Rescuing, Sheltering and Rehoming Companion Animals in the Columbia Valley of BC since 2007

Success Stories

Gator

Male – Black and White Shorthair – Tattoo in ear …. Birthday March 22, 2012

Gator the gentle giant as we thought of him when he first arrived at ICAN.

Gator may be a big boy but also has huge capacity to love his humans. He is 8 years young, still enjoys playing and being active.

His special food diet is working and he is losing weight which has him looking and feeling much better each day. Gator loves attention and follows his foster parents around the house while they go about their day.

Gator is very vocal and a loud singer especially when he wants to be fed. He likes to lay on his foster parent’s lap in the evenings and sometimes sleeps wtih them – he does so on  his own terms – if and when he feels like it. 

He is well trained on a leash and loves to go for hour long walks outside. There is water running through their property and if you throw pine cones or sticks in the water he will chase them and slaps the water trying to catch them.
He is an excellent mouser, and even caught a couple of small snakes.

Note: he is afraid of dogs. While at ICAN he was fine with other kitties.

ADOPTED September, 2020



Calypso #2

Female – Calico – Estimated birthdate: May 26, 2020

One of 9 kittens rescued from the Canal Flats area. All had been well cared for when we were asked to take them into ICAN care.

They are all shy and we are still getting to know them, so no personality information available yet. Some are in foster care and some are at the shelter.

ADOPTED September, 2020

Harley #2

FEMALE (despite her name) Ginger Tabby Estimated birthdate: August 10, 2018

Harley is a female ginger tabby with a macho name but is definitely a lady.  She is also a rare cat as 80% of ginger tabbies are male! 

Harley was found and cared for by a wonderful family in Timber Ridge until coming to ICAN.  She is very affectionate and personable, and not demanding whatsoever.

It’s apparent she came from a caring home at some point in her past, as she is well adjusted and calm in nature. Harley should adapt well in a new loving home.

Harley was found in the Timber Ridge area and we have posted her as found on FB since August 8th, 2020 but no one has claimed her. If you recognize her, please contact us so we can try to reunite her with her previous owner.

Despite the restrictions Covid has placed on our shelter open hours, we are accepting adoption applications as usual and arranging for private viewing sessions for all our Adoptables.

ADOPTED September, 2020

Kingston

ADOPTION PENDING: Male – Light Grey – Estimated Birthdate: May 26, 2020

One of 9 kittens rescued from the Canal Flats area. All had been well cared for when we were asked to take them into ICAN care.

They are all shy and we are still getting to know them, so no personality information available yet. Some are in foster care and some are at the shelter.

ADOPTED September, 2020

Tico

Male – Tabby – Black, tan and white -Medium Hair – Estimated birthdate: Oct 29, 2007

This handsome fellow was surrendered to ICAN and it took a while but we are happy to say he has responded so well and has turned out to be a little guy who just wants to be loved.

It’s always difficult for a surrender to adjust to being away from a family life, so please, if you have room in your home and your heart for this 12 year old, we invite you to call ICAN to arrange for a viewing.

We understand he is a good mouser and it could be that he would do best in house where he can be the only cat, or where he could have a safe loving home, but still be an indoor/outdoor cat.

February 2020 Update: Tico is most likely best suited for a farm or home where he can be mostly outdoors. He is not socialized to the degree where he wants a lot of people activity. Somewhere he can fit in and protect his home and family from outside and still be safe would be his ideal situation.

March 2020 Update: Tico is now accepting full on pets.  He just came to me yesterday out of the blue. I spent more time with him today.  If I sit he comes right over for his pets. He will “bat” his paw out at times – no claw though.  Could be nervousness.  I am wearing my gloves and still use some caution but what a difference! He seems to really love the human contact. I know it took a long time, but we have seen great strides since that collar came off and I am confident in time things will only get better. He is no longer hiding.

Yea Tico – adopted into a loving home September 2020

ADOPTED September, 2020

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Esperanza

Female – Calico “tuxedo” markings, white blaze on face, Green eyes   – Birthdate: July 29, 2019

Personality:  Esperanza can be as rowdy and playful as her siblings; but she tends to drop out sooner, looking for a nap or cuddle.  She loves to be cuddled, and purrs with attention.  She is able to move about quite ably and quickly, even leaping, but her rear left leg does not fully extend. Likes being “placed” at her wet food dish.  Litter box trained, fostered inside only.

Post Surgery – recovering well in her ICAN foster home.

Esperanza as most of you know from our Facebook posts, came into ICAN care with a medical problem. =Many caring sources came together and she was able to received the surgery she needed.

It was a tricky one:  she had a Grade 4 luxated patella that required surgical replacement from the back outside of her leg to the proper position in front center of her joint.  To accomplish this, her lower leg bone had to be reshaped and pinned into alignment as well.  It is believed that this surgery will “take”, keeping the patella in the correct place, and functioning; and that her leg growth plates are intact enough to continue to grow with her. In the meantime she heals under the love and care of an experienced ICAN volunteer.

ESPERANZA IS NOT AVAILABLE YET FOR ADOPTION.
Please come back to visit her soon tho, for further updates. Inquiries about her can be made to ICAN . We will add the link to our Adoption Form once she is deemed ready to leave her current nest
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November 30, 2019 – UPDATE:-
Esperanza has the following THANK YOU to everyone of you who contributed to her care, transportation and surgery costs.

“I would very much like to thank all of those who contributed to my leg repair and follow up attention.  I especially note Paws For Hope (Burnaby) for their immediate and generous grant, the Invermere Veterinary Hospital for their diagnosis and prompt referral for surgery, Dr. Audrey Remedios and her team at McKnight 24 Hour Veterinary Hospital in Calgary for their prompt and generous medical attention, Sylvia Schulz for being a great roommate and driver.  I also thank the well-wishers who donated funds to ICAN on my behalf, and who sent their messages.  My foster Mom would like to thank you all as well, and her family support.    Thank you, Esperanza.”

February 2020 update: Esperanza continues to heal nicely and is still being nurtured and socialized at her ICAN foster home, where she is integrating with other animals. Esperanza’s leg shows a variance of flexibility.  Some days she appears to limp more when walking, and at other times, she is almost “normal” in the use of her leg.  She continues to sit with her leg out and to her left, and probably sleeps with it more extended as well, though it isn’t as obvious. She so far is still developing muscle which may increase the smoothness and consistent strength of her leg. 

Esperanza is close to being “adoptable”, but she will need an experienced adopter.  She would be safest as an inside only cat.  Climbing (which she likes) should be made safe and supervised when possible.  Leaping up on furniture, or “stepping up is alright, but not screen doors where she risks being “caught” on her weak leg.   She loves to cuddle (careful lift and hold on the “weak” side) or “supervise” the tasks at hand.  She will tend to grab and “bite” if she senses too much attention is being given to her leg (physical examination or touching).  She loves to play with string and is fairly agile.  When bored, she amuses herself, preferring stuffed mice and twisted pipe cleaners which she drops into the water for some reason.  They are then unacceptable for play until they dry out, so she will search out another toy, leaving wet surprises about for bare or sock clad feet.  🙂

NOTE: Adopted – to the best home ever – one she knew and loved!

ADOPTED June 2020

Montego

Male – Silver Tabby – Long Hair – Estimated birthdate: May 26, 2020

One of 9 kittens rescued from the Canal Flats area. All had been well cared for when we were asked to take them into ICAN care.

They are all shy and we are still getting to know them, so no personality information available yet. Some are in foster care and some are at the shelter.

ADOPTED August, 2020

Papaya

Male – Tabby – Estimated birthdate: May 26, 2020

One of 9 kittens rescued from the Canal Flats area. All had been well cared for when we were asked to take them into ICAN care.

They are all shy and we are still getting to know them, so no personality information available yet. Some are in foster care and some are at the shelter.

ADOPTED August, 2020

Ocean

Female – Tabby – Estimated birthdate: May 26, 2020

One of 9 kittens rescued from the Canal Flats area. All had been well cared for when we were asked to take them into ICAN care.

They are all shy and we are still getting to know them, so no personality information available yet. Some are in foster care and some are at the shelter.

ADOPTED August, 2020

Dragonfly

Female – Tan & Black Tabby – medium to long hair – Estimated birthdate: June 3, 2020

ADOPTED August, 2020