New arrivalsPosted on January 10, 2016
On New Year’s Day, two volunteers took Bev’s camper van and drove to Edmonton to rescue kittens and cats who were in danger of either freezing to death, or being euthanized in the facilities they were housed in. The trip was pretty uneventful, albeit tiring. Driving back is done with no overnight stops, and this time, Sarah and Niki drove through the night. It was well worth it; we have some lovely cats and kittens, most not fixed or even had any vet care at all, but they all look pretty good and although there are a couple of shy ones, for the most part, they are super sociable.
We work with the SAFE team in Edmonton and they are always overwhelmed with cats and kittens. Many of the “shelters” in the Edmonton area often unable to keep these animals for long before they are euthanized, some much worse than others. Keep an eye on the website for some postings of these guys; some won’t even make it to the site as we have a waiting list. It was mostly kittens ranging in age from 7 weeks to 9 months old with half a dozen adults, all young as well, for a total of 27.
We want to reiterate that we NEVER turn away local strays in favour of taking animals from elsewhere. We emphasize strays as we do not ordinarily accept owner surrender animals except in unusual circumstances. We just want to help the animals in other places who need help, and give the volunteers who work tirelessly to help these animals hope that there is some help, and we do care. The expenses for trips such as this are donated by a volunteer from her personal funds and the SAFE Team also contributes to these expenses. We continue to be available to take animals from our local pounds as well.
We hope to be able to make another trip to Edmonton within the next few months when their kitten season starts.