here at FVP. Cats, dogs, horses, iguanas, pigs, birds – we love all pets and the thought of a pet without a home simply breaks our hearts.
For many reasons pets end up homeless, stray or abandoned. Amazing organizations such as this month’s featured charity, C.A.R.E.S. Cat Shelter (Canadian Animal Rescue & Extended Shelter), take these animals into their shelters, care for them and ensure they are found new forever homes.
C.A.R.E.S was founded in 1993. They provide a caring, clean living arrangement for homeless cats. Sick cats receive medical treatments and their no-kill policy ensures all of the animals who end up in their care are either adopted to loving families or they live out the rest of their natural lives at the shelter. At any one time they will see 100-120 cats at the shelter and 30-60 in foster homes. Many of the cats available for adoption can be found at the adoption centre inside PetSmart in Langley. In the past decade, C.A.R.E.S. has adopted out over 5000 fluffy felines from that location alone!
We love the shelter tour on the C.A.R.E.S. website. One can see that the animals live in a clean, loving environment designed just for them. They have large and small runs, a geriatric ward, even a quarantine trailer for sick kitties.
These types of shelters are run by volunteers with a passionate heart for animals, but that alone is not enough for them to survive. An independent non-profit society, C.A.R.E.S. relies on donations from individuals and companies to help keep them in operation. Tax-deductible donations can be made online, here. Volunteers are the backbone to this organization and they are also required for shelter cleaning, medical treatments, event planning, fundraisers, marketing, foster families and groomers. Please contact C.A.R.E.S. directly if you are able to lend a hand.
The love of a pet is like nothing else. If you are considering adopting a cat, please contact C.A.R.E.S. to see what special furry friends are waiting for a loving home. Read through some of their rescue stories and happy ‘tails’ to hear of some heartwarming stories that have resulted from their volunteer’s great care and sincere dedication to these sweet animals.
C.A.R.E.S. Cat Shelter