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Animal Welfare Committee

​The purpose of the Animal Welfare Committee is to act as an Advisory Committee to City Council on issues relating to abandoned and feral animals in the City.

Members of the Animal Welfare Committee

​ Role​Name
​City Council Member (Chair)​Councillor Rob Miyashiro
​City Council Member​Councillor Mark Campbell
​Lethbridge & District Humane Society​Barb Grodzicky
​No-Kill Animal Association (NOKA)​Jane Nygaard
​Windy City Canine Rescue​Bobbi Davis
​Member at Large​Cenz Rossi
​Member at Large​Susan St. Croix
Member at Large​Tammy Belanger
​Member at Large​Vacant


What Do We Do?

  • Oversee the pilot project designed to determine best practices for the management of feral cat colonies
  • Oversee the application process for the non-veterinary funding program for animal rescue groups
  • Forward information and recommendations to City Council


Grant Funding

Funding for Animal Rescue Organizations

The purpose of the grant funding is to provide Lethbridge-based animal rescue organizations with financial assistance for non-veterinary costs. 

Available funds: $10,000 per year for the 2019 - 2022 budget cycle
Initiative: N-82

Limitations:

  1. Funding under this program is limited to $5,000 per organization per year.
  2. Funding will not be provided for costs related to veterinary care, including, but not limited to:
    • emergency veterinary care
    • spay/neuter services
    • vaccinations
  3. Funding is intended to assist with costs related to the care of animals, including, but not limited to:
    • food
    • shelter structures
    • litter and litter pans
    • blankets
    • toys
    • fans/heaters
    • leashes and collars

Funding to Manage Feral Cat Colonies

The purpose of this grant funding is to help community members manage existing feral cat colonies.

Available funds: $10,000 per year for the 2019 - 2022 budget cycle
Initiative: N-81

To Access Mitigate the Feral Cat Problem Application

Limitations:

  1. Funding under this program is limited to the budget required/requested for care and maintenance of the specified colony
  2. Funding will be provided for costs related to veterinary care, including, but not limited to:
    • emergency veterinary care
    • spay/neuter services
    • ear tipping
    • vaccinations
    • parasites 
  3. Funding is intended to assist with costs related to the care of animals, including, but not limited to:
    • food
    • shelter structures
    • litter and litter pans
    • blankets
    • fans/heaters
  4. Applicants must be based in Lethbridge
  5. The animals rescued by the applicant must, predominately, originate within the City of Lethbridge boundaries
  6. Applicants agree to follow the Care and Maintenance Guidelines of Feral Cat Colonies


Spay and Neuter Program

The City provides No Kill Animal Association (NOKA) $45,000 funding annually. NOKA provides a low cost spay and neuter program for the citizens of Lethbridge. This funding has been approved for 2019-2022.

  

Past Non-Veterinary grant funding

Below is a detailed breakdown of the Non Veterinary Grant Funding distributed to the rescue organizations who applied for funding from 2015 on.

2019 - 2022

​Rescue Organization​Amount​Date​Description
​Humane Society​$5,000.00​May 2019​Steel Cabinets

2015 - 2018

​Rescue Organization​Amount​Date​Description
​Humane Society​$4,928.00​July 2016​3 outdoor flood lights
​Humane Society #2​$4,881.45​August 2017​Floor scrubber and cat cozy houses
​Last Chance Cat Ranch​$5,000.00​May 2017​Food, litter, cat furnishings, cleaning supplies
​No Kill Animal Association (NOKA)​$5,000.00​July 2016​Food, supplements, litter and litter boxes, grooming supplies
​NOKA #2​$3,000.00​July 2017​Food, bedding, litter, grooming supplies, fuel (transportation)
​NOKA #3​$711.00​July 2018​Food, husbandry products, furnishings, litter fuel
​Paw Society​$5,000.00​July 2016​Food, litter, supplements, cat posts, beds, grooming tools, litter boxes
​Windy City​$4,230.00​July 2016​Food and treats
​Windy City #2​$4,982.00​December 2017​Cargo kennels, crate mats, beds, leashes and collars, food, treats

 

For more information:
Sheri Merchant
403 320 3169
sheri.merchant@lethbridge.ca