Spay & Neuter Clinics
During our spay and neuter clinics, our team sets up a MASH type surgical unit within the community, usually over a weekend. Clincs have the ability to spay and neuter up to 546 animals in 2.5 days.
We strategically target the free roaming dog population by sending out teams of experienced volunteers to pick up the larger dogs, with the owners’ permission.
It typically takes a number of clinics before we can stabilize the dog population and the clinics must be repeated in order to maintain the pet population at a healthy and manageable level.
The Task Force was incorporated as a non-profit society in November 2007 and we received our charitable status in February 2009. In the beginning, we provided spay and neuter services by transporting animals to nearby vet clinics.
In 2008, our team, along with Dr. Kathy Hilland DVM, made a presentation to the Alberta Veterinary Medical Association (ABVMA) requesting that a provision be made for spay and neuter clinics that can be held in communities that are experiencing pet overpopulation issues. As a result, the Alberta Veterinary Medical Association created a special license for a “Temporary Veterinary Facility”. These clinics can be held in community halls, gymnasiums or other venues and must follow ABVMA guidelines in order to ensure the safety of our patients. The Task Force applies for a license from the ABVMA for each clinic.
After fundraising for our own surgical equipment and receiving permission for on-site clinics from the Alberta Veterinary Medical Association, we held our very first on-site clinic for the Blood Tribe (Kainai Nation) in September 2010.
To date, we have over $400,000.00 invested in surgical equipment, vehicles and trailers to transport our equipment. Most of this funding comes from grants.
We have held over 60 on-site clinics in 24 First Nation Communities across Alberta. The Task Force has spayed and neutered, tattooed, vaccinated and dewormed over 16,000 cats and dogs and placed 6,300 relinquished or stray animals with our partner rescue groups to be rehomed. Altogether, this means we have prevented many thousands of potentially unwanted animals!