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Rupert cats lounge in Vancouver’s ‘Catfe’

Four cats from Prince Rupert made their way to the ‘Catfe’ in Vancouver and a week later they’re in the process of being adopted

Four cats from the Prince Rupert BC SPCA made their way to the ‘Catfe’ in Vancouver and a week later they’re in the process of being adopted.

The cats were a part of the Drives for Lives program that sends the animals to communities with a higher population where they have a better chance of getting adopted out.

Branch manager Gerry Whittle tracks the animals once they leave their care and he’s pleased the four cats, Lucy, Luna, Squeaker and Sunny will find a forever home soon. They left the North Coast for Quesnel on Oct. 21.

“Once they leave us and get to Quesnel we don’t dictate where they go,” he said.

Prince Rupert animals have made their way to Vancouver’s cat cafe before. In July, the singer Adele visited the cat cafe and a couple Rupert cats were there, Whittle said.

The BC SPCA is in partnership with the Catfe, which takes in 13,000 cats a year.

Patrons visit the cat lounge, a non-traditional animal shelter where selected cats live in a home-like environment. The cats are spayed or neutered, over five months of age, and they are social and healthy.

People can hang out with the cats, and if they connect with one, they can submit an application to adopt.

Two of the cats from Prince Rupert, Lucy and Luna, are a bonded pair and they’re being adopted out together.

“Down there they seem to be thriving,” Whittle said despite those four cats being the most fearful felines they had in their shelter.

As of Nov. 4, the Prince Rupert BC SPCA has 16 cats and kittens in their shelter, and five dogs.

Whittle is already planning the next Drives for Lives program before the road conditions deteriorate.