|Paolo & Latte - MW|
For the staff, for those of us who come in more frequently, and for the Kitty Comforters, the scope is greater. I do a lot of fill-in shifts, and I enjoy sometimes being in the back pens, or in Old Aids, feeding in Single-wide or Double-wide – and getting to know a wider variety of cats. There are some areas I rarely get to work in, and when writing about a cat in those areas, I usually turn to one of the staff (mostly Phaedra) for the “inside” on their ways. But no matter where I work, there are favourite areas and cats I will return to visit, just for the pleasure of their company.
|Sweet Val-cat - photo by one of our Rotaract volunteers|
|Fury was the one black cat in Val's litter|
“Val Jones was an executive with the Fraser Port Authority, and called Carol Reichert at RAPS because there were feral cats around the South Fraser Port Authority land and one in particular, an orange male who had an abscess on his head. Carol asked me if I would try to trap him and that's where it all started. Valerie had been feeding cats for a while and had converted a storage shed so the cats would be safe and have a shelter from the cold weather.
Val and I met under the Arthur Laing bridge several early mornings and we would set the traps together. Sometimes we were lucky and over a two month period we managed to trap 15 cats including 5 kittens. From that group of cats came Foxy (Silverfox), Savannah, Paulo, Fury, Latte, Valerie, and others. I named Val-cat after her – though at the time of her capture she was of the most ornery, cantankerous felines I'd ever run into. Valerie (human) particularly loved one cat which we could not catch but since she was there feeding it we felt it was ok. She would come and visit the Sanctuary on Sunday afternoons and bring treats.”
|Savannah & Silverfox (Foxy) - MW|
|Val Jones huts - Christmas 2015 - BC|
We have since lost Val-cat and three of her youngsters to cancer; but that peaceful little corner continues to shelter a sweet group of cats who will be introduced next week
|Looking into VJ 1 - BC|
Blog by Brigid Coult, with thanks to Geri Tiller
Pictures by Brigid Coult, Michele Wright