Need Pet-care? May we suggest:
Fur and Feathers Animal Care
Are you busy, work long hours, going on holidays? I will look after your animals at your home or mine. I will walk your dog, clean litters, feed your fish, hug your bunny, pet your bird, give lots of TLC and do any other animal related chores.
Security clearance and references are provided.
Call Michele at 780-235-1189
Squalid, over-crowded, and devoid of kindness, mills are places where the animals become money making units. Animals, predominantly dogs, are continually bred so that their offspring, often already ill from their living conditions, can be sold to pet stores or unsuspecting customers.
What makes this situation even more tragic is that tens of thousands of animals are placed in shelters across Canada, and more than 40% of those animals will be euthanized (CFHS). The fact that animals are being bred into existence when our society refuses to care for the ones already living is due to selfishness and greed..
Voice for Animals' first piece of advice is to never buy an animal from a breeder or pet shop. Adopt only from shelters and rescues. There are a myriad of wonderful animals out there waiting to be adopted, and an adoption fee is a fraction of the cost of a "pure-breed". As well, shelter and rescue dogs, cats, and small animals predominantly have great dispositions, and also tend to be more robust.
Still want a pure-bred animal? Many pure-breeds end up in shelters around the country. Ask your local shelter or rescue organization if they keep a wait list for the breed of your choice.
Puppy mills are probably one of the most common type of mills in operation in the country right now. Here is how you can recognize and avoid financially supporting puppy mills:
Never buy from a pet shop.
Do not buy a puppy on Kijiji unless it’s listed under rescue organizations. Kijiji has become the place for puppy mills to sell dogs.
Puppy mill breeders will often arrange to meet you at some other location to deliver the puppy because they want to keep what they are doing secret. If buying from a breeder, always pick the dog up at the breeder’s place and insist on seeing the facilities where the dogs are kept.
Puppy mill breeders will have an excuse why you can’t see the mom. Insist on seeing the mother of the puppy and his/her litter mates.
A facility calling themselves a registered breeder means absolutely nothing. The Canadian Kennel Club does not take any action against people who say their dogs are registered even though they aren’t.
Puppy mills often sell puppies that are too young to be taken away from their mothers.
Puppy mills often lie about vaccinations, vet checks etc. of their puppies. They usually cannot produce records from a licensed vet.
Beware of breeders who sell “dogs du jour” such as miniature and T-cup breeds and other “fashionable” breeds.
Their facilities are usually in out-of-the-way, hidden locations to prevent detection.
The number of stray and abandoned cats in Edmonton is truly tragic. They live a shadowy existence on empty lots, under porches of run-down housing and wherever they can find some shelter. Voice for Animals has been on several rescue missions to trap these thin and hungry creatures, provide them with veterinary care and find them loving homes. One of these rescues was a colony of cats, containing two litters of kittens, living among broken down and rusty old trucks. The cloud that hangs over the joy of such a rescue is knowing that it is only a drop in the bucket.
Our message to the public is:
Please, spay or neuter your companion animal. Until people take responsibility, animals will continue to suffer.
Sarah and her litter mates were rescued by members of Voice for Animals from a dirty junk yard. She was born into a colony of strays living right behind the Edmonton Humane Society (old site). As soon as Sarah was trapped, it was obvious that she had a serious eye infection, and she was rushed to the vet. She was diagnosed with a Herpes viral infection in her eye. To save her life, her eye had to be removed. One of her sisters was not so lucky, near death, she had to be euthanized. Happily, Sarah was adopted into a loving home.
Sarah at the vet clinic
Sarah at play in her new home