Sep 11, 2019 - Tails of Help temporary suspension for approvals of funding applications effective immediately

Tails of Help is working hard to keep more Alberta pets healthy and with their loving families. It is clear that the need for this program has surpassed our current capacity to fund it. 
We have reached a point where Tails of Help is now on the verge of having allocated all our available charitable funds for providing pet treatment aid.

Effective immediately, as of September 11, 2019, Tails of Help will have to temporarily suspend accepting applications to aid pet owners in need.

How can you help? Everyone can help by making a gift to our program that helps clinics to serve more pet owners in financial need!

Clinics and veterinarians can also help by signing up to participate in our upcoming fundraising campaigns ( ), and by spreading the word to your clients about this worthy cause, asking them to visit our website to learn about us and donate to support this valuable charity.

Since December 2013 the Tails of Help charitable foundation has been providing financial assistance for low income Alberta pet owners who find themselves unable to afford essential health care for their ill or injured pet. During that time, the number of applications submitted on behalf of low income pet owners has continued to grow. In 2017 Tails of Help provided aid for over 120 pets and owners, in 2018 we provided aid for over 180, and after just 8 months in 2019 we have provided aid for almost 120 pets and owners, on pace to surpass last year’s total. Based on past history patterns, we expect that need will continue to increase even more in the coming months.

Here are some other things that clinics can do to help:

  1. Put Tails of Help brochures and donation canisters on the front desks of their clinics. You can order donation canisters and brochures here:

  2. Post information about Tails of Help on clinic social media pages. Contact us if you need help with what to post.

  3. Hold a fundraiser event (e.g. charity BBQ or in-clinic competition) either now or as part of the Alberta Challenge. (The Alberta Challenge will take place in November and December, and further details will be provided in the coming months.)

  4. Encourage clients and staff to participate in our Howloween dog walk event on October 26th, 2019 if they live near Calgary. More information will follow in the coming months.

  5. Email us if you know of any clients that have received funding that would be willing to be interviewed. We are looking for more success stories to share!

(For any of the above, contact us by email here: )

In the coming weeks Tails of Help will be rolling out further public communications about our current situation, and about fundraising campaigns to rebuild our reserves for this vital charitable activity.

Approved by the Alberta Veterinary Medical Association, Tails of Help is a registered charity dedicated to pet health care education and improving access to essential veterinary care for pets of low income and at-risk families in Alberta.