I joined the shelter shortly after they had hired their first full time veterinarian in the early 1990s.
Back then, the Calgary Humane Society sheltered around 13,000 animals per year.
Now, it takes in less than half that many animals, around 6,000 per year.
Back then, we were able to find homes for almost all of the dogs that were in adoption, but we were only able to find homes for about 30% of the cats.
Now, with less incoming animals and multiple other factors, there are no time limits for dogs, cats, rabbits and exotics; they are able to stay in the shelter until they find their new homes.
Back then, the Calgary Humane Society had just implemented their spay neuter policy, all animals 6 months and older would be spayed or neutered before leaving the shelter.
Now, with pediatric surgeries (puppies and kittens), all animals are spayed or neutered before leaving the shelter.
Back then, there was one full time vet and two full-time animal health technicians.
Now, there are three full-time vets, four full-time animal health technicians, and three animal health assistants.