Stella, a cat adopted through Cat’s Cradle Animal Rescue. (Jakelene Plan/Cat’s Cradle Animal Rescue)

Victoria cat rescue hosts movie night to get charity out of the red

Cat’s Cradle Animal Rescue holds silent auction, film screening at Vic Theatre

Cat’s Cradle Animal Rescue wants to sell out the Vic Theatre to rescue cats who deserve a home.

Organizer Michelle Kuchynski said they hope to raise at least $10,000 and sell out all 200 seats with a silent auction and movie fundraiser on Nov. 8. They will screen the critically acclaimed 2016 documentary Kedi, about Istanbul’s thousands of stray cats and their centuries-old relationship with residents. There are a huge number of silent auction items, said Kuchynski, including a spa package with facials and massages, whale watching, gourmet food and wine packages, spin passes, two-night stays in Greater Victoria and Mayne Island, Victoria Royals tickets, and more.

Kuchynski said the charity takes on cats that are “unadoptable,” usually due to medical conditions. She has two cats from Cat’s Cradle herself, Huey and Wobbles, so named because she has cerebellar hypoplasia, which makes her stumble frequently and “look drunk,” though she is otherwise healthy.

“They are the most loving, affectionate cats because they don’t know any different,” said Kuchynski.

RELATED: Okanagan feral kittens rescued from ‘certain death’ now in foster care

No one at Cat’s Cradle takes a salary, which Kuchynski said is unique among rescue organizations (Kuchynski herself is a respiratory therapist at Royal Jubilee Hospital). Most of their funding comes through Second Chances, a Sidney thrift store run mostly by retirees who put in four-hour volunteer shifts. Funds also come from gaming grants and other one-off fundraisers. Still, Kuchynski said they are always in the red, and she hopes this fundraiser will help.

Besides renting the theatre, Kuchynski said 100 per cent of the proceeds will pay for food, medical needs, and general care. All animals are put into foster homes, so there are no cages. In exchange for providing a foster home, Cat’s Cradle pays for medical care, litter and food, so the option is good for cat lovers who might not be able to afford one. Kuchynski said they take whatever cat needs a home, and many have particular medical needs, so costs can be high.

“A lot of them have been given the fuzzy end of the lollipop up until this point.”

The 19+ event is from 5-10 p.m. at the Vic Theatre, with the movie starting at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $30 each, with an automatic $20 tax receipt. There will also be a magician, live music, a 50/50 draw and door prizes. For information and tickets, visit their Facebook event page. Tickets are also available in person at the Broadmead Veterinary Clinic or the Second Chances Thrift Store in Sidney (cash only).


Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter

reporter@peninsulanewsreview.com

Just Posted

PHOTOS: Thousands raised for cancer at second annual Gala for Hope

Victoria Fire Department’s fundraiser a success ahead of Ride to Conquer Cancer

Crews respond to near drowning at Thetis Lake

Man taken to hospital after calls come in of drowning in progress

Vet services for Victoria’s pets of the homeless cancelled for first time in a decade

Vets for Pets faces a volunteer shortage that’s forced the group to cancel its recent service

Wooldog among mysteries uncovered with powerful UVic microscope

Finding ‘Mutton,’ a dog lost in a Smithsonian drawer for 150 years

Optometrist pedals through depression, leads others for the cause

Ride Don’t Hide bike rides start, end at Windsor Park

Victoria Weekender: What’s happening this weekend, June 15-16

Car Free YYJ, a barber battle and an Outdoor Discovery Day

Homalco tour gives glimpse into area’s ‘People, Land, Water’

First Nation business mixes cultural components with wildlife excursions

B.C. VIEWS: When farmland protection doesn’t protect farmers

Secondary residences aren’t mansions, families tell Lana Popham

Bombers down B.C. Lions 33-23 in season opener

Former Lion Andrew Harris leads Winnipeg with 148 rushing yards

Northern B.C. family remembers murdered Indigenous woman with memorial walk

Still no closure for Ramona Wilson’s family 25 years later

Monkey spotted on late-night jaunt in Campbell River

Conservation officers also apparently looking for cougar in the area

B.C. university to offer mentorship program for former youth in care

Students using the provincial tuition waiver program will soon be able to form a community at KPU

Cyclists competing in one of the toughest bike races on the planet pass through Fernie

Divide riders looking strong as they finish first leg of 4160 km race

You might not know these B.C. records are public

Hired a lawyer to file a civil claim? Those are published online

Most Read