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Day 22: Cat in the Hat

It was one of the truly spectacular Fall days today.The sun was shining, the ocean glistening and calm. It seemed like the leaves had suddenly changed colour and had been painted red, orange and yellow overnight.

It was a walking day for us and I planned to enjoy every minute of it with my son. We walked through our local forested park, down my son’s favourite street which is lined with Chestnut Trees  and he appropriately names “the chestnut street”. We stopped at the local coffee house for a muffin and then continued to a favourite “store” window nearby, where we get to watch cats playing and sleeping in the sun.

The store window belongs to the Orphan Kitten Rescue organization. They have cats available for adoption and also provide both a fostering program as well as a neutering program for homeless cats.

“Vancouver Orphan Kitten Rescue Association (VOKRA) is a no-kill, non-profit, registered charity dedicated to the rescue of cats in the Lower Mainland. We also coordinate rescue work with other groups in BC. VOKRA does not have a shelter. Instead, we provide over 100 individual foster homes throughout the Lower Mainland. In this way we are able to protect the very young from colds, distemper, parasites and other transmissible illnesses. In a home environment, our cats are safe and well socialized, with lots of love and attention. VOKRA covers all of the costs and provides ongoing support to foster families.”

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My son and I stopped to peer again, in this same window of the Orphan Kitten Rescue organization on our walk to gymnastic class today. We already have two dogs but my son like to sit and wish for a cat one day. There are always new cats coming and going. Today, for the first time, I decided to give some money to the organization. They recently place a change box outside their location. I asked my son put the money in the box himself while we discussed why we were helping the cats.

When I had a chance I went to their site to learn more about their mission and discovered I could help them win $10,000 through an online contest at The Animal Rescue Site. Just a few clicks added my vote and with any luck a prize that will contribute to helping the cats.

Later I took the opportunity to visit their website to learn more about their mission and discovered I could help them win $10,000 through an online contest at The Animal Rescue Site. Just a few clicks added my vote and with any luck and each of us following suite, a prize that will contribute to helping their cats in need.

Time Commitment: 5 minute (to give my son a lesson on why we are giving to help cats and click the online contest)

Cost: $2.00 (small change in the bottom of my purse)

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