Thursday, September 21, 2017

Reminder to Join ORA in Newmarket this Saturday!

 ORA Charity Garage Sale

Thanks to everyone who donated items, distributed flyers, 
spread the word, and signed up to attend or help out! 

-Claudia and ORA Volunteers

For details about Saturday, 
please visit Kijiji and Eventbrite.

Got questions? Call 416-726-5762, 416-726-8895, or email us

If you're unable to make it on the 23rd but would still like to help, please make a donation to ORA! Every donation saves lives and allows ORA to continue its work with the animals. Tax receipts will be issued upon request for every mailed donation over $25 and all online donations. 

Visit us online any time for more info, and be sure to stop by this Saturday to say hello and meet some of our volunteers! 

Friday, September 8, 2017

Spend a Saturday with ORA Animal Rescue!

Save the date! ORA Super Volunteers Cathy and Joseph are hosting an End of Summer Fundraiser for the Animals and everyone is welcome to attend!

When: Saturday, September 23rd, 2017
Time: 8:00 a.m to 2:00 p.m. 
Where: 393 Glover Lane, Newmarket ON L3Y 7G8 

Red wagon donated to ORA by the Dreksler family.
Photo taken by Corinne Thaw.

We hope to see you all there! There will be a Yard Sale, BBQ, Bake Sale, and much more! We will also be selling 50/50 raffle tickets, with the winner to be contacted this holiday season. 

100% of all proceeds from this fundraiser will go towards helping ORA to meet its ongoing daily animal food, cleaning, medical and dental care needs. 

If you have gently used furniture or other items in good condition you'd like to donate to the sale, please call 416-726-8895 to arrange for local pick-up in the GTA before September 22nd. 

If you have a love of baking, please share your favorite delicious creations with us to sell on the 23rd. Please call 416-726-8895 to arrange for local pick-up of your fresh baked goods.

If you’d like to volunteer, bring a chair and feel free to spend the day with us! 

For more information, please call Claudia at 416-726-5762 or Corinne at 416-726-8895, or email us

If you're unable to make it on the 23rd but would still like to help, please make a donation to ORATax receipts will be issued upon request for every mailed donation over $25 and all online donations. 

Thank you for reading and for your support! Be sure to stop by our fundraiser on the 23rd or visit us online to find out how you can help and join the team today.

Friday, July 14, 2017

Send a Birthday Wish to ORA

The Organization for the Rescue of Animals (ORA) has a very special birthday on July 14th… Claudia Vecchio’s birthday! 

Most of you reading this blog know Claudia is all about the animals. For the last thirty years, she has been tirelessly dedicated to rescuing, working/advocating for and helping animals of all kinds in need. And she has no intention of stopping anytime soon.

If you would like to wish Claudia a very happy birthday this year, please donate $10 or more between now and the end of July to help ORA meet its daily animal food, cleaning, medical and dental care needs for the rest of this month.

Your donation will not only warm Claudia’s heart on her birthday, you’ll also help ORA continue to furnish our mutual furry friends with the love, care, and attention they both need and deserve every day.

Donate via: 
Canada Helps

Donate by mail: 

P.O. Box 22608, 300 Coxwell Ave, Toronto ON M4L 3W7 Canada

Be sure to tell your family and friends as well!

Remember that animal rescue never ends with the rescue. The rescued animals living at ORA's sanctuary and in ORA's active foster care network continue to need all the help they can get, every day, day in and day out, 365 days a year.

So we encourage you to think of ORA and make a donation and/or sign up for monthly sponsorship

Tax receipts will be issued for every mailed donation over $25 and all online donations. 

Thank you for reading and for your support! If you would like to volunteer or connect with ORA, please visit us to find out how you can help and join the team today.

Sunday, June 18, 2017

Great Canadian Giving Challenge 2017

Dear Animal Supporter,

For every dollar you donate in the month of June to ORA-Organization for the Rescue of Animals, ORA will be automatically entered to win $10,000 in the Great Canadian Giving Challenge. This is a program instituted by to promote charitable giving during this “off-season” time when charitable giving is at its lowest.

Animals need your support and your help every time of the year, they eat every day also during “off giving season” and they require veterinarian care even when donations are not at the forefront in the minds of people.

The Great Canadian Giving Challenge is certainly a laudable initiative to promote giving in this time of the year when nice weather, outings and holidays may distract even animal supporters from the everyday need of animals to be rescued, to be saved, healed and nurtured.

Please consider donating to ORA in the month of June through 
(Great Canadian Giving Challenge)

The more you donate to ORA during the month of June, the more chances ORA has to win!

Thanks from Jazzy, (hereunder), one of our latest rescues, as ORA’s “spokesdog” in name of all the cats and dogs presently in the care of ORA.

ORA-Organization for the Rescue of Animals (CRN# 855809448RR0001) is a grassroots animal rescue charitable organization entirely run by volunteers. ORA does not receive any public funding and is funded uniquely on private donations: 100% of all donated money goes to the animals. ORA adheres to a strict No-Kill principle. Unadoptable animals are allowed to live until the end of their natural lives in the residences of ORA’s volunteers. For more information, please call 416-726-5762, 416-726-8895, or email

Tax receipts are issued for all donations

ORA-Organization for the Rescue of Animals

Sunday, March 12, 2017


Our cats and dogs share our fortunes and misfortunes. Often the death of their caregiver marks also the end of their lives. But it should not be that way. Arrangements should be made in advance for our companion animals in case we predecease them. We are mortals, and we do not know the time of our demise. Therefore it is important to be ready and provide for our dear companion animals.

Throughout the years, we have rescued countless animals from horrible situations following the death of their caregivers. Some were sent to the pound and they were waiting to be put down when we were informed and went to the municipal pounds to save their lives. Some were just thrown outside either by the landlord or by an unconsidered close family member eager to enter in possession of house, apartment or valuable of the deceased relative. We have witnessed the most disconcerting cases of animal cruelty by hand of the children and relatives of deceased who thought those same children and relatives would have taken over the care of their pets. At times, we succeeded to intervene and saving the animals’ lives, but other times we found out too late. That brings us to the last five adorable cats (all cats are adorable) we just rescued last week from a dying woman. All special needs animals,


Sherry, a 16 year old tiny female on thyroid medication needing regular vet visits and blood tests and Ebony, Booth, Rocky and Suzie, four feral cats ranging from 4 to 7 years of age. The deceased was well aware that those cats could not be adopted out and she was arranging to put them down. We could not let that happen: these poor animals deserve to live. We offered to house them in our residential sanctuary , that the deceased had visited and defined a “little piece of heaven” for the animals. She surrendered the five kitties to ORA just six days before passing away. She died comforted by the thought that her dear cats were going to be well cared for. The five are adjusting pretty well to the life in our Sanctuary. The 16 year old is extremely affectionate and she does not raise any issue even when it comes to take her thyroid medications twice a day. The ferals, intrigued by typical feline curiosity, start approaching us more and more and they have already made friends with some of the old residents (it is amazing how cats we call “feral” are in fact incredibly sociable towards other cats).

The only major issue is with the financial situation of the organization. We have not received any funds for the support of those cats and we hope that you will help us to care for them. A cat costs to ORA an average of $1.9 a day, that is $57 a month, plus vet bills. We are feeding the animals good quality food and even vet prescription diet food when necessary. All is included in the above budget. Prices for pet food, litter and other supplies continue to go up (without even talking about the vet bills) but we constantly work to reduce or at least contain price increases, purchasing in large stocks, changing suppliers etc.). We have a large number of animals in our care, 79 cats and 12 dogs as of today, with a large number of special need animals and over 70% of the cats over 12 years of age. It is a large operation with a very low budget. Yet, we do not feed the animals inferior, expired or donated food of questionable origins. In other terms, our animals are fed appropriate food not the one some manufacturers donate to rescue groups after signing a disclaimer of no responsibility for any health issue the food might cause. We believe in rescuing animals and keeping them healthy. They were in distressed circumstances in the first place for no fault of their own: they deserve to be treated and cared with respect and concern. We do not receive ANY government funding and are only funded through private donations, donations from people like yourself.

Could you please help us out to continue in our endeavour? Would you like to sponsor one of the last five rescued or in any case contribute with your monthly donation toward his or her cost for pet food and medical care? Anything from $15 a month on, will help. Or would you prefer to contribute with one time donation? On behalf of our new residents, Cherry, Ebony, Booth, Suzie and Rocky we thank you in advance for any help you will give.

For more information, please contact us at 416-726-5762, 416-726-8895 or

ORA-Organization for the Rescue of Animals