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Our Blog

An ongoing series of informative entries

We are celebrating 2 years of rescue...

11 May, 2021

We are celebrating two years of rescue here at the 

Southern Alberta Humane Society!

Our hearts are full; we have adopted out 180 animals!!

We are a 100% volunteer-driven humane society, we do not receive any government funding and we exist solely on fundraising efforts. To say we are supported by our community and even people from afar is an understatement because we couldn’t do this without your generosity! 

Thank you is simply not enough.

We owe a debt of gratitude to our Board Members, volunteers and foster homes for working tirelessly for us, 

our vet for keeping our animals healthy, the people 

who trust us to take their animals in when they can

 no longer be cared for, and all the unsung heroes who

 are rescuing stray, feral and dumped animals in and around our fair city.

We love to hear your Happy Tails and celebrate once these sweet souls are adopted, so please keep sending those in as often as you like, and if your pet has a birthday or special moment and was adopted through SAHS, we love to hear about that too!

The citizens and local businesses here have continued to support us and we cannot state enough how much it is appreciated! Our recent sponsorship program is doing well and we are fortunate to have animal-loving and community-minded businesses that go above and beyond. 

We are so very grateful!!

Lastly, we want to say we never forget any of these amazing pets! They all hold a special place in our hearts. We look forward to our third year of operations! 

Sweet Sammy got her own special sponsor..

10 May, 2021

Sammy is the very lucky recipient of her own 

sponsor for the month of May!

The incredibly generous men and women of Davis GMC Buick have chosen her as their special adoptable pet this month, and she is really pleased!

Who is Sammy? She is a 10-1/2-year-old domestic short hair Calico who is sweet as can be! She’s a sweet soul who is full of love and a sheer pleasure to live with. She’s thriving in foster care and has become a bit of a 

spokeslady for diabetes, as she was diagnosed with the disease after she came into our care. She requires special food and injections every 12 hours, but manages very well and doesn’t complain a single bit.

She’s seen here snuggling on her scratching board, 

which she absolutely adores.

Sammy has been through a lot of change and shown an incredible amount of resilience, she is very special lady.

If you are interested in Sammy, adoption click the link below to see more information about her and to access 

the adoption application.

Thank you so much to all the folks at Davis for helping Sammy out this month!

Happy Mother's Day!

9 May, 2021

Happy Mother's Day to all the Moms out there, and all

 of the other significant people who play the important

 role of mother in the lives of those they love!

The vast majority of our volunteers are Moms as well, and we want to honor them today, as we appreciate their dedication and volunteer spirits. They work tirelessly for SAHS and our animals, as well as at their own jobs and for their families. You are incredible!

A mother's love is irreplaceable, and moms make the world a better place! ❤ Best wishes for an extra special day!

And the lucky winner is...

8 May, 2021

Our heartfelt congratulations to Julia Deminick - the lucky 

winner of our fantastic Mother's Day Basket! 

 We hope you enjoy your wonderful winnings and have a 

fantastic Mother's Day!


Our 2021 dog mascot, Miss Evey, made a special appearance for the draw with her mom, Liane! Thank you Miss Evey and well done!


A VERY SPECIAL THANKS TO

* Pet Valu for hosting our draw today and for their continued support

* Donors to our basket, including Botanicals, By The C, 

Country Crumbs Bakery & Café, Skin Passions Body Essentials 

and Wrights Jewellers

* Our fundraising sponsors, South Country Co-op, Davis GMC Buick, Grover Dental Centre and Rafter SL Real Estate at Better Homes

 & Gardens Medicine Hat

* Posh Wash for helping us sell tickets

* Our hard-working Board Members who put this basket together, helped to sell tickets and attended the draw

* Our supporters for SELLING OUT this fundraiser by sharing our posts and purchasing tickets!

Funds raised go toward food, medication, supplies and veterinary care for all the animals we have in our care - thank you so much!


Thank you to everyone who purchased tickets and helped to support SAHS and the animals in our care!


Remember to check for pet-friendly flowers for Mum...

6 May, 2021

Heads up! Mother’s Day is this Sunday, May 9th! 

If the special lady in your life shares her space with pets, keep these pet-friendly flowers in mind!

Miss Vanjie is a fighter...

5 May, 2021

We have every reason to celebrate here at SAHS!

Miss Vanjie is a beautiful Tortie who had one stillborn baby on her own, 

and in the end, an emergency C-section in the evening at the vet clinic 

where, sadly, none of her other three kittens survived.

She was spayed during the procedure as well, and she won’t ever have 

to go through this horror again.

Miss Vanjie was a dumped cat who had been living with a feral colony, 

and although her talented foster mom had been working hard with her, 

we were very concerned all gains would be lost.

Instead, Miss Vanjie returned to her foster home and completely rallied! 

She is doing great with other cats and even a small dog! She continues to fully recover and she even had an adoption pending.

Her veterinary costs are $3000, and we started a Go Fund Me to raise funds for her, and several of you have e-transferred us as well. We want you to know how very much we appreciate your generosity, and we continue to try to raise funds to cover these costs. Anyone wishing to help out can still head over to the link below or e-transfer to [email protected]

Your funds help us to carry on and still be able to help all the animals coming in during this busy spring kitten season, whereas otherwise, this extra expense would have required us to temporarily close our intake. 

MISS VANJIE'S GO FUND ME

Congratulations Mama Gemma.....

2 May, 2021

Sweet Gemma is proud Mom to three gray kittens 

and one black kitten. Congratulations Gemma!

Stay tuned as this family of five will all go up for 

adoption when the time comes! ❤️

What a great way to start a new month....

1 May 2021

We have been REALLY excited to bring you the news 

of our new sponsor for May!

Did you know anyone can sponsor/virtually foster with us? 

You don't have to be a business, and Joanne Gilbertson of Fort Macleod, 

Alberta, is the first one to sign up as an individual sponsor!

This absolutely incredible lady is truly a superhero to us. She has 

signed up to sponsor Roxy for the month of May, and by sponsor, we mean she is covering ALL of Roxy's expenses this month, to a grand total of $400!

The relief this brings to us as a humane society operating only on 

fundraisers is huge, and we are all so grateful to this wonderful woman. 

We are also very pleased that she cares about Roxy so deeply, 

as that is exactly what our sweet Roxy deserves.

Roxy is a 10-year-old Boxer Mastiff cross currently in our care, 

and if you haven't seen her bio, please head over to our ADOPTABLE ANIMALS, or click on the link below to learn all about her. 

This beautiful soul is now in liver failure, and we are searching for her

 forever and final home. She is on special food and medication, and 

requires regular veterinary visits. Her care is costly, and we know that it 

will be someone very special who can step up to adopt her.

Joanne has really gone above and beyond in sponsoring Roxy's care for 

May, and we can't thank her enough!

Keep an eye out in mid-May when we will be doing a special feature

 on Joanne. We can't wait to get to know this wonderful lady better 

and share her story with you. ❤

From all of us at SAHS, thank you Joanne Gilbertson for your kindness, and we know that Roxy and her foster family are very grateful as well!

ADOPTABLE DOGS

Fun Fact Friday....

30 April, 2021

Did you know?

Most cats are crepuscular, meaning they are

 most active at dawn and dusk.

However...if a cat started out as a stray, they may be 

most active at night because that is when their prey 

was most active!

Either that, or they just know YOU are sleeping 😆

Sponsor spotlight ....

28 April, 2021

Grover Dental Centre has been a part of our sponsor program for 

2 months in a row! We are extremely fortunate to have them on board!

Throughout the months of March and April 2021, they have sponsored our website and social media and our Happy Tails album. They also chose to 

sponsor our beautiful dog Rita, who is currently awaiting her forever home.

We hope that every time you see their name on one of our posts, 

our local community takes note that they are a great part of our 

wonderful city!

We are extremely grateful for their kindness, and we wish to 

send them a huge THANK YOU!! 


Please read on to learn more about them:

Website: https://www.groverdental.ca/


About Grover Dental Centre:

"We offer a wide variety of services.  Some people have difficulty making time in their schedules for six-month check-ups and preventative cleanings. Keep in mind that these appointments actually save you time, money, and pain later on. 

When you meet with your dentists in Medicine Hat, you follow a straight path 

to improved dental and overall health. And when you neglect your oral care, 

the path becomes more difficult.


Make Grover Dental Centre your dentist in Medicine Hat. Your dentist can help you prevent a number of dental complications. If you can't avoid those complications, you can also find a solution when you meet with us. 

Our range of services include:

Bridges and crown installation

Children's dentistry

Orthodontics

Bleaching/cosmetic dentistry

Denture placement

Wisdom teeth removal

Root canal treatment

Preventative dentistry


Contact Our Centre When Dental Emergencies Occur:

Unfortunately, you can't plan and prepare for every dental need. If an emergency arises–like dental pain, chipped enamel, or loss of tooth, let us know. Our dentists in Medicine Hat will assist you. Don't wait until morning to deal with your emergency; call on a response team that is available 24/7.


Call Grover Dental Centre to get a head start on your family's dental care. You can schedule an appointment for yourself or for every member of your family. Get in touch with us at 403-526-7555. If you have any questions or concerns, you can also fill out our contact form.


From all of us at SAHS, thank you to all the amazing folks over at Grover Dental Centre! Please consider them if you are in need of a dentist!

It needs to be said....

27 April ,2021

We are never here to judge or blame, but education on harder to 

discuss issues is extremely important. 

Sometimes, people feel they are left with no other option than to dump 

their cat. What are some hard facts about the aftermath?


* Most likely, this animal will become a feral stray and slowly starve, get killed by a passing car or dog, or succumb to disease.

* It is possible they will become part of a feral cat colony, and young females who are not spayed will reproduce, sometimes up to 4 times before they even 

turn 1 year old. You are absolutely compounding the situation by dumping 

any cat who has not been spayed or neutered.

* Previously indoor cats or new kittens have no idea how to hunt, find shelter or detect danger.  MAYBE three in ten will remain alive after dumping.

* Female cats that have one litter after another suffer exponentially, often having to suffer through the death of their kittens, and if they do successfully giving birth, becoming absolutely exhausted by the constant cycle of pregnancy, birth, feeding, etc. Their own nutritional stores become extremely depleted.

* Other cats who already live outside are territorial, and the chances of them letting another cat "in" are not great. There are also packs of dogs, foxes, and coyotes in most country areas today, and hawks pose a significant danger as 

well, so any dumped animal runs a strong risk of becoming dinner.

* Cats are born with a strong urge to return to what they consider home. If

 you dump them, their instinct is to find their way back to you. That means they likely won't stay where you dumped them, and instead, they will try to

 find their way back and very often will be attacked, eaten, run over or 

starve to death in their effort to come home to you. 

* Very few cats are fortunate enough to find a kind person that loves cats 

and is willing to take them in. There are many people who dislike cats, and some cruel people that will even try to harm them.

* All cats will convert to feral if abandoned with no positive human contact.


What is the #1 way you can help?

SPAY AND NEUTER YOUR PETS.

But you can also:

* Become educated on what the costs of owning a pet will be, and 

don't get a pet until you can afford to do so.

* Check out local low-cost spay and neuter programs.

* NEVER allow your cat to roam, especially if it is not spayed or neutered.

* Refuse to be part of the problem.

* Educate others through discussion, sharing of posts, and being a great 

example of stellar pet ownership.


We know there are many issues in finding a place to take a cat you can no longer keep, or a stray you have found on your property. We need to work on legislation, TNR programs, support of local shelters who are doing all they 

can, etc. to come closer to solving this HUGE problem, but in the meantime, spaying and neutering all pets and keeping them indoors would make a 

much bigger difference than many people realize. 

It's an easy way to at least begin to help these poor animals.

Sponsor Spotlight....Selena Lapp

26 April, 2021

It’s time for an extra special shout-out to one of 

our incredible sponsors!

When buying or selling a home, it’s important to have a Real Estate Agent you can trust! Selena Lapp with 

Rafter SL Real Estate at Better Homes & Gardens 

Medicine Hat is the right person for the job.

She is committed to helping you with your goals in selling and buying, and she is also committed to her community. 


She has sponsored us for the second month in a row, 

and her funds help us continue to provide veterinary 

care, food and supplies for the animals we take in 

and care for until adoption day. 


You’ll see her logo on all of our current fundraisers!

Selena will even offer you a complimentary market evaluation on your home! 

You can reach her at 403-504-9813.

Interested in other ways to reach her?

Email: [email protected]

Website: http://selenalapp.com/

Instagram: @selenalapp

Be sure to check out her Facebook page as well, where 

she not only shares her current listings but also tips and informative information on all things home-related!

Please join us in thanking this fantastic lady

 for her support! ❤️🐾

update on Miss Vanjie...

25 April 20201

The best news is that Miss Vanjie is recovering well.

She is such a loving girl, and is so grateful to be rescued!

As she was feral (previously dumped, and now living with 

a colony), we were worried this would set her back. To 

our surprise, she has adapted amazingly!

This little girl will be up for adoption once she has 

completely recovered.

We continue to accept donations for her care and vet bills at the GoFund Me link below; or, if you prefer, you can e-transfer to [email protected] (mention Miss Vanjie in the comments so we know what the donation is for!)

We are so very grateful for all donations that have come in so far, whether, through the link, e-transfer, or those dropped off in person! We are thankful to be part of such a 

wonderful community! ❤️🐾

Miss Vanjie's GO-FUND ME Account

Guaranteed to make you smile on laundry day....

24 April, 2021

Meko is our 2021 Small Animal Mascot and is demonstrating here how to find things that are 

on their way to the laundry and make them his

These animals are true recyclers in the wild, and 

make their homes from old prairie dog tunnels and the burrows of other animals.


Domesticated ferrets usually live in cages, but need at least four hours per day to run outside of their cages. Meko is given plenty of opportunities every single day to try out new things and new spaces, and he lives quite the life of luxury and love! 

Sponsor Spotlight - Davis GMC Buick

21 April, 2021

We have been sharing recently about our sponsorship program, 

and today, we would love to highlight Davis GMC Buick, 

our newest sponsor!

For the month of April, they have helped to sponsor our fundraisers, adoptable animal posts, and chose to sponsor the adorable Roxy, our 10-year-old Boxer Mastiff cross!

This extra funding helps us keep doing what we do! We are very grateful, and we feel it says a lot about local businesses who are willing to step up and help out the unwanted and homeless animals

 in their community.

If you are shopping for a vehicle now or in the future, please consider supporting this charity-minded local business, and if you speak to someone there, please thank them for helping us out!


Davis is located at 1450 Trans Canada Way SE, and can be 

reached at 403-527-1115.

If you're interested in our sponsorship program or want to check out the sponsors featured there, please visit the "Sponsorship Program" album on our FB page or click on the link below


About Davis GMC Buick:

"Davis GM has been providing fantastic new and used car deals to our Medicine Hat, Brooks, Swift Current and Maple Creek customers for many years, and we’re looking to get YOU into a brand new GM, certified pre-owned vehicle, or used vehicle. We also have a fantastic selection of bargain priced used vehicles for sale. Our staff is dedicated to making you a happy customer, as our customer testimonials clearly show. Stop by and see us today for a fantastic deal on a new GMC, Buick or used vehicle. We proudly serve drivers and shoppers from all over Alberta and Saskatchewan."

https://www.davisgmctrucks.ca/

Thank you SO MUCH to all the folks at Davis GMC Buick for your support! ❤

How to become a Sponsor

Update on Miss Vanjie....

21 April 20201

Sadly, none of Miss Vanjie’s babies survived. 😞 


She is on IV antibiotics and fluid and is doing okay.


We have set up a Go Fund account as her veterinary care will total around $3000.  Please click on the link below 

to go straight to Miss Vanjie's Fund Raiser page if you wish to donate.


You can also E-transfer to [email protected] if you prefer ❤️. Remember to mention Miss Vanjie in the comments so we know what the donation is for. 

Thank you in advance for any donation and please keep this poor mama in your thoughts





CLICK HERE FOR MISS VANJIE'S GOFUND ME PAGE 

Keeping Miss Vanjii in your thoughts...

20 April 2021

It’s been a rough day for this poor mama!

Miss Vanjie is an approximately 2-year-old domestic short hair

 Tortie who is a pregnant mother that we took in as a stray. 

She’s been doing well in foster care, and we have been waiting

 for her to give birth.

Unfortunately, her first baby was stillborn, and after struggling 

and not progressing further, she was taken to the vet. She has

 had x-rays and has 3 more kittens inside, whose state of 

health is unknown.

Miss Vanjie will be undergoing an emergency C-section tonight. 

We are asking that our friends and followers please keep her in 

your thoughts and wish her and her babies well, and if you are able

 to make any donation at all for her veterinary care, we would be extremely grateful!

E-transfers can be sent to [email protected], and please mention Miss Vanjie in the comments so we know

 what the donation is for.

Thank you in advance as always for your kindness, generosity and well wishes! We will be updating as things progress.

Sponsor Spotlight - South Country Coop

19  April.  2021

Last month, we started a sponsorship program, and we are very 

pleased with the response we have had!

Businesses can sponsor us on 3 different levels, in return for some advertising on our website, Instagram and Facebook pages. 

If you are interested, head to the "Sponsorship Program" folder in our Facebook albums for more information, or the SPONSORS tab here on our website. 

Another of the things we offer in return is to make a monthly post dedicated solely to the business, to shed some light on their role in our great community.


South Country Co-op not only signed on when our program began, 

they signed up for an entire YEAR

They also support us often by donating to our fundraisers and lending us space to sell raffle tickets when COVID-19 restrictions allow. To say we are grateful would be a massive understatement, but Co-op, we thank you!!


Are you a member of your local South Country Co-op? 

Did you know they paid $9 million in cashback to their members this year? They even have a pharmacy app and website for their members' convenience!


Please remember them when thinking of your shopping needs, as these local businesses who are community-minded and who care about the stray and unwanted animals in our area make a huge difference to all local rescues, 

and to our city's people, by setting a gold standard.


ABOUT CO-OP:

South Country Co-op Limited (formerly Medicine Hat Co-op Limited), with our head office in Medicine Hat, was incorporated in 1956. We are a member-owned Co-operative with locations throughout Southern Alberta. 

We employ close to 700 employees at our various locations and take pride in the fact that that we have over 62,000 members.

Co-operatives are democratic organizations controlled by their members, who elect representatives as their board of directors who in turn hire the management of their local association. Lifetime membership is a one-time cost of $5 and can be purchased at any of our staffed locations.

The continuing development of South Country Co-op is a priority for its board of directors, management and employees. South Country Co-op believes in serving the needs of their members and customers through exceptional service, quality products, variety, selection, choice and value. Traditions that started decades ago remain the cornerstone of who we are today. A promise to stay local, a commitment to the community and a business model that shares profits with anyone who wishes to become a member.

If you are a member, you’re an owner - thank you for your business. If you’re not already a member, we invite you to become one.

https://www.southcountryco-op.crs/sites/southcountry/

Our current fundraising efforts....

18 April, 2021

Happy Sunday! 


We always have a lot on the go, so we just wanted to take a moment to clarify what we have going on for fundraisers:

* RAFFLEBOX 50/50 RAFFLE - Draw Date May 1/2021 

Win up to $2500, minimum prize $1000. Ticket increments vary and are available by clicking the link below 

www.rafflebox.ca/raffle/sahs


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* MOTHER'S DAY GIFT BASKET - This basket is FILLED with amazing gifts for mom (or yourself!) valued at $700, chances to win are 1 in 200, draw date is May 8th - Head to the top of our FB page for a list of items included. Tickets are $10 each and can be purchased 4 ways:

- from our website home page

- in person at Posh Wash

- e-transfer [email protected] 

(include your cell number in the comments 

so we can send you a photo of your tickets)

- call us at 587-253-4203


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* BOTTLE DONATIONS - We are thankful for our volunteers who will come do contactless pick-up of your bottles! We have another pick-up date next Saturday, April 24th. Please take a minute to fill out the form below if interested:

https://docs.google.com/.../1FAIpQLSdl7Cgbcdf.../viewform...


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Lastly, we also have masks available for sale at 

Animal World! - 1749 Dunmore Rd SE, Medicine Hat,


We are extremely grateful to our community for its continued support! 

Every single nickel and dime goes directly to the animals; this helps to 

cover costs when animals first come in, along with continued veterinary care, food and any supplies they may need. By supporting our fundraisers, you 

are literally saving lives!


Thank you in advance and good luck to everyone on our draws!


Our amazing fundraising sponsors also help to keep us going 

These kind, community-minded local businesses include:

* Selena Lapp of Rafter SL Real Estate

* South Country Co-op

* Davis GMC Buick

* Grover Dental Centre

Walkies...

17 April, 2021


Where is your favourite spot to walk your furry

 friends in Medicine Hat?


Evey is our 2021 Dog Mascot, and she and her brother Duggie enjoyed a beautiful walk today in Westvue Dog Park. It was a great day to enjoy some sunshine and this park offers a great safe space for dogs to sniff, play and run.


Remember exercise is good for your dog's and your own mental and physical health. Get out there and get some fresh air!

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We celebrate the moms....

16 April, 2021

MOTHER'S DAY GIFT BASKET RAFFLE

We are very excited to offer this is incredible bunch of goodies

 in our next raffle, which includes:

* Designer wallet (Kate Spade)

* Wine, chocolates & flowers

* Earrings from Wrights Jewellers

* Beauty products from Skin Passions Body Essentials

* Gift card from Beefeater

* Gift card from Country Crumb Bakery & Cafe

* Gift card from Botanicals

* T-shirt, candle & mask from By The C


Tickets are $10 each and are available in person at 

Posh Wash (105 - 20 Northlands Way NE)

on our website home page

 by calling 587-253-4203

 or by e-transferring to [email protected] 

(leave phone # in the comments & we can send pictures 

of your ticket)

Your chances to win are fantastic at only 1 in 200!

Huge thanks go out to all the businesses who have helped 

us fill this basket up, and to Posh Wash as well for helping 

us sell tickets!


We also have four local businesses sponsoring our fundraisers, and we wish to thank Davis GMC Buick, South Country Co-Op, Grover Dental Centre and Selena Lapp with 

Rafter SL Real Estate.


Every single penny we raise always goes directly to the animals in our care! Good luck to everyone, and thank you in advance for supporting SAHS!

We love our foster families...

15 April, 2021

Foster homes are our saving graces.

Roxy is going to be harder to adopt out, and we are aware of that. This beautiful, kind, sweet, loving girl is 

10 years old and she has health issues that make caring for her an expensive task that is just not possible for everyone who would like to help her.

This means we will fundraise like crazy to help pay for her care, and it also means we will say our thanks daily for her amazing foster home, because while she awaits adoption, she knows she is loved and cared for, and that is truly the most important thing.

Roxy loves her daily walks, and she is extremely smart. She takes looking after her humans seriously and checks on them regularly around the house. 

She knows the commands sit, down, stay, and here.

Roxy is crate trained and will go to her crate if she needs some downtime.

The folks at True North K9 Compound are great about letting us use their services to walk Roxy, and she loves her outings there!

Roxy is good with kids and cats and seems to be okay with other dogs as long as they are not too dominant.

The wonderful community-minded folks at Davis GMC Buick are sponsoring Roxy for the month of April, and the funds they give us in exchange for some advertising help to make it possible for us to continue on with her care - we are very grateful, and if you are in need of a great dealership, please check them out!

If interested in Roxy, you can call us at 587-253-4203, or fill out the adoption form below and we will be happy to answer any questions you may have.

Please SHARE and help us find Roxy a home! ❤

ADOPTION FORM FOR ROXY

Bunny love

13 April 2021

We love the kind and respectful working relationship we share with 

Bunny Run Rabbit Rescue! They’re always keeping it classy and dropped off

 this sweet card in our mailbox today before running off to feed some feral bunnies (hearts as big as gold, these ladies)!

If you haven’t heard of them, head to their page to check out all 

the amazing work they’re doing for the bunnies.

You can also find them on IG @bunnyrunrabbit.

Check out all the bunnies they have up for adoption and consider showing them some support by liking their page.

They’ve supported our auctions in the past as well, and we are 

really grateful to have them in our corner

And the winner is....

12 April, 2021

Miss Evey had a blast at Pet Valu helping out 

with our draw last week This was her first appearance as our 2021 Dog Mascot and it was a lot of fun to include her.

The winner of our Spring Celebration Gift Basket is Tina Regher, and we are so pleased 

to see this lady win, as she is a great 

supporter of SAHS.

We want to offer special thanks to:

* Our community for purchasing tickets and supporting our fundraisers.

* Donors to our basket, which include:

Gold Dust Jewellery, Skinny's Smokehouse, LOCAL Medicine Hat, Argos, Superstore Medicine Hat, The Outdoorsman, Royal Liquor Beer & Wine and Rhino Storage.

* Sponsors of our fundraisers, who are:

South Country Co-op, Rafter SL Real Estate at Better Homes & Gardens Medicine Hat, Grover Dental Centre and Davis GMC Buick!


* Businesses who helped us sell tickets:

Posh Wash

The Cutting Room Hair & Beauty Bar


Thank you to ALL these incredible businesses 

for supporting their community!

Congratulations again to Tina and thank you 

as well to our volunteer board members who attended the draw, Frances, Maureen & Liane.

Keep your eyes peeled for our next basket raffle in time for Mother's Day !


Let's talk about fundraising...

11 April, 2021

We never stop...we're sure you've noticed! 

We always advertise that every single penny goes directly to the animals for food, supplies and veterinary care, and it's completely true. To show you what we mean, let's meet two of our extra-special house guests......

Sammy is a 10-year-old diabetic cat whose care costs around $65 to $80/month. She requires syringes, insulin, and special dry and wet food to ensure that she remains in optimum health, which she IS, and we are extremely proud to see her doing so well. 

Her diabetes was discovered after she came into our care.


Roxy is a 10-year-old Boxer Mastiff Cross who was also discovered 

to have some health issues after she came into our care, and who, unfortunately, is suffering from liver disease. Her care is costing around $400/month, and again, if not rescue, then who? We strive 

to provide care for our extremely adoptable animals, as well as 

those who may take longer to find their forever homes.


On average, cats and kittens can cost $300 each before being

adopted, after receiving proper veterinary care.

We tell you this because it's hard to understand the operational costs of a rescue, and we want you to know where your money is going. 

We appreciate everything our community does to help us stay afloat!


How can you help? We don't receive any government funding at this time, so fundraising is our mainstay. By supporting our fundraisers, you are making a huge difference! Currently, you can visit www.rafflebox.ca/raffle/sahs to purchase tickets to our $5000 50/50! We really hope to see this reach the maximum prize available by May 1st.

If you are a business, we are happy to work with you as a partner

 if you decide to sponsor us! For 3 tiers costing $50, $75 or $100, you can sponsor us at different levels and receive some advertising in return. 

Roxy's sponsor is currently Davis GMC Buick 

and Rita is being sponsored by Grover Dental Centre. We are extremely grateful for that valuable sponsorship!


 South Country Co-op and Rafter SL Real Estate at Better Homes & Gardens Medicine Hat are sponsoring our fundraisers along in conjunction with the above sponsors!


Beyond that, we appreciate donations of cat/kitten food and litter

 as our most common needs, but please message us if you have anything at all to donate and we will let you know if we can use

 it, and if you share our posts, you help us spread the word as well and raise some funds!


The ultimate goal is to have both Sammy and Roxy eventually adopted into their forever homes where they will feel the light of 

love in their senior years, but in the meantime, they are very loved and cared for in their foster homes and we are happy to do everything we can for them.


Thanks for listening! You can message us at any time if you have questions about SAHS, our fundraisers, or our sponsorship program.

How to calm your ferret....

5 April, 2021

Ferret LAX....aka ferret "crack!" Have you heard of it? 

It's not only a favorite treat of ferrets, it's also considered by some ferret owners to be a daily vitamin/laxative!

Meko, our 2021 Small Animal Mascot, loves the stuff! And FYI, ALL of this incredible information is not 

coming from us, it's coming from his extremely knowledgeable and helpful mom! 

She's taking his mascot responsibilities seriously, and 

she wants to make sure other ferret owners out there have all the information they need. Thank you Michelle.

She uses it when she cuts Meko's nails to calm him 

for the couple of minutes it takes to give him a manicure, and she just smears it on his tummy. She also used it to make it a little easier to capture these incredible photos by Dawn Before Dusk Photography.

But...first and foremost, it's also a hair remedy

They need this just as much as a cat, because they lick their fur a lot.

Meko's mama also sent us this valuable information 

from a website:

Ferrets get hairballs - they cannot throw up like cats, so the hairballs must pass through the system. Also, ferrets will eat ANYTHING off the floor and can get a blockage from it. This can cause life-threatening blockages in the stomach or intestines.

Signs of a blockage include:

* thin, stringy stool

* coughing/hacking

* loss of appetite and weight

* lack of interest in food

* vomiting/dry heaves

* pawing at mouth

* rubbing face on carpet 

(different from cleaning face after eating)

* dehydration 

(if you can pick up the skin on the back of their neck and it goes down slowly, they might be dehydrated)

* bloating

* swollen belly that is painful to touch

❤ Thank you Meko for being an amazing mascot and helping out other ferret owners! ❤



Have you entered out 50/50 yet?

4 April, 2021


Visit https://rafflebox.ca/raffle/sahs for your chance to

 win up to $2500! The guaranteed jackpot is $1000! Tickets are 1 for $10, 4 for $20, 20 for $50 or 100 for $100. All proceeds straight to the care of our rescue animals including food and vet bills. 


Thanks to our fundraising sponsors for the

 month of April 

South Country Coop

 Grover Dental Centre  

Selena Lapp - Rafter SL Real Estate

Davis GMC Buick


Raffle ends 30 April, get your tickets soon!

GOOD LUCK and THANK YOU 








Want to become a Sponsor?

2 April,  2021

We are excited to introduce our new sponsorship program! Please see below for the link to our 

SPONSORS page, email us at [email protected] 

or call 587-253-4203 if interested and we will be happy to chat with you about options.


*Our sponsors for the month of April 2021 are:

Grover Dental (Grover Dental Centre)

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

South Country Co-op

Davis GMC Buick


Grover Dental is sponsoring RITA for the month of April. 

If you want to learn more about Rita, head over to our Adoptable Dogs page


Davis GMC Buick is sponsoring ROXY for the month of April. If you want to learn more about Roxy, head over to our Adoptable Dogs page or click the link below


Thank you so much to all of our 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



ADOPTABLE DOGS  PAGE

SPONSORS PAGE



Listen to Chat News Today! 

1 April, 2021


Tune in on CHAT 94.5 FM this morning at 8:40am  hear our very own De Seaton talking about the 

Spring Celebration Gift Basket.

The draw will be made on April 3rd, only 3 days away. Tickets are $10 each and can be purchased at 

The Cutting Room Hair & Beauty Bar, Posh Wash, 

or on our home page here on the website

 You can also call us at 587-253-4203 for tickets

Thank you to the amazing local businesses 

Every single penny goes directly to the animals in our care. Happy Spring everyone!



Stray or feral?

29 March 2021


What is the difference between a stray cat and a feral cat?


 Stray cats and pet cats are socialized to people.

A stray has been socialized to people at some point in her life, but has left or lost her domestic home, or been dumped, and has lost most human contact and dependence.

As time goes by, a stray can become feral as her contact with humans diminishes.

Under the right circumstances, a stray cat can become a pet cat once again. Stray cats that are reintroduced to a home may, with time, re-acclimate, as they will be frightened and wary after spending time outdoors.


 Feral cats are NOT socialized to people

They may be socialized to their feral colony members and bonded to each other, but they do not have that same relationship with people.. A feral cat has either never had any contact with humans, or her contact with humans has greatly diminished over time. She is fearful of people and survives on her own outdoors. A feral cat is not likely to 

ever become a lap cat or enjoy living indoors.

Kittens born to feral cats can be socialized at an early 

age and adopted into homes.


IT'S KITTEN SEASON. Please spay & neuter your pets!




Don't feed the cat!

28 March, 2021

It is vital that we know what we cannot 

feed our fur babies. 

Please read this list to the left and remember to keep 

any dangerous items locked up or safely in cupboards 

away from inquisitive paws! 

Not all kinds of peanut butter are equal...

26 March 2021

Miss Evey loves her peanut butter Fridays!!

She also wants to remind everyone that dogs should never ever consume xylitol, so make sure your peanut butter doesn’t contain any. Lots of peanut butter contains icing sugar too, so try to stick to all-natural PB. 

Trust Miss Evey - .dogs love it!!

Miss Evey’s parents suggest trying the peanut butter on a cucumber or carrot as well to ramp up veggie consumption!! Sometimes she’s not down for them though, so her brother Duggie helps finish up! 😆🎈

Have a Happy Friday everyone! You can check out Miss Evey’s adventures on IG as well @duggieandmissevey 

Local Support means so much to us..

25 March, 2021

It's truly a fantastic day! Even though there is a bit of snow on the ground, the skies are slightly gloomy...spring is almost here to stay and we have so much to celebrate!


Businesses in our community continue to go above 

and beyond for us, and today, we want to celebrate

 Animal World!


Rob at Animal World has been happy to help us out 

with our mask sales. These masks were donated to 

several charities in our fair city by Weddingstar Inc. 

to help us all raise funds, and we have been selling them for $5 each. 

Cat and dog designs are available in adult and child sizes.


Animal World has sold several for us, and having a physical location to sell our items really helps us out.

When you stop by to do your shopping, please thank them for going the extra mile for the rescued animals in our care, and check out the masks if you would like one as they are still for sale! 

Animal World has knowledgeable staff to help you with everything you need, along with everything you need for absolutely any kind of pet food and supplies, or even your pond or garden! You can visit their website as well, at https://www.animal-world.ca/.

Thank you ANIMAL WORLD!



Cats and water don't normally mix

20 March, 2021


Why do most cats hate water?

Commonly, this comes down to biological instinct. Cats have never have been very exposed to large amounts of water, and most descended from 

the desert regions of the world and were 

unlikely to ever go for a swim.

Another reason cats hate water is that most domestic cats have fur coats that absorb, rather than deflect moisture. That means that once a cat is wet, he/she is wet for a long time. Not only does this feel uncomfortable, but it also makes grooming habits more difficult.

There are some domestic cats who may not be crazy about a full swim but have a particular love of running water, and our beautiful mascot, Nala, is one of them!

Her family reports that she is always nearby when dishes are being washed, and she loves dropping her toys on the dish drying rack to offer herself a challenge to fish them back out!

She loves sitting on the edge of the bathtub and playing with the children’s bath toys, and even though she once surprised even herself by falling into the tub full of water (😱), she still loves it!

Nala is very special and we are very excited to have her on board as our mascot! 

Its Kitten Season!

17 March, 2021

What Exactly what IS kitten season?


Otherwise known as feline breeding season, this takes place during warmer months, typically beginning in March. Shelters experience the bulk of their cat and kitten

 intake during this time.


WHAT CAN YOU DO?


* Most importantly, SPAY AND NEUTER your own 

pets. This helps them live a longer, healthier life and prevents accidental pregnancies if you let your cats 

roam, but on that note...

* Keep your cats INSIDE for their own safety, you will save them from parasites and disease.

* Get a wish list from your local shelters and humane societies and GIVE whatever you can. Even one or two

 cans of food can make all the difference!

* Become a FOSTER, as rescues can only take in 

animals they have room for.

* DONATE monetarily, or support fundraisers, as rescues must remain responsible with their funding and can 

only take in the kittens they can afford.

* ADOPT a kitten, or two, or three...

* Help to EDUCATE others about kitten season 

and responsible pet ownership.


The kittens seen here are adorable! This is not the case when they come in as kittens born outdoors who are already ill, while their poor mothers try to feed them 

and don't even have enough food or shelter to fend 

for themselves. 

Please help to spread the word - your local shelters are preparing for the inevitable influx, but this is preventable with proper education, responsibility, and pet ownership, and if we all work together, we can make

 a difference!



We love our Sponsors

14 March, 2021


We started a sponsorship program in the month of March, and we will be featuring information about our sponsors over the next couple of weeks.

Sponsorship comes at 3 different levels, and means each business pays a fee to be featured on some of our posts, fundraisers, website, etc., but more importantly, it also means that they are outstanding members of their

 local community, caring humans, and that they care 

about animal welfare!


Selena Lapp with Rafter SL Real Estate at Better Homes & Gardens Medicine Hat is one of our sponsors for the month of March, and you will see her featured in our "Current SAHS Sponsors" folder, and included on

 every fundraising post.

She is a licensed rural and residential realtor, and you can call her for all your real estate needs! Her contact information is:

* 403-504-9813

* 403-527-4000

and you can find her at 1001 Kingsway Avenue SE.

She is on Instagram @selenalapp, you can find her website at https://www.selenalapp.com/ and she is also here on Facebook, as above.

If you know Selena or meet her in the future for your real estate needs, please join us in thanking her for being a fantastic member of our community and for helping us out!



Want ideas for a fun Saturday?

13 March 2021

   Looking for something fun to do this CATurday, 

                  sorry, Saturday? 


While you’re out doing your weekend errands, stop in at Pet Valu North to meet these two purrfect 4-month-old kittens and stock up on all your pet supplies!

Charisma is a domestic short-hair gray female tabby and Flame is a domestic short-hair gray/brown tabby female.


The friendly staff at Pet Valu take extra special care 

of the kittens who are in residence, so please join us 

in thanking them!


Should you be interested in adoption, please send us a PM to request an adoption application or visit our website. under adoptable animals or even send us an email at [email protected]


 If you’d like to donate to help care for the rescued animals who are currently with us, you can also check out our current fundraisers on our website or Facebook page!



Feral Cat Facts

11 March, 2021


* Born and raised in the wild

* Normally have little to no human contact

* Live and reproduce near human populations 

and are often indirectly cared for by humans

* Feral populations are OFTEN contributed to 

by pet owners who allow their domesticated cats 

to roam while failing to have them spayed 

and neutered 

This is the wonderful Charlie who is known to his owners as Charlie Bean! His favorite activity is walking (go figure!) and he enjoys using blankies for toys!!😄

Enjoy your walks this weekend Charlie!

We love seeing our rescues blossom

5 March, 2021

Sweet Charlie, adopted through SAHS, got to have a special feature on his vet’s FB page today!

 He feels so famous! ❤️❤️



We are holding a 50/50

3 March, 2021


Visit https://rafflebox.ca/raffle/sahs for your chance to win up to $2500! The guaranteed jackpot is $1000! Tickets are 1 for $10, 4 for $20, 20 for $50 or 100 for $100. All proceeds straight to our rescue animals!


Thanks to our fundraising sponsors for the

 month of March 

@sthcntrycoop.ab

 @groverdentalcentre and 

@selenalapp






And the winners are...

1 March 2021

We are very pleased to announce the winners for our SAHS 2021 Mascot Contest!

Dog contestants: MISS EVEY

Cat contestants: NALA


Small animal contestants - MEKO


Congratulations to Meko, Nala and Miss Evey! We are incredibly excited to be working with you all!

We will be posting each winner's original write-up later

 on today, so keep watching for their special moment and start getting to know them!

As luck would have it, all three contestants were previously adopted through SAHS! This is like extra icing on the cake and very heartwarming for us!

Thank you to ALL who entered our contest, we cannot express how much we enjoyed your pictures and stories of how special your pets are, and thank you to all who voted. This fun fundraiser raised $930 for the animals in our care, and we are grateful!




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



SPONSORS

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



VISIT OUR STORE

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 pets.webmd.com, and be sure to schedule a visit with your vet.


Thank you for reading!




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