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Central Alberta shelter has more work to do after clinic held in Ponoka

Saving Grace Animal Society says 120 cats still in need

Things are certainly moving at a hectic pace at Saving Grace Animal Society.

“It is crazy busy,” said Amanda McClughan, development director with the Society.

“We’ve had the busiest summer ever. Our cat program right now is completely over-full – we have a waiting list of cats to come in.”

Recently, the society teamed up with Central Veterinary Clinic in Ponoka to lend a helping hand to 75-plus cats through a spay/neuter clinic.

“There are about 120 on our list yet to do,” said McClughan.

“It’s also really difficult to get cats adopted right now because there are just so many.

“Every single rescue is just so over-run with cats,” she said, adding it’s been a bad year for the cats.

“Our dog program has been steadily full as well.”

There are weeks here and there where there is a bit of breathing room, but staff members are also finding with the dog program that it is staying at maximum capacity.

“If we have an open run, it’s filled within the next day,” she explained, adding that there have been several medical emergencies with some dogs as well due to such things as abuse.

In the meantime, there are some ongoing fundraisers for folks to get behind, such as the soon-to-be-launched Gift of Flight raffle with WestJet. Up for grabs is a flight, a hotel voucher and $500 cash.

“That will be a good fundraiser for us. And then we do tentatively have a comedy night fundraiser planned for Nov. 6 in Lacombe,” she said.

“We are hoping we will be able to go ahead with that.

“And another ongoing campaign we have is called our Brick by Brick campaign. We are trying to build a vet clinic right next to our facility. If we were able to do so, we’d be able to get through a lot more surgeries than we currently do.

“That would ease up on our programs a lot.”

As to this past weekend’s clinic, another goal was to ease the strain put on Saving Grace’s general cat program daily while reducing the amount of reproduction of unwanted cats and cats in need in the area, noted a release.

The cats were also vaccinated against disease, and they will also receive complete wellness checks.

Some cats will return home and some will become part of the barn buddies program or the general cat program where the Society will seek adoptive homes for them.

Many kittens will be saved from what may have been a short life living outdoors and will be transitioned into loving homes.

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

The society works with trainers, veterinary staff and volunteers to rehabilitate animals to ensure every animal receives a ‘saving grace’ and an opportunity for a new home and life filled with love.

With more than 3,000 adoptions and 15 major rescue missions to date, the society relies solely off a donation-based operating budget.

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

“For me, I always try to look at the positive side of things, such as maybe the animal was treated poorly with its previous owner, but now it’s made its way to us. And we are going to give it a better life,” she said.

“I’m just love all animals. And all the animals want is to be loved. We are also always doing what we truly believe is best for the animal.”

 

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