We have really exciting news!
The Alberta Spay Neuter Task Force has a new name!!
We have grown so much since our inception in 2007 that although Spay and Neuter is a very important part of our programs it does not define all that we do. We now provide disaster relief for companion animals, a Cat Care and Control Program, and a Dog Care and Control Program for First Nations. The Board felt that a new name was in order to accurately reflect all of our programs so we changed our name to the “Canadian Animal Task Force”. There will be a transitional period while we update our website and Facebook page but we wanted our supporters that have contributed so much to the success of the Task Force to be the first to know.
The Canadian Animal Task Force (CATF) is a registered charity that partners with communities who request guidance, support, and resources to humanely manage their companion animal population, in order to improve the safety of their community and well being of the animals.
Formed in 2008 as a response to the need for a proactive solution to pet overpopulation. We held our very first on-site clinic for the Blood Tribe First Nation in September 2010 and in August 2018 we held our 60th clinic. To date, we have examined, spayed and neutered, tattooed, vaccinated and dewormed over 15,000 companion animals and placed an addition 6,300 surrendered animals with partner rescue groups.
CATF is a volunteer-driven registered charity that has over 100 volunteers at each spay neuter clinic which includes veterinarians, veterinary technologists and general volunteers. If you are interested to join Team Task Force, please fill out an application – https://abtaskforce.org/volunteers/
Over the past 10 years we have grown and so have our programs:
Spay and Neuter Clinics: We have the ability to set up a MASH type surgical unit in the community to spay or neuter, tattoo, vaccinate and deworm up to 546 animals in one weekend.
Community Based Dog Care and Control Program: Launched in 2016 after a series of serious dog bite/attack incidents, this program encourages responsible pet ownership and, in turn this reduces dog bites and also improves the welfare of dogs living in First Nation communities. We provide guidance and resources to First Nations regarding bylaws, humane enforcement, registration and licensing of dogs, Animal Control Officer training, dog bite prevention and structured feeding programs for eligible clients.
Community Based Cat Care and Control Program: A pilot project started in 2019, with the goal of assisting municipalities with free roaming cat overpopulation. The first onsite cat clinic was held in Carseland, AB in April 2019 and 84 feral cats were trapped, spayed and neutered, treated for parasites, vaccinated (including rabies), tattooed and ear tipped. Local caregivers continue to monitor and care for the feral cats.
Disaster Relief: A member of the Alberta Animal Disaster Response Team and the Companion Animal Disaster Response Steering Committee led by the Alberta Veterinary Medical Association and Alberta Provincial Emergency Services. We are also a member of the Calgary Emergency Management Agency. The Task Force assisted with disaster relief during the 2013 Alberta floods, 2016 Fort McMurray wildfires and 2019 northern Alberta wildfires.
Emergency Vaccine Clinics: These clinics are in response to potentially fatal Canine Distemper outbreaks in First Nation communities. Teams go door to door and vaccinate 100-200 dogs over a weekend.
Pet Retention Fund: Our Pet Retention Fund, supported by PetSmart Charities, assists qualified owners whose companion animals require veterinary care that the owner cannot afford.
Our Deepest Gratitude!
Without donations and grants we would not be able to do the important work that we do. Thank you for believing in our cause, we are so grateful for your enormous generosity and support.