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Kelowna woman spending $50K to clone treasured cat

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A Kelowna woman is sharing her experience of cloning her cherished cat in hopes of showing other pet owners that they are other options after losing a pet to keep their memory alive. Sydney Morton sat down with Kris Stewart to learn more about the pet cloning process – Mar 6, 2022

If you had the opportunity to reinvent a departed, beloved pet, would you take it? Kris Stewart is taking her shot.

“To each their own, I don’t expect everyone to understand or agree and that’s perfectly fine,” said Stewart.

Stewart wants to clone Bear, her ragdoll cat that was hit by a car and killed in late January.

“A lady in an SUV was speeding through the neighbourhood and that was it,” said Stewart.

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She is working with ViaGen Pets and Equine in Texas, U.S. 

“We make the embryos and then we transfer them to a surrogate mom and she carries them for a normal gestation period,” said Codi Lamb, ViaGen Pets and Equine client services representative.

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The procedure isn’t cheap. Stewart is prepared to pay $50,000 for another chance to hold Bear.

“This is what I want to do. This is what’s meaningful to me and I can’t think of actually a better way for me to spend any extra disposable income I have, it’s so meaningful to me,” said Stewart.

She says enough viable cells were harvested from Bear to create three embryos, which means there’s a chance Stewart could end up with three identical kittens.

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