Update on 88 Dogs brought in from Alberta SPCA

 

We have had many people ask for more information about the 88 dogs we brought in from Alberta SPCA a few weeks ago. Short answer: the dogs are doing pretty well but we still have some work to do. Most of them are chihuahua or yorkie breeds and a lot of them came to us with health and behaviour issues. Many have had surgery or are undergoing behaviour enrichment and are recovering and learning in foster homes, others have already been adopted!

One thing we have noticed about these dogs is their extreme level of fear. In fact the level of fear they are displaying is not something we see every day here at Calgary Humane Society. That is why we wanted to share some tips for those looking to adopt one of these dogs or any fearful dog for that matter. (more…)

What Does a “No-Kill Shelter” Really Mean?

Since 2013, Calgary Humane Society is proud to be one of the only open-admission animal shelters in North America able to say this simple phrase:

 

“At Calgary Humane Society, every single healthy and adoptable animal is able to stay until they are adopted.”

 

Calgary Humane Society is an open-admission shelter. This means one simple thing: We never say no. We never turn an animal away. We have many supporters ask us if this means Calgary Humane Society is a “no kill” shelter. The reality is this: If a shelter is a “no-kill” shelter, then they must turn animals away. The animals typically turned away from “no-kill” rescues are animals that are too sick or injured to be treated or too dangerous to safely be rehabilitated and placed in a home.

 

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Calgary Humane Society is the only open-admission animal shelter serving Calgary and the surrounding area. Without our open-admission mandate, these animals would have nowhere to go. Does this mean there are sometimes difficult decisions to be made? Yes. But thanks to the generosity of our incredible community of supporters, these decisions must be made only in the most extreme of cases.

 

Our Services at Work

Tova came to the shelter in 2012 after she was abandoned. Tova’s previous owner had moved to Ontario and never returned for her. As admissions staff researched Tova’s past, they discovered that in just seven years Tova had been through at least five homes.

Our staff worked exhaustively with Tova in those first days. Tova had issues with other dogs, but was sweet and affectionate to people. We knew her perfect home was out there. In fact, Tova waited eight months to find her perfect home. 299 days. It was April 15, 2013 when Tova finally met her perfect family.

After an incredible 14 months at Calgary Humane Society we are happy to report that Simon, our longest-ever shelter resident, has found a great home! Simon’s new family is familiar with snakes and will continue working to get Simon familiar with regular handling.

 

Thanks to the ongoing support of the Calgary community, Calgary Humane Society has become one of the first and only open-admission shelters in North America that does not euthanize for time. Just a few years ago, the animal welfare world said this was an impossible dream, yet Calgary proved them wrong.

 

At Calgary Humane Society we are proud of who we are, and we are proud of the community that has allowed us to make history. Each year our community takes one step further towards a future where no animal is abused, neglected or abandoned. We have come a long way since 1922, and together, we will continue to make history.

 

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Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with your pet!

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Happy St. Patrick’s Day, CHS Supporters!

We hope you are enjoying the festivities and that any visiting leprechauns have left treats instead of tricks! Today on the blog, we are talking about fun ways to bring your pet in on the festivities of the day, and why Fido shouldn’t be allowed to share your green beer.

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Bunny Behaviour – What does it mean?

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Binky? Chinning? Stomping? Are you nodding your head in understanding or shaking your head in confusion? Don’t feel bad if you’re confused, rabbits have a unique set of behaviours they use to let us know what they’re thinking.  The good, the bad and the hilarious, bunny behaviour is unique, so let’s get down to bun-ness (That’s ‘business’ in bunny talk)   (more…)

5 Most Lovely Health Benefits You Get From Your Pet

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We want to celebrate the special bond between humans and pets by sharing the 5 Most Lovely (and surprising!) Health Benefits You Get From Your Pet.

1.Petting a dog or cat lowers your blood pressure – Studies have found that petting a furry companion results in a lowered blood pressure and heart rate! Even when compared to relaxing with a good book having a snuggle with your pet on the couch was the top performer when it came to dropping blood pressure.

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5 tips to get Fido used to winter clothing

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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…)

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.

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

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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.

 

FAQ

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.

 

 

HOW PET HEALTH INSURANCE SAVED MY DOG’S LIFE

 

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Bringing a furry friend into your life is a hugely exciting time! Among the top thoughts on many soon-to-be pet owner’s minds are all the fun things to do and buy: pretty leashes, cool collars, a comfortable bed, a healthy diet, fun toys and tasty treats. Along with the fun also comes the responsibility of pet-ownership including finding a good veterinarian, licensing, identification and training. Unfortunately, in the midst of all the excitement and preparation, even the most organized, loving and dedicated pet owners often overlook one crucial piece of advice: the value of pet health insurance. Pet health insurance can be an invaluable way to plan for health expenses should your pet become sick or injured. Sadly, the reality of not planning for unexpected veterinary expenses means many owners each year face very difficult, and often heartbreaking, choices. (more…)