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…)

Calgary Humane Society announces plans to set new World Record

April 28, 2016

Calgary, AB — Immediate Release

On June 4, 2016, as part of the 15th annual Dog Jog at South Glenmore Park, Calgary Humane Society will attempt to set a new World Record for the most dogs wearing bandannas.

The previous record was set by an SPCA in Australia in 2015, with 764 dogs wearing bandanas.

Calgary Humane is hoping to beat that record this June to put Calgary on the map!

To participate go to www.calgaryhumane.ca and register, because we need your help to set a new record and raise much needed funds for Calgary Humane Society and the more than 7,600 animals we help each year.

 

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Research from The Canadian Association of Digestive Health and Research says “Snuffle Mats are good for people too.”

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April 1, 2016

Calgary, AB — Immediate Release

On March 30, 2016, Calgary Humane Society released a video encouraging its supporters to make a snuffle mat for their pets. The Calgary Association of Digestive Health and Research (CADHR) quickly reached out with their own statistics and review on the snuffle mat.

John Flannigan, Lead Researcher, CADHR said, “We have been using devices similar to the snuffle mat for years to help our patients with gastrointestinal disorders properly digest their food.” (more…)

Busted! 9 Common Rabbit Myths

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There’s a lot of misinformation floating around about rabbits in the animal world. Today we look at the nine most common.

Rabbit are easy, low-maintenance beginner pets.
Although rabbits may not need daily walks like a dog, rabbits are anything but low-maintenance. Their living space needs a daily clean and they need at least an hour of exercise. Fresh water and food must be offered daily, including a salad of well-washed dark green leafy vegetables. Like dogs or cats, some rabbits will develop chronic health issues and can require regular (and sometimes expensive) medical treatment.  (more…)

Multiple charges laid against Riverfront Aquariums

March 21, 2016

Calgary, AB — Immediate Release

On March 16, 2016, charges were laid under the Animal Protection Act of Alberta against Riverfront Aquariums, Manager Wayne Woo and Owner Michael Chow.

The charges stem from a mass seizure of 333 animals from the business on December 2, 2015.

Riverfront Aquariums and former owner Wayne Woo also face three separate sets of charges from previous offenses in 2014 and 2015.

First appearance is scheduled for May 24, 2016.

Brad Nichols, Senior Manager, Animal Cruelty Investigations said, “What is most concerning in this case is the blatant disregard for the basic welfare of the animals in the care of this business.”

 

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Strut your stuff for a shelter pup at Dog Jog 2016

Big Announcement! Calgary Humane Society announces plans to set new World Record at Dog Jog!

Join us at Dog Jog to set a new world record for the most dogs wearing bandanas.

Join us!

Saturday, June 4, 2016
South Glenmore Park – West End, Calgary, AB
(90th Avenue & Oakmount Drive SW)
10:00AM – 2:00PM

Registration fees are $25/individual and $45/family.

A portion of the registration fees will be donated directly to registered charities helping animals impacted by the Fort McMurray wildfires

Register today!


 

Our goal for 2016: 800+ dog owners and their pooches!

Held annually in June, Dog Jog is one of Calgary Humane Society’s signature fundraising events and is crucial for raising funds to support the thousands of animals in need that are cared for at CHS each year.

The family-friendly, non-competitive walk/run is a unique event where you and your canine friend can participate and help raise awareness, but also funds for Calgary Humane Society.

The course kicks off from the west end of South Glenmore Park. From here the route follows city pathways along the Glenmore reservoir.