The Alberta Spay Neuter Task Force (ASNTF) is a registered charity that provides proactive, community based pet wellness clinics for communities that are experiencing pet overpopulation issues in order to assist with their approach to improve the health and well being of the dogs and cats in the community and to reduce human health issues that have resulted from pet overpopulation. Many communities do not have the resources that we have in our cities to assist with the care of their animals. The problem of pet overpopulation exists all over the world!
Kehewin Cree Nation Stats | Sept 9 – 11
• 59 K9 Spays
• 80 K9 Neuters
• 54 Feline Spays
• 45 Feline Neuters
Total 269 dogs and cats spayed/neutered, vaccinated, and dewormed during our Kehewin Cree Nation Clinic!!! (including the 31 animals fixed in May 2016)
Above and beyond that, we had:
99 Dogs Relinquished and 32 Cats Relinquished into our partnered rescue groups!
A message from the Board of Directors of the Alberta Spay Neuter Task Force
The Task Force would like to clarify the statement made by Brenda Martin, President of Parkland Pet Food Bank. This was in regard to the rescue mission Edmonton Humane Society and Parkland Pet Food Bank recently held.
“First Nation communities which are very poor can’t afford to have the Spay and Neuter Task Force to come in, so the only way to eliminate many, many unwanted animals is to do a culling, which means to shoot them,” Martin said.
When there is a need for our spay and neuter program, and we have support from the community’s Chief and Council, we have never turned away a community because of their financial abilities.
We visit both the wealthier and poorer communities. While we ask that the community contribute at least a portion of the cost of each clinic, we are very flexible in the amount of funding. In some cases, the community is only able to pay a very, very small portion of the actual cost and the remaining funding comes from grants, personal and corporate donations, casinos, other charities, and our own fundraising efforts. Unfortunately, because we are a volunteer based charity with limited resources, we cannot provide our services to all of the First Nations in Alberta. Another limitation is Alberta’s short “warm season”. The dogs on First Nations typically live outdoors and we can’t return them post surgery when it is cold out.
The Task Force is taking on new communities every year and we look forward to new organizations providing spay and neuter programs. There Is a great need.
In 2015, our group accepted 606 relinquished or stray dogs and 305 stray or relinquished cats at our clinics that were placed with our partner rescue groups to be rehomed. At our more recent clinic, 99 dogs were placed with partner rescue groups. We are very proud of our accomplishments and those of our incredible volunteers.
The Task Force has recently implemented a new, groundbreaking community based Dog Care and Control program for the Siksika Nation at their invitation. This program includes an Animal Care and Control Officer (who is mentored and supported on a daily basis by the Task Force), humane by laws, sheltering of dogs, spay and neuter assistance and education.
We believe that by providing guidance and support to communities, the problem associated with uncontrolled breeding that results in animal welfare issues and human/dog conflict can be solved by community based programs. By working together we can create safe and caring communities.
THANK YOU PETS FOR LIFE for your very generous donation towards our Maskwacis clinic! We really needed that and it means so much to us!
We would like to thank the Sherling Animal Welfare Fund at the Calgary Foundation for their recent grant to ASNTF. The funds will be used to purchase medications for our Spay/Neuter Clinics, which is one of our largest expenses. We are so grateful for this support!
Thank you Sherling Animal Welfare Fund!
We are guided by the communities we work with and provide accessible veterinary care and outreach programs to them. We believe that, together, we can create a better future for all. In every community, all over the world, people are trying to manage their dog and cat populations in order to provide safer communities and improve the quality of life of these companion animals.
- Alberta Spay Neuter Task Force
- Mailing Address:
- #101 114-13 Ave NW
- Calgary, Alberta T2M 0E2
- Phone: 403-797-3647
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org