Our story begins with Edna Jackson, who opened her Critter’s Pet Supply shop in Crossfield in 2006. Soon after, she rescued a local stray and let him live in her store. His name was Thomas, and he is now our mascot.
Over the next four years, Edna took in all manner of animals who were dumped literally on her door step. From dogs tied to her door after hours, fish left behind during a move, to even a small kitten tied up in a plastic garbage bag left at her door step – Edna saved them all.
The need for an animal shelter in the Crossfield area was apparent. Edna reached out to the community, friends and family and soon Tails to Tell Animal Rescues Shelter Ltd. was born. We opened our doors in September of 2010.
Tails to Tell is a registered Alberta charity (Reg. No. 852483312RR0001) and is has a Board of five volunteers who oversee the operations of our shelter, work with committees, as well as plan for the future. Our shelter is operated solely by volunteers; there are no paid staff. This means that 100% of all funds received goes directly to the care and housing of our cats. These volunteers govern, plan, care for residents, maintain the shelter and raise the much needed funds to allow us to continue our efforts.
Since opening, hundreds of animals have been and continue to be helped. Any numbers stated for a year do not include animals found and returned to their owners. Thanks to our wonderful supporters who not only supply monetary donations, but also dedicate their time volunteering and their homes fostering needy animals.
At Tails to Tell, our mission is to rescue sick or abandoned animals, provide the medical care they need and further provide shelter, food and care until they can be adopted to forever homes. We are a nonprofit charity run 100% by volunteers and funded by donations.
Tails to Tell Animal Rescue Shelter Ltd. was founded with several key beliefs:
When animal rescue organizations us the term “no kill”, it is describing the practice of not routinely euthanizing animals in order to make space for more. We will only euthanize an animal for medical reasons and only after every effort is made by our veterinarian to save the animal. Whenever an animal crosses the rainbow bridge, every effort is made so they are not alone and someone they know is with them. The animal is then cremated and ashes returned to the shelter so they may be scattered and be free to join the others who have also crossed that bridge.
The majority of our adult or adolescent cats live in a free roaming environment. Our belief is they become more social with other cats and humans. Communal living allows exercise and play time, as well as getting used to human approach and touch – on the animal’s terms. New mothers, new arrivals, sick or injured and kittens are kept in another area of the shelter until they are able to join the general population.
In an effort to help combat the worldwide over-population of companion animals, such as cats and dogs, we insure that all our animals are sterilized prior to or shortly after being adopted (kittens and puppies). While this can be a costly procedure, the costs of subsequent litters from unaltered pets are much higher. An unaltered female cat and her offspring can produce more than 400 000 cats in their lifetime.
Vaccinations are important to help control the spread of disease and reduce our veterinary costs. All of our animals are fully vaccinated before they are adopted to forever homes. This is a value added service to our adopters as well.
Our shelter is a communal living environment. All our residents are spayed or neutered, as well as vaccinated prior to entering the general population.