WHAT WE DO:
The Task Force provides pet wellness events in the community that are held with the support of the community leadership. We set up a high volume, MASH type surgical unit within a suitable site and spay/neuter up to 430 animals over one weekend. We visit these communities by invitation from the community and community members are welcome to participate and observe. Our clinics also provide veterinary care for companion animals that would not otherwise be available to these communities due to the remoteness of the communities or inability to pay for such services. The clinics are licenced by the Alberta Veterinary Medical Association and we must follow their guidelines in order to provide safe surgery for our patients.
We have a very committed team of over 250 volunteers that include veterinarians, vet students, animal health technologists (AHT’s) and AHT students as well as general volunteers. Each clinic requires at least 15 vets and 6 animal health technologists as well as 80 general volunteers. We care for up to 500 animals each weekend that are housed at the gym or community centre. Our group provides over $70,000.00 in surgical equipment, a truck and trailer.
We ask that the community supports our group by providing funding and a suitable site.
All animals are spayed or neutered, vaccinated (including rabies), dewormed, tattooed, and treated for fleas, lice or mange, as needed.
We work closely with 32 rescue groups from Alberta, Saskatchewan and BC who assist us by accepting the unwanted dogs and cats from the clinics.
We are part of a working group formed by Health Canada, First Nations and Aboriginal Health, Alberta Region. We also work with First Nations Technical Services Advisory Group.
• 1,104 dogs and cats spayed or neutered
• 546 stray or relinquished animals re-homed through our partner rescue groups
• 1,766 dogs and cats spayed or neutered
• 802 stray or relinquished animals re-homed through our partner rescue groups
• 2,553 dogs and cats spayed or neutered
• 915 stray or relinquished animals re-homed through our partner rescue
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