A Campbell River author and artist who’s passionate about helping animals is supporting Quadra Cat Rescue’s most recent fundraising efforts.

Michael Duncan has given the copyrights for six original pieces of artwork of west coast scenes to be reproduced as a selection of art cards. The cards are available for $5 each at Inspirations in Quathiaski Cove. Funds raised through the sale of the cards will help cover vet bills, primarily spaying or neutering and vaccinating of island cats in need.

“We are immensely grateful to Michael for giving the rights to these pieces of art to Quadra Cat Rescue,” says volunteer Valerie van Veen. “It’s an ongoing struggle for our small group to make ends meet with the number of stray and abandoned cats that need fostering and medical care. Michael’s generosity is an amazing gift. We welcome the chance to showcase his art and applaud his commitment to helping animals.”

Michael Duncan founded Artist – Helping Abused Animals after the passing of Ellie, his rescued Australian Shepherd. In memory of Ellie, and in an effort to prevent the kind of abuse she suffered before he adopted her, Michael donates original works of art to not-for-profit organizations that help abused or abandoned animals and service animals.

“It is wonderful what the volunteers of Quadra Cat Rescue do,” says Linda Goodwin, who reaches out and coordinates art donations on Michael’s behalf. “Supporting your cause means a lot to Michael and myself, and we know community support is critical for success. We hope the art cards help inspire local people and visitors to support your volunteer efforts.”

Michael Duncan has donated art worth more than $38,000 to support animals. His goal is to donate $50,000. In 2018, Michael also gave the BC SPCA Campbell River branch $1,200 worth of artwork for fundraising. This year, he also donated artwork to BC SPCA Victoria Branch, Nanoose Bay Catspan Society, Vancouver Island Compassion Dogs Society, Cat’s Cradle Animal Rescue in Sidney, Brokes Promises Rescue in Victoria and MARS Wildlife Rescue.

For more information, to volunteer, foster, adopt, or make a donation, contact Quadra Cat Rescue by telephone at 250-285-CATS (2287), email quadracatrescue@yahoo.com or find details on Facebook. Can’t adopt or volunteer but want to help? Sponsor one of the many kittens in need. $400 gets a kitten spayed or neutered and provides basic vet care for a healthy start. Quadra Cat Rescue has an account with the local credit union and accepts donations via cash, cheques and PayPal. Tax receipts available.