Tuesday, November 22, 2005

Upcoming Presentation

We are excited to announce an upcoming event held at the Vancouver Aquarium!

On November 28th, several members of the Canadian Animal Assistance Team will share their experiences rescuing animals in the wake of Hurricane Katrina. Their stories will come to life through multimedia presentations, providing a glimpse of the animal relief efforts. Tickets were offered to donors initially, but there are still a few left!

Vancouver Aquarium: Arctic Canada Gallery
Monday, November 28th 2005 @ 7:30 pm
Tickets are $20 each and include appetizers & refreshments and there will be a silent auction
To reserve a ticket, call 604-714-1345 or email caat7@shaw.ca

Look forward to seeing you there!

Saturday, November 19, 2005

Online Donation Option Now Available

Dear friends, family, and fellow animal lovers:

In the early days following the devastation of Hurricane Katrina, a Vancouver Animal Health Technologist put a dream into action. Five days later the first team left for New Orleans to assist in the search and rescue, medical care and humane relief efforts of thousands of animals. In the weeks to follow, a total of 82 Techs and Vets joined the Canadian Animal Assistance Team and each dedicated a week of their lives to an experience that was "horrific and wonderful" at the same time. I was one of those that went, and I can tell you that I have never seen anything like it. I am in this profession to help animals, and while I do that on a daily basis, it is very much long term. Ie. we see the pets from their 1st vaccines, through being spayed or neutered, through illnesses, etc. Going to New Orleans was being able to help in an immediate way, and we knew that we were saving lives.

Our next project is a spay and neuter mission in Kadavu, Fiji in January 2006. We plan to spay and neuter approximately 250 village dogs that would otherwise be poisoned as a means of population control. There are seven CAAT members who are volunteering their time for this mission, 6 from British Columbia (including myself)and 1 from Alberta.

As you can imagine, missions of this magnitude take countless volunteer hours, mountains of red tape and the generosity of donors and sponsors. While we have a specific list of supplies that are needed, what we really need the most are financial donations. This would enable us to fulfill specific needs and put all donations to use in the most effective manner. CAAT is a registered charity and tax receipts are issued for donations of $20 or more. Donations may be made online by visiting www.caat-canada.org and clicking on the 'Donate Now' Link or by cheque or money order made out to CAAT and sent to

Canadian Animal Assistance Team
c/o 1635 West 4th Ave
Vancouver, BC V6J 1L8


Saturday, November 12, 2005

Humane Population Control

Plans are coming together on the upcoming spay and neuter clinic in Kadavu, Fiji. We will be leaving the first week of January and stay for 2 weeks. We hope to be able to neuter 250 tribal dogs during our stay. This will dramatically cut back on the numbers of dogs that will be poisoned as a means of population control.

We have put a call out to all the veterinary clinic in British Columbia to assist us with our rather large supplies list for this mission. We are also placing pamphlets in pet stores and grooming salons to increase awareness of our efforts, which include preparing Disaster Preparedness Plans for local communities.

We received some disappointing news this week. After having been originally asked to appear on the Oprah Winfrey Show, the producers decided to go with other groups involved in the Hurricane Relief efforts.

We continue to receive donations from the generous public. I received a phone call from a Grade 3 teacher this week whose class had raised money from a Halloween Bake Sale after reading about us in a Langley newspaper. It was the students idea to hold the sale, and with the help of parents and their teacher, they raised $250! Way to go Ms. Sewards class!

Look for more posts as we continue planning our Population Control mission. We have been asked to have several more of these clinics, and hope to focus our efforts on remote areas in Canada. Thank you for your continued support!


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