FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – North Peace Forgotten Felines Society’s president, Tricia Ouellette, says they are in desperate need of volunteers, corporate sponsors, fosters, money and food donations.

“We need the community to help us. It’s the only way because it’s so hard,” said Ouellette. “We need more fosters. We need more support from the community and more businesses to help us.”

On Monday, a volunteer offered to do a spring clean recycle run event to raise funds for the society. They also have an account at Return-It where people can drop off their recycling for the society under account number 331.

In March, the society purchased an $8,000 bus that was also in need of some repairs.

Ouellette had to personally take out a loan to pay the remaining cost of the bus after the society raised $6,500.

The bus is now up and running, and the society hopes to use it for a microchip clinic starting this summer. Ouellette says this will help identify strays so they can be taken home instead of using rescue resources.

Ouellette points out that resources in Fort St. John are limited, noting how the society can’t keep the kitten food stocked. She says an outreach program in Edmonton gives her a hand when she needs supplies.

Fosters get everything they need after the cats have been taken to the vet to be scanned for identification, said Ouellette. The society just asks that the cats stay indoors only, and any other animals the fosters own have up-to-date vaccines and are cat friendly.

The society also has food stations so they can monitor stray cats, how many are coming to each station, and if they’re hurt, they can get them into their care.

Ouellette says that every rescue is full right now as a lot of cats were adopted during the COVID-19 pandemic and are now being surrendered,

Ouellette herself usually has over twenty cats in her care, with her current number being 27.

To date, Ouellette thinks she has rescued 272 cats and kittens since the registration of the rescue in January 2021, though she has been involved in rescue for over 20 years.

For more information and the latest on the society, check out their Facebook page.