Community Outreach

The Central Alberta Humane Society is committed to providing the community with meaningful and therapeutic programs that support the welfare and well-being of both people and animals by giving the gift of companionship, support for those living in a low income situations, relief during a disaster or life event, or emergency boarding services upon referral.

Pals - Prevent a Litter Subsidy Program (Low Income Spay/Neuter)

 Starting April of 2018 this program is generously funded by an anonymous donor.  If you wish to support the program please contact [email protected]

The PALS (Prevent Another Litter Subsidy) program is offered by the Central Alberta Humane Society (CAHumane) to reduce our community’s homeless pet population by assisting people who do not have the financial ability to spay or neuter their animals. Citizens of Central Alberta with an approved low income can apply to have their dog(s) and/or cat(s) spayed/neutered through PALS, and pay only the administration fee. 

Why spay and neuter your pets? 

  • Prevent unwanted litters and reduce pet overpopulation
  • Reduces unwanted behaviours such as roaming, spraying, mounting, persistent barking or meowing
  • Decreases the likelihood of fight-related injuries
  • May increase life span of pet
  • Reduces risks of medical problems, such as certain types of cancer
  • Each year, unplanned and unwanted litters create millions of homeless pets. Spaying and neutering is one of the steps we can take to get at the root of pet overpopulation, preventing unwanted litters and reducing the number of homeless pets.

    Did you know?  

    Cats can give birth to three litters a year, with litters ranging in size from 6-12 kittens. Dogs can give birth to two or three litters a year, with litters ranging in size from 5-15 puppies depending on the size of the dog. Over five years, the impact of spaying or neutering just one cat or dog could prevent thousands of unplanned pets and prevent enormous suffering.

    Who can apply for PALS?  

  • People in Central Alberta (Red Deer south to Olds, West to Rocky & area, North to Wetaskiwin & area, East to Stettler & area) who can show proof of low income and have a cat or dog that needs to be spayed/neutered.
  • Proof of income form can include any government-issued paperwork stating your yearly household income, such as: AISH card, Tax Notice of Assessment, or Social Assistance Statement.
  • Proof of income submitted must show your full name on the document to be accepted. We cannot accept paystubs or bank statements.
  • How do I apply? 

  • Complete the attached application with your proof of income and bring to the shelter or email to [email protected]  Pay the administration fee within 30 days of submitting your application, by including your credit card information with the application form, or pay at the shelter by cash, credit, debit or money order.
  • Arrange to pay the administration fee with the reception team at the time of application.  Payment can be made by credit card, cash, debit or money order.  Cost of administration fee is $30 per cat, and $60 per dog.
  • Your application will be reviewed as soon as possible upon submission.
  • Upon approval and receipt of payment, you will be contacted by our team to book a spay/neuter appointment for your cat or dog. Appointments are typically booked up to  2 weeks to 3 months in advance depending on demand.



    Disaster Response Program

    The Central Alberta Humane Society is committed to providing emergency support services in the event of a disaster that affects communities within Central Alberta. We will offer emergency accommodation for pets and/or on -site disaster relief and programming.

    CA Humane was onsite to support victims of the 2000 Pine Lake Tornado Disaster and mobilized for the possibility of a larger disaster response to the 2013 Alberta Floods. We also reach out to other communities in Alberta in times of crisis to offer support.

    Emergency  Boarding Program

    The primary mission of the Emergency Boarding Program is to enhance human wellbeing and help meet the basic human needs of all people, with particular attention to the needs and empowerment of people who are vulnerable, oppressed, hospitalized, and living in poverty.

    Program Details:

    The Specialty Program provides short-term housing at no charge for animals belonging to individuals in crisis.

    Program Qualifications

    Individuals requiring access to the Specialty Program must be referred by or verified by a recognized service agency or professional, such as a Social Worker (RSW/BSW/MSW), Police Officer, or Crisis Intervention Worker. Admittance to the program is considered only after all criteria have been met, and is granted at the discretion of the staff Social Worker or Animal Care Manager.

    Program Details

    • Length of stay is 21 days. Extension of one week can be granted at the discretion of CA Humane.
    • Proof of ownership, vaccination history, health care documentation, and ID are required.
    • The client is required to sign the following documents:  Specialty Animal Agreement, Spay/Neuter consent form, Vaccination & De-worming consent, Retrieval of Veterinary Documents, Dog Personality Profile and/or Cat Personality Profile and Specialty Animal Release.
    • Vaccinations and De-worming is provided, if required.
    • Animal may be fostered with qualified foster volunteer.
    • Animal provided with daily food, water, socialization, exercise and preventive care 
    • Visitation is not permitted, however the owner can call to check on status of the animal
    • Strictly confidential - client anonymity is guaranteed 

    For more information on this program, please contact our Animal Care Manager- Shelli Steeves @ 403-342-7722 EXT 218 or by email at [email protected]

    K9 Community Outreach Pet Visitation Program

    Our visitation teams (owner plus dog) will help to create a legacy of caring by providing regular pet visits to seniors, children and other community members who will benefit from meaningful interactions with dogs. Interactions with companion animals are known to provide many positive health results including: lower blood pressure, calming agitation and anxiety, stimulating creativity and interaction.

    Where We Visit - in addition to offering regular weekly drop in activities at CA Humane we visit locations such as hospitals, long-term care centers, nursing homes and other community agencies where there is a need.

    Minimum Qualifications
    • Pet handlers must be a minimum of 18 years of age.
    • Volunteers should be willing to make a minimum 3 month commitment to the program.
    • Volunteers will be asked to provide a Criminal Records Check for the vulnerable persons sector.
    • Visitation animals must be at least one year of age and have up-to-date immunizations.
    • Pet handlers shall have owned their animal for a minimum of 6 months.

    Visitation teams must pass the CA Humane evaluation process prior to being admitted to the K9 Community Outreach Program.

    This is not an obedience test - our visiting pets should be well mannered, love people and be well socialized (i.e. new things are ok). Dogs must wear a flat buckle or snap collar - no promise collars, prong collars, harnesses, halties or choke chains permitted.

    Animals who, during the evaluation, behave in a negative way towards other dogs, people or props that are part of the evaluation will not pass the evaluation successfully. Negative behaviours may include: relieving or "piddling", barking, showing any signs of aggression, showing any signs of fear, lack of interest in strangers or other humans except for their owner, etc.

    If you are interested in the program and would like to learn more, please contact our Community Outreach Coordinator via email: esars[email protected] or by phone at 403-342-7722.

    senior man with wheaton

    Humane Education

    Humane education is a process that emphasizes to the learner the need to be compassionate and respectful to all people, animals, and the environment. It develops attitudes of kindness, sensitivity, appreciation and responsibility in children and adults towards all living things. Knowledge of humane education concepts will enable individuals to make responsible and humane decisions throughout life. The benefits of humane education are far-reaching. In addition to learning the responsibilities of pet ownership, students are made aware of the consequences of animal neglect and abuse in both community and larger societal contexts. The development of sensitivity towards animals enhances each child’s emotional and social development. Problem solving, conflict management, and the ability to make wise and considerate choices are all integral parts of humane education.

    Seniors for Seniors

    The Central Alberta Humane Society receives hundreds of stray and abandoned animals annually. At times, we have senior animals brought in that are more difficult to adopt out due to their age and physical limitations. The “Seniors For Seniors Program” places senior cats (those over 6 years old) into a home with a senior citizen.  Operating as a shelter, we understand the difficulties involved with placing more mature cats, and realizing how traumatic it is going from being a part of a long-term, loving home to staying in a shelter environment. Thus, the program is a win-win idea- great for both the senior cats and senior citizens.

    Extensive scientific research has proven that having a pet helps older people maintain a sense of purpose, feel less lonely and depressed, and encourages seniors to be healthier. Pet fostering is ideal for those that do not wish to commit to owning a pet full-time but would like to avail of the many benefits of pet ownership. Individuals can live healthier and happier lives if they share their home with a pet that provides them unconditional love and companionship. 

    As well as conducting a home assessment and full briefing, CA Humane will provide the ‘foster parents’ with all of the necessary supplies, such as: food, treats, dishes, litter boxes, kitty-litter, beds/blanket, toys, veterinary care, ect.

    Animals can have a profound and positive impact on people. As an organization, CA Humane looks for ways in which we can help animals and improve people’s lives. Through our “Senior For Seniors Program”, we will save the lives of stray and abandoned cats and provide meaningful experiences for seniors. This program fulfills our core philosophy that by fostering a compassionate relationship between humans and animals, we create a kinder and more caring society.

    Program Qualifications:

    • Residing in pet-friendly accommodations
    • Able to provide a quiet, clean and healthy indoor environment
    • Willing and able to provide appropriate daily care (feeding, watering, cleaning up after)
    • Willing and able to offer 30 minutes of play/socializing time daily with the cat(s) in care
    • Follows all the Central Alberta Humane Society permanent foster policies
    • Responsible for monitoring the health and wellbeing of their foster cat(s) at all times
    • Has constant access to a telephone
    • Sign the Central Alberta Humane Society Foster Agreement
    • Cats must remain indoors at all times
    • Treat all cat(s) in care with humane and ethical treatment
    • Provide a safe and loving permanent foster home
    • Keeps cat(s) identification tags on collars at all times
    • Keep cat(s) on prescribed diet given by the Central Alberta Humane Society
    • Follow specific care instructions provided by the Central Alberta Humane Society
    • Provide regular grooming to cat(s) in care (brushing, nail trimming, ect)
    • If the senior citizen decides for any reason that they can no longer care for the cat(s) in care, they are to be returned to the Central Alberta Humane Society only.

    senior woman with cat

    Family Services of Central Alberta

    A successful partnership has been established with ADSP (Adult Day support Program). This important community program is offered by Family Services of Central Alberta. This program offers support to people affected by memory loss, Alzheimer’s, and Dementia.  Through our visitation program a member of team CA Humane takes an adoptable animal from CA Humane to have some fun and socialize with the participants of the group. The interaction is proving to have a positive impact on both the individuals of the group and the animal guests. The group benefits include; a sense of lightened mood, connectedness, affection, socializing, and communication to name a few.  The animals and the participants both experience mental and physical wellbeing connected to the group experience.