Just one of more than 200 cats and kittens who were adopted through the Chilliwack Animal Safe Haven in 2020, despite the pandemic. (Philip Tingey/ Safe Haven)

Just one of more than 200 cats and kittens who were adopted through the Chilliwack Animal Safe Haven in 2020, despite the pandemic. (Philip Tingey/ Safe Haven)

More than 200 cats and kittens adopted through Chilliwack Animal Safe Haven in 2020

Successful year took place despite of, or perhaps because of, the COVID-19 pandemic

Perhaps partially due to the pandemic and its impact, 2020 proved to be another banner year for the Chilliwack Animal Safe Haven.

Safe Haven President Lynne Torgalson says that 233 cats and kittens were adopted into their “fur-ever” homes last year, and a number of adoptions were pending at the end of the year.

This exceeded the prior year’s total by over 50 animals.

“If there is a silver lining to the COVID cloud, perhaps it is that we now recognize the inestimable value of having a companion animal in our lives,” she said. “We are very pleased that this total includes the adoptions of both senior cats and cats that had been resident at the Safe Haven for many years.”

Torgalson notes that 2020 was a difficult year for charitable societies and organizations, as pandemic restrictions greatly curtailed many fundraising channels.

“The Safe Haven is no exception to this,” she said. “We are extremely fortunate to have received continuing support from the community during this challenging time. We gratefully thank our dedicated staff, volunteers, cat and kitten foster parents, people of all ages who found creative ways to raise funds for us or donated money and supplies, local businesses who generously donated food and supplies, promoted Safe Haven chocolates and calendars and helped to increase the awareness of the work the Safe Haven does in the Chilliwack area.”

She also acknowledged the financial support of the provincial government, through the Community Gaming Grant Program.

“Last, but certainly not least, we sincerely thank the veterinary professionals at Vedder Mountain Veterinary Clinic and Menzies Pet Hospital who provide the Safe Haven cats with the highest standard of medical care,” she added.

“The Chilliwack Animal Safe Haven is dedicated to saving homeless cats, seeking to place them in loving homes while also cultivating respect and awareness for the rights and needs of animals in the Chilliwack area. We look forward to continuing our work throughout 2021.”

For more information on the Chilliwack Animal Safe Haven, visit www.chilliwacksafehaven.com or www.facebook.com/ChilliwackSafeHaven/.

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