I Found A Stray Cat or Bunny. What Do I Do?

Have you ever encountered a stray cat or rabbit and were not sure what to do? There are plenty of scenarios that can lead to this animal being out in public. Maybe the animal escaped? Maybe the owner lets their pet outside? Maybe the animal is a stray who was left behind by an owner? Maybe the animal is wild?

There are numerous questions we could ask but there is a simple answer to what you should do. By following these simple steps, you will feel secure in providing a stray cat or rabbit their best chance at survival.



Foster Follow Up: Sam is settling in at home

Here is a foster follow up for an adorable pupper on the mend, Sam! His foster mama sent in this great pupdate:




Sam was SO very happy to go for a truck ride and check out a new house. He’s met my two dogs from inside his crate and all went well. I didn’t want to introduce everyone on leash today because he can get so excited. I’ll wait a day or 2 until he gets used to seeing them as part of the environment.




Sam has also seen each of my cats. My male cat thinks he’s a cat-dog! Walter, totally has a crush on him and wants to be bestest buddies.



Thank you very much for your help! I think Sam will fit nicely into our family during his stay.

We Belong Together: Adopt a Dynamic Duo

With today being the most romantic day of the year, we thought we should share a few love stories of our own. Occasionally at the shelter we would receive a bonded pair. This happens when two animals find themselves in an inseparable bond and love each other so much that they need to be adopted into the same home together. Bonded pairs provide each other comfort, companionship and confidence. If a bonded pair were to be separated they may react with anxiety.

Adopting a bonded pair often doesn’t mean twice the work. Sure, it might mean two food and water bowls or twice the litter changes, but often times a bonded pair means less work for an owner because the pair of animals entertain each other and prevent separation anxiety. Have a look at three bonded pairs that we have in the shelter today:


Meet Arwin & Kashka


Kashka (female) is very affectionate, but only on her terms. Arwin (female) is a sweetheart and loves attention. Both are seniors and patient paws.


Meet Love & Miracle


Love (male) is super sweet and super vocal! Miracle (male) is more laid back and enjoys head scratches. They are practically identical kitties! Both are seniors.


Meet Charlie & Fudge


Fudge (male) is VERY protective of Charlie (female). Both are accepting of pets, but probably not a good pair for really young children. Bunny huggers LOVE them! Charlie is a senior and both are patient paws

CTV News Pet of the Week: February 8th, 2017

In case you missed it, our adorable adoptable, Sonic, made his television debut on CTV news yesterday morning!

Accompanied by Phil Fulton and resident behaviour guru Barb Walmer, Sonic was able to display how using items laying around the house can teach a dog how to become aware of their body movements and how a calm space can help a high-arousal dog relax.

Meet Sonic. He is a big, strong and young pupper that was found stray and is currently available for adoption. Being a young fella, Sonic is a high energy dog that needs a little bit of work on his manners. He is a very social and sweet boy, as you can see from the video below, and he is looking for a new home. Could that home be yours?



To learn more about Sonic, please view his adoptable profile or call us at 403-205-4455 and visit the shelter.

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!

Christmas Illustration

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.