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.




We rescue over 400 cats each year. 95% of them are not spayed or neutered before we rescued them. The only way the hundreds of cats needing help in our city will start to decrease will be when spaying and neutering realized as something that needs to be done. Spay and neuter bylaws are desperately needed in our city. Cats shouldn't be roaming unfixed - this is a community problem and it's huge! The only way the city will ever realize that you want a change is by writing to the people who can change it. Otherwise we are powerless. So many people write and ask us for help, please also write the city and tell the Mayor and Council that you want a cat spay and neuter bylaw! If you have a story to share, please tell them about it.

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



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