What New Brunswick Shelters and Rescues want this Christmas
Looking for a creative gift idea? Why not make a donation in the name of a loved one to a local animal shelter or rescue. We know now much our pets love getting something special for the holidays, and there are plenty of animals at our local shelters who would love some attention this holiday season too! We’ve created a blog detailing what local SPCA shelters and Ca-R-MA rescues need in Fredericton, Saint John, and Greater Moncton for the 2016 holiday season.
We contacted SPCAs in Saint John, Moncton, and Fredericton which take in dogs, cats, and other small animals at their shelters for care, spaying/neutering, and adoption.
We also reached out to the Ca-R-Ma (Cat Rescue Maritimes) groups in Saint John, Moncton, and Fredericton, which help control the growth of feral cat colonies in their trap/spay/neuter-spay /return (TNR) program. They also rescue kittens and stray cats (which are not considered feral) that can be adopted into loving homes.
Both of these non-profit organizations do not receive government funding and rely solely on caring pet lovers to help them save the lives of unwanted, feral, and abused animals in New Brunswick.
P.O. Box 30078
Fredericton, New Brunswick
2016 was a challenging year for Chairperson, Sue Knight, and her team at Ca-R-Ma Fredericton. “It was an early spring and that meant three litters of kittens, instead of the usual two. There was also a devastating outbreak of panleukopenia, which is similar to the parvovirus (aka canine distemper). Cost of treatment is high and therefore the vet bills in 2016 have also been much higher than usual.
“We support 27 of the 29 sites we manage with food, water, shelters, and of course the TNR program. It’s very financially challenging for property owners to handle this, so if they do the day-to-day care, we provide the food and shelters. The only way to reduce the size of these colonies humanely, is with our TNR program,” says Sue Knight.
Here are some statistics to the end of September 2016:
- 29 sites in a 30km radius around central Fredericton received help from the TNR program.
- Ca-R-Ma Fredericton, with the help of a dedicated team of vets, vet techs, vet assistants and Ca-R-Ma volunteers did 252 spays and 293 neuters, 169 of those done in 3 massive clinics.
- They fielded 207 phone calls for help and 257 emails.
- Ca-R-Ma Fredericton’s popular Facebook site received 1120 followers since January.
- Ca-R-Ma Fredericton is a member of Petfinder, which helps greatly with adoptions.
Our Wish List:
- Food for cats in care and in colonies
- Clumping cat litter (foster families preference)
- Flea and deworming supplies – Strongid, Revolution, Milbemax specifically, as those are the preferred brands for the fosters and cats in care
- Heated (exterior use) water bowls
- Dawn dish detergent for washing ferals
- Cages, carriers, and toys are always welcome
- Donations for insulated winter shelters
- $100 buys a shelter for 3 to 4 cats
- $200 buys a dog house for 6 to 7 cats
- Support local business with gift cards from Kent or Global Pet Foods, or a gift certificate from a local vet. Even if these are only $10 or $20, together they add up.
- Sponsorships from local businesses or individuals would also be gratefully accepted
Our special Santa wish:
“Our big wish from Santa would be to put through changes in New Brunswick legislation that would allow an organization to own a mobile spay/neuter clinic vehicle for community outreach. This could provide low cost or free spay/neuters for both pet owners and the cat colonies so that the population becomes controlled.
We could start by getting the funds for a mobile clinic vehicle in place. It’s a tall order for Santa, but as you know, every time someone like you is interested in the idea, small steps forward always happen.”
We spoke to Annette James, Director of Operations and she told us that it was business as usual so far in 2016. An extra long kitten season made for a challenge that, thankfully, the community and her fabulous team rose to.
Up to October 31st, there were 657 cats, dogs, gerbils, hamsters, bearded dragons, rabbits, and ratties surrendered or picked up by the SPCA. A whopping 548 were adopted! That’s a phenomenal success rate of 80 percent! Of those 548, 60 were returned to their owners. “That always makes us happy,” says Annette.
The Fredericton SPCA also works with rescue organizations when they feel that it is in the best interest of the animal (especially when behavioural issues can be worked through with the one-to-one care of a foster home) and it offers the best chance of adoption.
There were a couple of standouts this year, including a bulldog mix who was found with a face and mouth full of porcupine quills. He was emaciated and it took a fair amount of veterinary treatment to get him back in top form, but his adoption into a loving and caring home has made it all worthwhile.
Another sad story with a happy ending was Cassandra, a cat who came in with a “butchered” declawing. “There were bone fragments left and she was in considerable pain, but after another surgery to repair the damage, she is now healthy and happily adopted to a great home,” says Annette. “We do the best we can to match families with our animals, and we love receiving updates about how well our adoptees are getting on.”
Our Wish List:
- Cat food (canned) – Friskies (paté if possible)
- Cat food (dry) – Whiskas, Friskies
- Dog food (canned) – Pedigree
- Dog food (dry) – Horizon Complete (at Barking Lot)
- Cat food (dry) – Horizon Complete (at Barking Lot)
- Bunny food – any
- Hamster food – any
- KMR Kitten Replacement Formula
- Peanut butter
- Cheese Whiz
- Cat treats
- Soft dog treats for training
- Cat Toys – wands, stinkies
- Dog Toys – Kongs, bones, large toys
- Cat Carriers – medium size
- Cat Beds – soft and cuddly
- Clickers for training dogs & cats
- Easy Walk harness
- Gentle leaders
- Clay litter
- Plastic poop scoops
- Nitrile gloves
Cleaning and Office Supplies
- Dish soap
- Paper towel
- Lysol wipes
- Mops, handles & heads
- Dryer sheets
- Printer paper
- Scotch tape
Our special Santa wish:
In 2017, the FSPCA will be redoubling their efforts to secure a contract with a food producer to ensure feeding a consistent brand and line of food to the animals in their care. This helps to reduce gastric upset caused by frequent changes.
In the meantime, if you can help with donations in the form of gift cards from Global Pet Foods, that will allow Fredericton SPCA to buy a consistent brand.
PO Box 29131
General Inquiries: 506-875-4412
Adoption ONLY : 506-852-1033
Chapter director, Nancy Vanderhorst of Ca-R-Ma Moncton, says that to the end of October 2016, her group of volunteers handled 346 cats and kittens in need.
When Nancy took over the director’s position of Ca-R-Ma Moncton, 3 years ago, she made it her goal never to turn a cat away from the program if at all possible. She notes that there have been a particularly high number of single cat rescues in 2016. Typically this means an abandoned or lost cat that shows up at a person’s door, or is seen hanging around a neighbourhood. When a call comes in, Nancy’s team will get there as soon as they can, but ask the person who called to feed and provide water for it until they can get there. “This has been the sole responsibility of the SPCA in the past, but these kittens and stray cats need to become familiarized to humans handling them before they are adoptable, so we now take them into our foster family-based program.”
In another example of recent changes, sometimes homeowners take a liking to a stray cat and wants to bring it into her/his family, but can’t afford to have the cat spayed or neutered. Ca-R-Ma makes it possible for the owners to adopt the cat, with a minimum $85 adoption donation, saving them up to $200 in sterilization surgery. In 2016, 32 male and 44 female cats were adopted in this way.
Typically feral cats will group together in abandoned buildings, or barns on owned properties. The building offers shelter from wind, snow, and cold — and the colony grows as kittens are born. If the owner is willing to care for the cats (feeding, and ensuring a supply of water that does not freeze in the winter) Ca-R-Ma will then come in and trap/neuter-spay/return (TNR) the colony so that is doesn’t continue growing. If an owner can’t feed these animals from his/her own pocket, Ca-R-Ma will help with food.
Nancy Vanderhorst also made presentations to Moncton and Riverview Councils to clarify what Ca-R-Ma does in it’s TNR program and to offer help. At this moment, City and Town by-laws do not allow Ca-R-Ma to rescue or operate its TNR program in certain areas of their respective communities. Ca-R-Ma Moncton would, of course, like to see these by-laws amended so that the organization could help the large colonies that have developed in certain areas.
Here are some statistics to October 31, 2016:
- 346 cats and kittens (both feral and stray) passed through Ca-R-Ma’s programs in 2016.
- 70 males and 53 females were adopted after fostering
- 32 males and 44 female cats were adopted by their caretakers
- 67 male and 80 female feral cats were trapped, neutered/spayed and returned to their colony to live out their life. (These feral cats are not adoptable.)
- There are 33 active Ca-R-Ma members in the Moncton chapter. This means they foster, fundraise, or make crafts to sell for fundraising. There is always room for more active members!
Our Wish List:
- Gift certificates
- Cat food (wet and dry)
- Litter scoops
- Litter boxes
- Unscented baby wipes
- Cleaning supplies
- Cotton balls
- Cat treats
- Wire kennels
- Heating pads
- Baby weight scale
- Large storage bins
Our special Santa request:
Nancy would like you all to know that if you see a litter of outdoor kittens, please call whichever Ca-R-Ma rescue is closest to you, immediately. If Ca-R-Ma can get the kittens at around the idea age of 8 weeks, they have an very good chance to find them adoptive homes. If you wait until they’re no longer cute and become a nuisance, you may be condemning them to a life on the streets, or euthanization, because they can no longer be homed.
Greater Moncton SPCA
116 Greenock Street, Moncton
New Brunswick E1H 2J7
Tel: (506) 857-8698
Fax: (506) 854-1473
Executive Director: firstname.lastname@example.org
Director of Animal Welfare: email@example.com
Our Wish List:
- Non-clumping cat litter
- Canned food for cats and dogs
- Liquid laundry soap
“If there’s someone on your Christmas list that has everything, try making a Sponsorship in their name. For a $50, tax-deductible donation the pet you sponsor becomes “yours” for as long as it is with us. You can become involved in the cat’s, dog’s, or other critter’s adoption by spreading the word in your social media community, putting up a poster in your office, or on community boards. The sponsor’s name gets mentioned on social media too!”
Ca-R-Ma Saint John
Ca-R-Ma Saint John has seen over 300 cats this year not including cats they helped through their TNR program or the cat colonies they support. This year Ca-R-Ma Saint John has taken on 2 new colonies.Ca-R-Ma has been very busy helping cats find their forever home, they have found homes for at least 150 cats this year.
Our Wish List:
- Dry cat food
- Wet cat food
- Pill pockets
- Lysine pills
- Clumping cat litter
- Wood stove pellets
- Cat beds
- Cat toys
- Shampoo for cats
Special Holiday Wish:
A big wish Ca-R-Ma Saint John has is to adopt out adult cats that have been with Ca-R-Ma long term. They recently have had a female cat who was with Ca-R-Ma for 2 years adopted and a male cat named Shorty who had spent over a year with the organization adopted after being fostered at our Saint John East Global Pet Foods Location. But there are many more older cats that are currently being fostered by Ca-R-Ma that are looking for their forever homes.
In addition to the products listed above Ca-R-Ma could also always use financial donations to help cover vet bills. Shorty for example had some health issues that Ca-R-Ma was able to resolve but it cost roughly $1200 and that is just one kitty.
Saint John SPCA Animal Rescue
The Saint John SPCA Animal Rescue has, on average, 70 animals at the facility that they care for every day. Last year 430 cats and dogs were adopted through the Saint John SPCA Animal Rescue and they sheltered more than 700 over the course of the year.
Our Wish List:
- Canned cat and
- Dry cat and kitten food (President’s Choice Nutrition First)
- Bags of wood pellets (used for cat litter)
- Beef marrow bones (no rawhide bones) and rib bones (found at the Bulk Barn and pet stores)
- Good quality dog treats (no coloured dyes)
- Developmental and Recovery food (found at vet clinics)
- kitten food
- Contractor-sized garbage bags
- Latex gloves (size medium, large and x-large)
- Paper towel
- Toilet paper
- Dish liquid
- Liquid laundry detergent (HE and regular)
- Large plastic totes (to store large amounts of animal food)
If you have your own favourite rescue, of course you may wish to donate to them. Every dollar, every donation counts and helps critters in New Brunswick!
A joyous and happy Christmas, Diwali, Hanukkah, Ramadan, Kwanzaa, Santa Lucia Day, Three Kings Day, Winter Solstice, and Festivus for the Restuvus from Global Pet Foods New Brunswick to you all!