Stuff-A-Pooch Pad Makes Shelter stay More Comfortable For Hundreds of Homeless Animals

Our annual Stuff-A-Pooch-Pad Christmas Campaign is our way of making an animals stay at the shelter more comfortable while they spend their holidays with us at the shelter.

Not every animal gets the chance to go to a forever home for Christmas, so help us spread the holiday cheer! We are hoping to gather enough donations to fill a couple of pooch pads from the floor to ceiling. Last year we filled one and 1/2 pooch pads; not bad! This year we are hoping to fill two! On Christmas morning our volunteers gather up your generous gifts and give them to the animals to show that they very much loved. Please help make this Christmas special for an animal.

For details on our wishlist please scroll down:

Make a donation to our virtual pooch pad:

Stuff-a-pooch pad Wishlist

Thank you for choosing to support Calgary Humane Society through the donation of items to our animals! Last year CHS took in over 7,600 animals and as you may imagine, that takes a lot of food, treats and toys! We ask that you please consider sticking to the brands recommended below as our animals are on very sensitive diets to help their tummies while in shelter.

Food and Treats

  • Royal Canin – Gastro (Feline) wet and dry
  • Royal Canin – Kitten wet
  • Royal Canin – Puppy wet
  • Hills – D/D (Canine) wet and dry
  • Hills – I/D (Canine) wet and dry
  • Hills – CD (Feline) wet and dry
  • Hills – Small bites (canine)
  • KMR Powder (Kitten Milk Replacement Powder)
  • Benny Bully’s Treats
  • Trueman – Seed to Sky Blend. (Food for small rodent like animals)

Keeping Them Comfortable

  • Timothy hay
  • Alfalfa hay
  • Feliway
  • Adaptil
  • Dog/cat toys
  • Bird toys
  • Rabbit toys

A Little Goes A Long Way

  • Pet Planet gift card
  • Superstore gift card
  • Petland gift card
  • Safeway gift card
  • Walmart gift card

We Cannot Accept:

  • Open food
  • Clumping cat litter
  • Caninsulin syringes
  • Dialysis Equipment
  • Duvets
  • Electric blankets or sleeping bags
  • Human Pillows
  • Cushions
  • Rabbit or guinea pig cages
  • Used brushes, toothbrushes or grooming supplies
  • Used plastic dog or cat dishes
  • Used cat scratching posts

You might be wondering why we can’t use some of these items and it is because the vast majority of these used items cannot be properly disinfected to use in-shelter or in foster homes!

Thank you again for all of your support. With your help, we will make this an incredible holidays for all of the animals in our care!


Spread some holiday cheer with Calgary Humane Society!

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Join us for our “Fix This Flat” Adoption Event on November 5 to 7

We are building some great things at Calgary Humane Society and we need your help to house our feline friends!

Join us for Fix This Flat

Saturday Nov. 5 to Monday Nov.7

Thanks to a recent grant, Calgary Humane Society has begun making improvements to its shelter, including making its cat kennels larger and better suited for our feline residents. To do this, we need to do some construction and are holding the Fix This Flat adoption event to help empty our shelter and make renovations easier and less stressful for our animals.

From Saturday November 5th to Monday November 7th we will be offering adoptions at a choose your own adoption fee, with no minimum, on all of our available cats. Although cats will move to other areas of the shelter temporarily during construction, it is best if as many as possible can go directly to a new home.

Open up your home to a furry feline while we work hard at improving the temporary homes for the thousands of cats that come through Calgary Humane Society each year.


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.

Hoppy Meowloween Adoption Event

Calgary Humane is getting into the Halloween spirit and we have an incredible treat for our wonderful supporters!

Join us for Hoppy Halloween

Friday Oct. 28 to Monday Oct.31

Hoppy Halloween is a new adoption event that is happening at the shelter this Halloween season. With hundreds of adorable animals in our care, we are looking to place them into forever homes. Wouldn’t you agree that this is an amazing treat?

From Friday October 28th to Monday October 31st we will be offering adoptions at a choose your own adoption fee, with no minimum, on all of our available animals*. There is no better time than now to open your home to a cat, guinea pig or bunny. Bring home the ultimate treat this Halloween!

*Please note that some exotic animals may be exempt from this promotion. Classes may be required for some adoptions and will not be included in the choose your own adoption fee. For more information, please speak with an adoption counselor.


Public Tips Lead to Charge in Animal Cruelty Case

Media Release – October 7, 2016

Calgary, AB — Immediate Release

On Thursday, October 6, 2016, Nicholas Loughran of Calgary, AB was charged under the Animal Protection Act of Alberta for allowing a dog to be in distress. The female pit bull type dog, named “Takhara”, was found running at large in an Abbeydale school yard and taken to
a veterinary clinic. Calgary Humane Society Peace Officers began investigating as the dog had several concerning, large masses on her hind end which appeared to require veterinary care.

Brad Nichols, Senior Manager, Animal Cruelty Investigations stated: “What is concerning in this case, apart from the clear need for medical intervention, was that she was left to fend for herself as a stray. Despite the suffering “Takhara” endured, she had a resilient, affectionate disposition. Sadly, due to her condition and a poor prognosis, she was humanely euthanized on the recommendation of a veterinarian. We thank the public for their support in this case as their tips were fruitful toward the ultimate charge.”

Loughran appears in Provincial court on October 11, 2016.

Officer Nichols will be available today for interviews.


It is Rabbit Adoption Week at Calgary Humane Society

Calling all bun lovers! We are excited to announce that it is Rabbit Adoption Week at Calgary Humane Society! Shake your cotton tails down to the shelter and make your home a forever home for a lucky bun because it’s no fun unless you got buns, hun!

Bun puns aside, this great event was created because September 24th is International Rabbit Day and we have a lot of amazing rabbits living with us. It’s time to send these little critters home so we are happy to offer reduced adoption rates for a limited time only.

From September 19 – 25, rabbit adoptions will be offered at a “choose your own adoption fee  (no minimum – some exceptions will apply to our giant breeds). Also, receive 15% off of your online or in-store purchase of rabbit supplies from our Pet Gear Store and rabbit cages will be available for $20!

Get off your buns and show your support for International Rabbit Day!

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


Calgary Humane Society has been approved to be a part of ResQwalk! Download the app here: 

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.



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.





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Maine Coon Cat Breeder Charged

August 10, 2016 | Calgary, AB – Immediate Release

On April 17, 2016, Calgary Humane Society Peace Officers were dispatched to an animal hoarding situation in the community of West Hillhurst. Officers, upon inspection of the home, determined all animals needed to be removed due to environmental and medical concerns. 89 Maine Coon cats were removed by Peace Officers under the Animal Protection Act authorities.

On August 8, 2016, charges were laid against cat breeder, Ruth Sogz, 57, of Calgary for permitting animals to be in distress, contrary to the Animal Protection Act of Alberta.

Brad Nichols, Senior Manager, Animal Cruelty Investigations stated; “It is uncommon to see such a volume of animals in a residential setting, even in a cattery. Over and above the environmental conditions, many of these cats were suffering from serious communicable disease. It is important that fanciers of any species know their limits concerning space, time and finances. Potential legal consequences aside, there have already been serious, irreversible consequences to the cats and the home.”

Officer Nichols will be available today for interviews.