Keeping You Updated During Covid-19
A huge thank you to all of our volunteers and donors for your patience and understanding as we navigate what clinics and our other programs look like in these uncertain and quickly changing circumstances. The health and safety of our staff, volunteers and the communities we visit remain our top priority and are at the heart of the decisions we make.
We are so grateful to our donors and volunteers for their ongoing support! We couldn’t do it without you!
Changes to our Program Schedule
Due to COVID-19 restrictions in First Nations communities and across Alberta, we had to cancel all but one of our 2020 on-site clinics. But just because we haven’t been doing on-site clinics doesn’t mean we haven’t been busy! Our team decided to focus our efforts on supporting those providing care for multiple cats in rural Alberta through our large-scale Trap/Neuter/Release Program (TNR).
Cat Care and Management Program
Many rural property owners unwittingly become caregivers for cats that are dumped in the country; calls for help are constant from every corner of the province. It has been so rewarding seeing caregivers who were overwhelmed and desperate for help getting the support they need. This year we were able to hold 9 cat clinics that assisted over 600 cats – see the stats here. These projects were done in collaboration with Alberta Animal Rescue Crew (AARCS) and Alberta Helping Animals (AHAS). Our thanks to them for the use of their clinics and other resources.
Emergency Vaccine Clinic – Saddle Lake
In addition to the cat clinics, we were called to Saddle Lake Cree Nation as they were experiencing a canine distemper outbreak. A small team went door-to-door to vaccinate dogs in the townsite. It was extremely encouraging to see that 82% of the animals were previously vaccinated and spayed/neutered through one of our previous clinics!
Small Scale On-Site Clinic – Cold Lake
In September, we held a small-scale on-site clinic on Cold Lake First Nation with enhanced safety protocols, “curbside” intake with a drive through reception and just 50 volunteers to minimize the risk of spread of COVID-19. The clinic was a huge success, with 313 animals assisted! We’re confident that we can use this clinic model for the 2021 season.
Dog Care and Management Programs – Siksika
In October, Norm Many Heads, Jr, Siksika Nation Animal Control Officer, along with other Siksika Nation members, worked all day to help a colt with a leg injury. Norm arranged for the colt to be seen by a vet from the Animal Care Centre in Strathmore after consulting with the Alberta SPCA on safe transport. Norm and team wanted so badly to win this one but the colt’s injury was just too severe. He was humanely euthanized.
The Task Force and the Siksika First Nation have been working together to humanely manage their companion animal population for over 10 years. Siksika is developing a new livestock bylaw which will eventually reduce injuries like this. Norm and the Task Force have both been consulted as content experts for the development of this new law. Siksika Nation has a team of dedicated and compassionate individuals who are leading First Nations in animal welfare standards. We are proud to call them our partner.
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Curious About the Numbers?
Check out our Clinic Stats page to see how many animals have been assisted this year and previous years.