1) Please bang on your car’s hood before driving off: cats may climb up into the wheel wells to stay warm.
2) If you see paw tracks in your yard and suspect a stray/homeless animal is coming around, placing some food and water out is a measure of kindness that can be lifesaving before other steps can be taken.
3) As a temporary measure if it’s possible to get the animal safely into a warm place (like a garage or enclosed porch), please help the animal get out of the wind and the cold.
4) If you live within the city, the best place to call for some immediate help is Animal Care and Control (780 442 5311). Animal Care will work to find out of the animal is owned (and perhaps lost) and contact it’s owners if it has tags or a microchip. Animal Care also works with the Edmonton Humane Society: unclaimed animals will often be sent there for care and to be adopted.
5) Unfortunately, some people do not realize that if it’s too cold outside for them to be outdoors, it is also too cold for an animal to be outside for a prolonged period. If you notice an animal in distress--perhaps left outside for long periods of time on chilly days--please call the Edmonton Humane Society (780 471 1774) to report the situation.
6) There are local rescues that can also offer help and advice! If you are able to donate funds or provide a temporary home for some paws in need, this allows rescues like ours to continue our lifesaving work—particularly important during the cold winter months! We welcome donations and new fosters. You can find information about volunteering with us on our site!