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Cat sanctuary is a Sunday visit ritual for many

Eyal Lichtmann   Oct-24-2018

RAPS Cat Sanctuary gives cats a place to live happily until their natural end.

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The RAPS Cat Sanctuary is home to hundreds of cats, most of whom are unadoptable and many of whom faced euthanasia in other jurisdictions. Because the Regional Animal Protection Society is a no-kill animal-serving agency, we take care of these animals until the end of their natural lives, surrounded by the comfort, care and affection they need.

A small staff team and a small army of volunteers—including designated “Kitty Comforters”—ensure individualized attention for every one of the residents. We have special colonies for cats with feline immunodeficiency virus (feline AIDS) and leukemia, those with other special needs and we have a home for the aged cats who prefer a slower pace. We have many cats with diabetes and other chronic but manageable conditions. Similarly, we have many cats with a whole range of behavioural issues. We have cats who are incontinent or who cannot control their bowels. Others have habits that will never make them welcome residents in a family home.

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We believe all of these cats have a right to live happily until their natural end. This is why the RAPS Cat Sanctuary was constructed in the first place and why it has gained so much public support over the years.

Every Sunday, from 1 to 4 in the afternoon, we welcome the public to come visit the Cat Sanctuary. Understandably, we have rules to ensure that feline residents are not upset by the flow of human visitors—most cats revel in the attention, but those who do not are able to escape the activity in specially segregated areas.

The popularity of our Sunday visits has increased massively over the past year or so. Families and individuals, many of whom are unable to have cats in their own homes, make this a weekly destination. We are happy to accommodate the visitors.

The only reason we have been able to save the lives of these animals and provide them with the loving attention they receive is because we have the support of so many animal-loving members of the public.

We are fortunate that some people are including the RAPS Cat Sanctuary in their wills as a legacy gift. Some arrange for RAPS to care for their cats when they are gone or, more generally, leave a bequest to the Sanctuary to help as many animals as possible. This kind of support is what allows us to keep the Cat Sanctuary running.

One of the crucial ways people can support the residents of the RAPS Cat Sanctuary is to sponsor a cat—it’s $25 a month; less than a dollar a day!—and means we can save and improve even more lives. Details on sponsorship, and about everything else we do, is online at RAPSbc.com.


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