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

Earlier this week, Saving Grace Animal Society took in 31 animals, all of whom were in a life-or-death situation.

“Such a big day is a big undertaking for our organization,” said co-executive director Erin Deems.

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

“We’ve been in panic mode for the past few months – in terms of shelter capacity.”

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According to Deems, the situation is getting worse.

“The submission requests for their animals are just coming in at unprecedented rates,” she explained.

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“If we keep going at this pace, we won’t even have a year. We’re putting all our funds into these big medical cases and it’s not sustainable.”

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

“Animal welfare in our province is a big battle right now,” Deems said.

“We all need to start exploring what we can do to do better for the animals.”

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

“We find that there just seems to be a really significant increase in intake or demand intake,” said AARCS Edmonton operations manager Leigh McLean.

“We’ve had a lot of surrender requests, a lot of emergency requests – communities find a lot of strays, a lot of animals that have been abandoned.”

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

“There’s always an increase in the influx in the summer and we tend to notice there’s a little drop in terms of supporters and adopters — that sort of thing,” McLean explained.

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Saving Grace is currently raising money for its own veterinary clinic, which, according to Deems, would relieve a lot of pressure.

“[It would]allow us to free up some resources so that when we do these bigger intakes, and when we get these calls, we’re not in such a panic mode,” Deems said.

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

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

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