AlleyCATS comes to the rescue of Oliver kittens

AlleyCATS Alliance enlisted the help of professionals in the field of restoration and disaster cleanup last weekend to save feral felines.

Oliver resident Joan Whiteman became concerned about a dilapidated structure full of asbestos on a neighbouring property where feral kittens had made a home. With the help of AlleyCATS Alliance and Total Restoration they saved the kittens that were trapped inside the roof.

AlleyCATS Alliance enlisted the help of professionals in the field of restoration and disaster cleanup last weekend to save feral felines.

President of AlleyCATS December van den Berg said they had to enter a dilapidated structure full of asbestos to rescue a handful of kittens trapped inside the roof.  Two concerned employees from Total Restoration in Penticton volunteered their time outside of work hours and came to their aid in full hazmat gear. They searched the house from top to bottom.  In the end, traps were set for the elusive brood, and all of the kittens were rescued as well as their one-eyed mother.

Sparrow the one-eyed cat gave birth to a litter of kittens in early April.  Concerned neighbor, Joan Whiteman, began to try and concoct a way to rescue the kittens from certain death.  The situation became dire when Whiteman found out the building was slated for demolition within the next few weeks.  She turned to AlleyCATS Alliance.

van den Berg said seeing this was a delicate operation fraught with dangerous possibilities, she called upon the most qualified people she could think of:  Total Restoration in Penticton.

Brent McLaughlin and Dale Senger jumped at the chance to help, and with the approval of their boss, attended the scene outside of work hours dressed in full hazmat gear. They searched every inch of the collapsing building, but turned up nothing. In the end traps were set. Whiteman monitored the traps for several days and finally, after three days of hiding, the hungry kittens appeared and were caught.

“Raven, Starling, Dickie and Pipit are healthy and well and are currently in foster care where they are enjoying three square meals a day in an air-conditioned atmosphere. All will be spayed and neutered once they reach two pounds and then they will be put up for adoption.” says van den Berg.

Sparrow, on the other hand, had her eye examined and needs a rather expensive surgery to repair it.  The cost of this surgery could be as high as $1,000 so AlleyCATS are asking for public support in the form of cash donations to assist with the procedure.”

Donations can be made via spay pal on the website at or by calling 250-462-8195

AlleyCATS Alliance is a registered charity dedicated to providing rescue, rehabilitation, medical care and adoption to feral and orphaned cats and kittens throughout the Okanagan.


Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

Osoyoos knife-wielding woman wins appeal to reduce sentence

Court of Appeal settled that the sentencing judge erred in principle, and the sentence was unfit

FortisBC offers 90-day bill deferrals to customers impacted by COVID-19

Customers can apply for the relief program through the utility’s website

Online marketplace for downtown Penticton businesses an opportunity to support local

Marketplace will help support local businesses and assist customers in finding goods and services

RCMP pursuit in Okanagan Falls leads to arrest of Penticton man

Seamus Kirby of Penticton is facing numerous charges including flight from police

North Okanagan bands together in support against COVID-19

New group launches website with tools to help endure crisis

WATCH: Salmon Arm artist hosts virtual art show amid COVID-19

Roxi Hermsen’s show “Into the Cosmos” is a tribute to her father Bill Sim


Paul Hergott is a personal injury lawyer based in West Kelowna

COVID-19: Armstrong gym fined $345 after failure to close

The fitness centre was issued a ticket a day after province ordered all gyms to close

Bus rider who travelled to Golden tests positive for COVID-19

The passenger travelled from Calgary to Golden on March 15

Armed robbery of legal grow-op in Sicamous ends in arrest near Enderby

Residents alarmed over increased police presence Tuesday morning

Wildfire burns out-of-control on Adams Lake band land in the Shuswap

BC Wildfire Service reports Shuswap two-hectare fire is not threatening structures

COVID-19: Vernon homeless shelters combine in curling club

Gateway and Our Place shelter sites housed under one roof amid pandemic

COVID-19: Don’t get away for Easter weekend, Dr. Bonnie Henry warns

John Horgan, Adrian Dix call 130 faith leaders as holidays approach

COVID-19: Trudeau says 30K ventilators on the way; 3.6M Canadians claim benefits

Canada has seen more than 17,000 cases and at least 345 deaths due to COVID-19

Most Read