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Contents RESCUE ORGANIZATIONS

COVER

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Northern Alberta Society for Animal Protection

Hi there, we are foals currently looking for new

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Sundance Canine Rescue

auction. There were no private bidders so we

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ARTS Senior Animal Rescue

were destined to go to slaughter. You can read

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all about us in this issue on pages 12 & 13. We

12 Adorado’s Legacy

Adorado’s Legacy. If you would like to meet us you

14 Hinton & District SPCA

can find the contact information on our pages.

adoptive families. We were purchased at an

were rescued and are currently in care with

18 Little Cats Lost (Trap-Neuter-Return) Society 19 Edmonton Humane Society 20 Forever And A Day Small Dog Rescue

FEATURES

21 Meika’s Birdhouse Rescue

16 ANIMAL HEALTH TECHNOLOGISTS

22 Zoe’s Animal Rescue 26 Humane Animal Rescue Team

Who are the people supporting your pet’s needs at your veterinary clinic?

26 Potbelly Pig Network 27 Saving Animals from Euthanasia Team

24 urban HENS It might be fashionable, but is it practical?

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28 A PICTURE SAYS A THOUSAND WORDS How sharp photograpy transforms the face of shelter adoption. page 26 page 27

page 14 Publishers: J. Hunter & V. Marando Sales: Personal Best Marketing persbest@shaw.ca 780 915 0694 Pet Rescue Magazine is dedicated to saving the lives of homeless animals by raising awareness and promoting adoptions of rescued pets. Our goal is to provide an up-to-date pictorial directory of shelters, humane societies and rescue organizations in Alberta. Pet Rescue Magazine cannot guarantee the health or temperament of any animal offered for adoption through this publication. We try to keep information as current and

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accurate as possible; however, we cannot guarantee the availability of a specific animal. Prospective pet parents must contact the organization directly to make certain a particular pet is still available or to inquire about the adoption process. Finally Free Publishing, Inc. does not endorse or guarantee any products, services, or vendors mentioned in Pet Rescue Magazine, nor can it be responsible for problems with their products or services. Finally Free Publishing, Inc. reserves the right to reject, at its discretion, any advertisment. Views expressed in Pet Rescue Magazine are not necessarily those of Finally Free Publishing, Inc.

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OLD MAN WINTER IS COMING! Winter is a fabulous time to get outdoors and play with your pet. With a little planning and awareness, you can make sure that neither you or your pet get the winter blues. Seasonal chemicals used for vehicles, on sidewalks, roads and around the house can be dangerous for your pets through the winter months. Some examples are: • Antifreeze. As little as a teaspoon can be fatal to your pet, so ensure that you attend to any and all spills while at home or on your walks. • Salt and other products used to melt ice. These products can cause skin irritation. When your pet comes indoors, wash their paws to remove any chemicals they may have collected. We recommend washing your small dog’s sensitive tummy area also. Hypothermia and frostbite resulting from prolonged exposure to cold weather can be lethal, so in order to help prevent this we suggest: • In extreme cold weather, be sure to limit your pet’s outdoor time, especially if your pet is small, has a short coat, or low body fat. • Protective winter wear, like water-resistant sweaters or coats, or boots to protect paws and pads from the seasonal chemicals ans frostbite can help minimize the dangers of winter. • Keep your pet on a leash in cold weather, to protect them from running towards the road, or onto frozen bodies of water. –Source: Association of Professional Pet Dog Trainers, www.apdt.com

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Edmonton

Jasper Gates 14979 Sonty Plain Road SE Tel; 780.489.2072

Currents of Windermere 5148 Windermere Blvd NW Tel: 780.433.1266

Namao Centre 9631 167th Avenue Tel: 780.472.3647

Gallerie Beaumont 110-6110 50th Street Tel: 780.929.0080

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Mission Hill 102-398 St. Albert Trail Tel: 780.569.5474

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I am very happy and sweet girl named Sheiba who will be able to fit into any (indoor only) home. My favourite pastimes include playing with a feather wand, rolling around in catnip, and spending time perched up high looking out the window. 6

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Hello, you can call me Wagner. I’m 13yrs old but don’t let that fool you; I’m quite spry for my age. I can be a little skittish to begin with but I warm up quickly and I love to be cuddled. I also like other animals and kids. I would make a great lap dog!

My name is Romeo. I have been living on the street but now I am looking for a loving new indoor home where I will be safe from outdoor perils. I am very affectionate and personable. I would also do okay with other animals as companions.

Hello, my name is Edith. I’m a lucky cat that made it out of a full pound with my three kittens (Cuthbert, Margery and Florence). I love to cuddle and sit on laps. I am weaning my kittens soon and REALLY looking forward to being a pampered house cat.

My name is Mei Ling and I’m looking hard to find my new family. I’m a good little girl who enjoys cuddles and lots of love. I don’t mind other dogs but I’m not fond of sharing. I’m working on that but I think that I would prefer to be the only dog in my new family. I’m fairly new to NASAP so please check out the website for more recent information. I’m available for adoption at the senior rate of $100.00.

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Hey there! I am Skittles. I am 1yr old and I love toy wands & laser pointers. I am very affectionate and I love to curl up close. I will follow you around the house and I have no problem speaking up when I feel like I’m not getting enough attention.

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Animal Protection

Clifford here! (aka Goliath) I am 3.5yrs old. I am a purebred, CKC registered, German Shepherd with impressive blood lines. I’m a very big guy who’s gentle & loving but sometimes I forget my size. My favourite things are car rides, swimming and playing fetch.

I am called Stardust. I’m a rather shy & timid girl who is looking for a loving and quiet home. I previously lived on an acreage so I am good with cats, other dogs, & livestock. I’m okay with kids, but prefer them older. I travel well in the car and I am house & crate trained.

CAUTION DOGS AT PLAY Hello, my name is Fodol and really like to cuddle. I am also good with dogs, very affectionate, and I love being with people. I really enjoy playing with balls, especially with bells or rattles inside of them. If you roll the ball for me I will play for hours.

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My name is Phoebe and I have six, 2 week old, kittens. I’m very affectionate and I love to have my head scratched. I also enjoy giving head butts and I really like to be the center of attention. I am a young, healthy, and active girl who loves to play.

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Sundance Canine Rescue Society I’m a beautiful cream colored Shih Tzu called Cujo. I am 4yrs old and looking for a home where I can be a Momma’s boy. I love women but I do shy away from men a bit at first. I enjoy a good game of tug-o-war and my rawhide bones. I am quite vocal and will say please for treats. I also like going for car rides & walks - but I hate bath time. My name is Mojo and I am a calm little chap who loves attention. I like to go for car rides and I can even sing, but I don’t like sharing my rawhide and sometimes I tinkle a little when I’m scared. My brother Cujo and I are put in a play pen during the day so we don’t get into any trouble. I love haircuts, bathing and swimming.

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ARTS Senior Animal Rescue Hi! You can tell I am Behr cuz I have a darker beard, and this is my most wonderful sister Bridgette. We are both 8yrs old and I really don’t know what I would do without Bridgette. She is so sweet and helps me feel safe. ARTS Senior’s says we can stay together and no one will try to split us up again. Phew! We are both such wonderful little dogs. We get along with other animals and everything! You will have to excuse our shaggy appearance, but we have had new haircuts since the picture was taken. That will be a surprise for when you come to visit us!

Helloooo PRM Fans! I am Suki and this is my sister Yaki. We are 13yrs old and about as adorable as you think we are. We are Siamese kitties who came from South America with our family but then they had to leave us at a shelter due to allergies. That was so hard on us and we didn’t like being in a shelter so ARTS Seniors came and got us out. We have great personalities but have not been exposed to other animals. We sure hope that we find a nice retirement home where we can curl up in front of a warm fireplace. Maybe with you!

Hey Everyone! My name is Teddy and I am a 13yr old Shih Tzu with tons of personality and no teeth. I was being neglected so I was put into a shelter who had to fix my mouth and take off all my coat. But I am getting fuzzy cute now! I can’t seem to keep that silly tongue in my mouth without my teeth so I look like this all the time. I can be as sweet as pie but I am an elderly gentleman so I can be a bit cranky if I don’t get my afternoon nap. If you would like to nap with me, I would be in heaven. I get along with other animals too. I am looking for a retirement home that will keep my nails clipped, my coat brushed and occasionally wet down my tongue. Sincerely yours, Teddy.

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Second Chance Animal Rescue Society

I am a 1yr old gal named Bayla who’s looking for a loving home. If you have a friendly cat who is looking for a companion I may be a great fit. I am such a sweet and loving girl; my foster mom says that you’d be lucky to have me as a part of your family.

I’m Buckley. I am a 10mth old Shepherd X who weighs about 50lbs. I have a strong personality, so I need a family who will continue to guide me in the right direction. I do great off leash but I can be a bit selective about which dogs I like to play with.

Hello, my name is Drifter and I’m an Akita X. I’m house & crate trained, and I enjoy long walks and playing fetch. I’m also good on a leash and I get along fine with other dogs. Everyone says I’m going to make some lucky family very happy!

I’m Fresca. I’m the kind of cat who will just make myself at home and settle right in like I’m part of the family. I am a 2-3yr old beauty... and that’s the perfect age. I’ve outgrown being an annoying kitten, I’m already litter trained, and I still LOVE to play.

Adoptions & Events October 4

Sadies K9 Stay & Play 8521 Argyll Road Edmonton

October 18

Paradise Pet Centre #50, 580 St. Albert Trail St. Albert

October 25

Petsmart 5000 Emerald Dr., Sherwood Park

November 1

Sadies Pet Stop 11156 Ellerslie Rd. Edmonton

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Pet Valu ~ St. Albert (New Venue)

They named me King. I am a 4yr old Husky X with a very kind nature and a gentle soul. I love other dogs and I think cats are OK. I can be shy but I warm up quickly and I am great off leash. I especially like women. If I might be the guy for you, please call.

I came to SCARS with a bunch of other kittens from a Spay & Neuter Clinic. My name is Maggie and I am already spayed and ready for my new home. If you have space in your home and heart for a cutie like me please contact SCARS today.

November 15 Paradise Pet Centre #50, 580 St. Albert Trail St. Albert November 22 Pet Valu 8005 Emerald Dr #130, Sherwood Park November 29 Lamont Light Up - Lamont Arena - TO BE CONFIRMED Lamont Please check for up-to-date and additional information by visiting our website at www.scarscare.ca

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I was found by a mechanic under the hood of a car. I think the staff were as startled to see me, a little 6wk old kitten, as I was to see them! For the first week I kept no less than 10 feet between me and my foster mom… but I have sure come around. I would do best in a home with another cat, or even better – another well socialized kitten.

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I am Molly. I’m a super fun & cute, 9mth old, mixed breed female that weighs about 40lbs. All I need is for you to come meet me because I’ve already mastered that LOOK... you know, the one where you just fall madly in love with me and take me home to love forever and ever!

My name is Roxie and I am a 90lb mixed breed of all the very best breeds! I am a 2yr old, in-charge kind of girl. I am already house & crate trained and I am good with cats. Although I’m not aggressive, I do need a strong leader in my new home.

Sweetie here. I was rescued at an Alberta Spay & Neuter Task Force Clinic. I am a 10yr old girl who really loves people and gets along with everyone. Senior pets are awesome! I am really hoping someone will give me a chance to be their faithful companion.

Oakley here. I am a sweet, 40lb, mixed breed female. I came in with my puppies but they have been weaned and are finding homes of their own. I have now been spayed so I am ready to find my new home too! I am already house & crate trained and I have been good with other dogs. My name is Rush and I’m a handsome 3yr old Lab X. If you’re looking for a laid back guy, then look no further! I weigh about 66lbs and I love spending time with my people and going for long walks. Oh yah... I should also mention that I like to spend my mornings sleeping in.

CHRISTMAS WREATHS SCARS is selling Christmas Wreaths to raise funds for the rescues in care again this holiday season. They are beautiful, fresh, 18” live Balsam Fir wreaths that come pre-decorated. The wreaths are $45 and arrive in their own individual box between the last week of November and the first week of December. Orders and payment must be received prior to November 8, 2014. Please visit our website for more information or to place a group order.

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Adorado’s Legacy I was less than 3mths old when I was bought by Adorado’s Legacy at a 2-day auction less than a few weeks ago; I was on my way to a feedlot, and then to slaughter. There is nothing wrong with me; there were just so many of us there, and not enough private buyers to take us all home - I was even registered with AQHA already. I don’t have a barn name yet, but my registered name is “Peppy’s Skip Otoe.” I had a bit of trouble figuring out what to do with hay, as I really was taken from my mama too soon, but I am eating well now, and being closely monitored. I am told that I am the sweetest little guy here. I am still in quarantine, but am waiting for my own special home.

Hello, maybe my barn name should be ‘special,’ after my sire, Pats Big Special? My mom’s/dam’s name is King Silver Snap; the names don’t mean much to me, as all I care about is that I am safe from slaughter, but the breeder who sent me to auction said that I have ‘foundation breeding,’ including ‘lots of King breeding’; I know that Smart Little Lena is in there, and he was supposed to be quite the champion. My breeder said that I was bred to have a good mind, and that given training, I can do any direction, and really be something - good thing that I have that chance! Notice that I am wearing a halter - I can be touched, but I am not halter broke - back at the ranch where I was born, I had a tiny cut on one leg, so they brought me in with my mom, and wrapped it - it is said that I ‘stood there like a trooper.’ I understand that after some time at Adorado’s Legacy, I do indeed appear to be a strong little filly; I am told that I am quiet, yet confident. They say that I am quite the looker too! You haven’t seen anything yet (there’s that confidence) - just wait until I find my adoptive home and am encouraged to reach my full potential on every level.

I don’t have a barn name yet, as I have only been at this new place for less than a few weeks; I was sold with no reserve at auction during a ‘production sale, and was destined for a feed lot, and then slaughter but I was purchased by Adorado’s Legacy, and taken to a safe place. I am now in quarantine, and have gotten the hang of eating hay, and am waiting for my special person to come along and adopt me. I am shedding out to a blue roan in colour, and can be AQHA registered - there is a signed application for AQHA registration, and transfer from my breeder, that will go with me when I am adopted. My dad’s (sire’s) name is Cutters Blue Grayl, and my mom’s (dam’s) is Bar IJ Hy Spanish. I am told that I have a quiet, soft disposition, and a doe like expression. I am apparently quite captivating in real life?

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Hi, I am told that I am quite an eye catching little filly, but like so many foals who were sold at a September auction during a ‘production sale, I was destined for slaughter - there were just too many of us, and not nearly enough private buyers. I am from the same breeder as the blue roan filly from the same auction, but we are not sisters. My sire’s name is Reynolds Salty, and my dam’s (mom’s) name is Red Mara. I can be registered, as I came with a signed application for AQHA registration, and a signed transfer of ownership; both will go with me when I am adopted. I am told that I am leggy, and that I have a quiet, confident disposition. Apparently, I even look like I have eye brows? I sure would raise them in surprise that no one wanted me, if I even understood what that meant.

I am a bay filly who was born on May 17, 2014, my tiny brother and I were purchased by a meat buyer at a September 2014 auction, before being saved by Adorado’s Legacy. I don’t know why no one wanted me, as I am told that I am very pretty, and smart - plus I was already AQHA registered! My registered name is Lenas Flashy Cue Bar, and my younger brother’s formal name is Peppys Skip Otoe. We are both from the same breeder, and have the same dad (sire), Peppy Kilocat, but my dam’s name is Lenas San Lou. A vet came to check me out, and I do have a small hernia that requires surgery, but once that is done, I will be absolutely perfect.

Hi, I am a bay filly who was born on May, 06, 2014, and had a brief life with my mom/dam before being sent to auction; my future almost ended there, as I was to leave with a meat buyer, but I was purchased by Adorado’s Legacy, along with my bay friend, who was wearing a halter at the sale. My breeder said that I was bred to be an athlete, that I have ‘double bonanza breeding on the bottom, and that their focus is upon breeding ‘proven mares.’ My sire’s name is Pabs San Tivio, and my mom’s/dam’s name is Skip Hop Snap. I can be registered with AQHA, as I came with a signed application for registration, and a signed transfer of ownership; both will go with me when I am adopted. Interestingly enough, my mom/dam is gray, and apparently, my half sister turned gray at 3 years of age, even after being born a bay. I don’t understand why no one wanted me - I am told that I have a stunning face and eye, and that I have very nice conformation - I was very quiet in my stall at auction, despite the stress and confusion.

Note: Adorado’s Legacy horses are not those seized by authorties for neglect. The horses and foals are actually puchased by Adorado’s Legacy at auction to rescue them from being slaughtered. Their horses and foals are adopted under a contract meant to keep them safe for life. If you are interested in adopting one of their babies please call Tracy at 780 433-4333 and/or go to: AdoradosLegacy.com for more information.

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Hinton & District SPCA

Hello, my name is Sherry and I am Sugar’s mom. I am a wonderful 1yr old Shepherd X that is really looking forward to having a loving home of my very own. I thrive with attention and I am very treat motivated... I just love my groceries! I’m sure the volunteers at Hinton would love for you to come and see how special I really am.

Yes, I am still here, even though I am a cover girl (the last issue of PRM). My name is Duchess and I am a gorgeous 3yr old Rotti X. I came to the SPCA very pregnant and had 11 babies... yes that’s right, 11! They have all been adopted so now it’s just me looking for a new home. I am loyal and walk well on leash, but I am not good with small dogs and can show interest in cats. 14

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Can anybody hear me out there? I am a wonderful 6wk old gal named Sugar. Everybody tells me I am a Shepherd X that is FULL of love and puppy mischief. I am dreaming every night of my perfect family and hoping they come to meet me soon.

I am a 1.5yr old Border Collie X. My name is Darci and I am very sweet but I like to wander around to see what’s going on in my neighbourhood so I will need a fenced yard. I am very smart and perhaps a sport would keep me busy and it would be perfect for us to spend time together. I also love going for walks. If you think I would be a good fit in your home please come by to visit today. local stories...local people...local pets


Whoever adopts me will be very lucky. They call me Jax. I am a bonny boy around 1yr old and I can’t wait to have my own home. They tell me I am a very handsome Great Dane/ Shepherd X. I am shy around new people but I warm up quickly. I would do best with older children as the little ones scare me.

I am Moka. I am a Border Collie/Boxer X who is very smart and learns quickly. I even know a few tricks and I love to fetch. I need an active home as I have a lot of energy and I’m always ready to play. I adore children and they adore me.

My name is Frisbee and I am an energetic & on-the-go type. I am 6mths old and full of puppy antics that are sure to keep you smiling. They tell me I am a very dapper Pitti X. I can’t wait to meet you... let’s go play – I’m ready for anything!!!

I am a 1yr old Shepherd X named Mystic. I am well mannered, friendly and I adore people. I had a litter of puppies but they have all been adopted to good homes. Now it is finally my turn, and I’m really looking forward to being looked after myself!

My name is Sachi and I have three beautiful babies. Once they are weaned I will be spayed and ready for my new forever home. I am a Shepherd X around 1yr old and I can’t wait to meet my new family. I love going for walks and I ADORE my squeaky toys.

Everyone calls me Tracker. I am a 1.5yr old, extremely handsome, Blue Heeler/Beagle X. I like to follow my nose and I am a high energy dog who requires lots of exercise. I would love an active family where I can be included in activities.

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By Vanessa Christensen, RAHT

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rom placing a tiny intravenous catheter in a 10 week old Chihuahua puppy and an arterial line in a beloved family cat who was hit by a car, to intubating a horse for a colic surgery or taking radiographs on an egg-bound parrot...this is what an Animal Health Technologist does on a daily basis. You may not be aware of them when you walk into your local veterinary hospital for your pet’s annual health exam, but an AHT plays a key role in your pet’s health care. An Animal Health Technologist, or AHT, is a person who has successfully completed a minimum, Canadian Veterinary Medical Association (CVMA) accredited two-year program of study in Animal Health Technology. In Alberta, an AHT is a registered professional as described in the Veterinary Practice Act (VPA). Registered with two professional associations, the Alberta Veterinary Medical Association (ABVMA) and the Alberta Association of Animal Health Technologists (AAAHT), AHTs are one of only two professionals licensed to practice veterinary medicine in Alberta. In 1978 a group of professionals trained in animal care formed the Alberta Association of Animal Health Technologists (AAAHT). In the last 35 years, veterinary medicine has greatly advanced in quality and sophistication. Today, people who own animals expect high quality health care and a wider range of services available for the care of their beloved pets and livestock. The AAAHT was founded to provide continuing education for the AHT


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Your Partner in Animal Health in Alberta and to serve, support and register those technologists. The AAAHT is a non profit, non union organization governed by a Board of Directors whose emphasis is on the advancement of animal health technology as a profession so that its members may better serve the animal health and care industry. In clinical practice, AHTs, are those responsible for patient care, laboratory diagnostics, anesthetic monitoring, surgical prep, assisting and recovery, venipuncture as well as triage, client services and education and hospital housekeeping, just to name a few. An AHT cannot diagnose conditions, prescribe treatments or diagnostics, or perform surgery. However, by assuming patient care and technical duties, and working alongside the veterinarian, the AHT enables the veterinarian to develop as a diagnostician, increase their patient load and provide better health care services. The majority of AHTs can be found working in clinical practice at your local and speciality or referral veterinary hospitals. However due to the wide diversity of skills and technical training, AHTs can be found working in a vast

array of environments such as, diagnostic laboratories, zoo’s and wildlife management, government services, feedlot operations, animal rescue groups, ranching and dairy operations and medical supply and pharmaceutical companies. Many AHTs in Alberta not only practice full time, but dedicate countless volunteer hours to advancing the veterinary profession as well as promoting animal rights, One Health initiatives and humane society and rescue groups. AHTs serve on many boards and advisory groups, participate in spay and neuter clinics, foster and re-home animals and contribute to pet food banks. AHTs greatly enhance the quality of animal and human life through their dedication and responsibility to the well being and comfort of animals placed in their care. Throughout Canada and the United States, the third week in October has been proclaimed National Veterinary Technician and Technologists Week. Through October 12th – 18th let’s celebrate the AHTs professional contributions to the animal health care team and to the advancement of veterinary care for all patients. prm

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Little Cats Lost (Trap-Neuter-Return) Society I am Lacy Love. I am 2 years old. I’m a super sweet girl that loves to be with a male cat in a forever home. I will try and sit up on your shoulder but as you can see I am not the smallest of kitties. My foster auntie says its all love, and she maybe right. I like to give kisses and cuddles. I am a lap kitty. If you could find it in your hearts to open your home for me I will love you forever. I do well with dogs but not do well with children under 7 years of age.

My name is Maxwell. I am a domestic medium hair tabby with white. I am 1.5 years old. I have the fluffiest tail my foster auntie has ever seen. I am a little shy at first but I will blossom once I am comfortable with my surroundings. I do know my name and come to a clicker if you have the right treats.

Hello, my name is Rainbow but sometimes I get called “Cheeky” for some reason. I’m a very pretty and sweet little kitten that loves to play and snuggle. I am only 9 weeks old so everything is still so new and worth investigating. I’d love to find a home with my own pet parents...that would be so cool!

Hi there, I’m little Duncan. I’m told I am the sweetest little boy. As all kittens I love to play and then snuggle in for some love and kisses. I was born to a wild mom but well I’m as friendly as can be.

Stick ‘em up! I’m known as Capone. I love to snuggle, play, and be wherever you are. I’m just little at 12wks old but I’m big in heart and will be a super companion for anyone who will love me to bits.

Hi there, We are wild and very scared right now that’s why we are piling on top of each other. We are not candidates for adoption just yet. We just came into care and we still don’t understand that humans can be kind. We will be working on our socialization in a few days after we settle in. All this sounds scary because we don’t know what hugs and kisses are. After we graduate we will be placed up for adoption so we can experience love and kindness with our very own pet parents. Please watch for our pictures in an upcoming issue.

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Edmonton Humane Society Hello out there, I am Bentley! If you are looking for an active guy that will keep you moving, then I am your boy! I’m a 3yr old firecracker with a vigorous spirit – my enthusiasm gets in the way of my manners sometimes, but it’s just cause I’m so psyched to be with you. I get sad when I’m alone, so I would do best in a situation where I don’t have to hang solo too much. I hope to find my forever home and new best friend really soon.

My name is Domingo and I am 2yrs old. I’m friendly, confident, and enamoured with the world: I’m definitely a glass-is-half-full kinda guy. I love treats and toys, and I think snuggles & cuddles are awesome too. Oh and that red dot I’ve been chasing - so much fun! They also think I would be a good cat for clicker training. If you have room for a charismatic, tabby-tux character with a booming purr and sunny attitude, come meet me today!

Good day, my name is Herbie. I am a 1yr old gentle soul who needs the love of a patient friend to help me build confidence. The hustle and bustle of shelter life is a bit overwhelming for me, so I am excited to find my forever home. I am interested in playing, but I am not quite ready to let loose. For now, I am content to hang out beside you and enjoy chin & cheek rubs. If you have room in your life for a beautiful & demure lady, please come visit me!

I am a 2yr old sweetheart named Rizzo that is searching for a peaceful & patient home. I spent my summer here at the EHS; the lodgings are quite lovely, but I am ready to grace another abode with my regal presence. I am a mild-mannered girl who prefers to get to know you before getting too close, but with your help I will blossom into a confident kitty. I like to be wooed with treats and chin rubs, and I’ll show you my appreciation with gentle affection.

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Forever And A Day Small Dog Rescue My name is Buddy and I’m looking for my perfect forever family! I’ve been in rescue for a while now, but we have yet to find the right home for me. I love to be with my people, and I really don’t like being left alone unless I’m comfy cozy in my crate. My foster family says I’m the sweetest boy, and I love to use my nose to find hidden treats. If you have the free time to spend loving me, and don’t mind a little fur, please contact the rescue for more information about me today!

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Meika’s Birdhouse Rescue

Hello everybody! My name is Marbel but I would be happy to have a new name. I am a gorgeous Ring Necked Dove. I am easily handled as I have been with children most of my life. Everyone thinks I am very sweet and also very quiet so I could live in an apartment. I’m Lucy the Umbrella Cockatoo; I am the gentlest bird here and I love to be with people. My beak needs to be trimmed every couple of months or it will over grow. I also have a bad habit of pulling out my belly feathers when over stimulated but Meikas can tell you how to avoid it.

Hello, my name is Arthur and I am a proud Yellow Crowned Amazon parrot. I have spent a lot of time alone and I never truly learned to completely trust people. I can’t fly so I enjoy sitting on the top of my cage and looking out the window or watching TV. I like it when people talk or sing to me and I will occasionally join in. Sometimes I even like having my head scratched. I would love to go to a quiet home with people who understand that I am happy not to be handled.

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Zoe’s Animal Rescue Society I am a 13yr old Tabby named Gus. I am looking for the perfect retirement home. I am fine with cats, but no dogs or young kids please. I need to be around those who will respect my personal space when needed. I am a very sweet & happy boy. Due to my age I am in the Co-pilot Adoptions Program. This means the adoption fee is waived and Zoe’s will provide up to one vet visit per month for the lifetime of the pet adopted.

My name is Gem and I was adopted but unfortunately my owner got ill, so I am back to find my forever home. I am a cuddle bug and I get along great with other cats but I will hiss at the dogs in defence if I feel cornered. I am a beautiful 1yr old muted Tortoiseshell.

I am an Akita X Named Sully. I’m a great catch; I’m quiet, house-trained and I love to cuddle or just curl up at your feet. One good walk a day is all I require. I like other dogs (except unneutered males) but no cats please. I do have chronic bronchitis but I am weaning off my medication. 22

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Howdy, my name is Little Man (aka Manny). At 5yrs old, I am the perfect dog if you don’t want to do a lot of training: I’m already house trained, I walk great on leash, and I can sit, shake a paw, & lay down. Unlike many smart pups, I’m low energy, and happy to just hang out.

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Hi there, my name is Tigerlily. I am a beautiful 1yr old girl who loves adventure. I am very affectionate & I love to cuddle up close. I think I would be fine with other cats. I haven’t met any dogs or kids yet but I think I would be ok with them too because I am so affectionate. local stories...local people...local pets


Hello, my name is Abbie and I am a beautiful 9mth old Shep/Collie /Pitti X. I am high energy and extremely smart so I would do great in agility or flyball. I would be perfect for an active family. I am great with cats, other dogs and I LOVE kids.

Hello everybody, my name is Quinn. I am high energy, I love to play and I always have a smile on my face! I am reactive to some dogs but it is very predictable. I am good around cats, I love older kids, and I already know how to sit, lay down & shake a paw.

I am an 8yr old Pekingese named Jack Black. I was stressed in the kennels at the EHS so I was transferred into foster care. I love going for walks but I am low energy and spend most of my time sleeping & snoring. I am good with other dogs but I would do best in a home with no cats.

They call me Vader. I was found nearly frozen in the dead of winter but I have come a long way. I prefer to be the only cat in my new home or with dominant female cats. Other then that I am kind of perfect really. Playful, affectionate & inquisitive, but not excessively needy.

My name is Toonie and I was brought into care after a kind lady saw me get thrown from a vehicle. I am a very friendly & handsome boy who would prefer to be the only cat in my new home; most cats don’t like me... their loss really. I do like dogs though and I am great with kids.

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By Stephanie Belland

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he local food movement has been gaining traction for a few years now. More and more, people are interested in knowing where their food comes from, and are making efforts to eat more sustainably. There is growing emphasis on purchasing your food from local producers, and growing as much as you can in your own backyard. The most recent development that could further the “local foodie” trend is that the city of Edmonton approved a pilot project to test the success of Edmontonians keeping backyard hens. The city has received 35-50 applicants so far, after the Edmonton City Services Committee approved the pilot in mid-August 2014. Only a dozen applicants will be approved to participate in the pilot, which will wrap up in the fall of 2015 and the Administration will then review all of the data they have received and decide whether or not urban hens will be more widely available. At first glance, the idea of allowing urban hens seems great. Chickens themselves are friendly, inquisitive creatures, and they can actually be quite affectionate. They’re great to have around children, and provide valuable lessons about where our food comes from and why it’s important to treat the animals we use for food with respect. Advocates for urban hens also note that backyard hens can potentially be treated more humanely than the majority of hens used in the egg industry, and that the shift to urban agriculture is more environmentally responsible than buying eggs that were produced elsewhere and transported to the city. But upon further examination, urban hen-keeping has its drawbacks. They are quite extensive, and – as is usually the case with trends – the animals will ultimately lose out. Chickens are not as low-maintenance as many people have been led to believe. While they can eat a variety of foods, they cannot survive solely off of kitchen scraps. They require a balanced diet (including laying feed, which is not currently available at your local pet store) or they are prone to health problems, such as hypocalcemia – a severe calcium deficiency that, if left untreated, is fatal. They can host parasites that require persistent treatment, and in some instances (such as egg binding) require emergency veterinary care. This brings to attention another problem: small animal veterinarians in the city are not legally allowed to examine hens, as they are considered livestock. Even if this is amended, many vets do not possess the equipment or the knowledge to treat chickens, so if your hen requires medical assistance you need to make a trip out to a rural vet. For many people, having to make that journey is a major inconvenience. Hens can also be very messy, and they produce a lot of waste. Unlike cats and dogs, who defecate 2-3 times per day, a hen will defecate upwards of 70 times per day. Chicken waste is touted local stories...local people...local pets

as being an excellent fertilizer, but if you have multiple hens, it builds up faster than you can use it. If not disposed of properly, the smell will likely lead to complaints from neighbours, and you are at risk of attracting mice. Another major concern is the fact that chickens are known carriers of salmonella, which is present in their feces. Salmonella poisonings (especially the newer, antibiotic resistant strains) are most commonly contracted by children, and can have severe complications and long-term health effects. It is also considered a biosecurity hazard as it can easily be tracked from place to place on footwear. The list of problems goes on. Hatcheries that sell chickens often treat them unethically (many are akin to puppy mills), and since only hens are wanted, the unwanted roosters are slaughtered. Sometimes chicks are improperly sexed and turn out to be roosters, which are not permitted in the city and must subsequently be re-homed. Enforcement costs are also a major concern; the city of Edmonton’s Animal Care and Control Centre already has a considerable workload, enforcing chicken licensing laws and related complaints is an added burden they don’t need. Most importantly of all, the legalization of backyard hens will inevitably lead to Edmonton witnessing the same thing that other municipalities have: a major surplus of unwanted birds needing homes. Because another thing many people don’t realize is that most hens’ lifespans considerably exceed the number of years they produce eggs. The average hen will lay consistently until she is 3 years old, but can easily live 2 to 8 years beyond that. And while some people will be responsible enough to keep their “spent” birds, many won’t. And where will they end up? Surely, some will be given up and slaughtered for meat, which will have to be done privately, as commercial abattoirs view them as too much of a risk (birds of unknown origin could carry contagious pathogens that could decimate their own flock). But most hens, just like the staggering number of other unwanted animals in Alberta, will be dumped on rescue. Our province has a massive overpopulation of companion animals; the mere fact that this publication exists is a testament to that. We have over 60 animal rescues and sanctuaries, and all are nearing or already at capacity. Alberta needs to get its current animal population under control before throwing another species into the mix. Don’t get me wrong; I love hens, and I truly wish that this project could work out. But based on my experience working with different rescues, the input I’ve received from sanctuary directors, and the undeniable level of irresponsibility displayed by so many people in regards to animal ownership, the odds are stacked heavily against it. prm pet rescue magazine October/November 2014

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Potbelly Pig Network

Hello Everyone! My name is Griff and this is my very best buddy Sniff. We are 1-2yrs old and already neutered. We would really like to find a home together. We are a little shy but we are coming around and we hope to settle right in and get comfortable as soon as we find a good home. We can hardly wait to meet our new family! Currently we are living at the Wetaskiwin sanctuary. If you can provide a good home for us boys please call today, help with transport can be arranged.

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Humane Animal Rescue Team Howdy, they call me Gamble! I am a lovely 2yr old Husky X who had a bit of a rough start in the world. I will need another dog around in my new home as I am not a one dog pack kind of girl. I would do best in an active home as I can get into a bit of mischief if I’m not exercised regularly. I’m all for keeping fit if you are!

My name is Misty, and I am a sweet, lovable & affectionate girl who just loves attention. I am a 1yr old Pyrenees X and my favorite thing to do is chew on toys & bones. I also love kids and, I am already crate & house trained. I enjoy being outside so a home with a secure yard is a must for me.

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Saving Animals From Euthanasia Team

Hi there, my name is Roxanne. I’ve been with Safe Team a long time and I’m sure hoping that I can find a home of my very own. I am a very submissive girl around 1.5yrs. My foster mom will tell you I am a gentle cat that loves to play and be around my people. I also do well with other cats that have a submissive temperament. Please call about me... I’m waiting. Hello there! My name is Cally and I would like a home where I can be your one and only. I am an outgoing and spunky girl who loves to be the center of attention. Older children would be best as my patience can run short at times - but I more than make up for it in all my snuggly moments. I am a sweet and loving little gal named Ember. I do very well with other cats and would prefer a home with a playmate. I am an adorable and charming little doll who also does well with dogs and children. I sure hope my new family finds me soon.

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Society (EHS), a photo is necessary for identification purposes. Whether they come in as strays or are surrendered by their owners, animals can be stressed and scared, which doesn’t make for an ideal photo shoot. With its myriad smells, sights, people, and animals, the shelter can overwhelm even the most relaxed animal. Additionally, front line staff members who process animals for intake are too busy and lack the expertise to capture a great shot for an animal profile. These constraints can result in hurried images of disheveled, confused animals who aren’t themselves, given the circumstances. When people are thinking of adopting a pet, they typically spend time searching the internet for rescue agencies and humane societies, reading animal profiles. The trick then becomes creating profiles that speak to potential adopters. In the absence of a communications person or volunteer who can wax philosophic about animals in care, a photo can be the transformative piece. This is where EHS volunteers like Melinda Ho and Michael Lavoie come in. Both Melinda and Michael are photographers who dedicate a large part of their volunteer time to photographing shelter animals in a way that will captivate the public. Michael, who photographs pets professionally, knows that his images can have a tremendous impact on shelter contributions and adoptions. “I’m motivated by capturing the pet’s personality. Every dog has a different personality; in spite of everything that has happened to them they still have a huge canine heart that wants to reach out to you, and be your friend.”

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onsider the enduring impact of the picture. Our ancestors’ first writing systems were pictorial. Our brains process images instantly, while language must be decoded. Take social media’s evolution for example: today’s most popular sites (Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest) have moved away from text-heavy content and towards graphics. The creators of these platforms know that visual content evokes emotion and connection in a way that plain text cannot; graphics effortlessly inspire imagination. So what does this have to do with animal shelters? A lot, actually. When an animal arrives at the Edmonton Humane 28

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Melinda – a self-professed cat lover – decided early on to focus on the many felines that wind up at the shelter. She photographs anywhere from 20 to 50 cats and kittens during a typical volunteer shift at the EHS. “It’s so important that people see these little furry bodies as bright personalities, not as something to feel pity for,” says Melinda. “I want an adoption to be surrounded by much more positive feelings.” Awesome idea. But how can that become a reality? There are ways to vastly improve the quality of animal profile pictures, even for beginners, and it all starts with a DSLR camera. You know when you see pictures with that great local stories...local people...local pets


blurred background, so that the subject really pops? That’s what you can get with a DSLR. It’s good to learn about aperture and ISO as well; technical aspects that seem daunting but can quite simply make your photos awesome. Aside from equipment, here are some practical tips for shooting shelter animals:

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Photograph outdoors whenever possible. Not only is the lighting and background better outdoors, the animal may be more relaxed. If it is very bright and sunny, shoot in the shade. Be patient. Spend some time – even a few minutes – with the animal before shooting. Let them explore the environment for a few minutes. Get a feel for the animal’s personality, and observe any behaviours that might make for a cool shot. Avoid using the flash function. The flash can trigger a fear response in animals, and casts them in a harsh light. The flash usually gives a greenish glow to the eyes too, that could be off putting to a potential adopter. Try different camera angles. A lot of times people simply walk up to an object, and snap a photo from a standing position. It’s natural and easy. But that can make for a lot of boring photos that reveal little of the animal’s personality. Lay down on the floor with the animal, shoot at eye level. Try different positions. And remember that different angles can change how the animal is conveyed in a photo.

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Take a lot of shots. Be prepared with a big memory card and take a ton of pictures. It isn’t unusual to take 50 shots of one animal to get one or two great ones.

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Use treats and toys. You want the animal to feel as comfortable with you as possible, so create a positive association with treats and toys. Toys are also a great way to engage the animal and capture some candid shots.

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Avoid holding the camera in front of your face if possible. (Especially for cats). Hold the camera below your face and frame your shots in the viewfinder by looking down. Animals can connect with you and trust you more easily when your face is visible, and their fear of the camera will be lessened.

Use different backdrops. Look for unique or unusual backdrops: try a red brick wall, greenery, or architectural feature. At the same time, the background should be simple and the focus should be on the pet (the animal should take up the majority of the frame).

Images can have immense psychological and physiological influences on an individual. Showing the animal’s true personality through photography is a way of communicating with potential adopters and connecting them with the animal. That is the goal of the animal profile. Improving the quality of animal profile pictures is a relatively easy and inexpensive way to increase adoptions, and save more animal lives. The EHS is lucky to have a crew of talented photographers like Melinda and Michael volunteering their time to represent the shelter and the animals. “If I didn’t have this, I would probably be tempted to bring home every sweet feline that curls up against me,” muses Melinda. “It’s deeply personal, emotionally soothing, and immensely satisfying.” In addition, as Michael points out, better images reflect well on the organization, too: “Photography, if it’s done excellently, says something about the shelter as well. We are a quality adoption centre.” The EHS encourages all shelters, rescues and animal lovers to pick up a camera and experiment – make those dark, pity-inducing animal profiles a thing of the past! prm pet rescue magazine October/November 2014

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