Remarkable Rescue Organizations


The Barrhead Animal Rescue Society (B.A.R.S.) was established in January 2010, and is dedicated to ensuring the humane treatment of all animals.

They provide a safe and nurturing environment for unwanted, abandoned, lost, and mistreated pets until they can be placed into loving homes. Through proactive intervention, public education, fundraising events, and community outreach, the Barrhead Animal Rescue Society seeks to promote respect for all life by breaking the cycle of abuse, neglect and pet overpopulation in the community.

The Barrhead Animal Rescue Society is supported through private contributions.

BARS has several fur babies ready to find their forever homes so please visit their website or check out their Facebook Page.


Whisker Rescue is a no-kill organization relying on volunteers and foster families to give every cat that enters their adoption program the time, patience, love and cuddles they need until their forever homes can be found. They provide basic needs such as shelter, food, medical attention and adoption opportunities to stray, homeless and surrendered cats.

Each cat is vet checked, vaccinated, de-wormed, spayed or neutered, and tattooed or micro-chipped. They are proud to offer a Lifetime Return Policy, no questions asked! They have variable adoption fees for some programs: “Seniors for Seniors, Positive Pals, Special Needs and Barn Buddies.”

Although they do not have a shelter, they are fortunate to work in cooperation with several Red Deer facilities (as well as Edmonton & Olds), who have generously donated time and space to help them.

Some of what Whisker gives to felines in need…..

  • Financial assistance to families (when funds are available) to assist in spaying or neutering their own cats to help control stray populations.
  • A warm kennel and cuddles from volunteers and vet staff.
  • Time spent nurturing and bottle-nursing kittens without mothers.
  • Food and supplies such as litter, litter boxes, blankets and toys for foster homes.
  • Medication for cats and kittens suffering from diseases and infections (i.e. Upper Respiratory)

You can support this wonderful rescue by donating your time as a foster or volunteer or provide much needed financial aid by signing up as a Guardian Angel or by making a one time donation.

Please visit their website or check out their Facebook Page.

If you would like more information on this amazing foundation, please visit their website or check out their Facebook Page.


I would like to welcome Matty’s Place Cat Sanctuary as my first feature Rescue of the Month for October 2015.
This is a wonderful local rescue that makes a huge difference in the lives of sick,hurt,abandoned, abused and disabled cats out there. They provide specialized care in a home setting and work really hard to establish a bond of love and trust with these fur babies.
Matty’s Place is a registered Canadian Charity and is supported solely through charitable donations. Without the assistance of all those who donate time, food and monetary donations, it would not be possible to continue.
At any given time, they are always in need of the following items:
  • Canned Cat Food-All varieties
  • Dry Cat Food – All varieties
  • Cat Litter
  • Laundry Detergent (for HE machine)
  • Bleach
  • Cat Treats
  • Dish Soap
  • Cat Toys
  • Cat Beds
  • Gently used cat carriers
  • Cat furniture
  • Scratching posts
  • Stainless steel dishes ( 8 oz) Stainless steel buckets
It goes without saying that they could definitely use monetary donations.
Being home to several hundred cats as well as taking care of a Feral Colony on their land comes at a price, spay and neutering, emergency vet bills as well as everyday costs to keep these animals healthy and happy takes a toll on the pocketbook.
If you would like to help out in any way, please contact Matty’s Place through their website or email me at and I can get you in touch with them.

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