Disaster Relief

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.

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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