A stray cat has a second chance at life thanks to the quick action and support from the community at Big White Ski Resort.
Charity Dickinson, a former Big White resident, was part of the rescue after being alerted through Facebook.
“Someone saw a cat the last weekend of the hill being open at the Gem Lake chair. It looked like a house cat and someone thought we need to band together and help this cat out. Someone knows that I do some work with a local cat rescue in town and they reached out to me and thought that I could help.”
Dickinson is a volunteer foster coordinator at the Okanagan Humane Society.
The cat, named Gem after the chair lift, was being fed by residents but had walked roughly five kilometres close to a road with heavy traffic in the area.
“A group of us all got together and basically we captured the cat. It couldn’t survive up there. There was still snow on the ground, knee-deep off the road and it was -12 C that one night. It was very cold and it would have starved,” Dickinson said.
Gem is expected to make a full recovery and is currently in the care of a foster family.
Dickinson says the Big White community is heavily invested in protecting animals.
“There is a lot of animal lovers up there and just the thought of it being outside alone in the cold, nobody wanted to see that. It meant a lot for the community to come together.”
OHS, a registered charity that is volunteer-run, is asking for financial support to continue to care for animals in need. The BC SPCA has increasingly focused its resources on animal protection and cruelty investigations, meaning non-profits like OHS are caring for more strays than ever.
“We don’t receive any government funding so we are very reliant on support from our community with the donations to continue the work that we do,” said fund development advisor Marni Adams.
OHS pays for all medical costs as well as covering costs for fostering.
“Medical costs are high. This year is extraordinarily high. We are in the peak of kitten season right now so we are getting in a lot of pregnant moms, we are getting moms that have already had their litters. The cost goes up quite exponentially,” Adams added.
The OHS Raffle to Rescue Animals wraps up Thursday.
Those who donate have the chance to win a variety of prizes cat or dog spay/neuter gift certificates, cat and dog goodie baskets, $1,000 cash prize, or a Revelstoke golf or ski vacation.
For more information and to donate, visit https://okanaganhumanesociety.com.