Keeping Pets Healthy and at Home


Tails of Help needs your support for us to keep saving more Alberta pets!

Tails of Help temporarily suspends receipt
of applications and approvals for funding
effective immediately – April 26, 2024

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. Tails of Help has allocated all available charitable funds for providing pet treatment aid.Effective immediately, as of April 26, 2024, Tails of Help will temporarily suspend receipt and approval of funding applications.
Tails of Help is planning a campaign to replenish funds.

For more information please contact us by email here: info@tailsofhelp.caIn the coming weeks Tails of Help will roll out further public communications about our current situation, and about fundraising campaigns to replenish funds.
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 in financial distress and at-risk families in Alberta. Tails of Help has provided aid for over 1500 pets and owners, including a record number more than 250 in the past year alone, and the need continues to grow.


By Providing Aid For Low Income Alberta Families

Tails of Help is a volunteer-driven registered charity focused on helping Albertans in need. Approved by the Alberta Veterinary Medical Association, we help fund essential veterinary care for ill or injured pets of owners who are experiencing financial hardship. Our goal is to help keep pets healthy and with their loving families.

We help seniors, disabled, or low income pet owners who own pets that need essential veterinary treatment. We can help care for companion animals of all kinds, from dogs and cats to birds and ferrets.

See complete Eligibility Criteria.

We are currently engaged in our annual fundraising campaign and need your support! As part of our annual campaigns we offer varying levels of recognition for both individuals and corporations. Learn more.

Volunteer your time —Whether you can lend a hand for a few hours, or help lead some of our bigger projects, your skills and talents can be a big help to our cause.

Research shows that too many Albertans are forced to give up a family pet because they cannot afford needed health care.  When financial hardship strikes, animals are often left untreated, suffering, surrendered, or even euthanized.

Learn more about the value of the Human Animal Bond.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Tails of Help benefits Alberta pet owners and their animals and is supported by Alberta veterinary practices, veterinarians and animal health technologists who frequently encounter the situation where animals are surrendered or euthanized due to an owner’s limited financial resources.

Tails of Help charitable activities will be delivered through participating Alberta veterinary practices. Veterinarians and animal health technologists are essential to program success. As well, Tails of Help encourages ABVMA members, animal rescue and shelter groups to become involved as volunteers in the Tails of Help activities with respect to education, and the reduction of root causes leading to forced and unnecessary surrender or euthanization of pets due to an owner’s financial hardship.

Tails of Help has the objective to provide assistance to the Alberta pet owner facing financial hardship whose companion animal is ill or injured and requires essential veterinary care. Tails of Help also strives to educate the public on the cost and responsibilities of pet ownership, including disease and injury prevention. The goal is to help reduce the burden on animal shelters, humane societies and social services in the province by keeping pets healthy and with their loving families.
Too many Albertans are forced to give up a family pet because they can’t afford needed health care.

When financial hardship strikes, ill or injured animals are often left untreated, suffering, surrendered, or even euthanized.

Tails of Help strives to reduce the burden on animal shelters, humane societies and social services in the province by keeping pets healthy and with their loving families.

When you give, you can be assured your dollars are being used effectively to keep pets healthy and with their families. Tails of Help collaborates with participating veterinary clinics to determine medical need for the pet and financial need of the owner. This ensures that charitable activities serve qualified recipients with pets that face a good prognosis for recovery and treatment.

Tails of Help will be measuring results in this program and will report back to donors. We have developed rigorous standards of excellence for performance in all aspects of our operation as a registered charitable organization.

We support Albertans that own companion animals and who are below certain financial thresholds. Participating veterinary clinics are all members of the Alberta Veterinary Medical Association.
During the start-up of this foundation, the initial costs (for CRA registration, website development and materials to promote awareness of our organization and for initial fundraising activities) were generously funded by private foundations, individuals and certain associations interested in supporting this initiative. The ABVMA has also generously provided certain resources at no material cost to its members and have engaged key veterinary members, with a passion to develop this worthy activity, to support an orderly and successful start-up of this foundation. It is our objective to keep all related administration costs below 20 per cent of the total funds raised in our first year of operation and to reduce this percentage as we develop our capacity and capability in the organization. For comparison, the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) considers 35 per cent to be an acceptable standard.

Assistance To Financially Challenged Pet Owners.

Tails of Help is seeking to raise commitments of $236,000 during its fiscal year ending May 31, 2023 through its fundraising campaigns. We estimate that it will cost our organization $59,000 to raise this amount. We anticipate that these fundraising costs will be entirely covered by corporate sponsorships and grants. This means that all additional donations will go toward our charitable activity of helping pets and families. We plan to use the donated money to fund essential veterinary care for ill or injured pets of Alberta owners who are experiencing financial hardship. Our goal is to keep pets healthy and with their loving families. For further information, please see our website at, or contact Mark Patrick, Tails of Help Executive Director by email to or phone at 587-575-8415. Our mailing address is:
Tails of Help, 1260 – 5328 Calgary Trail NW, Edmonton, T6H 4J8.
Tails of Help is incorporated under the Companies Act (Alberta) and is a registered charity under the Income Tax Act (Canada).

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