WHO WE ARE:
We are a volunteer driven registered charity that provides care to companion animals living in First Nation communities as well as other municipalities in order to assist with community safety and improve the health and well-being of the dogs and cats living in these communities.
Our team of licensed veterinarians, Registered Veterinary Technologists and lay volunteers provides compassionate and exemplary care.
The Task Force also provides mentorship, guidance and resources regarding a community based Dog Care and Control Program. This includes by laws, humane enforcement, training, licensing and registration of dogs, sheltering and re homing stray and impounded animals, education, a structured free pet food program, accessible spay and neuter procedures as well as other components. In addition, we provide assistance during times of disasters.
We want to improve the lives of the animals and the people that love and live with them.
We are guided by the communities we work with and provide accessible veterinary care and outreach programs to them. We believe that, together, we can create a better future for all. In every community, all over the world, people are trying to manage their dog and cat populations in order to provide safer communities and improve the quality of life of these companion animals.
The Task Force was incorporated as a non-profit society in November 2007 and we received our charitable status in February 2009. In the beginning, we provided spay and neuter services by transporting animals to nearby vet clinics. After fundraising for our own surgical equipment and receiving permission for on-site clinics from the Alberta Veterinary Medical Association, we held our very first on-site clinic for the Blood Tribe First Nation in September 2010. We have assisted the following communities: Alexis Nakoda Sioux Nation, Bigstone Cree Nation, Blood Tribe Nation, Keheewin Cree Nation, Maskwacis, the M.D. of Opportunity, Onion Lake Cree Nation, Paul First Nation, Piikani Nation, Saddle Lake Cree Nation, Siksika Nation, Stoney Nakoda Nation, Tsuut’ina Nation and Whitefish Lake First Nation.
We have over $300,000.00 invested in surgical equipment and a truck, van and 2 trailers to transport our equipment. Special thanks to Heather Waddell for her huge contribution to the Task Force!
In 2008, our group along with Dr. Kathy Hilland, DVM, made a presentation to the Alberta Veterinary Medical Association (ABVMA) requesting that a provision be made for spay and neuter clinics that can be held in communities that are experiencing pet overpopulation issues. As a result, the Alberta Veterinary Medical Association created a special category for a “Temporary Veterinary Facility”. These clinics can be held in community halls, gymnasiums or other venues and must follow ABVMA guidelines in order to ensure the safety of the patients. The Task Force applies for a license from the ABVMA for each clinic.
We are grateful to the ABVMA for recognizing the importance of companion animal care in these communities. We are also very grateful to Dr. Hilland for her support and also to Tammy Mazubert, RVT, for her amazing contribution to the Task Force.