“Tails of Help has been funding essential veterinary care since 2013 for these types of situations, and every year we’re seeing more families and pets in need of our help,” said Mark Patrick, Executive Director of Tails of Help. “The Edmonton Humane Society is the first shelter we’ve partnered with to address pet surrenders specifically, and we’re so grateful they see the value in keeping these pets with their loving families and will support this program to make that possible.”
Candidates for the program will be identified from the surrender requests which come into EHS, then recommended to Tails of Help based on their situation. Tails of Help will then determine if they meet the eligibility requirements. Those that do will be referred to a local veterinarian for the necessary treatment instead of surrendering their pet. EHS and Tails of Help will both contribute to covering the costs of the care.
“If there’s anything we’ve learned this past year-and-half, it’s that the companionship and comfort our pets provide during difficult times is invaluable,” added Sunley. “Even one family being permanently separated from their pet because of an accident or unexpected illness while facing financial hardship is too many. When that pet is already in a loving home, it makes sense to help keep them there when we can.”
The pilot project began this summer and will run to the end of 2021. At that time, it will be evaluated by EHS and Tails of Help to determine its viability moving forward.
Those that wish to support the program can donate to the Edmonton Humane Society at edmontonhumanesociety.com/donate, or to Tails of Help at tailsofhelp.ca.