The Greater Edmonton Animal Rescue Society (GEARS) was formed in 2013 to help injured, abandoned, unwanted, and homeless animals. GEARS is a non-profit organization that relies on a network of donors, 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 our community. Compassion motivates us to help, heal, and alleviate the pain of the animals we encounter. 

Our vision is simple: We are gearing towards a future where animals are treated with compassion and respect.

Our mission is to provide force-free compassionate care as a foster home-based animal rescue; focusing on rehabilitation and responsible rehoming.


The GEARS community started with a group of people who had shared social values centered on animal welfare. Volunteers and foster homes are the crucial links between animals in need and their warm, loving homes. The GEARS community now extends much further than our homes and neighbourhoods; it includes partner organizations, adoptive families, and Guardian Angel families.


GEARS strives to change all that is within our power and our power is great. Our volunteers, foster homes, fundraising, and community partners work as one. The animals we can give a second chance to change us. They bring together new families, volunteers, and donors – spreading joy and the courage to realize our vision and mission. 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 ensure all animals receive vetting including vaccinations, spays/neuter, microchip, and any other medical care they need before being cleared for adoption. GEARS is a member of the Alberta Force Free Alliance and any animal with behaviour issues will receive behaviour support before and after adoption. We also 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 & Cat Shelter & Medical Director
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Jessica Padovan

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Karla Alsop

Vice President, Director of Intakes, Fosters, & Behaviour
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Stephanie Major

Secretary & Director of Marketing & Social Media [email protected]

Mic Friesen

Director of Adoptions
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Director of Events & Fundraising
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Michelle Houle

Director of Donations
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Get In touch

If you are looking to volunteer, foster, owner surrender, adopt or Intake Appointment Request – Strathcona County please click the links for the appropriate form. Please read our FAQ below before submitting your message. Our rescue is run by volunteers, so please be patient as a response may take up to 72 hours.

PO Box 69013 Skyview, Edmonton, AB, T6V1G7

Please note that we are volunteer-run and foster home based, so we do not have a physical address. If you need further assistance, please use our contact form.

Please email or complete form to contact us

Please note that we are volunteer-run, and do not have the resources to manage a public phone line. Please fill out our contact form or surrender form and we will get back to you as soon as possible.

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Most frequent questions and answers

Thank you for reaching out to us to help you rehome your animal! Our form is hosted by Google Drive – please sign in with your email or create an account to access the form. This is a security setting created by Google, as we request a file upload of a image of your animal 🙂  

Hi there, thank you for thinking of us! Please email [email protected] and our donations director will be happy to help you.

You will receive a link with your order confirmation email titled “Your Greater Edmonton Animal Rescue Society order is now complete” to choose a location and schedule your pickup. Please search for this email in your inbox and spam folder before contacting us for support.

After you click the link and select a pickup time, you will be able to choose your pickup area. You will receive the full address in an email after completing the Calendly booking.

You will receive a confirmation email titled “Your Greater Edmonton Animal Rescue Society order is now complete” when your order is available. Please ensure you check your spam folder if you do not see this email. Please wait to receive this email – if this email has not been sent out, we do not have ice melt in stock and do not have an estimated time. Please note it may take up to 2 weeks for our palettes to arrive.

All cats/dogs found within the city limits must go through the Animal Care & Control Centre. You can contact them by dialing 311 or learn more here:

You can also try to find the animal’s owner by using Edmonton Lost & Found Pets Search:

Please fill out the surrender form found on our website and our Intake Director will reply if we have available space. You must sign in or create an account to submit the form. Google Forms has a security rules for uploading an image of your animal to the form.

If our product listing says out of stock, we do not have an approximate date of when we will have a new palette in.

Please enter your email here and we will send a notification when we have ice melt availabilty. We are unable to reply to any email requests for ice melt.

We are unable to change CanadaHelps donations from our end. Please follow this link for instructions on how to access your account dashboard and make edits to your donations.

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Our foster home applications are currently on hold.

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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!