Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with your pet!

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Happy St. Patrick’s Day, CHS Supporters!

We hope you are enjoying the festivities and that any visiting leprechauns have left treats instead of tricks! Today on the blog, we are talking about fun ways to bring your pet in on the festivities of the day, and why Fido shouldn’t be allowed to share your green beer.

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Bunny Behaviour – What does it mean?

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Binky? Chinning? Stomping? Are you nodding your head in understanding or shaking your head in confusion? Don’t feel bad if you’re confused, rabbits have a unique set of behaviours they use to let us know what they’re thinking.  The good, the bad and the hilarious, bunny behaviour is unique, so let’s get down to bun-ness (That’s ‘business’ in bunny talk)   (more…)

5 Most Lovely Health Benefits You Get From Your Pet

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We want to celebrate the special bond between humans and pets by sharing the 5 Most Lovely (and surprising!) Health Benefits You Get From Your Pet.

1.Petting a dog or cat lowers your blood pressure – Studies have found that petting a furry companion results in a lowered blood pressure and heart rate! Even when compared to relaxing with a good book having a snuggle with your pet on the couch was the top performer when it came to dropping blood pressure.

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5 tips to get Fido used to winter clothing

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Jackets and boots can be a great way to keep your pooch warm while on walks this winter, but not every dog is ready to pull off the look right away. Our Behaviour team gave us some great tips on getting Fido used to his new winter duds.  (more…)

Sentencing in Cruelty Case involving 92 Animals

November 03, 2016 | Calgary, AB – Immediate Release

On November 3, 2016, Anthony and Christine BERRY were sentenced on charges of causing unnecessary pain, suffering or injury to an animal and failing to provide suitable and adequate care to an animal. Each received a $6,900 fine and a lifetime prohibition from owning or residing with animals with the exception of one spayed or neutered cat or dog.

On August 30, 2014, Calgary Humane Society Peace Officers, with assistance from Calgary Police Service and Animal Services, seized 92 animals from an Erinwoods home after finding rabbits, hamsters, a dog and a cat in distress due to grossly unsanitary conditions, untreated medical concerns and a lack of basic necessities. Several of the animals had to be humanely euthanized due to severe medical distress. During the seizure a peace officer was assaulted and threatened.

Brad Nichols, Manager, Animal Cruelty Investigations said, “While this case is disturbing, it is encouraging to see it being taken seriously by the courts. This case encapsulates many of our greatest concerns from the various types of severe neglect and hoarding, to the danger our officers faced when the owner became violent. This sentence reflects both the punitive aspect of the offences while also taking into account future animals with the prohibition. Considering the level of neglect and the fact the Berry’s were rabbit enthusiasts who were heavily involved in the show community makes it that much more important to keep them away from animals for a significant period. We also want to thank the Calgary Police Service for minimizing the traumatic nature of the assault on our peace officer.”

Anthony Berry was remanded for several months prior to entering a guilty plea due to the assault on a peace officer and uttering threats in association with the seizure.

Kittens Found Abandoned in Dumpster

September 2, 2016

Calgary, AB — Immediate Release

On August 31, 2016, four kittens were found abandoned inside a sealed box in a dumpster in the alley of the 3300 block of 44 Ave SE.

Brad Nichols, Senior Manager, Cruelty Investigations said, “While abandonment of cats is a fairly common offense, this case is significantly aggravated by the circumstances of the abandonment. These vulnerable kittens were not set free or left behind. They were maliciously sealed in a box and tossed in a garbage dumpster with no possible way to escape. There was clear intent to ensure these kittens did not have an opportunity to fend for themselves.”

 

 

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ResQwalk and raise funds for Calgary Humane Society

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Calgary Humane Society has been approved to be a part of ResQwalk! Download the app here: http://resqwalk.com/ 

ResQwalk is a FREE mobile app that enables you to raise money and resources for animal welfare organizations in Canada and the United States, simply by walking. Each month they announce a ResQpool of cash and other resources that have been provided by corporate sponsors. In order to earn part of the pool for your favorite animal welfare organization, all you have to do is download the ResQwalk app, select Calgary Humane Society as your charity of choice, and start walking (or running or biking!)

Below are some of the common questions asked. If you have any others please check out their website.

 

FAQ

How are funds divided?

At the end of the month the ResQpool is proportionally distributed to the ResQpartners based on miles/kilometers walked. For example, if a total of 1,000 km are walked in a month, and Charity A walks 800 km, and Charity B walks 200 km, then Charity A gets 80% of the ResQpool while Charity B gets 20%.

 

Is ResQwalk limited to walking (with a dog)?

No. You can participate in any distance-related activity, such as walking, running or biking, as long as the activity can be measured by GPS and involves a speed of less than 14 mph.  Currently, they are unable to track stationary equipment such as treadmills because you are not moving so GPS isn’t being used.

 

Does GPS consume the data on my phone?

No, GPS does not use data. The other app features, such as uploading a photo, do use data. If you are concerned about your data usage, please be sure to connect to Wi-Fi when uploading photos and/or interacting with features such as the News Feed and Leaderboard.

 

 

HOW PET HEALTH INSURANCE SAVED MY DOG’S LIFE

 

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Bringing a furry friend into your life is a hugely exciting time! Among the top thoughts on many soon-to-be pet owner’s minds are all the fun things to do and buy: pretty leashes, cool collars, a comfortable bed, a healthy diet, fun toys and tasty treats. Along with the fun also comes the responsibility of pet-ownership including finding a good veterinarian, licensing, identification and training. Unfortunately, in the midst of all the excitement and preparation, even the most organized, loving and dedicated pet owners often overlook one crucial piece of advice: the value of pet health insurance. Pet health insurance can be an invaluable way to plan for health expenses should your pet become sick or injured. Sadly, the reality of not planning for unexpected veterinary expenses means many owners each year face very difficult, and often heartbreaking, choices. (more…)

Calgary Humane Society Near Capacity

June 28, 2016

Calgary, AB — Immediate Release

Due to an overwhelming number of cats and kittens admitted to the shelter over the last few months, Calgary Humane Society is holding an emergency two-day adoption event.

“2016 has been an extremely busy year for us with 185 more cats admitted to the shelter compared to the same time period in 2015. We definitely know economy is playing a role as sadly many of the cats we are seeing have either been surrendered by their owners or simply abandoned,” said Executive Director, Carrie Fritz.

Since January 1st, 2016 Calgary Humane Society has taken in 2, 770 animals, of those 1, 690 are cats.

What: Calgary Humane Society Emergency Two-Day Adoption Event

When: Wednesday June 29 – Thursday June 30, 2016: 12:00pm. – 7:00pm.

Details: Adoption by donation only (no minimum donation).

Only cats seven months and older qualify (no kittens).

Holds on cats cannot be placed during the event.

 

URGENT NEED FOR KENNELS

May 5, 2016

Calgary, AB — Immediate Release

 

We are putting out an urgent request for hard plastic kennels of all shapes and sizes to help transport animals displaced by the wildfire in Fort McMurray.
We had requested 300 kennels this morning and now another call has come in for 600 more.
Time is critical as we need to get these kennels to those affected as soon as possible. If you can help please drop off any kennels you are able to donate to: Calgary Humane Society: 4455 110 Avenue SE.

 

UPDATE (7:00PM): Due to the tremendous generosity of Calgarians and Southern Albertans we have hit the 600 mark for kennels and then some!

Thank you to everyone who has brought us kennels, supplies, food, and support. We no longer need plastic kennels or supplies at this time.

We are waiting to hear from rescue groups in the Fort McMurray area as to future needs and will update our website and social media accordingly.

Thank you to everyone who helped us meet this goal in such a short amount of time. We are truly grateful.

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