Back to School for Fido

Back to school is an exciting time for children, but have you ever considered sending Fido back to school as well?


Fall is not just an adjustment for humans; it marks an adjustment for dogs as well. Fall weather often replaces lazy days in the backyard with more indoor activities. Shorter walks as the temperatures drop often replace long hikes or sessions at the dog park. September also marks the start of many organized activities and sports, which can mean more time alone at home for our four-legged family members.


Why Should I Adopt a Bonded Pair?

Occasionally we receive a bonded pair at the shelter. This happens when two animals have an inseparable bond and it is best that they are adopted into the same home. Bonded pairs provide each other with comfort, companionship, and confidence, especially in an unknown situation like a new environment. Separating a bonded pair may cause unnecessary anxiety in an already stressful situation.

Adopting a bonded pair often doesn’t mean twice the work. Sure, it might mean two food and water bowls or twice the litter changes, but a bonded pair usually means less overall effort for the owner. The bonded animals entertain themselves and keep each other company when you’re away from home, leading to less boredom or separation anxiety which can sometimes result in things like chewed furniture, ripped pillows, or other messes that would definitely be a lot of work to clean up!


Other reasons to adopt a bonded pair include:

  • When pets are happy, owners are happy. Bonded pets often don’t have the same issues that single pets might have, which could include separation anxiety.
  • If you know you eventually want two animals, adopting a bonded pair means you won’t have to go through the introduction process, or risk that your chosen pets won’t get along. Your bonded pair already love each other!
  • Studies have shown that animals with close relationships to other animals can live longer, healthier lives.
  • Adopting two animals means two pets get to leave the shelter! Bonded pairs can be more difficult to place in a home as not everyone is open to adopting more than one animal. If you’re interested in a bonded pair, we’ll work with you to make sure it is a good match for your family and lifestyle.


Adopting a bonded pair is a rewarding experience for their new owners and extremely beneficial to the bonded animals. By allowing them to stay with their companions, you’re ensuring they have the best chance at being happy and healthy in their new environment. It is not without its challenges, however, as bonded pairs may resource guard or be aggressive towards other animals that are not their companion. Our Behaviour Helpline can assist with any behavioural issues that may arise in these situations.

We currently have a bonded pair of dogs – Maya and Sammy – looking for a new home! If you’d like to learn more about them, please click ‘Adopt’ at the top of this page or phone our Adoptions department at 403-205-4455.

My Impact

As Calgary’s only open-admission shelter we never turn an animal away, and every animal who comes through the doors is unique. Some require medical attention and some do not, some require vaccinations and some do not; but the one thing every animal does need is a nutritious bowl of food, which Royal Canin is proud to provide.

Party With a Purpose is our newest annual fundraising campaign that hopes to bring light to the issue of feeding shelter animals. Feeding animals in shelter requires the hard dedicated work of hundreds of individuals, whether it is the factory workers preparing the food or the Animal Care staff that are scooping it into bowls. By participating in and donating to Party With A Purpose you are directly helping the animals at Calgary Humane Society receive the nutrition they need and deserve.

Did you know?

We feed over 99,000 cups of cat and dog food annually? That’s roughly 44,170 pounds of food, or the same weight as nearly 5.3 adult hippos!



In 2017, we had 4,683 animals admitted to our shelter which resulted in over 99,000 cups of food served. Because we never turn an animal away, every animal that comes through our doors is unique and their requirements vary from animal to animal. For example, it takes more cups of food to feed a 110 pound Bull Mastiff than a 12 pound Shih Tzu. Royal Canin recognizes there are fundamental differences between breeds, sizes and life stages that go well beyond physical appearance. Understanding these differences drives the development of innovative nutritional solutions for each individual pet’s needs.


The chart below shows a calculated average of the length of stay and the average amount of food we feed.



Average Length of Stay

Average #Cups/Day

Average #Cups/stay


20 Days

3.5 Cups

70 Cups


14 Days

3/4 Cup

10.5 Cups


How does my donation to Party With A Purpose help feed the animals at Calgary Humane Society?

Great question! Every donation, whether big or small, can go a long way to feeding a shelter animal. As you can now imagine, Calgary Humane Society uses thousands of bags of food every year. To help give you an idea of how much your donation can help, we have put together this chart below:



Cups Donated



23 cups of cat food

Feeds two cats for their average length of stay.


63 cups of dog food

Feeds one dog for their average length of stay.


86 cups of food

Feeds one dog and two cats for their average length of stay.


126 cups of food

Feeds two dogs for their average length of stay.



We hope that you will participate in Party with a Purpose by signing up to host your own event. To sign up, please click here

If you are unable to participate, you can make a donation to the Party With a Purpose campaign by clicking here

Thank you!

6 Tips for Hosting a Party With a Purpose

Ok, so you have signed up to host a Party With a Purpose. Thank you! To help, are a few tips to make your event a tremendous success:

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1. Make the evening itself light:

Remember, a party is a celebration! While sometimes the work that Calgary Humane Society does for animal welfare can often be somber, we have many happy success stories too! Keep the mood light and fun to encourage support and advocacy from your guests.


2. Involve your guests

Share your story about why Calgary Humane Society holds such importance in your life and community. Did you rescue a pet from us? Do you donate to us? Do you attend our events? Do you follow us on social media? By telling your own story, you are creating an authentic narrative that tells your guests what we do and why you are supporting us and why they should support us too.



3. Encourage guests to donate what they can

Whatever the amount is, guests should feel encouraged to donate an amount they are comfortable with. If your guests can only budget $20, that’s great!


4. The giving window

Even though the Party With a Purpose campaign is only three days, your guests can make a donation to your party up until September 4th, 2018.You can even send out a reminder to say “I’m still accepting donations and we’d still love your help.”



5. Start in your home

The easiest way to put on a Party With a Purpose is to start small and in your own home. Throwing a dinner party in your own home is easy and would require very little in terms of resources. Feel free to be creative and think outside of the box. Host a lemonade stand, bake sale or garage sale as your Party With a Purpose. The options are endless!


6. Don’t forget to share

Post your event and donation page on your  Facebook, Instagram or Twitter account. People often will donate even though they can’t be there. Be sure to tag @CalgaryHumane or use #CHSParty to join the movement across Calgary. We can’t wait to see all the fun you’re having!


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