Noticeable Results: Canadian Rescue, VOKRA, Donation Report

VOKRA - kitten rescue in Canada

Vancouver Orphan Kitten Rescue Association (VOKRA) is a volunteer-driven non-profit dedicated to the rescue of cats by having more than 350 individual foster homes throughout the Lower Mainland. They also coordinate rescue work with other groups in BC.

Halo is proud to partner with Freekibble.com and GreaterGood.org to achieve noticeable results for shelter pets together.

Here’s what VOKRA had to say about a recent Halo Pets donation:

VOKRA - kitten rescue in Canada“Having Halo high quality dry food is an enormous help when we bring in stray cats that will only eat dry kibble. While out on the street trying to survive they often eat garbage until they find a kind hearted human who feeds them. Most people buy the least expensive dry food available, and when we finally have the cat in our care they will only eat that type of kibble, which doesn’t provide much nutrition. We’ve had many such cats in our care and as soon as the Halo kibble arrived I started mixing it into these cats dishes and slowly changing them over to the more nutritious Halo. 

In October 2015, we were the liaison for the local SPCA and was asked to help at a hoarding site. From Oct 2015 – Apr 2016, we removed 57 kittens and 15 adult cats from one home. The adult cats had only been eating inexpensive dry kibble and quite a few had health issues.

VOKRA - kitten rescue in CanadaWe also did a TNR program at this site and spayed and neutered 32 cats. Some had health issues and needed teeth removed or wounds treated, so we brought them to our VOKRA Operations centre to recover after surgery.

While they were with us we started feeding them with high quality wet food.

Some of the cats didn’t eat at first. I realized that these cats had only ever eaten dry food so I offered Halo’s Spot’s Stew Chicken as well as the Salmon kibble.

We were so happy when they started eating Halo. We saw some definite improvement in the quality of their coats.  

A number of these cats were surrendered to VOKRA but when we returned the other cats to the owner I gave her Halo kibble so she would keep feeding it.

She really appreciated all the help and was amazed at the number of bags of Halo food I had brought. It makes us very happy when we can share better quality food with our community and at our rescue.”

Thank you VOKRA for making a noticeable difference for pets in your community.

When you choose Halo pet food, made from natural, whole food ingredients, your pet won’t be the only one with a radiant coat, clear eyes and renewed energy. Halo feeds it forward, donating over 1.5 million meals annually. As always, Halo will donate a bowl to a shelter every time YOU buy.

VOKRA - kitten rescue in Canada

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Friendly Swiss Cat Guides Lost Hiker to Safety

Grimwald Cat

If you sprained your ankle while hiking by yourself, you might get a bit worried. If you then realized that the only trail back was closed, you’d probably get a little scared. However, if you happened to be hiking near the village of Grimmelwald in Switzerland, a local cat might come to your rescue.

According to the Independent, a Hungarian hiker, sc4s2cg posted on Reddit that he was hiking in the mountains around Grimmelwald when he ran into trouble. The route that he meant to take back to the village was marked as closed. With his ankle sprained, the hiker wasn’t sure of a good alternate route.

Then he spotted a cat. Thinking that this might be something to share with his family back home, the hiker began videotaping the encounter. When he shared the story and video on Reddit, he added English subtitles to the adorable video.

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A Holiday Window Art Project

I thought Essley was excited for the holidays last year, but this year puts last to shame. She turns 3 on December 28th, and this is the first holiday season where she really gets it. It’s not even Thanksgiving yet and it’s basically all she talks about. From Santa Claus and Christmas trees to holiday songs and movies to holiday treats, she is obsessed. But her favorite holiday symbol, one about which she speaks almost incessantly, is the snowman. And more than anything, she loves to draw snowmen, and for her dad and I to do the same. So I had an idea of how we could incorporate three things she loves – art, holiday decor, and, of course, snowmen – into a fun creative project that would likely blow her little mind.

One morning last weekend, before my husband took her to run some errands, I told Essley to get into the holiday spirit because when she got home, we were going make something fantastic together. She was so excited that she insisted on wearing a holiday dress. (And truth be told, I may have been even more excited about it than she was.) I put on some holiday music, washed the big window/glass door leading to our back porch (because when you have a 10 month old babe and a 2.5 year old toddler, glass without tiny handprints no longer exists), and gathered our supplies: some Crayola Window Markers and the new Crayola Air Marker Sprayer. When she got home and I told her that we were going to airbrush a snowman scene on the window, she started cheering and dancing around the room. It was pretty awesome.

The first thing we did was sat down with our supplies and picked out our colors, and then Essley practiced putting markers into the Air Marker Sprayer. Then we got to it! This thing is the absolute coolest you guys – all you do is plug it in, insert a marker (the spray nozzle is compatible with all Crayola Broad Line Markers, not just the Crayola Window Markers we used), push the on button, and spray. There’s no messy paint involved. Just markers. I was amazed.

We started by making the outline of the snowman together, and then Essley worked on coloring in it. It was obvious that the Air Marker Sprayer was designed with kids in mind – it’s so easy to use and I know that even beyond the holidays (and beyond windows; it can be used on paper and many other mediums to create endless craft projects) it’s going to make for hours of continuous creativity. We didn’t look at any pictures while we designed, and instead just made things up as we went along, which added to the adventure. Essley very endearingly instructed me to add buttons, and a red scarf, and an orange nose, and finally, a big hat. Then she decided we needed some blue snowflakes, of course. It was really fun to experiment with the Air Marker Sprayer and see how moving it close to the window and/or far away could create different effects. Clean up was a breeze too. And for people who had never airbrushed in our lives, I was admittedly impressed with how our snowman turned out. He’s still going strong too. He gets a big hug from Essley in the morning and before bed, and she fondly named him Art Project Frosty, which I think is simply perfect.

Essley and I both had so much fun creating our holiday window display together, and we’re both looking forward to designing another one soon. It was really cool to get to create something holiday themed together that went beyond just a piece of paper, or even traditional holiday decor. And I love that you can see it from outside too!

If you have little ones who are excited for the holidays, and/or if you’re excited for holiday decorating and want to do something unique this year, grab a Crayola Air Marker Sprayer (they’re only is $ 29.99 and come with 5 Pip-Squeaks Markers, 10 sheets of paper, and 2 stencil sheets) and some Crayola Window markers, and decorate your own holiday window. I’d love to see your creations! And if you share them on social media, make sure to tag them with #AirMarkerSprayer for a chance to be featured on Crayola.com. Happy holiday decorating!

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PetsitUSA’s newest featured pet sitter is Cool Dogs Petsitting in Richmond, VA!  If you are in the Richmond area, you can find their listing here.image441  Cool Dogs offers many services, including:

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