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Saanich cat clinic takes on kittens in need

Pacific Cat Clinic receives national recognition for its work raising kittens

For the last eight years, the Pacific Cat Clinic in Saanich Plaza has taken on orphaned kittens, some of them just two-days old, and raised them until they were ready for adoption.

The clinic’s effort was recently recognized by Pets Plus Us during its national award campaign as the annual winner of the top veterinary clinic.

The award puts a spotlight on individuals and organizations which treat, volunteer, rescue and care for pets in its community.

Pacific Cat Clinic gave the $1,500 charity donation prize to the Nana Foundation, as the two are partners in the orphaned kitten rescue program.

“I’m so lucky to have such a wonderful group to bring the kittens to,” said Tryntje Horn, the energy and creator of the Nana Foundation. “With all the sadness in the world, we still have good things happening.”

Horn has been rescuing pets Island wide for 25 years. Lately her focus has narrowed to eight First Nation reserves on the Island.

Clinic veterinarian Dr. Helen Bell and staff have been caring for rescued kittens especially those from Horn.

“The clinic goes above and beyond,” Horn said. “Employees take the younger kittens home. They have to be bottle-fed every two hours. That’s a lot of work.”

Bell was unaware the clinic had been nominated, shortlisted and voted on through the Pets Plus Us awards campaign until she received word from the company. Pets Plus Us is a national insurance provider and community based in Ontario.

To consider adopting a kitten, go online to victoriaadoptables.com or call 250-477-2062.

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