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Give the Gift of Safety for Animals & People in Crisis This Christmas

For many of us, this is the festive time of year, filled with beloved family and pets, friends, and traditions as we head toward the Christmas holidays.

And yet, for some families, this will be the most difficult time of all…

  • For the elderly woman requiring medical intervention and living alone except for her aging cat.
  • For the homeless man, struggling to get by on the streets with his loyal dog, dreading what will happen as the temperature drops lower and lower.
  • For the scared mother, her two children and their two kittens, fearing for their safety from her violent partner.

This leaves families, including their pets, in crisis situations… in desperate need of help.  The reality is pets cannot accompany their families to the hospital or to a shelter.  We hear time and time again…

“I won’t leave my pet behind.”

This is where our One Family Welfare department offers crucial support through our Crisis Care and Pet Safekeeping Programs.  We’re providing a safe place for much-loved pets to go when people in crisis have no other options.

Please make a choice from our holiday wish-list today and give vulnerable families peace-of-mind knowing their cherished pets are safe and well-cared for, as they seek and receive the help they need to rebuild their lives.

Thank you for being part of a caring community and ensuring safety for those in crisis and dangerous situations.

Thank you for giving hope this holiday season.

It has been a demanding year​!

Demand for our services has exploded in 2021. We have already spent over $350,000 for veterinary and caretaking costs for the pets in our Crisis Care and Pet Safekeeping programs. That’s more than our entire budget for the year.

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The gift values and descriptions on our Holiday Wish List are representative of the wide variety of care and treatment provided for pets admitted into our One Family Welfare programs. Donations to the Wish List will be used by the Alberta SPCA for the agency’s most urgent needs to protect animals in Alberta.

Due to the sensitive nature of this program, the Alberta SPCA has changed names an images in order to preserve client confidentiality.

Client Stories

Mildred and Frank

A local hospital reached out to refer Mildred to our Crisis Care Program for her cat, Frank. Mildred had moved into a hospital for an assessment to see if she was able to continue living independently. In the interim, Frank was left alone in her house with no one to provide care.

Unfortunately, due to Mildred’s medical issues, we were not able to obtain any accurate information about Frank. After many hours of searching we were finally able to locate the veterinary clinic Mildred attended with Frank and gained a clear picture of his prior health. Frank was Mildred’s very beloved companion of over 12 years and she had ensured he always received the best care.

Mildred was eventually able to move back into her own home. When we brought Frank home, an individual from one of our partner agencies helped make caring for him and for her home easier for Mildred. This case involved service workers from multiple agencies working on many levels to ensure that Mildred and Frank had the best outcome possible.

Greg and Chance

Greg lived on the streets long-term with his companion dog, 16-year-old Beagle mix, Chance. After this past winter Greg decided it would be best for Chance if he could find a home for them to move into. Chance was slowing down with age and living outdoors was becoming hard on him. Greg wanted to make a life-change that would better his own life, because it would improve his dog’s life.

Accessing resources was challenging while having to bring Chance everywhere he went, so Greg was referred to our Crisis Care Program to give him time to focus on finding housing.

Unfortunately, while in our care Chance was diagnosed with terminal cancer and began pain management as there were no other treatment options. Sadly, just as Greg was finalizing his arrangements to give Chance a comfortable home, Chance’s time ran out. Greg and Chance were surrounded by kindness and compassion as they said their final goodbye.

Stephanie and Ruby & Chester

Stephanie lived with her abusive partner in rural Alberta with her two small children and their two 10 month old kittens, Ruby and Chester. Additional stress from the COVID-19 pandemic made life with her abuser unbearable and she feared greatly for her family and for herself.

Stephanie seized the first chance she had to leave and quickly packed up her children and the kittens. She drove for hours until she felt she was far enough away to be safe from her abuser and started to look for shelter. Once she and her children found safety in a shelter, they were referred to our Pet Safekeeping Program for care for Ruby and Chester.

After a few weeks in-shelter, Stephanie found she struggled with daily tasks, and realized the trauma she and her family had endured was impacting all of them significantly. She decided they needed substantial help to be able to overcome the trauma they lived through. Stephanie was

admitted into a mental health treatment program and made arrangements for her children to attend therapy while they stayed with a safe family member.

Confident her children were safe with her family, while Ruby and Chester were safe with us, Stephanie could focus on her own well-being and take steps to heal, while her children did the same.

Ruby and Chester stayed in the Pet Safekeeping Program for two months until they could be reunited with Stephanie and her children. Though they had grown up quite a bit while in our care, the two young cats were very happy to see their family and play with their kids again.


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