Cortes and Quadra cat rescue groups team up

Cat rescue groups on Quadra and Cortes will team up this spring to reduce the number of homeless cats and kittens

Cat rescue groups on Quadra and Cortes will team up this spring to reduce the number of homeless cats and kittens and to raise funds to support a spay-neuter program on the islands.

On Cortes, a small group of local cat-lovers have come together to create For the love of cats: Cortes Cat Rescue. The volunteer organization has a website (www.cortescatrescue.wordpress.com) and will provide financial assistance to have pet cats spayed or neutered, foster homes for kittens and cats as well as a lost and found service.

“To most efficiently realize these goals, Cortes Cat Rescue will piggy-back on the shoulders of the good people at Quadra Cat Rescue, a highly successful, and generous, group of Quadra Island volunteers, who have been operating for the past six years,” says Ian Ross, one of the group’s coordinators. “At this point, funding is our most urgent priority, to pay for spaying and neutering. We’ll seek charitable and government grants and through community donations. We have opened up a bank account at Coastal Community Credit Union, and charitable tax receipts can be arranged.”

With more than 400 spayed and neutered cats and countless orphans homed on Quadra, cat rescue volunteers have offered to assist the Cortes group with volunteer training, cat transportation to and from vet visits and temporary financial assistance.

Quadra Cat Rescue’s most recent fundraiser was through the concession at Quadra Youth Theatre’s production of The Groom. Through sales of baked goods over the three performances, enough money was raised to fix another two cats. For more information on Cortes Cat Rescue, contact Samantha Statton Moore at 250-935-6756, Ian Ross at 250-935-8568 or Kelly Wand at 250-935-8575.

To contact Quadra Cat Rescue, call 250-285-CATS (2287), or email quadracatrescue@yahoo.com