Welcome to the
Helping Homeless Cats
of Greater Victoria Society
NOTICE: We are temporarily at
capacity and cannot accept any cats until we have the space and funds to
adequately care for more
Looking for the latest updates?
To see the most current activities of Helping Homeless Cats please go to our Facebook page. There are daily posts, photos, and videos about our kitties - plus lots of cat humour!
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We need donations toward Toby’s hospitalization.
Toby has been in a Long Term Special Needs Foster Home (see his bio in that section). Four years ago he came to us with a serious upper respiratory illness after living for an extended period in a hay loft in stables. He was fighting for his life at the time and also needed extensive dental surgery where all of his teeth had to be removed. We didn’t know if he would make it, but Toby, the little cat with the big whiskers, was a survivor! He recovered but was left with permanent respiratory damage. Toby would sneeze and cough a fair amount and also drooled due to having no teeth. He is a gorgeous kitty but could be quite messy at times – but always adorable. Later Toby developed hyperthyroidism, a skin condition, and high blood pressure. Even with all of these problems, Toby is congenial and happy kitty.
Toby is again in the vet hospital. After stopping his antibiotics, his pancreatitis flared up and his kidneys worsened. He is in the hospital for a few days on an IV to see if the problem can be reversed as it was last time. We again need your help as we want to give Toby every possible chance. He is a great kitty and loves his Long Term Special Needs Foster Home. His foster family donates for his basic needs, but for his vet care we need extra help. Thank you to all who helped in the past. Our team efforts have helped to save the lives of kitties like Toby. They deserve the best care we can provide!
Thank you to Toby’s friends who have donated towards his care. More donations are needed of any amount. This can be done through www.canadahelps.org to HelpingHomelessCats or by at www.paypal.com to firstname.lastname@example.org or with a cheque sent to Helping Homeless Cats at the address on this site.
All cats on this
INDOOR - ONLY adult homes
We focus our resources on rescuing and rehoming mature cats.
Thank you for understanding.
Garden City Cat Club for giving us the honour of a table in the entrance of their cat show in Sidney in June. We met people who were good contacts for adopting and volunteering.
THANK YOU PURDY’S CHOCOLATES FOR SUPPORTING ANIMAL RESCUE!
We are grateful to everyone who participated in the Easter Fundraiser.
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THRIFTY's SMILE CARDS
The Thrifty's Smile Card Program for this year is active! Please use your current Smile Cards or get a new one by emailing us at firstname.lastname@example.org and we’ll send you one.
At Customer Service in Thrifty’s or at the register (before they begin ringing up your groceries) you load your Smile card by Visa or cash. Then use it for your groceries and Thrifty’s will donate 5% to us from what you spend. You pay no extra.
In 2013 we received $2000 from the program which was a big help with food and vet care. Thank you very much for helping us in this meaningful way.
1027 Cook Street (at Fort)
Sorensen Books is sponsoring Softie! We feel it is an honour that this very respected and lovely bookstore is helping our sweet Softie while he has his long wait for a home. We also hope for a miracle that someone shopping in the store may see his story and be able to provide a perfect home for him. Please visit this bookstore and make a donation of any size. (Donations of $10 or more will generate a tax receipt for you, but any amount is appreciated.)
Softie is a wonderful kitty who was being fed behind a grocery store by a kind person. He was living under a hedge and fending for himself for a long time. Finally he trusted the woman enough to allow her to capture him and he went to the vet for neutering and blood tests. Unfortunately, his time outside included contracting FIV so he is now “positive”. We tested him twice to be sure, even getting the more expensive test with fewer false positives but, alas, poor Softie still tested positive. However, he is a very sturdy and healthy cat! His FIV status means he needs an entirely indoors home but it does not mean a short life. It is best if he is an only cat or with another FIV cat BUT new research shows that if a cat is not fighting they will probably not transmit the virus. Softie is a very affectionate and playful adult and desperately needs a home. However, it may take awhile to find the right caring person. In the meantime Cathy Sorensen has taken on the project of having her bookstore sponsor Softie! Donations made at Sorensen Books are collected by our charity the first of every month and used for Softie’s food and supplies.
Elements Compounding Pharmacy
at 3540 Blanshard St. in Victoria (near Pacific Cat Clinic & Save-On Foods) is
very supportive of our rescue efforts. They have our catnip mice for sale and
also have a coin donation box for us. They can also accept larger donations
for us and for those of $10 or more we will send a tax receipt. The pharmacy
staff is very friendly and helpful, so please stop by. Also, bring your
prescriptions for yourself and your pets!!
GIFT IDEAS THAT HELP SAVE LIVES:
A great gift for kitties is our wonderful hand-crocheted CATNIP MICE TOYS. You can find a large assortment on the counter at Pets West in Broadmead, Elements Compounding Pharmacy in Victoria, and also Elk Lake Veterinary Hospital, Shelbourne Pet Clinic, Countryside Pet Hospital, and Brentwood Bay Veterinary Hospital.
DONATION GIFT CERTIFICATE
(click to view an example certificate) is a gift that helps save a life!
$30 will feed a cat
for a whole month.
$50 will provide a physical examination for a cat with medical problems.
Please email us at
email@example.com or call us at
778-426-2426 for further information on how to get gift donation certificates
for all the cat lovers on your holiday gift list!
Get a THRIFTY’S
SMILE CARD mailed to you from us at no cost and “load it” with a credit at
any Thrifty’s and give the gift of groceries. For all purchases with Smile
Cards with our number, Thrifty’s will donate 5% of that amount to us for our
Senior Foster Program. Call us at 778-426-2426 or email
firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
And, of course, a
GIFT DONATION for the kitties by mailing a cheque or using Pay Pal or
CanadaHelps.org is very much appreciated! All donations go directly to food,
supplies and vet care for rescued cats.
Cheques can be
Helping Homeless Cats
of Greater Victoria Society
P.O. Box 101
Saanichton, BC V8M 2C3
Thank you for
visiting our website! We have many kitties who need quiet indoor-only foster
homes. If you wish to consider this or adopting, please call us as there are
more cats than on the website. Please also click on our Facebook button on
the right where you will see over 1,000 photos and videos of our cats and stories about them.
Dedicated volunteers (not paid
employees) run Helping Homeless Cats rescue and cats are kept in foster homes
until adoption. For food, supplies and vet care, we depend on your donations
made by mailing a cheque or using our
Pay Pal donation page or
CanadaHelps.org donation page.
To receive a tax receipt for a cheque or Pay Pal donation, please email us your
name and address or fill out and return a donation form found in
Forms & Agreements. CanadaHelps.org provides a tax
Cats of Greater Victoria Society was
formed in 2009 for the purpose of rescuing abandoned domestic cats and helping
feral cats. Our goal is to find good foster and permanent homes for cats we
have rescued so we can help more cats in the future. When possible, we maintain
long-term foster homes for seniors, low income families, and those on
disability. We rely heavily on donations from supporters in order to help cats
in desperate need of food, shelter, and medical care. Donations also allow us
to maintain our foster homes which greatly benefit not only the cats but also
the people who love them.
All cats in our care
have received: spay/neuter, shots, flea treatment, deworming, veterinary exam,
and FIV testing if deemed necessary. Medical treatment is provided when
needed. We greatly appreciate donations for medical care, such as when a senior
cat needs life-saving dental work. Before adoption, potential adopters are
welcome to have blood tests done at their own expense to more completely assess
the cat’s health status.
domestic cats are available for adoption and fostering to INDOOR-only
non-smoking homes. We have cats of all ages, including one-year-old cats to
middle-age. We love the seniors and have several sweet cats around 8 or 10. We
also have older affectionate seniors and many lovely shy young cats who are
available for sponsoring and visiting as they need help gaining trust of
humans. We seek sponsors to donate monthly to their ongoing care since they
have a longer road to adoption.
We maintain a foster program where cats live in loving homes while awaiting permanent adoption. We also have a special Long-Term Senior Foster Program, particularly for older seniors, where the cat is not up for adoption until such time as there is a change in circumstances with the senior, the cat or the rescue that makes it best for us to bring the cat back to the rescue.
our cats are adopted to INDOORS non-smoking homes only.
See the links under “adoption” in the About Us section which explain
in great detail why indoors homes are best.
All content on www.helpinghomelesscats.com is the
Homeless Cats of Greater Victoria
unless otherwise specified.
Please do not reproduce without permission.
News and Views
Visit Our Supporters:
Saanichton Village Veterinary Hospital
7-7816 E. Saanich Rd, Saanichton, BC
Simply Cremations & Funeral Services
Unit 2, 2075 Henry Avenue West
Sidney, BC V8L 1T2
3540 Blanshard St.
2425 Bevan Ave, Sidney, BC, V8L 4R7
220 - 777 Royal Oak Dr
Bosley's - Royal Oak
104 - 4478 West Saanich Road
James Bay Pet Supplies
300 Beckley Ave.
Red Brick Café
2423 Beacon St.
1027 Cook Street (at Fort)
Glanford Bottle Depot
4261 Glanford Ave.
Sidney Bottle Depot
5-10025 Galaran Rd
4975 Pat Bay Hwy
Sidney Pet Centre
4-9769 Fifth St.
Shelbourne Pet Clinic
103 - 1638 McKenzie
Peace At Home Pet Care & Cat Grooming
Countryside Pet Hospital
6800 Oldfield Rd.
Scrubby's Laundromat in Victoria
We acknowledge the financial assistance of the Province of British Columbia