Frequently Asked Questions

What is the Task Force?

The Canadian Animal Task Force (CATF) is a team of four staff members and a large network of volunteers. We are a registered charity dedicated to partnering with communities to help companion animals and the people who love them. Our office is located in Calgary, but all of our spay and neuter clinics are set up on-site in the community in a hall or arena. We do not offer any veterinary services at our office.

Why did you change your name?

We have grown so much since our inception in 2007! Although spay and neuter remains our core program, it does not encompass all that we do. Our other programs include emergency vaccination clinics, companion animal disaster relief, a community based dog care and management program, and a program for free roaming community cats.

How do I become a volunteer?

We have volunteer opportunities at our office, fundraising events and onsite spay and neuter clinics. Learn more about joining Team Task Force here.

If I am under 18, can I still help?

Volunteers under 18 can volunteer in certain roles under the direct supervision of a volunteering parent or guardian. We review these requests on a case-by-case basis.

Where do surrendered animals from your on-site clinics go?

We work with over 50 rescue partners who intake the relinquished, stray or seized cats and dogs from our clinics.  These rescue groups cover any required veterinary care and facilitate the adoption process.

Can I adopt a pet from you?

We do not have a shelter or adoptable pets. All surrendered animals are placed with one of our rescue partners.

How do you decide where to hold a clinic?

The Task Force visits communities at their request. It is important that hosting communities are supportive of the program and are looking towards sustainable, humane companion animal management.

Can I request a clinic in my community?

We ask that requests come from the leadership of the community or from someone within the community such as healthcare workers. Please contact our Executive Director at for more information.

Where does the Task Force get funding?

We rely on grants, casinos, fundraising events, and the generosity of the public. Communities hosting a clinic contribute financially, in whole or in part.

How do I make a donation?

Please see our donations page for more info. We greatly appreciate your support! The CATF is a registered charity and provides tax receipts for donations over $20.

The Task Force needs YOUR help!

On November 25, 2022, the Task Force had an intake of over 90 cats from a single property in Southern Alberta. 

The cats will be triaged and housed temporarily at the Task Force office until they receive veterinary care. They will need to be spayed or neutered, vaccinated and treated for parasites. Others will require more extensive veterinary care such as dental work. Each of these cats deserves the opportunity to receive the care they need, and we are committed to making that happen. Which is why we are putting out a plea for help.  Heather Waddell, an avid animal lover and longtime supporter of the Task Force, has graciously pledged to match all donations made up to $10,000! Please consider donating today in order for your donation to be matched!  Thank you to Heather, our INCREDIBLE volunteers and supporters for making our work possible! With animal shelters and rescue groups operating at full capacity our goal is that the cats, once healthy, will be placed with animal welfare organizations throughout the province to be adopted. We encourage everyone that has considered fostering or adopting an animal to reach out to your local animal welfare organization as the timing couldn't be any more dire.

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