What is Infinite Woofs Animal Rescue Society (IWARS)?
We are a not-for-profit organization dedicated to the well-being of all animals. We rely strictly on the generous donations from the public, local businesses and other rescues. We provide food, veterinary care, and foster homes and then find forever homes for all of our animals.
Where do IWARS’ Animals come from?
Our animals come from all over and from different environments and situations. Whether we are re-homing due to an ill owner, separations, homelessness, abuse or neglect, we are there to help make the animal’s life a happy and fulfilled one as he/she transitions into a new life.
What happens to the animals once they are rescued?
When an animal is rescued by Infinite Woofs Animal Rescue Society they undergo a veterinary exam, receive vaccinations and are given immediate medical care if necessary. They are placed in a foster home until they are ready/old enough to be micro-chipped and spayed/neutered. These costs are all covered by Infinite Woofs Animal Rescue Society and the donations they receive. Our goal is then to find forever families for each of our foster animals.
All Infinite Woofs Animal Rescue Society’s cats and dogs are vaccinated prior to adoption. Depending on the age of the animal and time in care, final shots may be due after adoption and that is the adopters responsibility
Dogs are vaccinated with DA2LP + PV (Canince Distemper – Adenovirus 2 – Parainfluenza – Parvo Virus Vaccine) and the Rabies vaccination (if old enough upon adoption).
Cats are vaccinated with FRCP (Feline Rhinotracheotos – Calici – Panleukopenia Vaccine) and the Rabies vaccination (if old enough upon adoption).
** We DO NOT vaccinate for Bordatella (Kennel cough), Feline Leukemia, or any other vaccinations not listed above. These are at the cost of the owners if they wish to vaccinate for these. Unless warranted we do not routinely test for these and would also be the owners responsibility **
Infinite Woofs Animal Rescue Society does not license adopted pets for their new homes. This task falls on the new owners of the adopted cat or dog. If you live in Edmonton, please visit www.edmonton.ca/petlicenses or in person at Animal Care and Control Centre 13550 163 Street or Planning and Development, 5th Floor, 10250 – 101 Street, both in Edmonton. **NOTE check location/floor** A fine for your animal not having a license is $250, plus impound fees. Failure to display dog license tag: $100.
Having a pet license can save your animals life if ever lost or found by someone. This license number links your animal to you if ever there is an emergency.
If you live outside greater Edmonton, please check with your local jurisdiction by-laws.
We are working diligently in the community to raise awareness regarding the spaying and neutering of animals. All of the cats, dogs and rabbits that we take in are spayed or neutered and microchipped before they are adopted.
How does IWARS get its funding for animal care?
Again, IWARS relies strictly on the kindness and generosity of the public, neighbouring businesses and other rescues for help in saving these lives.
What is the difference between IWARS and the Edmonton Humane Society?
We are a smaller community based rescue that is run solely by volunteers. We are not a shelter environment. We do not have staff vets, we have to work with partner vet clinics.
Where are we located?
Our foster network is greater Edmonton and surrounding areas, this is where our foster animals live. We have an administrative office located at 11519 160 st. in Edmonton, AB. No animals are housed there. Hours vary depending on volunteer availability.
Does IWARS Issue Tax Receipts?
All donations over $20 from businesses and the public will be provided with a tax receipt upon request. In order to receive receipts, we must be provided with a name, address, phone number and e-mail address.
Does IWARS accept Non-Monetary Donations?
Yes, we accept any sort of donation that will be of benefit to our animals. Food, kennels, towels, gift cards, items for the silent auctions, etc. are all accepted by us. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org if you have an item you would like to donate.
Does IWARS euthanize any of their animals?
Infinite Woofs Animal Rescue Society does not euthanize for any behaviour problems and only euthanizes animals when it is a severe health condition where the animal is suffering and this is recommended by two registered, qualified veterinarians. We will help out any of the animals we take into care with any medical treatments, procedures and medications they may need. Every animal that comes into IWARS is a member of the family.
Our Stance on Cosmetic Surgery
*** As of 2019, the rules have changed for cosmetic surgery and most of the procedures are not allowed to be done by Veterinarians in Alberta***
Infinite Woofs Animal Rescue Society opposes the surgical alteration of companion animals for cosmetic and non-medical purposes. Infinite Woofs Animal Rescue Society supports only those surgeries done to treat injuries or for reasons of health.
IWARS strongly recommends that breed associations remove cosmetic and non-medical surgeries from their breed standards and condemns tail-docking and ear-cropping as inhumane, unethical, and unnecessary.
Cosmetic surgery causes unnecessary pain and suffering. Cosmetic surgery may lead to life-threatening complications such as infection and hemorrhage.
Cosmetic surgery poses no benefit to companion animals and is sometimes ineffective in achieving the desired result.
A number of veterinary associations have banned members from performing cosmetic surgeries and see these procedures as inhumane and unnecessary.
Research indicates that because the tail is an important means of social communication for dogs, depriving a dog of its tail may have negative social effects on the dog.
Several countries in Europe have banned tail docking.
Some dogs have dew claws that may catch on objects, tearing the skin or perhaps even ripping off completely. Removing dew claws should never be done for merely cosmetic reasons. However, if removal is advised by a veterinarian, they should be removed by a veterinarian.
IWARS opposes the declawing of cats and recommends a number of other remedies for clawing behavior. The surgery is a serious one, involving amputation of the last joint in the paw and can pose serious and painful compilations to the cat.