The Canadian Animal Task Force (CATF) and the Alberta Animal Rescue Crew (AARCS) have formed a partnership in order to combine resources and better assist animals and their owners during an emergency. Together, we are able to respond to large and small scale disasters. Through this partnership the “Alberta Animal Disaster Response” (AADR) was born.
CATF and AARCS teamed up informally to provide assistance during the following events.
- 2013 Southern Alberta Floods with staff and volunteers assisting in Calgary, High River, Siksika Nation and Stoney Nakoda Nation.
- 2014 Rollover accident involved 30+ dogs requiring two weeks of tracking and trapping terrified and injured dogs.
- 2016 Fort McMurray wildfires where crews were on the front lines for three weeks assisting with animal extraction and care of over 1,200 of animals, as well as managing animal care in Edmonton at the Animal Reunification Centre.
Formally teamed up under Alberta Animal Disaster Response (AADR) we have responded to the following events:
- 2019 Northern Alberta Fires in the MD of Opportunity and Bigstone Cree Nation caring for over 300 animals.
Together our organizations have a very strong volunteer base, including veterinary technologists, veterinarians experienced with emergency veterinary care, experienced animal rescuers, animal handlers, logistics, dispatch, government relations and a large database of volunteers with various skill sets.