There is so much information on the Internet. Lots of it is great and important information. Lots of it is so very incorrect. We have begun developing small courses (15 minutes each) on different aspects of animal care.
The great students in the Companion and Performance Animal Health Sciences program at the University of Alberta are helping us develop science-based content. We originally wanted to have in person classes at our wonderful clinic but the pandemic has limited that. So, we are going online!
Check our the very first (and not completely perfect yet) course on cat nutrition through the link here: http://www.ahas.ca/animal-care-resources/cat-care/
We need feedback! So please email us questions, technical issues, whatever at AlbertaHelpingAnimalsSociety@gmail.com. Please put AHAS Animal Care University in the subject line. Enjoy!
Wow, it has been much too long without a post! Here is an update:
We are busy almost every single day of the week! To protect your health and that of our wonderful volunteer professionals, we have been advised to suspend house calls, except in extreme circumstances. So we are seeing patients in our lovely clinic by appointment. Ultimately, almost everyone has managed to find a ride to the clinic and we are grateful for your efforts on behalf of your pet.
We are slowly starting up spays and neuters, dentals, and wellness appointments. For the last three and a half months, we have only seen mostly medical cases so we have a LOT of catching up to do! Please continue to be patient.
Clients are still not allowed in the building, except for certain reasons. But we talk outside and on the phone and are providing outstanding care for your pet.
Please call us at 587-338-8668 and leave a detailed message and Jackie will get back to you. Thank you so very much to Pat Lloyd who gave us a wonderful phone. Ours was dying very sadly and Pat was so kind to give us his gently used phone.
You may also email us at AlbertaHelpingAnimalsSociety@gmail.com. You may message us. If you are new to us, please check to see if you qualify for our services and complete the form here.
For your protection (and ours), we have masks for you. If you are running low, we have pet food/supplies. If you are hungry or need a break from cooking, we also have food for you. Please stay safe and healthy for your pet!
To keep everyone safe, we are severely limiting home visits to where we can see an animal outside. We are sad because we learn so much in the home and really enjoy visiting with our wonderful clients.
Fortunately, we have our wonderful building where we are seeing patients by appointment. At this time, our wonderful volunteer veterinarians and nurses are seeing patients with urgent issues but we have started doing some spay and neuter surgeries for dogs and cats for medical and behavioural reasons as well. We are also holding puppy and kitten exams.
We will see just your pet in the clinic using personal protective equipment.
Please call us at 587-338-8668 and leave a detailed message. If you just say, “Call me,” your message will not be responded to for many, many days as we are prioritizing responding with so many calls. You can also email us at AlbertaHelpingAnimalsSociety@ gmail or complete the form here.
Thanks so much for your patience! Stay safe! And we have face masks for anyone who needs one!
Thank you, City of Edmonton Animal Care and Control, for helping us jump-start the second annual Fix-a-Feline Campaign!
Edmonton and area vet clinics are offering lower cost spays/neuters of cats the end of March. Included is a miscrochip! This microchip goes a long way toward getting a wandering cat back home!
Days 1 and 2 of 7 are done and we have fixed 37 cats! Weee! Some were pregnant. These little siblings were getting busy in the kennels waiting for their spay and neuter! What better way to demonstrate the importance of this campaign!
Petsmart not only is a TERRIFIC, high quality pet store but it runs an incredible charities program. Petsmart Charities Canada has supported AHAS throughout our 4 years and we just recently received a new grant: It Takes a Community: Supporting the Pets of Disadvantaged People in Edmonton.
This grant will help us with our spay and neuter program. We are so excited! And our veterinary industry partners are also helping out! We are all concerned about animal overpopulation so we are excited to partner with Petsmart Charities Canada to help control animal overpopulation in 2020!
Wonderful John, our current Community Coordinator, is going to tech school! While we are thrilled for him, we need a new Community Coordinator. We are looking for a VMA/VMR or RVT for a full time position.
If you think you fit the qualifications described below, please apply by sending a cover letter and resume to AlbertaHelpingAnimalsSociety@gmail.com with your name and “Community Coordinator position” in the Subject line. We thank everyone for applying but we will only contact those we will be interviewing.
After we hire our new Community Coordinator, we will also be hiring a Medical Associate, full or part time RVT or vet, so watch for that ad!
Alberta Helping Animals Society (AHAS) supports the human-animal bond between vulnerable people in Edmonton and their companion animals. AHAS also fund raises to support AHAS Home Veterinary Services, providing veterinary care to our clients. Reporting to the President of Alberta Helping Animals Society, the Community Coordinator will be the first point of contact for AHAS and AHAS Home Veterinary Services clients and the wider community. This is a full-time (35 hours a week) position, including some weekend days.
responsibilities include but are not limited to:
Respond to requests that come through phone, text, email, and social media
Direct requests to appropriate resources as necessary
Verify client eligibility for AHAS Home Veterinary Services
Schedule AHAS Home Veterinary Services appointments and prepare associated paperwork
Complete client, animal, and histories in electronic medical record
Assist RVTs and veterinarians as necessary in clinics and on calls
Schedule food pick-up and delivery to the Inner City Pet Food Bank
Schedule donated medications and supplies pick-up for AHAS Home Vet Services
Coordinate volunteers as necessary
Identify information and educational needs of our clients
Assist the Board in community out-reach events
Veterinary Medical Assistant/Receptionist certificate, Animal Health Technologist diploma, or related experience
Minimum of 3 years’ experience in an animal or veterinary field
Valid driver’s license
Occasional access to a vehicle
Knowledge of different neighborhoods in Edmonton
Excellent client communication skills
Sensitivity to the particular circumstances of vulnerable people
Ability to work collaboratively with a wide range of stakeholders
Ability to work independently
Strong attention to detail organization, and record-keeping skills
Self-confidence and a positive attitude towards work
2018 is going to be a terrific year for our clients and their wonderful pets!
Our emphasis is on wellness, namely in-home physical examinations, vaccinations, deworming, and nutrition and behaviour counseling. But we also perform chronic illness diagnosis and treatment, spay/neuter surgery, some dentistry and have wonderful volunteers who can help with some grooming!
Here is Rosy getting a treat after she had her wellness exam. She didn’t need vaccines this year but she is going to need a dental soon!
Thanks to our terrific volunteer vets, industry sponsors, NAIT Animal Health, the Edmonton Community Foundation, and Petsmart Charities Canada for supporting the human-animal bond between disadvantaged people and their pets!
Terri is now working/volunteering full time Monday – Friday. Here she is with our helpful clinic cat, Scout:
We receive over 50 phone calls, messages, Facebook messages, and emails A DAY! Most can be handled quickly, such as putting you on the spay and neuter list or the home visit list. Others require some discussion and several calls back and forth. Please be patient; we are doing our absolute best to help you and your pet. And please leave a message. If Terri doesn’t answer, she is speaking with another wonderful client. She will get to your message as soon as she can.
If we don’t have a volunteer to answer the phone on weekends or holidays, we put an extended absence greeting on. If you have an urgent need, you may try to contact us through email (Contact Us) or Facebook. Please note that we often cannot help with urgent or emergency cases at these times and the phone message provides an alternative location where you might be able to get help.