An image of a cat near a trapping station captured by one of the cameras placed in the wild by CATS. Photo submitted

Comox Valley cat rescue organization hit by camera theft

“Someone is taking from an organization trying to help cats who are surviving in the wild.”

A Vancouver Island non-profit whose goal is to trap lost or relocated cats within the Comox Valley is reeling, after some of its equipment has gone missing.

CATS – Cat Advocates Teaching & Saving, a grassroots organization that rescues lost, abandoned and relocated (dumped) cats within the area has had three of its cameras stolen within the last four months.

“I’m very frustrated,” said Aimee Minor, president of CATS. “It’s the point; (someone) is taking from an organization trying to help cats who are surviving in the wild. What kind of person does that?”

Minor, along with a growing group of dedicated volunteers, visits various feeding and trapping locations in the Valley from Fanny Bay to the Strathcona Parkway to find abandoned cats.

RELATED: Filling the gap rescuing relocated cats

They have set up feeding stations along with wilderness cameras at the locations, which capture images of cats so that Minor and the volunteers can determine more information about the felines and create a trapping plan.

“The cameras serve two purposes: one, to see cat activity; and two, for me to see the cat’s routine. Its behaviour tells me a lot about the cat – whether it is feral, social, emancipated and whether it was dumped. Something as simple as to what direction the cat is coming from can tell me a lot.”

CATS was officially formed in 2019, and during the past year, the group rescued 59 cats. This year, Minor explained they are projecting more than 100 rescues.

The first time Minor noticed a camera that had gone missing was in late November 2019, taken from an area where CATS had just trapped four cats.

“They are social and were likely related and just dumped out there. Likely, it was a crime of opportunity,” she said.

A few weeks later, a second camera went missing.

Another camera was taken at a different location. Minor doesn’t believe that either camera was taken from people looking to dump cats.

Each camera is marked with ‘CATS,’ and they are camouflaged in a nearby tree close to the trapping site.

Minor is extremely frustrated by what happened, particularly as the organization is 100 per cent volunteer-run and operating costs are raised through fundraising.

“It’s more than just money too,” she explained and added each camera is valued at about $50, not including the cost of the SD card inside.

“(Dumping cats) is a community problem and we’re helping in a small fraction to solve that problem. We’re trying to make a dent. Hindering rescues is almost as bad as the people who put the cats out there.”

In addition to feeding/trapping and education, CATS also offers nutrition advice, lost cat assistance and help with creating a cat patio and enclosure.

In addition to volunteers, CATS is also seeking donations of any kind. The organization can use wet food and monetary donations immediately, but Minor said they will not turn down any donation of any kind, as items will be stored and used for their annual garage sales.

For more information, visit thecatadvocates.com.

Cats

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Comments are closed

Just Posted

Falling oak tree causes minor damage to Langford home

Tree damages garden and gutters of home on Lindsay Place

Saanich police looking to identify suspect in Brydon Park assault

Victim confronted suspect about the way he was treating his dog

Residents to start moving into first of 100 new affordable homes in Langford

Construction underway on second phase of affordable Indigenous housing project in Langford

The pandemic is widening Canada’s workplace gender gap

Gender pay gap is incentivizing fathers to work while mothers watch children, a new B.C. study has found

Greater Victoria Crime Stoppers wanted list for the week of July 7

Greater Victoria Crime Stoppers is seeking the public’s help in locating the… Continue reading

POLL: Would you get a vaccine for COVID-19 when it is available?

With the number of positive COVID-19 tests skyrocketing across much of the… Continue reading

Ex-Okanagan Mountie forfeits 20 days’ pay after sexual misconduct review

A former Vernon RCMP constable made sexual comments, grabbed genitals of male officer in two incidents 10 years ago

Man found dead on Okanagan trail identified as Hollywood actor

GoFundMe campaign launched for man found dead at summit of Spion Kop

3 people dead in Prince George motel fire

Fire personnel believe the blaze was suspicious although investigation in early stages

B.C. sets terms to review police, mental health, race relations

MLAs to recommend Police Act changes by May 2021

Feds announce $8.3M to deal with ‘ghost’ fishing gear in B.C. waters

Ghost gear accounts for up to 70 per cent of all macro-plastics in the ocean by weight

Most Read