Largest Seizure in Calgary Humane Society History

May 27th, 2015

Calgary, AB — Immediate Release

On May 26, 2015, Calgary Humane Society’s Protection and Investigations team, with assistance from Calgary Police Service, Animal Services and Calgary Fire Department, seized 1,123 animals from a NE property.

In total officers seized: 3 dogs, 3 cats, 80 fish, 1,037 domesticated mice many of which were in very poor health.

During the course of the seizure, the property was deemed uninhabitable by the health inspector due to unsanitary conditions.

Brad Nichols, Senior Manager, Cruelty Investigations said: “By volume, this is the largest animal seizure in Calgary history. 275 animals had to be euthanized on intake due to injuries. It will take some time to sift through all of the veterinary evidence, but it is fair to say that charges are pending.”
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A Message From Rufus!

Rufus Dog Jog

Hi hi hi everyone!

Rufus here, your OFFICIAL Spokesdog for Dog Jog 2015!

I hope you are all having fun getting ready for the BIG DAY. I know I am! My mom and I have been training all week, going for long walks and enjoying the sunshine. I can’t wait to see all of you at the event!  (more…)

Become a Canine Good Neighbour with the Canine Challenge!

Canine NeighbourHello CHS Supporters!

We are loving the weather here at the shelter! If you enjoyed some fun in the sun with your pet this weekend, share a picture on our Facebook page with the #yychumane!

Today on the blog we have a quick shout out to one of the awesome programs we offer here at CHS: The Canine Challenge! (more…)

COUNTDOWN To Dog Jog 2015 Begins


Gary + Stella

Hello Calgary Humane Society (CHS) Supporters!

Welcome again to our COUNTDOWN to Dog Jog 2015! We are looking forward to yet another GREAT day filled with friends, fun and, of course, Fido! From now until Dog Jog, we will be bringing you all the best behind the scenes stories… so if you would like to share some photos or stories about your Dog Jog preparations, please send them to us and you may see them featured in an upcoming blog!

Here is our first behind the scenes interview of the season! We sat down with our brand new General Manager of Communications, Sage Pullen McIntosh to learn what is in store for this year!  (more…)

Calgary Humane Society reacts to BSL conversation

May 15th, 2015

Calgary, AB — Immediate Release

There has been intense conversation surrounding Breed-Specific-Legislation (BSL) following the five recent dog attacks in the city of Calgary over the past week which has included talk of the most drastic form of BSL – the complete ban of specific breeds.

However BSL also includes any laws or regulations which imposes specific requirements or limitations based upon breed, age, gender or size of a particular species. This would include such actions as mandatory spay-neuter, unique licensing or insurance requirements, mandatory equipment and markers such as muzzles, special leashes, or color coded vests/collars, mandatory tattoo or microchipping, breed-specific pet limits, restriction to public areas etc.

Calgary Humane Society does not support any form of BSL and opposes labeling any specific breed as inherently aggressive, vicious or dangerous. The Society takes the position that each dog must be regarded as an individual and assessed on its specific behaviours. CHS maintains that rather than BSL, the required deterrents to dog aggression are responsible breeding, responsible homing, responsible and humane training, and responsible pet ownership.

Research indicates the breed of dog is not an important indicator of whether a dog might be involved in an aggressive incident, nor of whether the animal will pose a danger to the community.

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I found a pet! Can I keep it?

found a pet keep itHello CHS Supporters! We hope you are all enjoying the spring blooms and green grass. Here at CHS, our dog walkers and dogs are busy soaking up all the sun they can!

Today on the blog, we answer the age old question: I found a pet! Can I keep it?

In our admissions department at Calgary Humane Society one very common question that our staff hear is whether or not someone can keep a stray pet that was found outside. Often those calling in are animal lovers who have found an affectionate animal that does not appear to have a collar or other identification, leading them to wonder if this animal has a home, or if they need one.

We love that so many animal lovers are looking to take in homeless pets, but keeping a pet that you found outside can create some complicated situations. But never fear! We’re bringing you the solutions right now! (more…)

Wiggles + Co: Week 10

Wiggles & Co

Wiggles came into the CHS as a transfer from a rescue in the Yukon – young, scared and pregnant. Knowing the best environment for a mama dog to give birth and raise puppies is in a home situation, our Foster Coordinator quickly began her search for the perfect temporary home for the small white dog. Long-time foster parent Susan (and occasional CHS blog contributor!) offered her home and will be caring for the pooch family for the next several weeks. She will be documenting her foster adventure in a weekly series, Wiggles & Co. Check out Wiggle’s first, second, third, fourth, fifth, sixth, seventh, eighth and ninth weeks in foster!

Our last couple of days together – Wiggles has been spayed and will continue her journey with her CHS fan club until her real family comes to pick her up.

More tears – I have never cried so much as I have since becoming a foster parent.  Why do I keep doing this to myself?  To everyone who has told me they would never be able to foster as they would “adopt everything” I totally understand.  To all the “foster failures” I have met, I understand as well because sometimes that fur\feather\scale baby is just meant to be with you. (more…)

Preparing for the worst: Storing your pet’s information.



Animal Admissions - storing pets info

Good morning CHS supporters!

Today on the blog, we’re bringing you some important information that we hope you’ll never need. Spring always marks an increase in the number of lost reports received by our animal admissions team and today we are bringing you the inside scoop on the kind of information you will want to store in a safe place in the event your pet goes missing. (more…)

Recipe For An Awesome CHS Volunteer!

recipe for an awesome volunteer


Good morning CHS Supporters!

All month we are celebrating our volunteers here at the shelter! It’s no secret that volunteers are critical to everything we do… but what goes in to creating these awesome folks?

Today on the blog we bring you…

A Recipe for an Awesome CHS Volunteer! (more…)

Take your Dog Jog fundraising to the next level with these 5 tips!

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With Dog Jog just over a month away, we’ve got five tips to kick your fundraising into high gear!Tips for Raising Pledges

  1. Tell your story. Write a personal appeal to all of your friends and family telling them why you are participating in this event and raising funds to help out homeless animals. Ask them to join your team or make a donation in support of you that will help animals in need.
  2. Compete! Is there more than one Dog Jog team in your company, school or neighbourhood? Inspire everyone’s competitive spirit by setting up a challenge of some kind, or an incentive for the team with the most members or highest fundraising total.
  3. Use available tools. Use the e-mail and web tools available in your participant centre, or your own preferred communication method, to send weekly updates to your current and potential supporters, to share your goal and keep them up to date on your progress and to share news.
  4. Ask for support from your employer. Ask your employer to match what you raise. In addition, individual gifts made by your supporters may be eligible for matching funds from their employers please remind them to find out about their company’s matching gift policy.
  5. Use social media. Place regular updates about your progress on your Facebook or other social networking pages. Encourage people to support your efforts by making a donation in your honour.

Visit our website HERE to register for Dog Jog 2015.