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Be careful what you leave laying around....

27 February, 2021

Today we want to talk about a common danger to our fur-babies - anti-freeze! 

Did you know that antifreeze is dangerous to cats and dogs!

It contains ethylene glycol, which is toxic to dogs and cats. The metabolic products of the ethylene glycol cause severe damage to the pet’s kidneys, which then produce a toxic exposure to the central nervous system. A very small amount of antifreeze is deadly to pets.

The strange thing is, animals LOVE to lick this stuff, so if you have any spills, please clean them up immediately and make sure your pets don't go near the spillage. Check often under your vehicle and in your parking spot for leaks!

How to clean up a spill: 

 Pour kitty litter or sawdust on top to help absorb as much of the liquid as possible, then clean the area with soap and water. 

Final cleanup can be done with paper towels, disposing of the contaminated towels carefully in the garbage where pets can not get to them.

Our pets are our family, so be careful around these nasty spills! 

Want to become a Sponsor?

25 February, 2021

We are excited to introduce our new sponsorship program! Please see below for our sponsorship letter, and send us a PM or call 587-253-4203 if interested and we will be happy to chat with you about options.

*Our sponsors for the month of March 2021 are:

Grover Dental (Grover Dental Centre)

Selena Lapp (Realtor, Rafter SL Real Estate, Better Homes & Gardens)

South Country Co-op

Thank you so much to these sponsors!

Head over to our SPONSORS page to read more about our Sponsors and find out how you can become a Sponsor yourself and help the animals in our care


Enjoy your coffee knowing that you're helping animals in need...

19 February, 2021

If you know what’s good (and that, by the way, is coffee...) you’re going to want to check out our new fundraiser! 

Head over to our website to check out ordering details on our very own delicious SAHS blend of medium Arabica Java! 

Head to our STORE and order yours today


New guests at Pet Valu  North!

17 February, 2021

Look who has arrived at Pet Valu North!!

Minnie and Nugget are two very special 7-month-old kittens who are hoping to find their new families in the customers who come to this wonderful Crescent Heights store for all their pet store needs!

Stop by during business hours and check out these fabulous long hair kittens! You won’t be disappointed you took the time to meet them!

Seniors have so much to offer..

16 February, 2021

Thinking about adopting a dog?


Have you considered adopting an older dog?


There are so many benefits to adopting a senior!


If you have any questions about adopting a senior dog, please reach out to us, we are always happy to answer your questions!

And the winner is....

13 February, 2021

Here is the lucky winner of our Valentine’s Gift Basket Raffle, valued at over $700!

Congratulations to Sonia Kotelko for her big win! 

Thank you so much to Sonia and the rest of our supporters for purchasing tickets and helping us to 

continue for the rescue animals in our care! 

Special guests Petey and his new dad Rob were in attendance for our Valentine’s draw today!! 

We thank them so much for coming out!

Special thanks to our donors:

South Country Co-op Liquor

Wright's Jewelry Ltd.

Gold Dust Jewellery

for helping us create this beautiful basket!

We also wish to thank Comfort Inn & Suites Medicine Hat for providing a venue for our draw, and Posh Wash for helping us sell tickets!

Congratulations again Sonia and thanks to all of you for continuing to support SAHS!

Guinea Pig Checklist

10 February, 2021

Did you know that guinea pigs are just like bunnies and they need a constant supply of hay? 

Their teeth are constantly growing so they need to chew on hay, and it maintains a healthy digestive tract! 

Make sure to give them plenty of access to water, vitamin C (this is imperative for guinea pigs), and a small amount of pellets and vegetables as well each day! 

Then enjoy their delightful chatter of 'wheeks' and purrs as they 

express their happiness!

Overwhelmed by your support

8 February, 2021

Wow! We are over the moon!!!

We closed ticket sales for our gift basket on 6th February! We have such an amazing community and we 

are so grateful! 

Watch for the lucky winner on February 13th at 4 pm

We want to send a HUGE thanks to Posh Wash for selling some of our Valentine's Gift Basket Raffle tickets for us! It made such a difference to have a place that people could pick up tickets, and we really appreciate this amazing business owned by an animal lover!

Thanks for being a wonderful part of our community, 

Posh Wash and thank you to everyone who purchased a ticket. GOOD LUCK TO ALL THOSE WHO ENTERED!

Do cats need a cat tree? 

5 February, 2021

Do cats need a cat tree? If you're a new cat owner, you might wonder if it's worth the money. So what are the benefits?

* A cat tree is basically a home gym for your feline, so exercise is one key plus! Jumping up and down on a multi-level tree is great for their muscles, and their minds look at it as a maze, so they are getting their mental exercise too!

* Scratching is in a cat's blood, so to speak, and all they need is basic redirection. Purchase a cat tree with some scratching posts on it, as the more scratching gadgets you have throughout your home, the less trouble with scratching you are likely to have.

* Cats like to be up high for a couple of reasons. They like to look down from above due to their hunting instincts, and they consider 

a high spot great for sleeping, as predators would normally be 

down below.

Sammy is happy to demonstrate, and she has a couple of trees which she would not have if it weren't for donations, so we are very thankful! One is higher and gives her lots of space to explore and hide, and she enjoys having a blanket covering one level to create a sort of box. It also has a bowl she loves to sleep in. The other is a lower one-level cat tree with a great scratching post she loves to use, and it's her perfect perch for hanging out with her humans throughout the day while they are working as it basically puts 

her on the same level as a chair.

Whatever you choose, make sure to give your cat plenty of time to 

get used to it, as some take a while to decide they're going to use them or can be finicky with which tree they enjoy. If you're ever getting rid of a cat tree, consider one of your local rescues who 

may take it as a donation!

And of course, Miss Sammy is up for adoption! If interested, please send us an email or PM us on Facebook

Take care of those paws

4 February, 2021

As the weather gets colder, please don't forget that our dog's paws need some attention! 

Here are some good tips to keep those paws in 

tip-top condition and make winter walking more 

enjoyable for all.

Happy walkies everyone!

Feline Diabetes

January 30, 2021

Sammy is certainly not the only gal out there 

with diabetes, and one of the most important things you can do for your pet is to recognize when they might be unwell and get them the help they require 

from a veterinarian.

Thankfully, Sammy's diabetes is well under control, and her insulin requirements are minimal. She is a healthy weight, eats a healthy diet, gets the proper amount of exercise for her age, and our veterinarian knows her well and will be able to assist her new owner(s) when she is adopted. 

Our continued support will go with Sammy for life as well, and her new family can always turn to us if they have questions or concerns.

If you are wondering if your own feline friend may be showing signs or symptoms of diabetes, check out the article below from, and be sure to schedule a visit with your vet.

Thank you for reading!

CLick to read PetMD Article

3-3-3 Rule of Adopting

January 29, 2021

It is imperative to give a new dog the time they require to decompress in your home. 

The diagram on the left is to helps you understand what to expect of your new dog when you bring him home. 

Also, remember you can always ask your local rescue for tips and guidelines when bringing home your new family member!

Remember every dog is different  - this is just a guideline! 

How to build a cat shelter

January 28, 2021

Not all cats can enjoy the comfort of a 

warm home and loving family.

You can provide comfort and safety to community cats in the cold winter months without tapping out your budget. Here are four great tips to share with TNR groups, volunteers and your supporters.


A cooler that’s about two inches thick makes a quick and easy winter shelter because it’s both waterproof and insulated. You can find these coolers at restaurants and medical offices, where they’re used to ship perishable food and medical supplies and are often thrown away. Also check with other shelter, rescue and TNR groups—some of them stockpile foam boxes to give away to community cat caretakers.


Placement of shelters is important to keep cats safe from predators. If unleashed dogs are in the area, place your shelter behind a fence where the dogs can’t get in, or have the entrance facing a wall so that only the cats can get in and out, and be sure the shelter is weighted down and hard to move.


Form a cat-sized doorway with a box cutter or kitchen knife, keeping it small to prevent larger predators from getting in. You can also make two doorways to provide an escape route, but as this means less protection from cold, be sure to put flaps over the doorways.


Raising the shelter off the cold ground makes it easier for cats to warm the inside with their body heat. To keep it even warmer, you can place straw underneath. Raising the shelter and cutting the doorway several inches above the bottom also keeps the weather out—rain won’t splash up and in from the ground, and snow is less likely to block the door.

Should your dog wear a jacket?

27  January, 2021 

 Petey is seen here sporting his 3 different jackets 

that help to keep him warm and happy. 

He is such a lucky boy to be so well outfitted!

There are lots of opinions and thoughts on dog clothing

 - check out this informative article from PetMD about 

seasonal wear for your furry friends! 

CLick to read PetMD Article

Walk your dog!

26 January, 2021

Petey is here to remind you to walk your dog!


* Exercise is essential for dogs

* Walking keeps your pooch in shape

* Walking makes your dog healthy AND happy

* Dogs are not naturally lazy

* Their genetic makeup demands physical exercise

* Walking allows dogs to use their in-built survival instincts

* Quality time together

* Cardiovascular health

* Improved sleep

* Maintain mobility and joint function

* Decrease or prevent obesity

This isn't even the total list of benefits, but of course, the smile 

it puts on a dog's face tells the story all by itself, and propels

 most of us out the door even in the worst weather in order to 

make them happy! Ever notice the smile on your own face while

 you're sharing time together?

Petey particularly loves his ritual 7 a.m. morning walks! Let's all get out there today and enjoy our beautiful city!