There's more to cat adoption than Cat Café

Dec 20 2017, 3:33 am

News last week that Vancouver’s first Catfe had to temporarily shut its doors because it had run out of felines was in some ways a double-edged sword for the newly opened establishment.

It’s bad for business, of course, but on the other hand it’s extremely good for the dozen or so cats that found new homes after being showcased in the café.

The cat café has since reopened, but there’s a danger that the “breaking mews” might have led some people to believe that there aren’t any adoptable cats in the Vancouver area. That’s simply not true however.

In fact the Vancouver SPCA, who provides the Catfe felines, does have other cats – plenty of them in fact – but not all of its residents have the disposition to thrive in the super social café environment.


Beyond the SPCA, other rescue agencies in the Lower Mainland that take in cats are at capacity, or nearly bursting, says Tasha Bukovnik of the Vancouver Orphan Kitten Rescue (VOKRA).

“We currently have more than 75 cats available for adoption with another 270 in the system and more arriving daily,” she told Vancity Buzz, adding that it takes in an astounding 1,800 cats and kittens each year.

Right now, VOKRA is trying to help Surrey get its cat overpopulation under control with a Trap-Neuter-Release program. VOKRA estimates there are in excess of 20,000 free-roaming cats in the city alone!

“Rescue cats come in all shapes, sizes and colours and each have their own unique personality. There’s always lots of choice and often there are even pure breeds available,” says Bukovnik.

To learn more about adopting through VOKRA visit


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