Rescue of central Alberta invaded by cats – Red Deer Advocate

Things are certainly moving at a breakneck pace at the Saving Grace Animal Society in central Alberta.

“It’s crazy work,” said Amanda McClughan, director of development for the company.

“We have had the busiest summer ever. Our cat program is currently completely overloaded – we have a waiting list of cats to enter.

Recently, the company partnered with the Ponoka Central Veterinary Clinic to support more than 75 cats through a sterilization clinic. “There are about 120 on our to-do list,” McClughan said.

“It’s also very difficult to get cats for adoption right now because there are so many of them.

“Every rescue is so overrun with cats,” she said, adding that it had been a bad year for cats.

“Our dog program was also regularly full. “

There are weeks here and there where there is a bit of leeway, but staff members are also seeing with the dog program that it stays at maximum capacity.

“If we have an open course, it is filled the next day,” she explained, adding that there have been several medical emergencies with some dogs also due to violence.

In the meantime, there are fundraisers going on that people can support, like the Gift of Flight raffle with WestJet. To be won, a flight, a hotel voucher and $ 500 in cash.

“It will be a good fundraiser for us. And then we tentatively have a fundraising evening scheduled for November 6 in Lacombe, ”she said.

“We hope we can move forward with this.

“And another ongoing campaign that we have is called our Brick by Brick campaign. We are trying to build a veterinary clinic right next to our establishment (in Alix). If we could do that, we would be able to have a lot more surgeries than we currently do.

“It would make our programs a lot easier.”

Regarding the recent clinic, another goal was to ease the daily strain on Saving Grace’s general cat program while reducing the amount of unwanted and needy cats breeding in the area, noted a statement.

The cats have also been vaccinated against diseases, and they will also receive comprehensive welfare checks.

Some cats will return home and some will be part of the barn buddy program or the general cat program where the company will seek adoptive homes for them.

Many kittens will be rescued from what may have been a short life outdoors and turned into loving homes.

Founded in 2018, Saving Grace Animal Society operates an animal shelter in Alix as well as an offsite sanctuary for the rescue and recovery of animals of all sizes.

The company works with trainers, veterinary staff and volunteers to rehabilitate animals to ensure that each animal receives a “saving grace” and the opportunity of a new home and a life filled with love.

With over 3,000 adoptions and 15 major rescue missions to date, the company is solely dependent on a donation-based operating budget.

For McClughan, working at Saving Grace provides a rich sense of accomplishment amidst challenges.

“For me, I always try to see the bright side of things – like maybe the animal was treated badly with its previous owner, but now it’s made it to us. And we’re going to give it a life. better, ”she said.

“I love all animals. And all animals want is to be loved. We also always do what we really think is best for the animal. “

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