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Surrey cats running out of food

By Stefania Seccia

A feral cat in Surrey fed by a volunteer in the community. 
Mona Boucher, submitted

A feral cat in Surrey fed by a volunteer in the community. Mona Boucher, submitted

With upwards of 34,000 feral cats living in Surrey and White Rock, a cat food bank is calling on the public for help.

Cat food donations to pet food banks serving clients in the Surrey and White Rock area are drying up, and cats in need aren’t getting the food they need.

Low-income residents with pet cats or community volunteers who feed the feral cat population — in a future effort to spay and neuter them — rely on the donations.

“People who have low incomes and sometimes even homeless people have pets because it adds value to their life, and we want to make sure those pets are healthy,” said Lubna Ekramoddoullah, manager of the Surrey Community Cat Coalition. “Anything people can do out there to help us would be great.”

The coalition formed last year in response to the growing number of free-roaming cats in Surrey. It coordinates rescue and education efforts and, once funding is in place, will work to spay and neuter the feral group.

“Our main goal is to stop the overpopulation of cats in Surrey,” she said. “In Surrey, we had a lot of people, now members, working in isolation.”

And this past weekend, one group in particular had no cat food donations to offer.

“The challenge is the pet food bank and human food bank has a need all year round,” she said.

There are veterinarian clinics and pet supply stores in Surrey and White Rock collecting cat food donations for the coalition. Visit surreycats.ca for more.