Over the years we have reunited many people with their pets long after they had given up hope of ever finding them. Often older pets find themselves suddenly disorientated when they have lost their owners in a state of confusion because their senses are not as keen anymore.
A seventeen-year-old cat that was lost in Calgary two months prior to being found in Bearspaw, was brought to us in Cochrane. We successfully traced her tattoo to her loving family where they rushed out to claim her that very afternoon – in a state of shock!
One March we reunited a thirteen-year-old, blind and deaf, female Shepherd with her family after being lost for the entire month in the terrible cold.
Let’s remember that as our pets creep into those senior years their senses do deteriorate and they are counting on us to look out for their best interest. Always make sure that your pets are wearing some sort of identification, and be sure that older pets are not left unattended off leash. Lastly, whatever you do – DON’T GIVE UP! Follow the same steps to find an older pet as you would a young pet; do not assume they are deceased because of their age or because time has lapsed since they initially went missing.
Contact us at 403-932-2072 or email us details about your missing pet including a photo at firstname.lastname@example.org.
There are some other things you can do once you have contacted us:
Check a pet’s tag for owner information or a license tag which will have a contact number for the appropriate animal services department.
If a pet was found within the Town of Cochrane, contact Cochrane Animal Services at 403-851-2532.
If a pet was found outside of the Town of Cochrane, contact the animal services department of the County or Municipal District in which it was found.
For further assistance regarding a pet you have found, you can call us at 403-932-2072.
Depending on the reason for wanting to surrender your pet, sometimes obedience classes or an animal behaviour specialist can help the situation so that you are able to keep your companion. Your veterinarian can offer valuable advice as well. Whatever the case may be, our staff are happy to discuss the options that are available to you, surrendering being the very last resort. Here are some steps you can take to avoid having to surrender your pet to a shelter:
Surrendered pets are accepted pending shelter space and resources. Surrenders are by appointment only; we need time to make arrangements to accept your pet as we are normally at maximum capacity with strays and abandoned animals. Please call us to discuss your situation and book an appointment at 403-932-2072 ext 113. Surrender fees may apply.
The CAHS service area includes:
The City of Calgary and Town of Canmore are not within our service area as they have humane societies or SPCA’s providing services in their areas.
Surrender fees within our service area:
There are no fees for surrenders within our service area; however, donations are strongly encouraged to assist us in caring for your pet and providing for his/her medical and behaviour needs. We strive to provide an excellent level of care and based on the average length of time an animal spends with us, the cost of care to our organization is upwards of $500 per pet.
Surrender fees outside of our service area:
Surrenders are accepted pending shelter space and by appointment only. As space permits, we may waive surrender fees at our discretion. Please call us to discuss your situation and book an appointment at 403-932-2072 ext 113.
When you arrive for your appointment, please leave your pet in the vehicle while we complete the necessary paperwork. The surrendering process takes approximately 30 minutes and we will require your driver’s license with proof of address and your pet’s veterinary records at the time of admittance. Please remember to bring your pet’s food, crate, collar, and any toys or blankets that may help them feel a bit more secure while in the transition period. You must sign ownership of your pet over to the Cochrane & Area Humane Society where we will make every possible effort to find your pet a suitable home, but cannot guarantee that a placement will always be made.
Our Hours of Operation for Surrender Appointments:
Tuesday – Friday: 12 – 5:30pm
Saturday: 12 – 4:30pm
We wanted to send an adoption/birthday update on Cosmo (formally Delilah) Cosmo is doing as wonderful as ever. She spends her days tanning in front of the windows or sleeping soundly on any piece of furniture or clothing she can find. She is still a bit weary of the family dog but for the most part they co-exist in peace. She and our other cat Bynx get along better and better everyday, even sharing tanning spots and sharing from the same bowl of food. Cosmo still talks nonstop and follows us wherever we go, she is very curious!
We love Cosmo so much and feel so grateful that no one else adopted her before us.
Thank you as always, for all you do.