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Individual donations

Help them wag their tails again

Every dollar matters. Your donations support the many life-saving programs that we offer, and every gift makes a huge difference. Learn more about available donation options below.

PAWS monthly donor program

Our Pre-Authorized Withdrawal System (PAWS) is available for regular and hassle-free donations to the animals. A donation in the amount of your choice is automatically withdrawn from your bank account at the same time each month. It’s easy for you and it allows the shelter to plan ahead. At the end of the year, you will receive one tax receipt with the total donated amount.

Register online for the PAWS Program or contact the shelter for more information about direct withdrawal from your bank account.

Single-gift cash donations

All cash donations are greatly appreciated and help with shelter expenses such as veterinary care and rehabilitation costs. Please make your cheque payable to the Cochrane & Area Humane Society and mail it to 62 Griffin Industrial Point, Cochrane, AB T4C 0A3. Include your email address and complete return mailing address so we can send a tax-deductible receipt for all donations over $20.00.

Charitable Number: 89848 8226 RR0001

A little girl holding a one hundred dollar bill donation outside the cochrane humane.

Friends of the Cochrane & Area Humane Society

Names are listed on our donor board. $250 to $499, $500 to $999, or $1,000 to $4,999 in cumulative donations. Contact us to arrange your cash donation today.


Bronze level donors

Names are listed on our donor board.
$5,000–9,999 in cumulative donations

A cute cat taking a snooze at the Cochrane Humane.

Silver level donors

Names are listed on our donor board.
$10,000–19,999 in cumulative donations

A beautiful cat adopted from Cochrane Humane.

Gold level donors

Names are listed on our donor board.
$20,000–49,999 in cumulative donations

A beautiful dog adopted from Cochrane Humane.

Diamond level donors

Names are listed on our donor board.
$50,000+ in cumulative donations

Gift Planning

There are a variety of gift planning options available.For more information, please call 403-932-2072 ext. 102.


A charitable bequest is a distribution from your estate to the Cochrane & Area Humane Society. There are different kinds of bequests with different guidelines, so use very specific language to indicate where assets should go and to carry out your final wishes successfully. Your bequest to the Cochrane & Area Humane Society can be made in one of three ways:

  • Specific Bequest: Designate a specific amount or percentage of your estate that you wish to leave to the Cochrane & Area Humane Society
  • Residual Bequest: Name the Cochrane & AreaHumane Society as a beneficiary. Once all other specific provisions of your estate have been fulfilled, the shelter will receive all or a percentage of the remainder of your estate.
  • Contingent Bequest: If one or more estate beneficiaries passes first, the Cochrane & Area Humane Society becomes the beneficiary of all or a percentage of your estate.
Retirements plan assets

The Canada Revenue Agency now allows registered charities to be named the beneficiaries of Registered Retirement Savings Plans (RRSP) and Registered Retirement Income Funds (RRIF) upon death. A tax receipt is issued to the estate, which will offset some tax for the final income tax return. This option is available to all individuals and is especially attractive if you have made other provisions for your heirs. There is no requirement to amend an existing will.

A gift of RRSPs or RRIFs establishes a lasting legacy that recognizes your significant support of the Cochrane & Area Humane Society. It allows you to give from assets you don’t need, generally without affecting your income or lifestyle, and can reduce or eliminate the taxes levied on your estate.

Shares & securities

If you plan to cash in stocks, bonds, mutual funds, or shares to make a donation, consider donating these directly to the Cochrane & Area Humane Society. Direct donation allows you to make a substantial donation while being exempt from capital gains tax on your annual income. You will receive a tax receipt based on the gift’s value at market close on the day it’s received by the charity’s brokerage account.

You can also receive tax benefits by donating shares that have decreased in value. In addition to receiving a tax receipt for the fair market value of the shares, donating them will also crystallize a capital loss that you can apply against any capital gains. The capital loss can be carried back three years and forward indefinitely.

Life Insurance

A gift of life insurance allows you to make a substantial donation and leave an important legacy, whether in your name or the name of a loved one, for a relatively low cost. All you need to do is name the Cochrane & Area Humane Society as the primary or successor beneficiary of the proceeds of your policy. This gift is handled outside of your estate administration, with the death benefit paid directly to the society so your beneficiaries are not affected financially.

There are two ways to contribute a life insurance policy:

  • Purchase a new policy with the Cochrane & Area Humane Society as the owner and beneficiary. You will receive a tax receipt each year, as life insurance premiums form part of your annual charitable gifts.
  • Designate the Cochrane & Area Humane Society as the beneficiary and owner of an existing policy you no longer need. The tax benefits will be issued to you for the cash surrender value of the policy. Designate the Cochrane & Area Humane Society as the beneficiary and owner of an existing policy you no longer need. The tax benefits will be issued to you for the cash surrender value of the policy.
Charitable remainder trust

You can make a gift of trust and make the Cochrane & Area Humane Society the secondary beneficiary to an irrevocable trust, with the primary beneficiary being yourself and your spouse, if applicable. You might like this option if you want to make a future gift with immediate tax benefits while keeping investment income for yourself or a beneficiary.

You can transfer property—like cash, securities, or real estate—to a Trustee who holds and manages the assets. Throughout your lifetime or for a stated period, you receive a predetermined amount of the trust and any income it might generate. After the specified term or after the death of the last beneficiary, the trust remainder is transferred to the Cochrane & Area Humane Society.

After transferring the property to a Trustee, a trust document will name the Cochrane & Area Humane Society as the residual beneficiary. You will then receive a charitable tax receipt for the present value of the gift based on actuarial tables.

Property & real estate

A gift of property, also called a “gift-in-kind,” refers to donations of assets like real estate, special collections, cultural property, and works of art. You might prefer this donation option if you own but no longer need a principal residence or investment property. The Cochrane & Area Humane Society may use or sell the gift, and will issue a tax receipt for fair market value as determined through an appraisal.

This gift must be approved by senior-level Cochrane & Area Humane Society leadership. If you wish to donate property, we recommend consulting with your tax advisor to maximize your tax benefits. Some gifts-in-kind are subject to capital gains on the appreciated value.

In honour & celebration

You can donate in honour or celebration of a loved one to recognize a special occasion such as a birthday, anniversary, or other holiday. You can donate entirely online and will receive an email tax receipt, with the honouree getting an e-card chosen by you. In-memory donations can be a tribute to an animal or human family member using the e-card donation option. To make a donation and to send an e-card click here.

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Norman’s Cat Fund

Norman was the CAHS shelter cat for 15 years. One of the first cats to enter our doors, he was extremely timid and shy, and we spent months getting him comfortable with us handling him. This special fund has been created in Norman’s memory. Norman is a testament to all “street cats” and proves why they are deserving of opportunity and a loving home. By donating to Norman’s Fund, you are giving other cats like him a chance.

You can also purchase items at Norm’s Nook, our retail store within the CAHS facility.

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Volunteers are the heart of the Cochrane & Area Humane Society. They allow us to continue providing services by donating thousands of hours combined in virtually every department of the organization. Regardless of the task, all the work of our dedicated volunteers contributes to our goal of finding loving homes for deserving pets.

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Containers for Critters program

Bring your refundable bottles, cans, and containers to the drop-off bin located in the Cochrane & Area Humane Society parking lot. Funds from this program help cover the costs of spaying and neutering the animals in our care.

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Animal Food Bank program

The CAHS partners with the Cochrane Food Bank to support keeping pets in their home. Donations of cat and dog food are greatly appreciated to help with the program.

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Make My Day program

Support an animal waiting for adoption with the Make My Day Program and provide food, care, medical attention, love, and socialization for an animal in need. With operational expenses and the cost of rescuing, rehabilitating, and re-homing the animals that come into our care, you can Make the Day of a dog for $40, a cat for $20, or a small animal companion for $20.

This donation option is perfect for schools or individuals who want to support the Cochrane & Area Humane Society in a way that directly benefits the animals. You can also give to the Make My Day Program in honour of someone you know and send them an e-card from your sponsored CAHS animal. To make a donation and to send an e-card click here.

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Donate A Car program

Donate A Car Canada accepts vehicle donations (e.g., car, truck, RV, boat, motorcycle) for the Cochrane & Area Humane Society. Donate A Car provides free towing in many areas across Canada, or you can drop off your vehicle to maximize your donation.

When you donate your car, it will either be recycled or sold at auction, depending on its condition, age, and location. Donate A Car Canada will look after everything to make your donation easy for you to support the Cochrane & Area Humane Society. Donate now at, and the CAHS will send you a tax receipt after completing your car donation.

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Shelter Wishlist

Below are the key items we need on a regular and even daily basis. We have an Amazon wish list, and several of our list items can be purchased at our local pet supply stores like Global Pet Foods Cochrane and Pet Valu Cochrane. These businesses are great supporters of ours, and we wish for them to be supported in return.

Our donation bin is located outside our front door and is checked regularly. If you’d like to donate an item that isn’t on our list, please contact us at 403-932-2072 or Thank you for your donation—we appreciate it very much!

We are in desperate need of wet dog food and Easy Walk harnesses.

Animal Supplies
  • Royal Canin dry dog, puppy, kitten, and cat food
  • Canned kitten, puppy and dog food
  • Puppy and kitten milk replacement (Royal Canin, KMR, Esbilac)
  • Clumping and non-clumping cat litter
  • Dog treats
  • Easy-walk harnesses (medium, large)
  • Dog toys
  • Puppy pee pads
Shelter Supplies
  • Bleach
  • Liquid laundry detergent
  • Mr. Clean
  • Soap (dish, hand, liquid laundry soap)
  • Garbage bags (XL industrial strength)
  • Toilet paper
  • Paper towels
  • Poop bags
  • Office supplies (e.g., correction tape, printing paper)
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Norm’s Nook

Norm’s Nook features Royal Canin pet food, toys, treats, leashes, xpens, and many other accessories for cats and dogs. All proceeds from the store will be directed towards saving homeless animals, like Norman, that need our help. Thank you for your support! More on Norms Nook here.

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Gift cards & reward programs

We gratefully accept donations of gift cards to retailers such as Walmart, Superstore, and pet stores. We also accept Canadian Tire money and AIR MILES Reward Miles. To collect Reward Miles on our behalf, simply give our number (#8304 570 8820) to any business that offers points for your purchase.

Thank you to our generous grantors

Transform an animal’s life with one donation

Make your donation today and make a difference in the life of an animal. For more information about individual donations, email: or call 403-932-2072 ext. 103.