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CatNap believes that all cats are entitled to a safe, caring, and happy home.    


We are a volunteer rescue organization that relies solely upon donations from the public and fundraising events to sustain our programs and operations. All money raised helps to offset the costs of feeding, spaying or neutering and obtaining medical attention for these abandoned cats and kittens. All donations, whether cash, kitty food or kitty litter are very much appreciated as are new volunteers. We are a registered non-profit society and donations in any amount are welcome. 


CatNap was formed in August of 1998 by a small local group of caring individuals who wanted to make a difference for the abandoned and homeless cats of Nanaimo. It has now grown to include foster homes and a whole family of adopters. Our driving force is our mutual love for animals and our support of each other during crisis situations. We have put together quite an extended family of cat lovers, who have given our rescues wonderful, loving homes. We never expected that from this passion of ours, we would meet so many interesting and wonderful people.


Our mandate is to rescue abandoned cats and kittens, provide medical attention where necessary, have them spayed and neutered and, hopefully, find them homes. In the case of feral cats, after they are spayed/neutered they will be released back to the original location where they were trapped if they can be provided with shelter and food on a daily basis. This should reduce the number of suffering and abandoned cats in this city. We are not an animal control agency. We are willing to assist in trapping feral cats if someone needs assistance but they must be willing to help these cats after their release. CatNap can only do so much. This is a community problem that needs the support of the community.



For a complete up-to-date list of cats and kittens currently available for adoption, please visit our Facebook page.

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BIG NEWS!! CatNap Receives $11,500 Grant from PetSmart Charities of Canada to Help More Homeless Cat Find Homes in the Nanaimo Area

March 17th, 2023

Nanaimo’s CatNap Society has received a $11,500 grant from PetSmart Charities of Canada to help more homeless cats in the Nanaimo area be prepared for adoption. An estimated one hundred thousand pets make their way into shelters each year in Canada. In the Nanaimo area alone, more than 600 cats a year are rescued by CatNap.

With the help of this grant, CatNap will be able to rescue more than 30 homeless cats, provide veterinary care, and prepare them for adoption into loving, forever homes.


The grant will allow CatNap to rescue cats like Tangerine, who was recently adopted with the help of PetSmart Nanaimo. Tangerine was rescued as a homeless cat when she was pregnant with kittens. She had her kittens in CatNap’s care, and the kittens were successfully adopted, but Tangerine, having been a homeless Mama Cat, was understandably more fearful of humans than her kittens were. It took some time in foster care, and adoption by a loving, understanding family, for her to settle into the happy life of a rescued cat.

“CatNap is a 100 percent volunteer organization, and all of our resources go towards caring for our rescued cats and providing veterinary care,” said Chrystal Hirst, CatNap executive director. “This grant from PetSmart Charities is so welcome and helpful to us in our work. More cats will find happy homes next year, thanks to this grant.

“Cats like Tangerine and her kittens ‘rescue’ people, too,” said Heidi Marston, director of pet placement initiatives at PetSmart Charities of Canada. “When shelter pets receive care and compassion, they return the favor with companionship and affection. We’re proud to support Nanaimo CatNap Society and give more cats the preventative care they need to get the best possible start in their new lives.”

About PetSmart Charities of CanadaTM

PetSmart Charities of Canada is committed to making the world a better place for pets and all who love them. Through its in-store adoption program in all PetSmart® stores across the country, PetSmart Charities of Canada helps thousands of pets connect with loving families each year. PetSmart Charities of Canada also provides grant funding to support organizations that advocate and care for the well-being of all pets and their families. Our grants and efforts connect pets with loving homes through adoption, improve access to affordable veterinary care and support families in times of crisis with access to food, shelter, and emergency relief. Each year, thousands of generous supporters help pets in need by donating to PetSmart Charities of Canada directly at, while shopping at, and by using the PIN pads at checkout registers inside PetSmart stores. In turn, PetSmart Charities of Canada efficiently uses more than 90 cents of every dollar donated to fulfill its role as the leading funder of animal welfare in Canada, granting more than $25 million since its inception in 1999. Independent from PetSmart LLC, PetSmart Charities of Canada is a registered Canadian charity. To learn more visit


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