Animal rescue advocates and several volunteers have come together to provide emergency medical care to 125 cats of all ages who were rescued two weeks ago from a rural property just outside Calgary.
The felines were turned over to the Canadian Animal Task Force – a Calgary-based charity group that works directly with shelters – to provide surgeries to animals in need.
Executive director RJ Bailot said the Alberta Veterinary Medical Association granted temporary licenses on Saturday to provide a special spaying and neutering clinic for newly rescued cats.
âUnfortunately, we often come across these types of situations where people contact us with dozens, sometimes hundreds of cats that they need help with.
“At the moment, however, we have several cats requiring extensive medical attention in a crisis situation like this.”
The CATF and its group of volunteers are on track Saturday to perform 60 successful spaying and neutering surgeries, while around 20 cats also require extensive dental care.
Baillot adds that his organization has been able to sterilize and sterilize more than 2,000 animals in the past four months alone in temporary clinics, but the additional medical care has been a heavy financial burden.
âWe’re really desperate for financial donations and a lot of people don’t know about our charity because we’re a bit unique in what we do,â he said.
“With all of the various COVID-19 restrictions, it’s made a huge challenge for us to fundraise in person as well, so it’s definitely been a unique few years for us.”
Financial donations can be done online.
“PLEASE PRESS AND NEUTRALIZE YOUR ANIMALS”
About 25 volunteers attended the spaying and neutering clinic on Saturday in an effort to help cats in need, but also to raise awareness about pet population control.
Andrea McDonald has worked with cats for several years and urges those rescuing them to make sure these procedures are done as quickly as possible.
âThere are thousands of animals every year that don’t have a home because where can they all go? There are only a limited number of people, so please spay and neuter your animals, âshe said.
âIt’s so nice to know that they have a warm and nice place, that they have food regularly, that they are not sick or not being treated because of their own history. It is just important to know that they are all safe.
Bryony George, a local vet who volunteered her time on Saturday, agrees these surgeries are a much better alternative to what could happen to less fortunate animals.
“This is a less crass method of population control that might be implemented by people if their cats are out of control, as owners sometimes tend to put them down instead,” he said. said George.
âIt’s good to be able to give my time to this because it’s kind of a win-win, to be able to do more surgery. Many of these people are also training to become veterinary technicians and assistants, which also allows them to learn a lot.