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Hours of Operation: Monday – Friday 6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m., Saturday: All Day (We usually run around dropping off pups to trial visits or finalizing adoptions). Sunday: Off (All emails or phone calls will be dealt with the following day).
How CaliCan Started
Back in July 2009, we adopted our dog Charlie from the Edmonton Humane Society. He was flown up as part of the “California Canine Cuties Transfer Program”. A few days after we got him, I sent a letter to the EHS thanking them for giving us this opportunity to have him in our home. The EHS posted this letter online (http://www.edmontonhumanesociety.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=196&Itemid=53)
Back then, we had a webcam pointed at the couch to see what he does all day. It turns out he slept until we got home. We weren’t the only person to see this. Charlie’s California Foster Mom, Kathleen, watched it every day. She posted a message and a friendship started.
Sending emails back and forth, Kathleen presented another dog she was fostering to us. Pete, as Kathleen stated, was just like Charlie…could even be brothers! She asked if we knew anyone who would adopt him. Naturally we put our hands up. Pete was flown up in cargo on Alaska Airlines back in October 2009. Through this experience, we realized how simple it was to transport a dog from California.
Considering the lack of small breeds in Edmonton (and area), we started planning what has become the “CaliCan Rescue Foundation”. If a small breed shows up in a rescue group, it doesn’t last long. Your other option is to go to a breeder or the local pet store, where you could pay between $600-$1200 (estimated figure…I have seen them for $1200 though). I hope we aren’t painting a picture that says that all breeders are bad. That is definitely NOT the case. There are plenty of great breeders out there. Do your research! Ask questions! The great breeders will happily answer anything you throw at them.
In Central Valley California, approximately 60,000-80,000 (reported) dogs are euthanized per year. These numbers only come from the shelters and rescues. There are also the dogs you see on the side of the road who have become “road kill”. There are many horror stories as well (won’t share them with you). A chihuahua or dachshund is known as a “throw away pet” or “Dime a dozen”, where they are quite sought after in Alberta. It only makes sense to bring them from California.
CaliCan’s goal is not only to rescue the California dogs and find them homes in Alberta, but we are also working towards putting a dent in puppy mills in California and Alberta. Education on why it is important to spay and neuter your pets. A great dog could also be a mutt. All dogs deserve a chance to find a home. We also accept local surrenders (small breed only).
If you see a dog that you’d be interested in adopting, email or give us a phone call. We will then do a phone interview. In this, we will ask questions about your history with dogs, the family, and anything that will help us make the decision. All dogs are placed as best fit and not first come, first served. If you are chosen, you will start a 7-day trial visit with your pup (typically on a Saturday). If everything goes well, we’ll come to your house to finalize the adoption! Adoption fees are $280, and they cover neuter/spay, vaccinations, microchip, heartworm test, and all flight costs involved.
Adopting Charlie and Pete has changed our lives. It’s all for the dogs!