May Rescue of the Month

Surrey Community Cat Coalition

Each month we highlight a different rescue or charity in the store, along with donating a percentage of our profits toward their cause. Our May rescue of the month is the Surrey Community Cat Coalition

Formed to end the overpopulation of cats in Surrey and improve their welfare through spay/neuter, adoption, public education, and advocacy, its members include:

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Cat lovers of Surrey take note:

The Coalition recently launched its Spay/Neuter Program for cats in low income households and stray/feral cats. It’s a pilot project in partnership with the City of Surrey and participating veterinary clinics. Do you live in Surrey and have kittens who have not been fixed yet? Click here to access the spay/neuter application form, or go to surreycats.ca to find out more about the project!


 

April Charity of the Month: BC SPCA

We are partnered with the British Columbia Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (BC SPCA) to provide adoptable cats for Catfe, and we are so proud of the work they do, we wanted to feature them as our charity of the month as well! The BC SPCA was created in alignment with the provincial Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act in 1895. The society is the only animal welfare organization in BC which has the authority to enforce laws relating to animal cruelty, and to prepare cases for Crown Counsel for the prosecution of individuals who inflict suffering on animals.
 

The Vancouver branch that we normally work closely with had to shut down earlier this year to focus all their efforts on caring for the animals they rescued from a puppy mill seizure in Langley that saw the rescue of 66 sick and neglected dogs, who had medical and psychological issues as a result of being kept in deplorable conditions.

We were touched to see shelter staff in action, mobilising their efforts to care for these neglected animals.

In the weeks following another large scale seizure from a Surrey breeder, new regulations for dog and cat breeders were announced. The BC SPCA has been advising the BC government on asystem for licensing breeders, in hopes that this new legislation will prevent the kinds of animal suffering that are caused by massive, unscrupulous commercial breeding operations.

We at Catfe have seen firsthand how deeply the staff and volunteers at the BC SPCA care for their animals, and we're proud to be connected with them and do our part in helping some of their kitties find homes. They have taught us a lot in these past few months, and we look forward to learning more under their guidance. A percentage of this month's profits will be donated to the society.

‘Keanu’ the kitten set to take over Catfe next week, April 18 –22!

Join us next week in anticipation of the release of comedy duo Key & Peele’s action comedy flick Keanu — the story of two unwitting heroes who must take the law into their own hands after their beloved kitten Keanu is catnapped!

On Monday April 18, we’ll have a pro photographer onsite from 4pm to 9pm to snap portraits of customers with their favourite Catfe kitty. The first 50 visitors from 4pm onward will receive a voucher for free admission to Catfe! (Note: vouchers do not guarantee immediate entry — because we only allow a maximum of 16 visitors at a time in the cat lounge, vouchers may be kept for use at a later date.) Check out the trailer below and stop by Catfe all of next week for a chance to win prizes including advance screening passes, gift cards and swag! 

 

FUN FACT: The character of Keanu was collectively played by a total of seven kitty actors, all of which were rescued from shelters. On the set, the safety of the kittens was paramount and they were loved and cuddled by the cast and crew between scenes. AHA (American Humane Association) was also on set to ensure the safety of the cats. All of the kittens (now young cats) have forever homes.

 

Keanu opens in theatres on April 29!

March Rescue of the Month: RAPS

While we are proudly partnered with the BC SPCA to provide adoptable cats for Catfe, it is our aim to act as a centre for support and awareness for animal rescues and charities all over British Columbia. Each month we donate a percentage of our profits to a different charity, and help shine a spotlight on the important work that they do. 

This month we support Richmond Animal Protection Society, who runs the utterly ameowzing Cat Sanctuary, Richmond's very own feline wonderland. The sanctuary currently houses more than 400 cats on its 6-acre property, providing a safe and secure forever home for formerly homeless, helpless cats who are feral or unadoptable. It is maintained with the help of around 100 volunteers, and is funded by donations and revenue from the RAPS thrift store. 

You can visit the RAPS Cat Sanctuary on Sundays, when it is open to the public from 1 to 4 pm. To find out more, visit their website here

This month we are selling RAPS greeting cards pictured above — featuring portraits of the Cat Sanctuary residents, taken by Michele Wright. They are available in the meowchandise section of the cat lounge, and all proceeds go to RAPS!

February Rescue of the Month: C.A.R.E.S.

We are pleased to announce that C.A.R.E.S. (Canadian Animal Rescue & Extended Shelter) in Langley, BC is our February rescue of the month! C.A.R.E.S.'s mission is to rescue, shelter and find loving homes for stray, abandoned and unwanted cats. Formed in 1993, the rescue provides shelter for these kitties in a safe, loving, cage-free environment. Their no-kill policy ensures that any cat who is not adopted is able to live the rest of his or her natural life at the shelter. 

This month C.A.R.E.S. is featuring their 'Forget-Me-Not' kitties — these cats are 'lifers'. Some arrived at the shelter with complicated medical or behavioural issues, and C.A.R.E.S. is committed to taking care of these cats for the rest of their lives. Some call them the 'un-adoptables', but at C.A.R.E.S. they simply call them 'loved'. Ultimately, they would still like to see these sweet souls with a foster family.

We've highlighted a few of the Forget-Me-Nots' stories in this post, but you can click on each cat's photo to read more about their story. A portion of our profits this month will go towards helping C.A.R.E.S., but you can also click here if you'd like to donate towards helping these lifers continue their happy lives with the help of this lovely organization! 


SQUEEKY

SQUEEKY

SQUEEKY

Squeeky is as beautiful looking now as the day she arrived at C.A.R.E.S. She was under a year old when she came to the shelter in November, 2008. She’d been rescued by a volunteer out of the wall of a barn that was going to be torn down near the shelter. Traumatized and quite scared, it took a very long time before any volunteer was able to touch her. She took much comfort in hiding behind other cats and the only way you could pet her was to slowly reach over the others in front of her and pet her while you were petting the cat in front of her.

The only home Squeeky has known is the C.A.R.E.S. shelter. She continues to adore the company of other cats, and in particular, her best friend Brandy. The two are often seen cuddling together in a kitty bed, or walking and bumping along together to go get a bite to eat at the feeding bowls. You can now pet Squeeky with just her friend Brandy buffering her. With the new addition of enclosed outside runs this past year, you can usually see Squeeky outside catching some rays. She just loves the outside. For a cat who has never had a real home, Squeeky seems to have accepted the C.A.R.E.S. shelter and her fellow felines as her home and “family”. We still hold out hope that the right person might come along and offer a home to Squeeky and her buddy Brandy together.

ZOE

ZOE

CADDY

CADDY

GEORGE

GEORGE

POGO

POGO


  MANNY

 

MANNY

MANNY

Manny, our 5-year-old Manx kitty, was found as a stray at a Langley farm. In 2013, Manny was trapped by C.A.R.E.S. as part of our TNR (Trap, Neuter and Release) program. However, when volunteer Lisa found Manny, he wouldn’t stop crying. Concerned, she took him to the vet. Lisa ultimately saved Manny’s life! The vet found that Manny had a severe gastro-intestinal blockage that had prevented him from having any normal bowel movements over the course of many days.

Manny, over the years, has had his fair share of bowel issues and frequent vet trips. However, he has come to love C.A.R.E.S. and can always be found waiting for the volunteers to arrive in the morning to greet them. When the days are bright and sunny, Manny can be found in the enclosed outdoor space soaking up the rays!

ROSIE

ROSIE

SINATRA

SINATRA

LADY

LADY

HANDSOME

HANDSOME


PATCHES

PATCHES

Patches

Patches arrived at C.A.R.E.S. in May 2007 after the shelter received a call from the Langley Animal Hospital. A volunteer who worked there advised that her owner had brought her in to euthanize her, as she didn’t want her anymore. Patches was 6 years old at the time and the lady said she just was not very social. She confessed that when Patches was small, she was not able to pet her very much due to her own arthritis issues.

C.A.R.E.S. agreed to take Patches and could quickly see that this cat indeed was antisocial. She would stay in a hidey cubby most of the time and would hiss or smack at you if you tried to pet her. She did like her food and would come out of her house to eat but then would head back in when done. Sadly, a couple of years after Patches came to C.A.R.E.S., she was diagnosed with Diabetes. She needed insulin shots twice daily. An antisocial cat with medical issues — not so very adoptable. My mother always said “time heals”, and we do believe this is a bit of the case with Patches. At age 14, she is a much nicer cat than when she arrived. Perhaps with the daily attention she is receiving, not only to administer shots, but also to clean her eyes and give her brushings, Patches seems to have decided this is all okay. She is a good girl taking her shots and enjoys her spot on the table by the window where she can look outside. Although she has come to accept the shelter as her home, it would be wonderful to see this old gal get a foster home where she could spend her twilight years.


Rescue of the month: VOKRA

While we are proudly partnered with the BC SPCA to provide adoptable cats for Catfe, it is our aim to act as a centre for support and awareness for animal rescues and charities all over British Columbia. Each month we will donate a percentage of our profits to a different charity, and help shine a spotlight on the important work that they do. 

This month we highlight Vancouver Orphan Kitten Rescue Association (VOKRA) — a non-profit, no-kill cat rescue organization that has been helping homeless kitties in the Lower Mainland since 2000. Their Trap-Neuter-Return program has helped to virtually eliminate feral cat colonies in Vancouver and Burnaby, and they are working to do the same with the estimated 20,000 feral cats in Surrey. VOKRA has a network of over 350 foster homes, helping 1,800 cats annually; they are always taking applications from families and individuals interested in fostering a cat — to learn more about fostering, click here.

Check out some of VOKRA's current adoptable kitties (click their names to read their profiles): 

VOKRA’s mission is to end cat overpopulation and homelessness. We rescue, heal, then place cats — first in our network of foster homes, then in carefully matched, loving, forever homes. We are a passionate, volunteer-driven charity with extensive cat care experience. We believe that no kill is the only responsible approach to rescue, that Trap-Neuter-Return works and that cats are AWESOME!
— vokra.ca

Closed until Friday due to CATLESSNESS

Catfe will be closed this week, reopening on Friday, January 8th. Due to the overwhelming success of adoptions in our first few weeks, we have run out of cats!

Our aim is to have anywhere between 8 and 12 cats at the cafe, which will fluctuate as cats get adopted out and more cats arrive, but over the next week, as a result of steady adoptions paired with holiday hours and bad road conditions for our Northern cat transfers, our partners at the BC SPCA have been low on cats to send to us.

We update Facebook as new cats arrive, so you can check back regularly to find out about our most recent arrivals. We are excited that so many cats have already found homes, but we also look forward to providing a fun, cat-filled space in the near future with lots of new feline furriends to meet. Thank you for your patience as we grow!

*PLEASE NOTE there is NOT a shortage of adoptable cats in the Lower Mainland, and the BC SPCA only sends us their most social cats - if you are looking to adopt a cat, please check out their gallery of adoptable cats, and check out other local cat rescues, such as Vancouver Orphan Kitten Rescue AssociationRichmond Animal Protection SocietyLangley Animal Protection Society (LAPS)Katie's Place Animal Shelter, Tinykittens and CARES Cat Shelter

Happy Mew Year!

We find ourselves poised at the start of a new year with a very exciting discovery - in just two weeks of being open, Catfe is proving to be quite effective for finding new homes for our cats! We are really excited about the possibilities for 2016, and there is only one minor downside in the week ahead: we are quite low on cats at the moment!

In December we had nine adoptions, leaving us currently with four cats in house - two of which have been approved for adoption and will be leaving us Saturday! The result of steady adoptions paired with holiday hours means that our partners at the BC SPCA are low on cats to send to us - so over the next few days we will be a little low on kitties.

But there won’t be a shortage of cats that need our help in the coming year, so we look forward to bringing in more and more cats in the weeks to come and providing them with a safe space to socialize and help them find their forever homes. Thanks for supporting us, and hope to see you soon!

BRING ON THE KITTEHS

Photos by Sarah Costa

Photos by Sarah Costa

Catfe is set to open Monday, December 14 and we couldn't be more excited to share it with you! We will be open daily 11 am to 9 pm, except for Thursdays, when we will be closed to bring in new cats from the BC SPCA every week. On Monday we will have five cats in the space, with more to come on the 17th!

Because we can only allow 16 people at a time in the cat lounge, reservations are recommended — you can make yours at catfe.ca/reservations. (Be sure to specify the number of people in your party at the top right of the calendar!) We've also left a couple spots open every hour so that we can accommodate some walk-ins. Looking forward to seeing you soon!

Opening sooooooooon!

We're wrapping up construction this week, and then onto inspections and acquiring our permits and licenses! We are mere weeks away and will announce an opening date very very soon! THERE IS A LIGHT AT THE END OF THE TUNNEL and it's the light of a dozen purring kitties excited for the next step in their journey to forever homes.