Kids Blog Spotlight Challenge

Kids Blog Spotlight Challenge

Good Morning CHS Supporters! We hope you are LOVING this beautiful March weather! We sure are!

Today on the blog we are very excited to bring you a BRAND NEW feature that we have NEVER tried before…


The CHS Kids Blog Spotlight Challenge!!!!!!!!!

That’s right! As you may already know, March is Kids and Animals month on the blog, and we’re putting the kids in charge! If you are under the age of 18, love the CHS and would like to see YOUR pet featured on our blog, we want to hear from you!


How can you get involved? Three easy steps… (more…)

Three fun family activities to build empathy for animals

Three fun family activities to build empathy for animals

Good day CHS Supporters! The sun is shining, the weather is improving and we are looking at the WEEKEND!

We are just a little bit excited about that here at the shelter (what can we say, we are big fans of Caturday!).

As we mentioned earlier this week, March is Kids and Animals month on the blog, so we hope you will find a way to share your love of animals with a special youth in your life. Today on the blog, we wanted to celebrate the weekend by bringing you some fun family activities that you can use to help children build empathy and respect for animals!


  1. Head out on an urban safari! With spring just around the corner many awesome animals are once again making an appearance in Calgary! This makes it the perfect time to head out into the great outdoors to learn more about the cool critters that share our world with an urban safari!


Guinea Pigs as a Child’s Pet: Yay or Nay?

Several things to consider before becoming a guinea pig pet parent.

Happy March, CHS Supporters!

Ahh March, time to plan out the garden, especially with spring making a surprise early appearance this year. March is a month for all things rabbit, but we will also bring you some fun features on adorable pocket pets to celebrate this month devoted to little critters.

At Calgary Humane Society one of the most common species we are asked about is the (undeniably adorable) guinea pig! These captivating little critters are about the size of a potato but sweet as jellybeans! Guinea pigs are playful and interactive pets known for their fun vocalizations, including chirps, wurbles and even purrs!

This led us to the most obvious topic for today’s blog… Are guinea pigs a good pet for children?

Guinea pigs are typically a popular thought when it comes to children’s pets for a number of reasons. Today, we are busting some common guinea pig myths and looking at a few of the reasons that a parent might consider a guinea pig for a pet.


Charges Laid in “Ruby” Animal Cruelty Case

March 2nd, 2015
Calgary, AB — Immediate Release


On September 5, 2014, a severely neglected and injured bully breed dog was brought to a local emergency veterinary clinic. The young, female dog suffered from facial and body wounds, emaciation, eye and ear infections and chronic internal infection. Clinic staff affectionately named her “Ruby”. Sadly, despite the unflagging efforts of Calgary Humane Society (CHS) veterinarians, Ruby succumbed to her multitude of injuries during surgery. With no permanent identification, investigators sought help from the public to identify the dog and her owner(s). Public tips and further investigation resulted in a search warrant being executed on an address of interest where eleven animals were seized due to varying levels of neglect.

On February 27, 2015, several individuals were charged pursuant to the Animal Protection Act and the Criminal Code of Canada. Janice Piper, Michelle Caswell and Jamie O’Leary, all face several charges. Piper and O’Leary were both charged under the Criminal Code, with respect to four animals, including Ruby’s case. Michelle Caswell was charged with 5 counts under the Animal Protection Act, with respect to 7 animals. O’Leary was previously charged and convicted with an Animal Protection Act offense. All three will appear in court March 31, 2015.

Brad Nichols, Senior Manager, Cruelty Investigations said “It is satisfying to see a conclusion to this investigation which sees those responsible for Ruby’s severe neglect held accountable. This was one of the worst cases of neglect we have seen, in that Ruby was suffering from so many serious issues. Ruby was an exceptionally sweet dog whose tail wagged to the very end, despite the pain that she was suffering. This case was a truly collaborative effort between Calgary Humane Society’s Protection and Investigations department and Calgary Police Service. The strength of this relationship makes Calgary the wrong place to practice cruelty to animals. CHS is also grateful to the members of our community who assisted in the investigation by providing information leading to the charges.”

Ruby face