CaliCan Rescue is a grassroots, volunteer run, not-for-profit organization rescuing small-breed dogs from California. CaliCan Rescue reduces the number of animals surrendered by its in-depth adoption process and works to educate the public on the benefits of adoption through creating awareness and providing information. CaliCan has grown to accept local surrenders.
“We are a very young not-for-profit organization here in Edmonton, but we have big dreams and very big goals. We hope that by previously releasing these shorts, and premiering this amazing documentary produced by Jake Bergen Films, that we can answer some of those burning questions we are often asked: Why California?
The basis of the documentary had Co-Founder, Rene Mayer, and Jake Bergen, of Wingnut Studios, fly to California in March 2013 to document CaliCan at its roots. The entire journey was captured to show the amount of work involved in pulling dogs from high-kill shelters, getting them medically ready, and boarded on to the plane to head to Canada.
Founders Rene and Kari Mayer are pleased at how far the organization has come since their first flight in 2010. “Since our first rescued pup, we have found wonderful homes for 340+ dogs (as of June 2014) right here in Canada. It is hard to fathom or even explain the magnitude of the problem in California. With Jake (Jake Bergen Films) acting as our eyes, we will be able show each and everyone how and why we operate and how great the need really is.”
A reported 65,000 – 80,000 dogs are euthanized each year in Central Valley California.