“Be Our Valentine” Fundraiser for Cats Alive

Annette Lorak

CATS Alive

Tuesday, January 23 2018

All over the island, Gabriola artists and artisans are busily using their talents to decorate small wooden jewelry or keepsake boxes for the upcoming Cats Alive fundraising event. Paint, sculpture clay, fabric, collage and other media will adorn these boxes, each one a unique and useful art object. With a Valentine’s Day theme of hearts and love for the feline species, the “Be Our Valentine” fundraiser to support the work of Cats Alive will take place on Sunday, Feb. 11 at the Hive, 1-4 p.m. This will be a fun, all-ages event. Activities will include door prizes, a live and silent auction of these remarkable boxes, sales of cat-themed cards and small items, and a craft area where children can make catnip and feather toys for their cats.

Cats Alive is a Gabriola non-profit group whose primary mandate is to look after homeless cats on the island. We will spay and neuter, rescue, foster and find adoptive homes for cats who are strays or in between homes for various reasons. 

The group was founded in the early 1990s to deal with the problem of feral cat colonies on Gabriola. Thanks to the diligent work on the part of Cats Alive volunteers in trapping, neutering and re-homing these cats, there are now very few strays on Gabriola. 

There are also very few kittens, due to public education on cat overpopulation, and our subsidies for the spaying and neutering of cats for low-income owners.

Currently, most of the cats who come into our care are homeless because their owners have become ill, have died or are moving to a residence that does not allow pets. So the majority of our up-for-adoption cats are older but still have plenty of zest for life, and are able and willing to adapt to new situations. 

Everyone involved in Cats Alive works on a volunteer basis. 

The money raised in this fundraiser will go directly to the rescue and care of cats - for veterinary examinations and treatment, spaying and neutering, as well as subsidies for food, supplies and medical costs for cats whose owners have low incomes. 

You can reach our helpline by calling 250-816-CATS (2287). If you are interested in decorating a box, please call Annette at 250-247-7811 or email me at alorek@telus.net