Wiggles + Co: Week 9

Wiggles & Co

Wiggles came into the CHS as a transfer from a rescue in the Yukon – young, scared and pregnant. Knowing the best environment for a mama dog to give birth and raise puppies is in a home situation, our Foster Coordinator quickly began her search for the perfect temporary home for the small white dog. Long-time foster parent Susan (and occasional CHS blog contributor!) offered her home and will be caring for the pooch family for the next several weeks. She will be documenting her foster adventure in a weekly series, Wiggles & Co. Check out Wiggle’s first, second, third, fourth, fifth, sixth, seventh and eighth weeks in foster!

Wiggles recovered very well from having her puppies but I’ve got to tell you, her foster parent is pooped! (more…)

Gary Van Meowski Shows his volunteer appreciation

 

 

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Hello CHS Supporters!

Well, it was bound to happen. In honor of volunteer month, Gary Van Meowski has decided to… umm… ‘grace’ us with his musical skills once again. While we don’t think you’ll see him on the top 40 countdown any time soon, even we have to admit, the cat has some skills…

Without further adieu, we present:

 

“My Favorite Things” (Spoiler alert: it’s volunteers)

Shamelessly ripped off by: Gary Van Meowski

They’re scooping the litter and petting the kittens

In winter they walk dogs with warm woollen mittens
Brown paper bunny bags they like to bring
Volunteers are just some of my favorite things!

The dog class assistants help Fido’s behavior
For dishes and laundry they’re simply our saviours
They work really hard and they make our hearts sing
Volunteers are just some of my favorite things!

They come through the hallways and pick up the trashes
They clean up the poop without batting eyelashes
They take part in cleaning to welcome the spring
Volunteers are just some of my favorite things!

When my food’s out, when my bed’s gone
When I’m feeling mad
I simply remember my favorite things
And they make me feel so glad!

They make thank-you phone calls and sort all our papers
They stuff event gift bags and help with fun capers
Without them the hard work we do would sure sting
Volunteers are just some of my favorite things!

They are very fine playmates and good toy inspectors
And we cannot forget our great board of directors
They outfit our kennels so we live like kings
Volunteers are just some of my favorite things!

They’ll be helping at Dog Jog to make things run slickly
While others will help those who feel rather sickly
They do all the hard work the shelter can bring
Volunteers are just some of my favorite things!

When my food’s out, when my bed’s gone
When I’m feeling mad
I simply remember my favorite things
And they make me feel so glad!

 

 

Wiggles + Co: Week 8

Wiggles & Co

Wiggles came into the CHS as a transfer from a rescue in the Yukon – young, scared and pregnant. Knowing the best environment for a mama dog to give birth and raise puppies is in a home situation, our Foster Coordinator quickly began her search for the perfect temporary home for the small white dog. Long-time foster parent Susan (and occasional CHS blog contributor!) offered her home and will be caring for the pooch family for the next several weeks. She will be documenting her foster adventure in a weekly series, Wiggles & Co. Check out Wiggle’s firstsecondthird, fourth, fifth, sixth and seventh weeks in foster!

 

The tears fell……

Wiggles struggled more each day – she wanted her babies to be playmates and they just were not big enough so she was getting a little too rough.  She wanted more attention and would insert herself between me and whatever puppy I was playing with or holding at the time. Even worse was how much they were actually hurting her when they nursed.  She was weaning them slowly but when she had to feed them she would whimper while they suckled.

As the puppies were getting bigger and moving around so much they also needed more daily socialization than I could give them as a single person.  (more…)

April Volunteer Spotlight: Behavior Class Assistant

 

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What do you get when you combine between eight to eighteen excited owners with their canine sidekicks in one classroom? Chaos without the help of our amazing Behavior Class Assistants!

April is Volunteer Month on the blog and today we bring you the inside scoop on volunteering with Calgary Humane Society by profiling a few of our fun, fabulous and unique volunteer roles!

If you have ever been to one of our many CHS training classes (we offer over 20 each week!), you may have met one of our volunteer Behavior Class Assistants! These faithful volunteers can often be found assisting with all aspects of a class. Volunteer Tiffany has been a behavior class assistant for about 7 months and describes her role as including:

“I distract dogs so that owners/clients can focus [on what is being taught], observe clients during activities and reiterate class exercises. I also calm and reassure clients and their dogs, clean up after class and provide water bowls for thirsty pups.”

Calgary Humane Society’s behavior classes are designed to be as interactive as possible. In addition to the responsibilities above, our volunteers can also be found providing visual demonstrations or role-playing training scenarios with our trainers and providing one on one help during practice time. These tasks are essential to creating a calm and structured learning environment during class time. To help reduce distractions, our volunteers are also sometimes tasked to deal with “puppy poop mishaps” or pooch “puddles” that happen during class time. (more…)

April Volunteer Spotlight: Corporate Volunteers

 

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Good Morning CHS Supporters!

We hope you are having a fabulous April so far! We are having an awesome time with volunteer appreciation month here at the shelter!

Today on the blog, we are bringing you a few details about our corporate volunteer program!

At Calgary Humane Society it is no secret that we LOVE our volunteers! In fact, we couldn’t do our work without them! In just one year our volunteers do the work of about 40 positions at the shelter – that’s a whole lot of time! Whether it is walking dogs, helping in animal health or doing dishes, our volunteers make the world go round.

In addition to our regular volunteers, we are often also lucky enough to play host to some awesome corporate groups that come in to the shelter to volunteer as a ‘team-building’ type event. We have had many corporate groups in over the years and they are always incredibly helpful to us. (more…)

Wiggles + Co: Week 7

Wiggles & Co

Wiggles came into the CHS as a transfer from a rescue in the Yukon – young, scared and pregnant. Knowing the best environment for a mama dog to give birth and raise puppies is in a home situation, our Foster Coordinator quickly began her search for the perfect temporary home for the small white dog. Long-time foster parent Susan (and occasional CHS blog contributor!) offered her home and will be caring for the pooch family for the next several weeks. She will be documenting her foster adventure in a weekly series, Wiggles & Co. Check out Wiggle’s firstsecondthirdfourth, fifth, and sixth weeks in foster!

And just when you think you have settled into a safe, comfortable routine… they keep growing and changing.

I have set up a play area outside of their whelping box for them to move around and play in.  When they hear me or catch sight of me a chorus of yelping begins.  I put in a basket for them to climb on and a tunnel for them to run through – they will chase each other over and through these obstacles as well as wrestle and play with the toys – no matter how big said toys are. (more…)

Annual General Meeting 2015

Calling all Calgary Humane Society members!

Calgary Humane Society members are invited to attend our Annual General Meeting (AGM) on Wednesday April 29, 2015 at 7:00PM, upstairs in the Learning Centre.

The AGM will cover highlights from 2014, including financial reviews, messages from the board of directors and management and the election of Directors.

Join us as we celebrate the successes of 2014, look forward to the challenges of 2015 and continue our work towards helping as many animals as we can. Calgary Humane Society’s AGM is open to all members in good standing. Light refreshments will be served.

Creed Sentenced in Animal Abuse Investigation

April 10th, 2015

Calgary, AB — Immediate Release

On May 13, 2014, Calgary Humane Society’s Protection and Investigations department removed more than 30
dogs of varying breeds from a home in the Acadia community of Southeast Calgary. This was due to a multiagency
collaborative effort deeming the house to be unfit for human habitation. On June 30, 2014, Calgary
Humane Society Peace Officers charged Beverly Jean Creed of Calgary, Alberta for causing or permitting an
animal to be in distress, contrary to the Animal Protection Act of Alberta. The 51 counts include charges laid
due to distress suffered by the animals as a result of environmental conditions of the dwelling, as well as
charges pertaining to 17 dogs deemed by veterinarians to be in medical distress.

On April 10, 2015, Creed pleaded guilty and was sentenced to a $10,000 fine and a lifetime two-animal limit.

Officer Nichols, Manager-Cruelty Investigations with Calgary Humane Society stated, “This is the largest fine
ever handed down in Calgary for an Animal Cruelty case. This reflects both the number of animals involved
and the severity of the environmental and medical neglect. The animal limit effectively ends any breeding, pet
sitting or mass handling/showing which is a considerable penalty considering Creed’s lengthy involvement in
the dog show community. Hopefully this sentence acts as a deterrent for those warehousing animals for any
purpose. This case demonstrates how severely quality of care can drop off with a large population of animals.”

Wiggles + Co: Week 6

Wiggles & Co

Wiggles came into the CHS as a transfer from a rescue in the Yukon – young, scared and pregnant. Knowing the best environment for a mama dog to give birth and raise puppies is in a home situation, our Foster Coordinator quickly began her search for the perfect temporary home for the small white dog. Long-time foster parent Susan (and occasional CHS blog contributor!) offered her home and will be caring for the pooch family for the next several weeks. She will be documenting her foster adventure in a weekly series, Wiggles & Co. Check out Wiggle’s first, second, third, fourth and fifth weeks in foster!

The puppies were changing almost daily – their motor skills improved, their vocal range grew, their colors changed and some personality traits started to develop.  They began to wrestle with each other and chew on some of their toys, each other’s faces and limbs.  Wiggles got excited a few times and would join them to engage in what I believed was play: rolling them around and “nibbling” on them – sometimes they would squeak but mostly they would just start crawling over her.  (more…)

April Volunteer Spotlight: Dog Walking Edition!

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Good morning CHS supporters! Welcome to April!

We hope you enjoyed the long weekend and had lots of fun with both two- and four-legged friends and family members!

April is volunteer month here on the blog, so we will be bringing you a sneak peek behind the scenes of some of our volunteer roles. If there is a volunteer role or something related to volunteering that you would like to have us cover, please email community@calgaryhumane.ca or share it in our Facebook group! We will try to cover as many of your ideas as we can!

Today we are looking at one of our most popular volunteer roles: Dog Walking! (more…)