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Local group pleas for public’s help to prevent the pain and suffering of cats in Surrey

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The Surrey Community Cat Coalition is launching a fundraising campaign on October 16—National Feral Cat Day—for spay/neuter surgery and medical treatment for feral and stray cats in Surrey.

The lives of these cats—and their kittens—are grim. Without help from the community, they are likely to suffer and die because of hunger, lack of shelter and exposure to extreme weather, illness and injuries (such as puncture wounds, broken bones, and loss of eye or limb from being attacked by other cats, raccoons, and coyotes or from being hit by cars), and lack of medical care.

31700199 One cat who was helped by the community is Polly. When he was rescued from under a vacant house in Surrey, Polly was incredibly thin, dirty, and disheveled. He had puncture wounds all over his body, an abscess on his cheek, and infections on his nose and under his eye that were eating his skin away. Polly was very old and had only two rotten teeth left. He needed his wounds cleaned and topical and oral antibiotics every day for many weeks before his skin could heal.

Polly is just one of nearly 2,000 homeless and abandoned cats who are rescued off the streets of Surrey every year by caring volunteers who work tirelessly to help the animals.

photo4b “We rescue kittens and cats from the streets, old buildings, sheds, industrial lots, boats, and even car engines,” says Mona Boucher, volunteer trapper with the Coalition. “They are malnourished and have infections, injuries, anemia… the list goes on. A stray or feral mom cat spends all her energy having, protecting, and trying to feed her kittens. Not all the kittens make it by the time we get the call to trap them. They starve to death because their mama could not find enough food to produce milk or feed them, or because their mom was killed trying to protect them.”

One reason for the high number of homeless cats in Surrey is that many pet owners cannot afford the cost of spay/neuter, and their cats reproduce over and over. There are not enough people who have or can find pet-friendly housing to adopt all these cats, so they end up being dumped on the streets and left to fend for themselves. Eventually, they become a cat like Polly—old, unloved, and near death. But as more and more cats get fixed through spay/neuter, reproduction will stop and alleviate the overpopulation of homeless cats in Surrey in a humane way.

kittenfeedingThat is why the Surrey Community Cat Coalition is asking the public to help.

“If at least 500 people donated just $10—which is less than most people spend on coffee in a week—to our spay/neuter program, we would reach our immediate goal of $5,000 in no time,” says Lubna Ekramoddoullah, Director, Surrey Community Cat Coalition. “We could prevent at least 40 cats from bringing helpless kittens into the world. They wouldn’t be at risk for the pain and suffering that our volunteers see every day.”

kitten To help make a difference in the lives of these cats, please donate at https://www.youcaring.com/SurreyCats.

Donations can also be dropped off at Pet Food ‘N More, 400-7380 King George Blvd on Saturday, October 15 and Sunday, October 16 from 12 to 4 pm (store open 9 am to 7 pm).

Surrey604 is an online magazine and media outlet based in Surrey, BC. Through writing, video, photography, and social media, we secure an intimate reach to the public. We promote local events and causes.

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The 50 Women of Options: Raj Arneja

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On February 17th, Options Community Services launched its first capital fundraising campaign to raise $1.5 million for affordable housing units. The money is currently being raised through a partnership with 50 local women, all of who have pledged to raise $25,000 each in support of this project. Surrey 604 is encouraging public support of this project by featuring each of the 50 Women of options. Today we introduce Raj Arneja, Author and Director of Corporate Engagement & Philanthropy at Nanak Foods. 

Tell us your name, a bit about who you are, and your background? *

I am Raj Arneja. I love music, traveling, and meeting people. I recently published a memoir, depicting my journey to motherhood through adoption. My story is filled with resilience and inspiration as I traveled to find my unconditional loves of my life – my children. 

What is your job title/what company or organization are you with? *

Director of Corporate Engagement & Philanthropy, Nanak Foods.

What achievements in your life are you most proud of? *

Becoming an Author of my book Love at First Sight, A Mother’s Journey to Adoption was my most gratifying achievement. Also, I am proud to have been part of some community projects locally and abroad. 

Why did the Women of Options affordable housing campaign resonate with you? Why are you supporting this initiative? *

I believe that in order for any community to thrive, people need a decent place to live. These days, it’s getting more and more difficult to find affordable housing so it’s initiatives like the Options’ affordable housing project that allows people to secure housing and be part of a community.

What are your social media handles? *

Instagram

Facebook

LinkedIn

What is your website:

www.rajarneja.com 

Learn more about the Women of Options and make a donation to this important cause by visiting the website: Women Of Options

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The 50 Women of Options: Louise McKnight

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On February 17th, Options Community Services launched its first capital fundraising campaign to raise $1.5 million for affordable housing units. The money is currently being raised through a partnership with 50 local women, all of who have pledged to raise $25,000 each in support of this project. Surrey 604 is encouraging public support of this project by featuring each of the 50 Women of options. Today we introduce Louise McKnight, Associate Broker, Team McKnight/Macdonald Realty, and former co-owner of Bay Realty.

Tell us your name, a bit about who you are, and your background? *

My name is Louise McKnight and I have lived in the South Surrey/White Rock area for almost 35 years. I have raised my children here and feel so fortunate to call the Peninsula my home.

What is your job title/what company or organization are you with? *

I am a Real Estate Agent with Macdonald Realty.

What achievements in your life are you most proud of? *

As a mom, I am most proud of raising beautiful children. Also, of supporting my community in many ways over the years that I have lived here.

Why did the Women of Options affordable housing campaign resonate with you? Why are you supporting this initiative? *

Options support some of the most vulnerable in our community. Everyone needs a soft place to fall and Options provide that soft spot for many.

What are your social media handles? *

Instagram

Facebook

What is your website:

www.team-mcknight.com

Learn more about the Women of Options and make a donation to this important cause by visiting the website: Women Of Options

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The 50 Women of Options: Laura Ballance

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On February 17th, Options Community Services launched its first capital fundraising campaign to raise $1.5 million for affordable housing units. The money is currently being raised through a partnership with 50 local women, all of who have pledged to raise $25,000 each in support of this project. Surrey 604 is encouraging public support of this project by featuring each of the 50 Women of options. Today we introduce Laura Ballance, president of Laura Ballance Media Group (LBMG).

Tell us your name, a bit about who you are, and your background? *

My name is Laura Ballance. I’m the President of Laura Ballance Media Group. We are a local PR, media, and advertising agency that works with great local businesses, national and international businesses. We are most known for our event work, and we are proud of our deep relationships with some of the best not-for-profit and charitable organizations in the province and country. 

What is your job title/what company or organization are you with? *

I am the President of Laura Ballance Media Group (LBMG).

What achievements in your life are you most proud of? *

Professionally, our work on the 2010 Winter Olympics, the UN World Urban Forum, TOIFA, the PNE. I was honoured to receive the 40 under 40 awards as well as being a finalist for the Women of Distinction Award. I’m also very proud to donate $100,000 in time and money annually to not for profits and charities across our region and country.

Why did the Women of Options affordable housing campaign resonate with you? Why are you supporting this initiative? *

I believe in giving back in the community where you have a direct connection, where you can use your time to advocate for change where required and have a more hands-on approach to gifting. I believe this campaign will move the bar in our region within the space.

What are your social media handles? *

Twitter 

Instagram

What is your website:

https://lbmg.ca/

Learn more about the Women of Options and make a donation to this important cause by visiting the website: Women Of Options

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The 50 Women of Options: Mary Martin

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On February 17th, Options Community Services launched its first capital fundraising campaign to raise $1.5 million for affordable housing units. The money is currently being raised through a partnership with 50 local women, all of who have pledged to raise $25,000 each in support of this project. Surrey 604 is encouraging public support of this project by featuring each of the 50 Women of options. Today we introduce Mary Martin, former Surrey City Councillor.

Tell us your name, a bit about who you are, and your background? *

My name is Mary Martin. I have been a wife for 40 years and I am a mother of three. I am also a proud Nana to four little ones!

What is your job title/what company or organization are you with? *

I am a retired City Councillor for the City of Surrey.

What achievements in your life are you most proud of? *

My first pride is my family. My other is my 13 years as a city councillor, helping to make the right decisions in developing our city so that people can live, work and play where they reside.

Why did the Women of Options affordable housing campaign resonate with you? Why are you supporting this initiative? *

My father was a great social activist, always doing for others to make their lives easier. Whether that be developing plans to fundraise to build better schools in our community, organizing food and toy baskets for families in need at Christmas time and taking me with him to deliver them on Christmas Eve, or developing a start-up fund that he called “Pennies From Heaven,” where he collected pennies to send to Africa to build schools there. He also was the first to start Meals on Wheels in our city where I was born. He instilled in me the importance of giving back. And the importance of community. The project of Options will bring safe, affordable housing to women and families, which also creates a community of wellness in their lives. 

What are your social media handles? *

Twitter 

Facebook

Learn more about the Women of Options and make a donation to this important cause by visiting the website: Women Of Options

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The 50 Women of Options: Anita Huberman

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On February 17th, Options Community Services launched its first capital fundraising campaign to raise $1.5 million for affordable housing units. The money is currently being raised through a partnership with 50 local women, all of who have pledged to raise $25,000 each in support of this project. Surrey 604 is encouraging public support of this project by featuring each of the 50 Women of options. Today we introduce Anita Huberman, CEO, Surrey Board of Trade.

Tell us your name, a bit about who you are, and your background? *

My name is Anita Huberman and I have been the CEO of the Surrey Board of Trade for the past 15 years. In this role, I work with my team to serve more than 6,000 member contacts, providing businesses and organizations with economic opportunities, connections, and more. I am also an Honorary Captain of the Royal Canadian Navy.

What is your job title/what company or organization are you with? *

I am the CEO of the Surrey Board of Trade.

What achievements in your life are you most proud of? *

Being the CEO of the Surrey Board of Trade, where I can make a difference to businesses and to our economy.

Why did the Women of Options affordable housing campaign resonate with you? Why are you supporting this initiative? *

Affordable housing is an economic foundation. I believe that affordable housing should be called workforce housing, and Surrey needs to have housing options available to all income segments, offering quality workforce housing solutions. This building project will give individuals opportunities for productive pathways to give back to their communities and make a difference in their professional lives. 

What are your social media handles? *

Twitter 

Facebook

LinkedIn

Instagram

SBoT Twitter

SBoT Facebook

What is your web address?

www.businessinsurrey.com

Learn more about the Women of Options and make a donation to this important cause by visiting the website: Women Of Options

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