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Vancouver Foundation makes emergency grant to Richmond Cat Sanctuary

Vancouver Foundation has approved an emergency grant of $7,500 to the Richmond Cat Sanctuary to help cope with a sudden influx of 100 farm cats and kittens at the facility

July 7, 2009-Vancouver Foundation has approved an emergency grant of $7,500 to the Richmond Cat Sanctuary to help cope with a sudden influx of 100 farm cats and kittens at the facility.

The cats were recently discovered in the barn of a local farm, and were suffering from a variety of ailments including upper-respiratory infections and ear mites.

All 100 cats require immediate veterinary attention.  Faye Wightman, President and CEO of Vancouver Foundation said, “We just found out about the issue after reading an article in Friday’s Vancouver Sun. We wanted to do something to help, and do it quickly. We hope that others will also contribute, and that many of the cats can be successfully treated and adopted.” 

The money will be used to quarantine and treat the cats. They will be checked for other diseases, vaccinated, and spayed and neutered so they can be put up for adoption. The Cat Sanctuary, which is part of the Richmond Animal Shelter, is home to hundreds of cats, many of whom are available for adoption.

For more information, or to donate to the “urban barn cats”, go to the Richmond Animal Protection Society’s website at www.rapsociety.com To see a video on the Cat Sanctuary, go to the Vancouver Foundation website at   www.vancouverfoundationstories.ca/story.php?recordID=65

With more than 1,200 funds, and assets of $662 million, Vancouver Foundation is Canada's largest community foundation, and one of the oldest in North America. In 2008, Vancouver Foundation distributed $60 million through 3,331 grants to communities and innovative projects across British Columbia. Since it was founded in 1943, Vancouver Foundation, in partnership with our donors, has distributed more than $725 million.

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