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In the vast majority of Canadian communities it is unusual to have pets that have not been spayed or neutered or have not had regular vaccinations and basic health care. In fact, for most of us, it is difficult to imagine having little or no...

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In the vast majority of Canadian communities it is unusual to have pets that have not been spayed or neutered or have not had regular vaccinations and basic health care. In fact, for most of us, it is difficult to imagine having little or no access to health care for your pets, however, there are countless pet owners in communities in Canada (and beyond) where this is the reality. These communities are full of pet owners with dogs and cats that are not sterilized, not vaccinated and do not have access to minimal health care. They are either in very remote locations with no access OR the community members are financially not able to afford to travel to a veterinary clinic (often a fair distance) or pay for the services.

Some communities work with a local animal rescue group to re-home some of the unwanted and struggling animals. These rescue groups are often stretched to the limit of their resources and the reality is the supply of dogs and cats in need of homes is often overwhelming. The key is to prevent the pregnancies and provide basic health care and that is the mission of the Canadian Animal Assistance Team (CAAT).

The Canadian Animal Assistance Team (CAAT) is a registered Canadian charity that sends in veterinary teams that volunteer their time and expertise to provide the much needed services locally. Providing these services assists the animals, the community as a whole and also dramatically reduces the burden on organizations that are trying to rehome animals every year. In one community that CAAT has been working in Northwestern British Columbia, the local animal rescue group has reported a 50% drop in their intake of animals in need of new homes since we began our program there in 2011.

Every Clinic takes a great deal of funding for medical and surgical supplies and educational materials. Historically, CAAT’s volunteer team members have paid their own transportation costs to travel to the locations where we are needed most. Each year, we have had enough Aeroplan points to be able to cover some of the transportation costs for some of the projects. However, for the past two years, with the help of Aeroplan’s new program for charity donations, we have been able to completely cover the cost of transportation to these, often remote, locations. It has opened up the opportunity to reach so many more animals.

Aeroplan customers who donate their miles to our charity are making a difference. Making a difference in the animals lives makes a difference in the humans lives and the entire community. The donations have made it possible to send more team members to more places than ever before making the possibility of change a reality for many animals and many communities.

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  • Thank you! Aeroplan donations allowed us to access remote communities!

    I wanted to share a few memories from one of the most amazing and challenging CAAT trips I have ever been a part of. These trips are usually 3-5 days long, but for two of us, this trip was a full 12 days! Our volunteer members drive/fly/boat to remote communities to offer free veterinary... Read more »

  • Vets heading to Northern Canada to Help Pets

    We are VERY excited to be able to help SO many remote First Nations communities in Northern Canada this year.   We are heading to Big Trout Lake, in Northern Ontario, Tsay Keh Dene, Kwadacha and Fort St. James in Northeastern BC, and Dease Lake, Iskut and Telegraph Creek in... Read more »

  • What a difference a year can make when a community takes animal owners

    In September 2015, the Canadian Animal Assistance Team (CAAT), a registered Canadian charity animal welfare organization, held a spay/neuter clinic in the community of Bella Bella, BC.   Bella Bella is a remote island off the coast of British Columbia that has no access to... Read more »

  • "The Community Hall was transformed into a Veterinary Hospital"

    In February 2015, the Canadian Animal Assistance Team (CAAT) was invited to the community of Bella Bella, a remote community on Campbell Island, in British Columbia.   The Community does not have veterinary services readily accessible due to their remote location.   The... Read more »

  • From Bathings Suits to Sweatshirts!

    Why switch from bathing suits to sweat shirts??? The Canadian Animal Assistance Team (CAAT) journeyed to Northwestern British Columbia this past June to provide veterinary services to animals in two First Nations communities.     A team of Ontario and BC technicians,... Read more »

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