At VetCare Pet Hospital, we are fortunate to have the opportunity to work with many local pet rescues on a daily basis. Many people know of the Moncton SPCA, however some may be unaware of all of the other rescue organizations in the area that are working hard every day and dedicating most of their free time to helping abandoned, injured and ill cats and dogs all over Greater Moncton.
The Greater Moncton SPCA is the largest animal shelter east of Montreal, handling nearly 7000 animals per year, ranging from cats and dogs to rabbits, guinea pigs, rats, and other exotic pets. Their mission is to promote animal care and prevent animal cruelty through sheltering, placement and education.
All of their animals are spayed/neutered, vaccinated, dewormed, and microchipped, as well as their nails trimmed and ears cleaned prior to adoption. Dogs are also given a rabies vaccine, and cats are treated for fleas. All potential adopters must fill out an application and be approved before they can adopt. The adoption fees vary by species and age group and can be found listed on their website.
The Moncton SPCA has a foster home program for animals that are in need of special care and attention that they may not be able to receive in a shelter environment. For example, unweaned young animals, pregnant or nursing mothers, and animals recovering from extensive surgeries would do better in a foster home. If you are interested in fostering an animal, please contact the Moncton SPCA directly.
They offer a volunteer program for people in the community who would like to spend time playing with or walking the animals. If you are interested in volunteering, you must register for an orientation session at the shelter. They also offer free educational tours of the shelter for schools, youth groups, and adults.
The shelter relies on donations and fundraising events to assist in covering operating costs. Upcoming fundraising events include the Funny 4 Fur Fundraiser with Nikki Payne at the Capital Theatre on March 18th, a yard sale on April 30th, the Annual Dog Jog on June 4th, and SPCA Bingo every Thursday and Saturday evening at the Dieppe Market. Financial donations can be made online or in person at 116 Greenock St in Moncton. All donations over $10 receive a tax receipt. They collect Canadian Tire money and various supplies as well, such as cleaning supplies, pet food and non-clumping litter. For a full list of needed supplies, please visit their website.
Sasha’s Rescue is a non-profit cat rescue run by members of the Moncton community who are concerned about cats that are abandoned, neglected or unwanted in the area. Every cat that they adopt out are spayed/neutered, checked for feline leukemia, and treated for fleas and worms. They are committed to bringing every cat in their care to the vet clinic and making sure they receive any medical treatments they need, no matter what injuries or illnesses fall into their laps. They do not believe in euthanasia due to high cost of treatment.
An approved application is required before adopting one of their cats. The adoption fee is a minimum donation of $75 per cat. The cats are placed where the rescue believes they will fit best, and in the environment they believe the cat will be happiest. For example, they wouldn’t adopt out a cat who doesn’t like other animals to a home with another pet.
Sasha’s Rescue receives all of their money through donations and fundraising. They often have online auctions on their Facebook page, which consists of all donated items from the generous community. Money donations can be made through email transfer (email@example.com), directly to the founder of the rescue, Annick, or directly to our clinic by phone at (506) 388-8880 or in person at 30 Trites Rd.
For a full photo album of the cats currently available for adoption, a copy of the adoption application form, or more information on any current fundraising efforts, please visit their Facebook page at www.facebook.com/sashasrescuemoncton.
Riley’s Legacy is another local non-profit feline rescue organization. They are a group of volunteers committed to helping homeless cats in need of medical attention and a forever home. They are not an open-door shelter and only take in cats on a case-by-case basis with a maximum number of cats they can afford to care for and a limited amount of foster homes available. They only take in stray cats and won’t take owner-surrendered cats under any circumstances.
All of their cats are examined by a veterinarian, spayed/neutered, tested for feline leukemia, treated for fleas and worms, vaccinated, and treated for all other required medical needs. Like Sasha’s Rescue, Riley’s Legacy is a no-kill rescue group. They also require an adoption application and request a minimum donation of $75 to adopt one of their cats.
Just like almost all other rescues, Riley’s Legacy operates solely on donations and fundraising. You can make a donation by stopping by our clinic at 30 Trites Rd in Riverview, or by giving us a call at (506) 388-8880. You also have the option of email transferring a donation to the rescue at firstname.lastname@example.org.
For more information, to request an application to adopt or foster a cat, or to see a full photo album of all adoptable cats, please visit the rescue’s Facebook page at www.facebook.com/rileyslegacycatrescue.
ABANDONED CAT RESCUE
Abandoned Cat Rescue is yet another non-profit organization dedicated to rescuing, fostering, socializing, spaying/neutering, and adopting out cats and kittens. It is completely run by volunteers, including our very own receptionist, Kim!
ACR’s main objective is to promote the welfare of our local cats and kittens. They do this by rescuing stray or abandoned cats and finding them homes, and controlling population growth in feral cat colonies with their Trap-Neuter-Return program. This means that they spay/neuter the feral cats that are too wild to be in a home, and return them to their original colonies where they are fed and monitored by dedicated caregivers. They strive to provide education and support to the community and have also adopted a no-euthanasia policy for their rescue, unless too ill or injured to recover.
All of their cats are in foster homes. Each of them receive a veterinary exam, are spayed/neutered, vaccinated, treated for fleas and worms, and tested for feline leukemia. The rescue requires a minimum donation of $90 to adopt one of their cats. Please contact Abandoned Cat Rescue if you are interested in adopting.
They hold many fundraising events throughout the year, including online and live auctions (such as the 2nd Annual Charity Auction on April 30th), yard sales, and barbecues. They also participate in Remember Me Thursday, which takes place every September across 139 countries worldwide. RMT is a candle lighting ceremony to honor the millions of pets who have lost their lives without the benefit of a loving home and to shine a light on the millions of healthy pets still awaiting adoption.
If you would like to make a donation, please go to their website at www.abandonedcatrescue.org. They also have donation jars around the area, including at our clinic’s front desk. If you are interested in adopting or fostering, please contact Abandoned Cat Rescue directly. You can also visit their Facebook page at www.facebook.com/abandonedcatrescue.
CAT RESCUE MARITIMES (CA-R-MA MONCTON)
Ca-R-Ma’s mission is to reduce the number of unwanted cats and kittens in the community with their Trap-Neuter-Return program and to place non-feral homeless cats and kittens in responsible homes. They provide colonies of feral, stray and abandoned cats with food, shelter and minor medical care. Their long term goals include educating the public on the importance of spaying/neutering and working with other rescues to bring about legislation for the benefit of all animals. Ca-R-Ma has chapters all over New Brunswick and Nova Scotia, all run by volunteers.
They have many fundraisers, such as Ca-R-Ma calendars, T-shirts, and selling tickets on donated items. Food donations can also be dropped off for them at PetValu or many local vet clinics, including VetCare Pet Hospital. You can donate money online or directly with us, either by phone or in person. They give tax receipts for donations over $10.
Their website contains plenty of information, including how to build your own feral cat shelter and how to volunteer, at www.ca-r-ma.org. You can also visit their Facebook page at www.facebook.com/carmamoncton. To request their Trap-Neuter-Return support in your area, which usually runs from March to October, please call (506) 875-6834. If you would like to adopt from Ca-R-Ma, please call their adoption line at (506) 852-1033.
FULFILLING HEARTS RESCUE
Fulfilling Hearts Rescue is a local non-profit dog rescue group, rescuing neglected, abandoned or injured dogs, placing them in approved foster homes, and finding them their forever families. They also focus on education regarding animal rescue.
Each of their dogs go trough a temperament test and training while in foster care and are spayed/neutered and vaccinated. The rescue matches every dog to a family that fits their lifestyle to prevent them from being re-homed in the future. Potential adopters must first fill out an application and get a home-check. The adoption fee for an adult dog is $230 and a puppy under 6 months of age is $265. If the adoptive family can no longer care for the dog, they must notify FHR and surrender the dog back into their care.
Fulfilling Hearts covers the costs of all food, crates and bedding, as well as medical care and treatments while in a foster home. They always welcome new foster homes as the more fosters available, the more dogs they can rescue. All foster homes must have references and a home-check.
To see the current adoptable dogs, download an application to adopt or foster, or to see pictures of past adoptees in their loving forever homes, please visit their website at www.fulfillinghearts.ca or their Facebook page at www.facebook.com/fulfillingheartsrescue.
Written by: Stephanie, RVT