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Our Annual Online Auction Is Now Open.
This year's auction will be hosted through GalaBid, click here to enter the auction and help support cats in need.

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25 years!

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

CatNap Society (Cats Needing Aid and Protection) is a 100% volunteer-based cat

rescue located in Nanaimo, BC that was formed in 1998 by a small local group of caring individuals who wanted to make a difference for the homeless cats of Nanaimo.


We are a CRA registered charity and BC Society that has grown to well over a hundred

active volunteers who help with all areas of our operations - from rescue/trapping,

fostering, vet appointment transport, pickup of donations, cleaning, adoptions,

fundraising, administration, communications and a number of other valuable tasks -

allowing us to help almost 700 cats and kittens annually.


Our mandate is to rescue feral and abandoned cats and kittens, have their medical

needs met including treatment of illness, injury, vaccines, parasite control, spay/neuter

surgeries and socialize them in foster homes before finding them loving homes. In the

case of some feral cats who are unlikely to be successfully socialized to an indoor

home, they will be released back to their original colony location after receiving required medical care and are spayed/neutered, and where they are provided shelter and daily food and water by a caregiver.


We rely upon donations from the public and fundraising events to sustain our rescue

efforts and operations. Every gift of support, no matter the size, is greatly appreciated

and goes towards helping the cats and kittens coming into our care.


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

or visit us here on Petfinder

​Our newsletter is a great way to keep up to date on CatNap news and events, as well as cat related articles. 

Click here to sign up for the CatNap newsletter!


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Kenzo is a sweet, mature gentleman who is looking for a doting forever home that has a comfy couch.


CatNap Apparel

For inquiries on sizing availability and to place an order, 
email us at

Garment colour choices as shown: 
dark grey or white depending on design selected

Unisex T-shirt  - $22 including tax

Women’s Tanks - $22 including tax

Hoodies (2 designs; dark grey only) - $50 including tax

Shipping not available – local pickup in Nanaimo, BC only

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


Find PetSmart Canada & PetSmart Charities of CanadaTM on:



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