Thomas is Ready for Adoption!

Thomas was rescued from a wild situation, and has been in a great foster home for awhile learning to socialize. Since PALS found his loving and happy foster home, Thomas has come such a long way.  Now he’s ready for a Forever Home!

Thomas is a young adult male cat. He’s such a respectful gentleman who is playful and loves to be petted!  He’s currently living in harmony with other cats.  He’s a bit shy with strangers, but if you’re patient with him, he’ll show you what a lovely boy he is!  We’re hoping someone has a quiet home where Thomas can fit right in.

Please call PALS at 250-265-3792 if you think you can offer a loving home for Thomas. Leave your name, phone number and a brief message, and we’ll return your call as soon as possible.  Thanks so much for your interest!

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Three Little Kittens Living in Kaslo!

PALS needed to find homes last year for many kittens, and these three little kittens ended up with a great home at the Victorian Community Health Center in Kaslo!

kalso-working-catThe folks at the extended care facility were looking for ideas to help entertain and stimulate the residents, many of whom are immobile or bedridden.  No one knew how or if bringing pets into a busy care facility would work out, but everyone was willing to give it a try.  One kitten was moved in, and though he wasn’t the most cuddly guy, he certainly got the attention of the people around him!  Soon after, two more kitties were brought in, and staff members found that these three furry balls of energy became the most important focus in everyone’s day!

kaslo-2-cats-looking-out-windowPALS was thrilled to hear that the three were fitting in so beautifully at their new home.  The residents were quite delighted with their new housemates, and looked forward to seeing what shenanigans they could get into every day!  The three energetic and curious kitties became the most popular members of the place!  It was soon noted that not only were the residents falling in love with the fuzzy entertainers, but so were staff members, visitors and volunteers!

kaslo-kitten-looking-at-fish-tank kaslo-2-cats-on-cat-pillarkaslo-cat-on-chair-looking-at-fishStaff members started seeing residents passing the sleeping kittens from lap to lap under the table in the dining room, all the while trying to look nonchalant!  When returning to their rooms after meals, people were surprised and amused to find kitties sleeping on their beds, in their sinks or in the cupboards!  And, once in bed at night, they were delighted to find a kitten or two climbing in with them for a snooze!

kaslo-resident-with-kitty-comfy      kaslo-kittens-on-bed      kaslo-cat-and-margaret

The kittens also showed their human housemates just how smart they were!  They found that several residents were hiding cat treats in their night tables, so the kitties trained the humans to give them these treats on demand daily!!

Many residents use their spending money on cat toys and treats.  They give their family members lists of cat-related items to pick up for them!  The Rehab and Recreation coordinator at VCHCK added catnip mice to the Bingo prize basket – now the most popular thing to win!

The kitties have found themselves in a wonderful world, getting snuggles and cuddles  from the residents.  However, they’ve also found that the staff members are pleased to share their workplace with them, and the cats have trained many to do their bidding during working hours.

kaslo-nurse-with-kitten kaslo-cat-helping-with-phonesSome staff find themselves sharing their desks and chairs with one, two or three kitties throughout their shifts.  Trying to answer a phone with a cat perched on one’s shoulder became a newly-acquired skill at work!  Some of the nurses found themselves carting cats from one place to another as an added duty in their day – much to the amusement of residents watching the show!  The kitties also involve themselves in computer work, drawing up schedules on calendars, and warming chairs!


All visitors and volunteers ask after the kittens, and look for them to give them pats when they come in.  The volunteer with the therapy dog has the kittens’ favourite lap – much to the chagrin of the therapy dog, who gets the stink-eye during his entire visit!

kaslo-two-cats-sleeping-on-the-job kaslo-2-cats-on-cat-pillarPALS has been told that these kitties are likely the most petted, cuddled and loved in town!  Many residents feel they’re now members of the family and treat them like little children!  The people at VCHCK say that having the kittens living among them has been the most wonderful experience!

The desire to give and receive love is with us all our lives, and it would be hard to tell who is receiving or giving more of the love at VCHCK.  The kittens have been given a safe and warm  home and the residents and people involved in the facility have all had the opportunity to get a cuddle and love from a kitty.

PALS is so grateful to everyone at VCHCK for offering up a different kind of Forever Home, and giving these three little characters such a fine life!  And thanks to all the residents for their kindness, caring –  and treats!


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PALS doesn’t have a shelter, we rely on loving foster homes to care for animals while we try to find someone to adopt them.  Each foster home we have represents one more pet we can assist.  If we don’t have foster homes and people to adopt our pets, we wouldn’t be able to rescue any more animals.  PALS is always in need of loving, safe foster homes.

Being a pet foster parent can be a rewarding experience.  You get a furry friend for companionship, and the animal gets a warm and loving place to live while awaiting adoption.  Injured animals have a safe and quiet place to recuperate, and some pets get the chance to live in an actual home for the first time in their lives.

happypetsPALS will pay for all medical costs for foster pets

PALS will cover costs of food for pets, and kitty litter for cats

PALS works closely with the team at the Nakusp Veterinary Clinic, who examine, vaccinate and spay or neuter the pets

If you have any problems with your foster pet such as allergies or conflicts with your own pets or kids, call us. PALS will support you with the foster pet every step of the way.

Think of the satisfaction you’ll feel after helping a frightened, lonely or abandoned animal to feel loved and secure before they find their Forever Home.

Call PALS today at 250-265-3792 if you think you can help us with a temporary foster home.  Thank you so much.




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Look At Miss Lily Now – Thanks To You!


Last fall, the community of Nakusp came to the rescue of this beautiful kitty when PALS asked for help.  Lily had no home, had been diagnosed with diabetes, and PALS was very concerned about her future. We were overwhelmed by the kindness and love shown by our community, and the donations given to the Love for Lily fundraiser paid for medicine for this lovely girl, and helped us care for her until she found a home.  Lily was taken in by a very loving foster family and she responded so well to their kindness and care.  Not surprisingly, the family has now adopted her!

So that you know what happens to your donations to PALS, here’s an update on Lily, sent in by her Mom:

lily-up-close‘Our home would definitely not be the same without our Miss Lily!  She got along with our big dog Stewie and our old cat Spike from the start, but it’s taken until now for her to warm up to and trust our other boy Chester!  She touches noses with Stewie, has amiable staring matches with Spike and now plays with the same toy as Chester!  Miss Lily and Chester huddle close to each other, but won’t admit they actually like each other!

lily-on-chairMiss Lily now owns the house! As you can see, she has favourite people chairs that she takes over!  She has a very distinct waddle and announces herself very loudly as she enters a room!  She is VERY talkative and lets me know when she wants her bum ‘spanking’!

lily-and-brotherMiss Lily was officially adopted into the family during Valentine’s season; very appropriate, as she truly is loved by us all!  She is now in remission from her diabetes, and is a normal, happy young cat.


lily-updateA huge THANK YOU to PALS and Nakusp Veterinary Clinic for taking such good care of Miss Lily, and also for your continued support!  You all made the Fostering and Adoption process very easy.

Miss Lily would also like to thank all of the people in our community who helped support her during her time of need.

It’s wonderful what can be accomplished by kindness and caring.    PALS thanks you!


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chesterLast year, Chester the cat was homeless.  He was frightened, lonely, matted and hungry, and he took handouts from anyone kind enough to feed him.  PALS was called, and they trapped Chester and searched to see if he belonged to a family.  The volunteers at PALS realized he needed veterinary care, and brought him up to the Nakusp Veterinary Clinic, where they did lab tests, cleaned him up and neutered him.

The team at the Veterinary Clinic fell in love with this big boy, giving him belly rubs daily, so they were very saddened when Chester’s lab work showed that he had Feline Leukemia Virus.  Cats usually only survive a couple of years with the disease.  In trying to find a foster or forever home for Chester, PALS was faced with a dilemma.  Families with other cats wouldn’t be able to take him in because their cats could be infected with FLV.  Although many people expressed concern for Chester, people were afraid to adopt a cat with a terminal illness, and time went by with no prospects of placing him in a home.

At about this same time, our beloved elderly cat Poxxy was getting frail, confused and wasn’t eating or drinking without medication.  We spent months nursing her and giving her love and cuddles, but we finally had to make the decision to say our goodbyes to her. We were absolutely heartbroken losing this special member of our family, and couldn’t imagine our house without a cat.

We had read about Chester in the newspaper, and knew that PALS was very worried about what to do with this darling boy, so we decided to foster him until a forever home could be found for him.  We don’t know if Chester was abused while he was homeless, but for the first couple of weeks at our house, he hid under the stairs and cowered whenever we got too near him. He would come out for food, but was obviously very frightened of people, and it took a lot of coaxing and work to get him to socialize.  He eventually warmed to us, and started getting up on our laps for daily rubs and cuddles.  We realized we had fallen in love with him, and decided to keep him.  We called PALS and adoption papers were signed!

chester-big-yawn chester-by-chairChester is now in charge at our house! He is a really sweet and loving cat.  He wakes us in the morning, sleeps at the foot of our bed, and tells us when his mealtimes are! He loves his food! He watches for squirrels at the bird feeder in winter, and warns us if black bears are outside the door in summer.  He loves to be cuddled and rubbed, hates being brushed, and he purrs and squeaks when he’s on our laps.  He has his own bed, but also sleeps on any blanket he can find in our house.  He’s a great napper!  He’s quite healthy presently, and we’re hoping that by giving him a stable and loving home, he’ll live longer than the average cat with FLV.  We’ll do our best to give him a comfortable and happy life, and he’s doing his best to reward us with his love.


If you’ve ever thought about fostering or adopting a pet from PALS, don’t hesitate – you’ll be rewarded with companionship and love from an animal in need.  Call PALS today!  250-265-3792.



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tattooing-grapefruit-januaryflorence-and-kids-tattoo-awareness-january kids-and-tattooing-awarenessMiss Arnold and the Grade 4/5 Class at Nakusp Elementary School recently invited Florence from PALS and Jackie from the Nakusp Veterinary Clinic to come to the school to discuss the importance of tattooing our pets, and to demonstrate the actual process of tattooing.  A fun and informative time was had by all!

A number of students volunteered to have Jackie tattoo them, but it was decided that demonstrating on a grapefruit was a better idea!  She explained that the grapefruit was similar to the skin of an animal for demonstration purposes, and then proceeded to show how the tattoo gun worked by printing out words and numbers.

Florence from PALS was delighted by the questions asked by the students, and information about the importance of using tattoos for identification purposes for our pets was shared.  She was very pleased about the level of interest shown in tattooing and other pet-related areas, and how much the students care about the welfare f animals.

Special thanks from PALS to Miss Arnold and the Grade 4/5 students for their invitation to come to the school, and for their interest in the importance of tattooing and caring for our animal friends!



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