We’re excited to a-meownce that for the 2019 Edmonton International Cat Festival, 5 local cat rescues/charitable organizations have been selected to receive donations from this year’s festival proceeds.
For 2019, festival proceeds will go to support:
The Greater Edmonton Animal Rescue Society (GEARS) helps injured, abandoned, unwanted and homeless animals in the Edmonton area. GEARS also works with the Alexis First Nation community to spay or neuter family cats.
Little Cats Lost (Trap-Neuter-Return) Society works to humanely reduce euthanasia and growth rates of feral cat colonies by preventing breeding cycles through spay/neuter practices, while educating the public on the merits of the Trap-Neuter-Return program. Little Cats Lost has been able to reduce whole feral colonies from approximately 300 cats spayed/neutered down to 10 or 20 cats. That’s a lot of kittens that were never born into the streets!
SAFE Team Rescue works to educate the public on responsible pet ownership and saves animals from euthanasia in various Alberta shelters. They rescue, rehabilitate, and re-home abused, abandoned, feral or unwanted animals in the community. They hope to prevent abandonment and end suffering one life at a time. SAFE Team takes in hundreds of cats in need each year.
Zoe’s Animal Rescue has a five-pronged service approach when it comes to making positive changes in the lives of pets, families and communities in need. They offer a Spay Neuter Return Program, support people and animals in marginalized communities, provide education for children and communities, run an adoption program, and are members of Alberta Force Free Alliance, ensuring all animals are handled in a loving and force free manner.
A Pet’s Pantry is Edmonton’s first pet food bank for rescues. Working with local animal rescues, a Pet’s Pantry provides pet food to help ease the burden on rescues created due to lack of resources, so that more funding can be put into critical medical care. In 3 years, A Pet’s Pantry has distributed over 75,000 lbs of cat and dog kibble to 50 local animal rescues.
Come meet each of these organizations at the event (they’ll also be providing some fun purrr-gramming and activities as well!) We’ve also invited many other rescues to be a part of the festival, so you can learn more about the different organizations helping cats in need.
Since 2014, the Edmonton International Cat Festival has donated $81,000 for Edmonton area cat rescues.
It is our goal for 2019 to bring our total donated to over $100,000 but we can’t do that without support from sponsors, vendors and most importantly of you—YOU! Cat Festival attendees.
And if you are a rescue who would like to participate in the festival, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org. While we can’t donate funds to all the rescues we’d love to support, we can still offer a space at the event which is a great opportunity for rescues to share information about the work they do to thousands of cat-loving attendees!
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