Alberta shelter in ‘panic mode’ due to capacity issues – Edmonton

Earlier this week, the Saving Grace Animal Society adopted 31 animals, all of whom were in life-or-death situations.

“A big day like this is a big undertaking for our organization,” said Co-Executive Director Erin Deems.

“A year ago that would have been an okay day, but now it’s causing us quite a bit of a panic.

“We’ve been panicking over the past few months – in terms of accommodation capacity.”

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According to Deems, the situation continues to deteriorate.

“Extradition requests for your animals are coming in at an unprecedented rate,” she said.

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“If we keep going like this, we won’t even have a year. We’re reducing all of our funding for these big medical cases and it’s unsustainable.”

Additionally, Deems said they don’t have enough foster homes and people don’t donate like they used to.

“Animal welfare across our province is a major struggle right now,” Deems said.

“We all have to think about what we can do to make things better for the animals.”

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The Alberta Animal Rescue Crew Society (AARCS) shelter in Edmonton is also full.

“We’re finding that there just seems to be a really significant uptick in intake or requested intake,” said Leigh McLean, operations director of AARCS Edmonton.

“We’ve had a lot of handover requests, a lot of emergency requests — communities are finding a lot of strays, a lot of animals that have been abandoned.”

McLean also noted that their outgoing animals are lower than normal, adding that they have lowered their adoption fees to make room for new cases.

“In the summer, the revenue always goes up, and we find that the number of supporters and adopters has gone down a bit — things like that,” McLean explained.

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At Saving Grace, the rescue is currently raising funds for its own veterinary clinic, which Deems says would ease a lot of the pressure.

“[It would]allow us to free up some resources so that we wouldn’t panic as much on these bigger shots and when we get these calls,” Deems said.

Deems hopes things will change before it’s too late.

“I don’t know how the rescue can get any harder than it is now.”

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