5 tips to get Fido used to winter clothing


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…)

Several Animals Seized During Extreme Cold Snap

Media Release – December 8, 2016

Calgary, AB — Immediate Release

With the extreme cold forecasted for the next several days, Calgary Humane Society officials are reminding pet owners to be vigilant when leaving their animals outdoors. In just the past few days, several warnings have been issued and pets have been seized due to being left outdoors without adequate food, water or shelter from the elements.

Brad Nichols, Senior Manager, Animal Cruelty Investigations said, “during the extreme temperatures we have been experiencing where the wind chill is dipping into the negative thirties, there is no excuse for leaving a pet outside without adequate protection or shelter from the cold. We have been run off our feet the last few days dealing with shelter calls as emergencies. The fact we have actually had to seize animals in these conditions is astonishing to me. We will absolutely consider prosecution in these egregious cases.”

The maximum sentence under the Animal Protection Act is a $20,000 fine and a lifetime prohibition from owning an animal.

During periods of extreme cold the best place for your pet is indoors with the exception of short periods of exercise or to do their business. Even certain breeds that are more acclimatized to cold conditions should be watched carefully and given heated water bowls and proper housing to provide relief from the wind and cold.

To report a case of animal cruelty or neglect please call 403-205-4455 or go to www.calgaryhumane.ca/cruelty

Stuff-a-Pooch Pad is a Tremendous Success!

We are very excited to announce that we have surpassed our goal of filling two pooch pads! Also, we have reached our online fundraising goal of raising over $22,000! Without your support, our Stuff-a-Pooch Pad campaign would not have been such a tremendous success.

All of your generous donations will go to support the animals in our care. Not all animals will get to go home for the holidays. A portion of your donations will be gifted to our animals on Christmas morning to provide comfort and joy!


A huge thank you goes to Pet Planet Health for being our official sponsor for Stuff-a-Pooch Pad and for opening the doors to all of their Southern Alberta Pet Planet locations as our remote donation sites.
A special thank you goes to While Away for being our transportation sponsor of Stuff-a-Pooch Pad and taking care of delivering your donations to Calgary Humane Society.

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: 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.



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.