Animal 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 donated to the Canadian Animal Task Force – a Calgary-based charity group that works directly with shelters – to provide surgeries to pets in need.
Executive Director RJ Bailot said the Alberta Veterinary Medical Association granted temporary licenses on Saturday to provide a special spaying and spaying clinic for newly rescued cats.
“Unfortunately, we often come across these types of situations where people contact us with dozens, sometimes hundreds of cats that they need help with, so we want people to contact us early when they only have a few cats ideally,” Bailot mentioned.
“At the moment however, we have several cats requiring extensive medical attention in a crisis situation such as this.”
CATF and its group of volunteers were on pace on Saturday to perform 60 successful neutering and neutering operations, while around 20 cats also require extensive dental care.
Baillot adds that his organization has been able to neuter and neuter more than 2,000 animals in the past four months alone in temporary clinics, but the additional medical care has been a significant financial burden.
“We are really desperate for financial donations and a lot of people don’t know about our charity because we are a bit unique in what we do,” he said.
“With all of the various COVID-19 restrictions, it’s been 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 made online.
‘PLEASE SPAY AND CHANGE YOUR ANIMALS’
About 25 volunteers came to the spaying and neutering clinic on Saturday with the aim of helping cats in need, but also raising awareness about pet population control.
Andrea McDonald has worked with cats for several years and urges rescuers to ensure these procedures are done as soon as possible.
“There are thousands of animals every year that don’t have a home, because where can they all go? It’s not crowded so please neuter and neuter your animals,” she said.
“It’s so nice to know that they have a warm place, that they eat regularly, that they are not sick or that they are not being treated because of their own history. It’s just important to know that they’re all safe.
Bryony George, a local vet who volunteered her time on Saturday, agrees that these surgeries are a much better alternative to what might happen to less fortunate animals.
“This is a less crude method of population control that could otherwise be implemented by people if their cats are out of control, as owners sometimes tend to put them down instead,” said George.
“It’s nice to be able to give my time to this because it’s kind of a win-win, to be able to do more surgery. A lot of these people are also training to be vet technicians and assistants, so they’re learning a lot too.