Calgary Humane Society reacts to BSL conversation

May 15th, 2015

Calgary, AB — Immediate Release

There has been intense conversation surrounding Breed-Specific-Legislation (BSL) following the five recent dog attacks in the city of Calgary over the past week which has included talk of the most drastic form of BSL – the complete ban of specific breeds.

However BSL also includes any laws or regulations which imposes specific requirements or limitations based upon breed, age, gender or size of a particular species. This would include such actions as mandatory spay-neuter, unique licensing or insurance requirements, mandatory equipment and markers such as muzzles, special leashes, or color coded vests/collars, mandatory tattoo or microchipping, breed-specific pet limits, restriction to public areas etc.

Calgary Humane Society does not support any form of BSL and opposes labeling any specific breed as inherently aggressive, vicious or dangerous. The Society takes the position that each dog must be regarded as an individual and assessed on its specific behaviours. CHS maintains that rather than BSL, the required deterrents to dog aggression are responsible breeding, responsible homing, responsible and humane training, and responsible pet ownership.

Research indicates the breed of dog is not an important indicator of whether a dog might be involved in an aggressive incident, nor of whether the animal will pose a danger to the community.

For more information see http://nationalcanineresearchcouncil.com/dog-legislation/breed-specific-legislation-bsl-faq

I found a pet! Can I keep it?

found a pet keep itHello CHS Supporters! We hope you are all enjoying the spring blooms and green grass. Here at CHS, our dog walkers and dogs are busy soaking up all the sun they can!

Today on the blog, we answer the age old question: I found a pet! Can I keep it?

In our admissions department at Calgary Humane Society one very common question that our staff hear is whether or not someone can keep a stray pet that was found outside. Often those calling in are animal lovers who have found an affectionate animal that does not appear to have a collar or other identification, leading them to wonder if this animal has a home, or if they need one.

We love that so many animal lovers are looking to take in homeless pets, but keeping a pet that you found outside can create some complicated situations. But never fear! We’re bringing you the solutions right now! (more…)

Wiggles + Co: Week 10

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, eighth and ninth weeks in foster!

Our last couple of days together – Wiggles has been spayed and will continue her journey with her CHS fan club until her real family comes to pick her up.

More tears – I have never cried so much as I have since becoming a foster parent.  Why do I keep doing this to myself?  To everyone who has told me they would never be able to foster as they would “adopt everything” I totally understand.  To all the “foster failures” I have met, I understand as well because sometimes that fur\feather\scale baby is just meant to be with you. (more…)

Preparing for the worst: Storing your pet’s information.

 

 

Animal Admissions - storing pets info

Good morning CHS supporters!

Today on the blog, we’re bringing you some important information that we hope you’ll never need. Spring always marks an increase in the number of lost reports received by our animal admissions team and today we are bringing you the inside scoop on the kind of information you will want to store in a safe place in the event your pet goes missing. (more…)

Recipe For An Awesome CHS Volunteer!

recipe for an awesome volunteer

 

Good morning CHS Supporters!

All month we are celebrating our volunteers here at the shelter! It’s no secret that volunteers are critical to everything we do… but what goes in to creating these awesome folks?

Today on the blog we bring you…

A Recipe for an Awesome CHS Volunteer! (more…)

Take your Dog Jog fundraising to the next level with these 5 tips!

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With Dog Jog just over a month away, we’ve got five tips to kick your fundraising into high gear!Tips for Raising Pledges

  1. Tell your story. Write a personal appeal to all of your friends and family telling them why you are participating in this event and raising funds to help out homeless animals. Ask them to join your team or make a donation in support of you that will help animals in need.
  2. Compete! Is there more than one Dog Jog team in your company, school or neighbourhood? Inspire everyone’s competitive spirit by setting up a challenge of some kind, or an incentive for the team with the most members or highest fundraising total.
  3. Use available tools. Use the e-mail and web tools available in your participant centre, or your own preferred communication method, to send weekly updates to your current and potential supporters, to share your goal and keep them up to date on your progress and to share news.
  4. Ask for support from your employer. Ask your employer to match what you raise. In addition, individual gifts made by your supporters may be eligible for matching funds from their employers please remind them to find out about their company’s matching gift policy.
  5. Use social media. Place regular updates about your progress on your Facebook or other social networking pages. Encourage people to support your efforts by making a donation in your honour.

Visit our website HERE to register for Dog Jog 2015.

 

 

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

 

Volunteer Month behaviour assistant

 

 

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…)