Can animals reason? No, at least not like us humans. But they can feel. Joy. And Happiness. And sadness and loneliness and pain and rejection and fear. Their friendships are forever, their affection always real. Humans can reason, and with this comes the ability to pull a thousand excuses why the cat has to go. Fur baby, beloved pet, faithful companion, toy for the kids, mouser, whatever they were to them, when we humans change our superior minds and do not need or want them any more, people phone the rescue and tell them to take them over, do their job and find them a new home. And we, the rescues, are supposed to jump to the service and work the miracles, and if we can’t, well then at least we are supposed to be silent, shut up, do not speak out, and for sure don’t judge. Do not rock the boat. This morning alone 3 different callers for us to take over 7 cats, and a dog. And if we despair, burn out, if we only tell the truth, say how bad things really are, we are in the wrong “business”, we do not have what it […]
We adopt kittens out in pairs only. Where one is, goes the other. They play together, sleep together, eat together and love their human, together. Some, those who do not really understand cats, or do not know much about them, think this is kind of a sales pitch of ours to adopt out more cats. Sadly, we adopt out less, lose out to other rescue groups who still let their kittens go alone and be lonely, to those people who for whichever reason want only one. We feel for these kittens. We are not about numbers, but wellness and happiness of the cats. There is no doubt that two kittens that are allowed to grow up and remain together enjoy a better and more fulfilled life than solitary kept cats, so we do not make exceptions. These two, Eleven and Baily, are the last of their litter to go, sweet as sweet can be, used to dogs, to kids, well played with. We will not split them up. Rescue, after all, is not just letting them live, or adopt them out because someone wants one so we get space for more, but because we love cats, and want to […]
Our youngest volunteer at work, socializing a kitten. We can always use the help. Right now we are currently putting out a plea for foster homes, this is one of the most needed things we require as a rescue. With out foster homes we can no longer take on new animals that need our care.
WILL YOU HELP US?
We need homes for momma cats with kittens, kittens, puppies and also young and older dogs. Please fill out an application by clicking below. Our rescue is located in Okotoks Alberta and would like to keep our fosters as close to us as possible. Calgary south and close community’s to us would be ever so helpful.
Big shout out to this incredible trio:
Hale Tosh, Alex Matovich and Angie Smith in Mrs. Lipiski’s Grade 5 at Millarville Community School.
They were assigned to do a project, PYP Exhibition, with a central Idea- respecting animals. So they decided to feature Pound Rescue as their focus. They invited Pound Rescue to the school and did a lengthy interview with a volunteer to better understand our philosophy, our commitment and duties within the community and within Pound Rescue.
When asked what they felt it meant to respect animals their answer was, “It is our responsibility to respect animals. Respect means creating, maintains and providing a healthy environment for animals to exist in.”
Such intuitive, smart future animal advocates. Thank you Alex, Hale and Angie for all your hard work, you’re help to make people understand who Pound Rescue is, and for collecting these well needed donations.
We are in desperate need of more foster homes!!
It is kitten season, and we have several litters of young kittens who need a safe place to grow a little more before they can be adopted out.
Our dogs Sophie and Milly are also looking for a foster home together. Do you have space in your heart and home for these two extremely bonded friends, until they find their forever home?
FILL OUT FOSTER APPLICATION
FOUND. This male cat has been around the area of Sunrise Loop S.E. High River since around May 27th or so. No ID and unaltered. He seems fairly young, super friendly. We are hoping that this post will bring forward his family. Please contact us if you have any information on this boy.
The day when rescues,humane societies present their cutest pups or kittens together with their moms,in the hopes of adoptions, and maybe much needed donations.So do we. Mother’s Day,it is a celebration of life, motherhood and love.None of us is immune to that joy, that sense of wonder, that admiration and feeling of coziness and warmth seeing a mama cat care for her babies.Cats,most likely the best moms in the world. But with those feelings,at an animal shelter,come other feelings.Feelings that others do not care. The fear, the uncertainty,the what if when.What if again there are no adoptions? We still have kittens of last year, now cats.Sitting with their moms,still cuddled up to them, now adult cats.No one wanted,or needed them.What if no one wants today’s too? When then will we have to close our doors, as it becomes impossible to take them all,take in more? Knowing those we refuse will perish? For last year’s moms, there was not even an application.Just so, so many cats looking for homes.Featured Honey,ears frozen off in the winter, she came to us with six(one died) 3 week old kittens, we took her on.Together with 3 dogs and 5 other cats,all unfixed,from […]
Looking on, while life is passing them by? Cute? Kittens in the window, in one of our foster homes. Most people, once they know the
kittens are brought into one of our foster homes just breathe a sigh of
relief. Thank God. Save. Warm. Fed. Looked after. Some think this is
even cute, completely disregarding, or blocking out of their mind, that there is nothing cute about surplus, homeless, discarded kittens. No matter what they look like, or how sweet they might play with each other. Some might not like the comparison: In the news, we
get lots of opportunities right now to see displaced children in danger, for their welfare or life. Our reaction is sorrow, dismay, maybe anger, we would not say how cute they look, to then simply switch to the next channel. At least, hopefully not. Yet when we display our kittens in order to find them a home, save them, people with their kids flock to the cages as if we were a petting zoo, laughing, wanting to hold one, asking for age and name and how adorable they are, assuring us that they would help if they only could, assuring us that they are so glad […]
Pets are good for people, can heal our souls and give us the chance to connect with the animal world. It is our goal to help people on and off reserves to take care of them, in a loving, respectful manner. No person should have more cats or dogs than he/she can possibly take care of. It starts with spaying or neutering.
Do your ears hang low? Do they wobble to and fro?
Kids and kittens have so much in common, especially the need for happiness! Their ears should never hang low! As you can see, with these kittens, they stand up perfectly! And so are the kittens. Perfect when it comes to love and affection, for each other and any person they meet. Perfect in their zest for life, for play, jumping, running, chasing everything that moves. Doing somersaults and dangling of the chair, falling down to get up again and start playing all over. Their ears stand high, yet their little hind legs wobble to and fro as a result of their mom contracting feline distemper when she was pregnant with them. A horrible but with vaccination well preventable disease. She gave birth, licked them clean, nursed them one first and last time and died. We found her, within a whole colony of feral cats, curled up around her kittens, as a last desperate attempt to keep them warm and safe. Another mom from this colony, one who was immune to distemper, took them over, raised them as her own. Florence Nightingale, the most famous cat lady of all times, […]
Heather MacEven Foran
May 3, 1939 – May 18, 2017
“We need another and a wiser and perhaps a more mystical concept about animals. Remote from universal nature and living by complicated artifice, man in civilization surveys the creature through the glass of his knowledge and sees thereby a feather magnified and the whole image in distortion. We patronize them for their incompleteness, for their tragic fate of having taken form so far below ourselves. And therein do we ere. For the animal shall not be measured by man. In a world older and more complete than ours, they move finished and complete, gifted with he extension of the senses we have lost or never attained, living by voices we shall never hear. They are not brethren,they are not underlings: they are other nations, caught with ourselves in the net of life and time, fellow prisoners of the splendor and travail of the earth.” Henry Beston
Mother’s Day. A happy day for most. Flowers, cake, tons of ice cream, and taking mom to the restaurant. Cards proclaiming love and gratitude, decorated with pictures of flowers, hearts, mother cats and kittens, momma dogs and pups, and all kinds of other baby animals. As for us, an animal rescue organisation, this Mother’s Day, we chose to feature the picture of a mother cow and her baby. Becoming for Alberta. Cattle, here a cow and her calf, hold one of the closest bonds in the animal world. Amazing and wonderful to witness. Cows would walk for miles to find their calf, will tell them apart from hundreds of others. When calves are taken away from their mothers, each time, the cow bellows for days, mourning the loss of her child. Heart wrenching to listen to. A sad, longing, desperate call, day and night. Dairy calves are taken away from their moms after 24 hours, this is how long their time with their mom lasts, the one and only day they get together. One short day to lick them, nuzzle them, let them nurse, comfort them. The cow’s milk is for us, not for their calves; our babies, not […]
What if, at your local pet-supply store, you could purchase a dog-training tool that would make your dog weaker, klutzier, and less intelligent? And what if this tool increased your dog’s frustration and fearfulness about the world and made him or her less likely to bond with you? Would you buy it? Of course not! Yet, millions of these “tools” are sold every year to unsuspecting American dog lovers who want the absolute best for their dogs. The tool is a “crate,” which is just a euphemism for a cage. In fact, dog crates are substantially smaller than the cages that are used to house dogs in laboratories.
ONE DAY we hope to not see these images, ONE DAY we hope to not have to work all day to help the abandoned, abused and left to die. ONE DAY we hope that people get it and have their pets fixed. ONE DAY we hope shelters are only used to hold pets for a day if lost to be reunited with their owners because they were micro-chipped or tattooed.
These two sweet loving dogs were two I had to leave behind on my latest trip visiting a shelter. On their last few weeks before likely euthanasia. This is the reality of not fixing animals. The sadness and reality of living the last 3 months of your life in these small cages. Getting out if you’re lucky once a day in solitaire. Watching possible families pass your cage day after day to find a cuter dog, easier dog, more acceptable purebred. Just wanting that chance to show how good he/she can be once loved by the right people.
Until we can have our “ONE DAY” please adopt from rescues and shelters. Please have your pet fixed and either micro-chipped and/or tattoo. Just because a dog/cat is in a shelter doesn’t mean it […]