We’re happy to ameownce that donation cheques have been given to our three cat rescue donation recipients of this year’s first-ever virtual Edmonton International Cat Festival: Little Cats Lost, Second Chance Animal Rescue Society, and ARTS Senior Animal Rescue.
The 2020 virtual Edmonton Cat Festival raised $5,000 for Little Cats Lost, Second Chance Animal Rescue Society and ARTS Senior Animal Rescue. Each rescue received $1,666 from the $5,000 total.
We did our physically-distant cheque presentation at sponsor Homes Alive Pets in south Edmonton!
Thank you to Cat Festival Photographer Nanc Price Photography for snapping these photos:
This brings the total raised for cat rescues since the Edmonton Cat Festival began in 2014 to $117,000.
Stay tuned for more information about 2021’s Edmonton Cat Festival.
And learn more about this year’s three supported charities below. And thank you for your support!
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. They also have a Rodent Wrangler Barn program, Sharing is Caring program, and Transport program that will all benefit from festival proceeds.
ARTS Senior Animal Rescue is dedicated to the rescue, rehabilitation, and rehousing of senior cats (age 10+) and senior dogs (age 8+), ensuring they find perfect forever homes to live out their golden years. Seniors are often overlooked in pounds and shelters in favour of their younger counterparts. In 2018 alone, vet bills cost over $118,000 (even with rescue discounts from veterinary partners). Cat Festival funds will go to support this niche rescue helping senior cats in need.
Second Chance Animal Rescue Society (SCARS) takes in pets from remote area pounds and vet clinics that act as pounds, along with stray, abandoned and injured animals. SCARS actively works within Northern Alberta, particularly with First Nations and Metis communities, to promote responsible companion animal guardianship. SCARS runs a Spay-Neuter-Return program and are working to develop a cat intake facility to help with the high number of homeless cats it receives. Festival donations will go to creating a cat intake / drop-off facility including kennels, assessment areas, even a cat bath and playroom.