Frequently Asked Questions

What is the Task Force?

The CATF is a team of four staff members and a large network of volunteers. We are a registered charity that partners with communities who require assistance. The Task Force has an office in NE Calgary, but all of our spay and neuter clinics are set up within 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 is a very important part of our programs, it does not define 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 roles under the direct supervision of a volunteering parent or guardian in any roles not interacting with animals. We review these requests on a case by case basis. There are many factors to consider.

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 veterinary care the dogs or cats require, including spay and neuter.

Can I adopt a pet from you?

We do not have a shelter or adoptable pets. All surrendered animals are placed with a rescue partner and they provide the care needed and facilitate the adoption process.

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 dog management programs.

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 have them contact our Executive Director at in order to get more information.

Where does the Task Force get funding?

We rely on grants, corporate and personal donations, casinos and fundraising events for our funding. First Nations and/or municipalities pay in whole or in part for onsite clinics.

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.