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

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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…)

Calgary Police Lay Charges in Animal Cruelty Death

April 2nd, 2015

Calgary, AB — Immediate Release

The Calgary Police Service has charged a man in relation to a dog death in late March, following a joint investigation with the Calgary Humane Society.

At approximately 4:30 p.m., on Monday, March 23, 2015, police were called to a residence in the 1400 block of Richland Road N.E., after a dog that lived there was found dead and buried in the back yard. A necropsy performed by the Calgary Humane Society confirmed that the dog had injuries consistent with being beaten, and the cause of death was a deep cut on the animal’s neck.

The dog’s name was Chevy and he was a border collie/chocolate lab mixed-breed.

It is believed that as part of a dispute between two people living at the residence, the dog was taken from a locked area, badly beaten and killed with a knife, then buried in the backyard. Police believe this was a targeted attack and that there was no danger to any other animals in the community as a result of this incident.

Robert Malcom NICHOLSON, age 34, of Calgary, is charged under the Criminal Code of Canada with breaking and entering, mischief to property, obstruction of justice, killing an animal without lawful excuse and causing unnecessary suffering to an animal. He has also been charged under the Alberta Animal Protection Act with causing an animal to be in distress.

 

Wiggles & Co: Week 5

 

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 and fourth weeks in foster! 

Puppies can scream!

They were two weeks old on a Thursday.  By Friday night Wiggles and I were cowering together on the couch behind the whelping box.  What has happened here?  Who are these banshees?  The day before they were making cute little grunts and growls….oh what a difference a day makes.  Wiggles and I would both carefully check each screaming pup to have them just fall asleep on us – nothing appeared wrong with any of them – they were just discovering their vocal chords. (more…)

Wiggles & Co: Week 4

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 and third weeks in foster!

While the new babies continued on in their boring daily routine (eat, sleep, grow) a ‘new’ puppy was emerging:  Wiggles was suddenly embracing her true puppy self.  She started spending a little more time cuddling in bed with me morning and night and was always by my side if I was doing something “interesting”.  She will run to her babes if they squeak but she is starting to have more “mom” time and enjoying all the toys here for her.

We are working on ignoring the ‘other’ dogs that live in my home:  the one behind the glass of the fireplace, the one she sees in the oven, there are more she can see at the back of the curio cabinets, television stand and the full length mirror in my bedroom. (more…)