We are hosting another Low Income Cat Spay and Neuter Blitz from November 1- Dec 15th. Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org for information & approval.
GVAC is a Registered Charity. We are 100% volunteer-run, so all donations go to help animals in need. We depend solely on donations, legacies, and fundraisers to continue our mission to help save animals lives. Want to help save lives? Consider becoming a volunteer today. Click here to learn more.
Who we are and what we do
Our main mandate is spaying and neutering, so we provide financial support to low income families with these costs. We also provide much needed assistance and services including:
- Paying for spay/neuter and vet costs for abandoned and unwanted animals.
- Assisting the CRD Pound and Victoria Animal Control with vet costs for stray and abandoned animals.
- Foster and adoption program to help find loving homes for stray and abandoned animals when foster homes are available.
- Feeding, trapping, spaying/neutering feral cat colonies throughout Victoria. Re-homing and taming the feral kittens when possible.
- Funding and rehabilitating injured and rescued animals when resources permit.
- Promoting animal welfare by setting a good example, assisting with spay/neuter costs and educating the public on the importance on spaying and neutering.
- Working co-operatively with other rescue groups.
- Working with the homeless in regard to helping their companion animals with vet fees & passing along donated food & supplies when available.
GVAC helps over 1,500 companion animals each year!
Registered Charity Number: 1189 46888 RR0001 – we can send you a tax receipt for any donation over $10, whether you donate cash or a gift-in-kind!
GVAC is one of only three groups in the Greater Victoria area that provides funding for low income families and people on disability. When you donate to GVAC, you are directly touching the lives of these animals and families in need.
- GVAC has no Shelter or Facility. Therefore, each animal is placed into a foster home which allows us to to tell you about each animal’s personality in a home environment.
- Each cat receives a vet check up, vaccines, deworm, deflea and spay/neuter.
- All dogs are vet checked, dewormed, deflead, spayed/neutered and assessed by a professional dog trainer.
- We do home visits prior to every adoption. This is a personal way we can ensure we find the best fit not only for the animals, but for the new home as well.
- The volunteers at GVAC are always available to you for advice or assistance — even years after adoption! When you adopt from us we are always here to provide any guidance we can. Whatever the question, concern, or issue that may arise down the road, we are always here to help if we can! Just send us an email at email@example.com. We want to ensure everyone is happy and healthy for the life of the pet.
- We are a 100% “Volunteer” Organization so every penny raised goes to the animals. As well you can be assured that since we are completely run by volunteers we are all here for the love and passion of each and every animal. These animals are being fostered in our homes so our hearts are invested in each and every one of them!
What is a Feral Cat?
Feral cats are the offspring of domestic cats who have never lived with humans. They are the product of human neglect and live in colonies in alleys, dumps, parks, on school grounds – wherever they can find food and shelter. If you have ever tried to approach a scruffy cat, only to find it retreating with lightening speed, apparently afraid to come anywhere near, you have likely encountered a feral cat.
Many people mistakenly think that feral cats refer to all stray cats. Cats that are seen roaming on the street are often runaways or neglected cats that have had contact with humans and are not true feral cats. Another mistaken opinion is that feral cats are wildlife. Feral cats cannot be defined as ‘wildlife’ in that they are not a naturally occurring wild species. Rather, feral cats are descended from domestic animals that, due to human neglect, have been forced to live as wild animals. As such, their care is society’s responsibility.
Feral cats are a growing concern in cities across Canada because they multiply quickly and spread diseases to other felines. Cats breed rapidly and one cat and its offspring can produce 420,000 cats in seven years, with two or three litters per year. The volunteers of Greater Victoria Animal Crusaders and Dee’s Orphan Kitten Fund work to make a better life for these cats. Most feral cats live less than 2 or 3 years if they manage to survive beyond kitten hood.
GVAC and Dee’s support a ‘trap, spay/neuter, vaccinate and release program’, which involves catching stray and feral cats, neutering and vaccinating them and then releasing them. The process will effectively decrease the number of feral cats as they will not be able to reproduce.
Some people have advocated euthanasia as the most appropriate method to solve the problem of feral cat colonies. However, this approach does very little. Once all the feral cats in a colony are euthanized to wipe out the colony, other abandoned cats will move into the space, breed and the colony will restart. Our approach is more effective and more humane.
If you see or know of a bunch of cats that you suspect may be feral, please call us, and we will work to make their lives better. If you see a pregnant cat please call, as many females cats are abandoned once they get pregnant. We do not want them to give birth outside, but rather safely in one of our foster homes.
If you find a bunch of kittens outside, gather them up immediately. For example, if they are in your compost bin, under your deck, or in a wood pile, immediate intervention is necessary. Gather them up even if they are very small and call or email:
Dee’s Orphan Kitten Fund (Dees) ph# 250-896-5771 email: firstname.lastname@example.org or Greater Victoria Animal Crusaders (GVAC) email: email@example.com
Please keep watch for the mom cat, as we will want to catch her if possible.
GVAC does not have a phone line. Please contact us via email at firstname.lastname@example.org for all inquiries. Free Internet access is available at your local library or ask your vet clinic to email us on your behalf. We are a volunteer-run organization and we will do our best to respond as soon as possible, but please be patient with us if it takes a few days.