New Virden-based pet rescue

One At A Time

One At A Time Rescue is a local animal rescue launched earlier this year focusing primarily on orphaned, abandoned or stray kittens and puppies. The new Virden-based rescue was started by Lindsey McKinnon along with a partner from Shilo, Man.

“We both volunteered with other rescues and realized there was a need for what we could offer,” says McKinnon.

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Those who help OAATR by fostering need to be able to commit to a bottle-feeding schedule for recently born babies, such as the cat family brought in from the Brandon pound – five bottle babies.

On Sept. 5, OAATR was alerted to another situation where the RCMP found six two-week-old kittens left in a back pack.

“We were contacted by the folks at the Brandon City Pound and were fortunate enough to have some people come forward who were willing to foster them.”

Those kittens will be ready for adoption in about six weeks.

McKinnon says, “There are often kittens, pregnant cats or families (females with babies) that find themselves at the Brandon Pound. We pay close attention to which animals are there, and when we have the space and the resources, we will ‘spring’ them from the pound and bring them into care. 

“Once in our care, we ensure they get proper nourishment, medical attention as required, and lots of love.”

Kittens are vaccinated at eight weeks, ready for adoption into forever homes, with a mandatory spay/neuter contract. 

To date, the rescue has helped 61 cats or kittens. Find them on Facebook under One At A Time Rescue.


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