Yes, you can donate your Aeroplan points to CAAT to help us help the animals in remote communities through airfare assistance.
The Canadian Animal Assistance Team, in coordination with Aeroplan Canada, is receiving donations of Aeroplan miles/points during the month of May 2011. From May 1 to 31, 2011 Aeroplan miles can be donated to CAAT free of charge. All Aeroplan miles will be used to assist CAAT volunteers to travel to remote British Columbia, Yukon and Nunavut communities to carry out Animal Wellness Clinics – vaccinating, deworming, education, spaying and neutering, and addressing public health concerns in each community. Please download the pledge form to donate your Aeroplan miles to CAAT. Each form must be printed out and filled out and signed in your own handwriting, and faxed to (604) 733-0142 or mailed to CAAT, 1635 West 4th Avenue, Vancouver, B.C., V6J 1L8, Canada.
Aeroplan has always allowed us, as a charity, to accept donated points during our annual Aeroplan campaign. However, in 2011, Aeroplan is revising their charitable donation program to make it possible for you to donate your Aeroplan miles/points at any time! They are also working on making it easier to do ONLINE! Donating your Aeroplan miles to help CAAT help the animals will be easier than ever.
Your donations of your Aeroplan points make a huge difference to the animals in these communities by assisting in getting the team members there to perform the sterilization and vaccination services that are so desperately needed to keep the animals healthy and cared for.
The Canadian Animal Assistance Team (CAAT) is a group of veterinary technologists, veterinary assistants, veterinarians and concerned animal welfare members dedicated to providing veterinary medicine and humane education for needy animals worldwide. CAAT is a registered charity under the Canadian Income Tax Act.
Founded by Vancouver-registered Animal Health Technologist Donna Lasser in the wake of Hurricane Katrina, CAAT sent 82 Veterinarians and Technologists to Louisiana in September and October 2005. While in Louisiana, CAAT members aided in the rescue, medical and husbandry needs of thousands of animals displaced by Hurricanes Katrina and Rita.
Since 2005, CAAT has been continuously growing as an organization. There are members all across Canada with headquarters in Vancouver and in Ontario. Along with continuing to be available as a disaster response team worldwide, CAAT is also dedicated to providing Animal Wellness Clinics to communities with limited or no access to veterinary services for their animals. The teams provide spay/neuter, deworming and vaccination services to the animals in need.
CAAT is continuing to develop its volunteer base and organizational infrastructure necessary to be able to continue to respond to the veterinary needs of domestic animals in communities in need and to be able to continue to serve as a disaster response team.
* To provide animal wellness clinics for domestic animals in rural / underserved areas.
* To provide education in the health needs, husbandry, care requirements and population control of domestic animals to handlers, keepers and owners.
* To ensure domestic animals are included in community disaster response / preparedness plans.
* To provide veterinary services to domestic animals following natural disasters.