Hi, I’m Fang the boa constrictor! Take a look at my beautiful brown and tan colouration, isn’t it great? Not to mention my stunning patterns. Did you know that we boa constrictors are big guys? We can grow up to around 13 feet! As like many snakes, I’m ectothermic which means I can’t produce my own heat, so make sure you do your research before choosing a pet like me! Think I’m the one for you? Come see me today!

Learn more about Fang and his friends by visiting the Calgary Humane Society’s Adoption Webpage


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.”

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Hello dear people.  I’m a happy-go-lucky dude who enjoys all the time I can have playing.  Then I relax contentedly for pets and head strokes.  I like to eat timothy hay, adult timothy pellets and assorted leafy greens.  I’ve been neutered too so I can safely meet any lady bunnies if you are looking for a friend for your bunny.  Did you know neuters help with litter box training?  So much easier!  Well, how about it?  Want to meet me?  Come on in then!

Learn more about Timmy and his pals by visiting the Calgary Humane Society’s Adoption Webpage



Hi everyone!

I am so excited to meet my new family! I’m a high energy, adventurous, fun-loving pooch, so my paw-fect family should definitely have experience with dogs. I LOVE playing with toys, especially balls, I could spend hours fetching them – I hope we get to spend some time playing together! I’m still a little unsure of other dogs, so off leash parks aren’t the best option for me, a fenced backyard that I could play in would be awesome though. Because of my curious and playful personality, little critters are sometimes just too tempting not to chase, and I would do better in a home with no cats or small animals. I’ve got a load of energy to burn off, so you know we’ll be going for lots of leashed walks together, which is perfect since I’m still recovering from an injury. This also means no running up and down stairs – but don’t worry, I’ll be back to my regular self in no time! I am excited to attend “Polite Pooches” with you, it will help us get to know each other better, and help me brush up on my doggy skills. If I sound like the type of girl you’ve been missing in your life, come visit me today, I’ll be waiting!

Learn more about Riley and her friends by visiting the Calgary Humane Society’s Adoption Webpage



Hello, the name is Miming. I am a regal beauty with my beautiful soft fur and bright golden eyes. I absolutely love attention and I am not afraid to demand it from you. If you are looking for a social, affectionate and calm kitty, I am your gal. I am an older girl so I am looking for a calm, loving family to live my golden years with. What do you think? Does it sound like I am the cat for you? I sure hope so! Currently I am hanging out with my foster family (HI!) so please ask my friends in adoptions about me by calling 403-205-4455 ext 6503.

Learn more about Miming and her pal’s by visiting the Calgary Humane Society’s Adoption Webpage


My Point of View: SW Discusses The True Cost Of Fostering (And It Isn’t Cheap)

My POV is a supporter submission series on the Calgary Humane blog. Each of our supporters have unique experiences at the shelter and the ‘My POV’ series is an attempt to allow people to tell their stories and give people a fresh take on animal welfare.

SW is a 50-something accounting professional who volunteers her time at the shelter as an experienced dog walker. Her clients include the big brutes, the ones who lack manners, the ones who are overly energetic or the ones who are super shy. SW also opens her home to animals in need and is a foster parent to many. Following the loss of her two beloved canines in the summer of 2013, she made her way to CHS with the intention of adopting a dog. Instead of walking out with a new doggy friend, SW left with an application to become a dog walker. Although she claims to be a dog person, we have recently talked her into fostering cats.

After having a few fosters under my belt now I have a whole new appreciation of the CHS Foster Parents – kudos to you people.

I was wondering – what does it really cost to foster?  You provide the love and care while the CHS provides all the supplies and vet care needed so what costs would you incur?

There are a few costs CHS is not able to cover however……….


Charlie’s Story: How CHS Changed One Dog’s Life

Charlie, arrived at the Calgary Humane Society (CHS) in March 2011 with a severely injured leg which had been left untreated for over two years. Because of this extreme neglect, Charlie had to have his leg amputated. Situations like this are all too common but because of fantastic support from our donors and partners, CHS was there and Charlie’s story had a happy ending.

The short film, ‘Charlie’s Story’ debut at Calgary Humane’s 2013 Cocktails for Critters gala, where he was selected as the official spokesdog for the event.


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Then & Now: Animal Health at Calgary Humane Society

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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.


Why Your Pet Dog Barks and How to Stop It

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We’ve all been here before: your dog won’t. Stop. Barking.

He’s barking at your neighbor out the window, he’s barking for dinner, he’s barking at the cat. You think he actually may have just barked at his own fart. You’re about to lose your mind if Fido doesn’t stop barking. Right meow.

But don’t worry, we’re here to help you figure out why Fido is barking and some solutions to help curb it.

First up is figuring out how long Fido barks and what the cause it. Some clever detective work may be needed to get this info, especially if the barking occurs when you’re not home.

5 Tips to Reduce Barking:

  1. Understand why Fido barks and address those issues
  2. Distract Fido from barking and reinforce him when he is quiet
  3. Accommodate Fido in your home instead of leaving him outside
  4. Entertain you dog physically and mentally
  5. Consult a professional dog trainer or vet


9 Tips To Bring Your Lost Pet Home

lost petHelp! I’ve lost my pet!

If you have ever lost a pet, you are familiar with the rising sense of panic that sets in as you discover that your furry family member has wandered away from home. In the animal admissions department at Calgary Humane Society, our job is to reunite stray pets with the families that miss them.

Today on the blog, we are featuring advice on what to do if you’ve lost your pet. You may have noticed some advice in our previous posts, (here andhere) but here it is, all together, in one comprehensive guide!