In spring 2016 the Cochrane & Area Humane Society started taking in Airdrie’s stray animals. According to Jamie Anton, fund development officer with the Humane Society, the number of animals taken in by the facility has almost doubled in that time.
“In 2016 from April to December we took in 91 animals from Airdrie. Now, from January to the end of November we’ve had 171 animals come from Airdrie,” she said.
Anton credits the jump in intake numbers to an increased awareness of the organizations presence in Airdrie by partnering with vets in Airdrie to transfer stray animals.
“If people find a stray cat they’re able to take the animal to one of the Airdrie vet clinics. Then the clinic will let us know,” Anton said.
Once notified, volunteers move the animals from Airdrie to the facility where more thorough care can be provided.
“We usually offer that service four to seven times a week depending on need… and then we can provide any sort of medical and vet attention that’s needed as well,” Anton said.
Currently, the shelter is caring for more than 250 animals through its facility and the foster care program.
The average cost to care and prepare an animal for adoption is approximately $500, which includes spay or neutering, vaccinations, parasite treatments and the cost of sheltering the animal.
“We’re really, really busy,” Anton said. “We’ve basically been running triple capacity and, fortunately, with our foster program we’re able to do that,” Anton said.
Once the animals are spayed or neutered and vaccinated, they are moved to the adoption side of the operation. A team of volunteers works to provide extra love to the animals in the shelter from walking dogs and cuddling cats to cleaning cages.
If residents are looking to help out this holiday season but don’t have the time to volunteer, the Containers for Critters program might be able to help. The program eliminates the hassle of lugging your bottles to the bottle depot, standing in line for an available sorter and leaving you with sticky, smelling hands. Instead, all Airdronians need to do is drop their bottles off at a shed at The Place 4 Paws, located at 10135 Township Road 264 in Rocky View County, and volunteers from the Humane Society will pick them up.
“…And all that money goes back into caring for our animals,” Anton said.
For more information, visit cochranehumane.ca