The Greater Edmonton Animal Rescue Society (GEARS) was formed in 2013 to help injured, abandoned, unwanted, and homeless animals in the Edmonton area. Compassion motivates us to help, heal, and alleviate the pain of the animals we encounter. GEARS is a non-profit organization that relies on a network of volunteers and foster homes working together to give companion animals a second chance at their forever family. With high standards of practice and charitable status, GEARS sets an example in the community, for companion animal welfare and rescue. 


The GEARS community started with a group of people who had shared social values centered on animal welfare and wellness. Volunteers and foster homes are the crucial links between the hungry, hurt, scared animal on the street and their warm, new forever home. The GEARS community now extends much further than our homes and neighbourhoods; it includes partner organizations, adoptive families, and Outreach families.


GEARS endeavours to change all that is within our power and our power is great. Not only do we change the lives of the animals in our care, the animals we encounter, and the families we meet, but they change us. Together, we can change the world. If you’re looking for a new family member, GEARS might have one for you! Our application process is easy but thorough. We care about where our animals are going, and want to give them the best chance of a successful match. We provide our animals with a spay or neuter, up to date vaccinations, microchips, health checks by one of our great partner vets, and provide our adopters with a post-adoption support group so you can ask questions or share your happily ever after photos.

Board of Directors

Liz Pankhurst

President/Intake/Outreach Events/Fundraising/Donations

Tara Sauer

Vice President/Adoptions

Heather Hruza

Treasurer & Secretary

Dawn Nemeth


Karla Alsop


Christine Day


Tamara Mazur


Lindsay VandeVoorde

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If you are looking to volunteer, foster, surrender or adopt, please click the links for the appropriate form.

PO Box 69013 Skyview, Edmonton, AB, T6V1G7

Charity number



We can issue tax receipts for cash donations equal or greater than $20! Our charity number is 822791430RR0001

Ways to donate

By cheque:
P.O. Box 69013 Skyview
Edmonton, AB
T6V 1G7

The ATB Cares program matches donations by 15% and will issue a tax receipt on our behalf! Click here to donate through ATB Cares!
We will also accept cash or in-kind donations in person at events!

thank you for your support


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