Articles By AHAS

Pet food and supplies

Need some food?  A leash?  A litter box?  Check out these resources:

Inner City Pet Food Bank.  Bissell Centre West (North West Entrance) 10527 – 96 Street. Wednesdays from 10:00 AM to 12:30 PM.

AHAS Temporary Pet Food.  At the AHAS building 12701 – 119 Street. Tuesdays from 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM.

Edmonton’s Food Bank.  They sometimes have pet food and litter.

Facebook groups.  There are a range of Facebook groups with people offering and requesting help with pet food.  Search “pet food bank” on Facebook.

Found an animal?

It is getting cold outside and many of our warm-hearted clients and friends are inviting animals into their homes.  That dog or cat may actually be lost, not homeless.  Before keeping the animal and calling us:

If you have found an animal in Edmonton, please take it to Animal Care and Control as it may belong to someone else.

If you have found an animal outside of Edmonton, please take it to the Edmonton Humane Society as it may belong to someone else.


AHAS Animal Care University

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:

We need feedback!  So please email us questions, technical issues, whatever at  Please put AHAS Animal Care University in the subject line.  Enjoy!

Summer update!

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 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!

AHAS Home Vet Services: The new “normal”

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!

Fix-A-Feline 2020!

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!

Thank you, Edmonton Community Foundation!

The Edmonton Community Foundation has supported our Community Coordinator since 2016!  We now have (hopefully!) sustainable funding through our Alberta Gaming, Liquor, and Cannabis casino funding.

We want to thank ECF for essential support for our wonderful Community Coordinators over the past 3 years!

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Thank you, Petsmart Charities Canada!

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!


PetSmart Charities of Canada

We are hiring!

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 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!

Community Coordinator                                                                  

Job Description

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.

Specific 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

AHAS in the news!

Check out this Article on AHAS Home Vet Services from the Alberta Veterinary Medical Association!