A different way to Party with a Purpose

 

We are living through history, but we know that animals need our help! While our world slowed down, many animals have still come into our care, and with that…need healthy nourishment and food. Party With a Purpose was created to raise funds to support this need. What you can do to help? Host a fundraiser of sorts, donate funds and create awareness…and have a ton of fun knowing you are caring for animals that need you! Start planning your Party With a Purpose now!

 

Need some ideas? We have a few that can be done while ensuring the health of your loved ones!

 

Movie night – host in your basement with your family, or up to 50 people. Ask everyone there to donate the cost of a movie ticket to your fundraising page, and maybe you can even charge $1 for popcorn. Want to invite more people? Perhaps a Drive-In Theatre? Or host in your backyard with a projector!

Games night – Make it a smaller indoor tournament, or open it up to the families on the block for a big game of Hide and Seek. Ask for donations as a ‘registration’ fee. Make sure people are keeping their distance and have hand sanitizer readily available!

Wine tasting – Make your backyard a winery! Invite over your friends over for an outside, YYC experience. If everyone brings a bottle of wine and $20….each person can use their own cup and try them out…while the funds go to the animals!

Birthday party – In lieu of gifts this year, you could ask friends and family to donate to your Party with a Purpose fundraising page!

Lemonade stand – The kids want to get involved too. Set up a clean/socially distant stand for your neighbours (and make sure to send in your pictures to Calgary Humane Society…so cute)

Murder mystery party – Give this one a go over Zoom, or one of the other apps we have all been using to hang out. Make it a fun dress up party!

Garage sale – Donate a portion of your purging sales to dogs, cats, hamsters, birds and more!

Tailgate party – Some of us used the Tailgate method during the height of the pandemic, staying in our cars in a parking lot to chat with our friends from a 6 ft distance. Consider doing this again, but with a twist for the animals!

Craft night – Host a craft with a few friends together, or teach a craft over Zoom to many!

Karaoke party – Same, same. But different. Have your viewing party for your skills online!

Corporate lunch – Since you likely can’t share a meal with your coworkers, why not have a Zoom lunch hour to catch up with everyone, and share why you’re wanting to give back to the animals this way!

Menu item – Ask your favourite restaurant that you order wings from to donate proceeds from a certain menu item for the day/week/month to Calgary Humane Society

Tea party – Neighbourhood Tea Party from all your front lawns

Ice cream social – Get a few big tubs, wear gloves and masks, encourage hand sanitization and six feet of distance…and sell off scoops for pooches!

Hold a Bottle Drive – Ask your friends and family to gather all of their recyclable bottles and drop them off at your house. Once you’ve taken them to the bottle depot, you can donate your earnings to Calgary Humane Society as part of Party with a Purpose. Alternatively, ask your friends to take their own bottles in – even less work for you! – and contribute their bottle money on your Party with a Purpose web page.

Complete a Challenge – Do you love running or riding your bike? Set yourself a new challenge and ask friends to pledge money based on your distance or for completion of your challenge

Walk a Dog – Invite friends and family members to donate to your Party with a Purpose in exchange for taking their dog for a walk

Give Something Up or Start Something New – Party with a Purpose is now a month-long event, so it’s the perfect length of time to commit to getting rid of an old habit or starting a new one. Want to give up chocolate or pop? Encourage yourself to workout five days per week? Ask your friends and family to join you with their own commitment, and donate a dollar or two for each successful day. At the end of the month, you’ll not only have kicked/created a habit but also helped the animals as well!

And a few more ideas to get creative with:

Pool party

Costume party

Bridal shower

Family reunion

Wedding

Cookie decorating party

Live music performance

Hiking Trip

Picnic

Fitness class

Neighbourhood car show

Baby shower

Pet fashion show

Cocktail hour

Beer tasting

TV show viewing party

Pizza party

Have another great idea for a party? We’d love to hear about it on your personal fundraising page for Party With a Purpose.

Our community and supporters have graciously shared about their experiences hosting a Party With a Purpose:

Calgary Humane Society Alumni Party with a Purpose Update: Sam

“I hosted a party in 2018 (a brunch that raised $410) and 2019 (taco party that raised $405). It was a lot of fun, and easy to do! It was a great excuse to hang out with friends and support a good cause at the same time. Everyone loves tacos! They’re easy to veganize for a crowd too.” Sam’s efforts provided 12 dogs and 4 cats food for their stay at the Calgary Humane Society

Calgary Humane Society Alumni Party With a Purpose Update: Cheryl

“I hosted a housewarming party in support of Party with a Purpose in 2019. I wanted to give back to Calgary Humane Society, and this was a fun and easy way to do it! I raised over $745 to feed the animals!” Cheryl’s funds we able to support 22 dogs and 10 cats for their average stay at Calgary Humane Society!

Join us for Party With a Purpose this August and invite your friends to support your efforts! Don’t forget to take pictures at your campaign and share them on social media! Tag @calgaryhumane so we can see them!

Keeping Your Pet Safe During a Pandemic

We’ve been inundated with information about how to protect ourselves during the pandemic, but what about our animals? According to the Public Health Agency of Canada, the CDC, and the WHO, as well as a number of other organizations, there is no evidence that your pet can spread COVID-19. But what happens to them if you are ill or unable to take care of them for an extended period of time?

Here are some tips on how you can keep your pet safe during a pandemic:

  1. Have an emergency plan for illness at all times, not just during a pandemic, and be sure to include care instructions for your pet(s). Make a list for a person you trust to look after your pet if you are not able to look after them yourself. Include information on their diet, including the brand name and amount of food they are fed each day, instructions for medications, and the contact information for their vet. If you anticipate an upcoming hospital stay for any reason, have a bag packed for them and ready to go with all of these things, as well as some of their favourite toys.
  2. Don’t hoard pet food or supplies, but make sure you have enough to satisfy a 14-day (2 week) period. This is in case you need to self-quarantine.
  3. If have tested positive for COVID-19 but are well enough to continue looking after your pet, keep them at home with you. Wash your hands before and after you touch your pet or their toys or food dishes, or ask a family member in your household to look after them if needed. Avoid kissing your pet and allowing them to lick your face if you are sick to help keep them as protected as possible.
  4. If you see a stray animal, consider leaving it where you found it unless it is sick or injured. Many wandering pets will find their way home without human intervention.
  5. If you are hospitalized for COVID-19 and do not have local friends or family who can look after your pet, Calgary Humane Society is here to help. Your pet will be kept safe and comfortable at Calgary Humane Society during your hospital stay and will be waiting for you when you are able to pick them up. All pet owners need to access this free service is a referral form completed by a doctor, social worker, or other emergency service provider.

 

More Time at Home Leads to Increase in Foreign Body Surgeries

With all of us spending more time at home with our pets, our Animal Health team is seeing an increase in animals surrendered with suspected foreign bodies. A foreign body is anything that is not meant to be eaten that has been consumed by the animal and become lodged in the animal’s gastrointestinal tract.

The most common things Animal Health encounters are bones, bits of toys (it’s very important to ensure that all toys are appropriate for your pet and the way they play!), string, tinsel, rope, foam bullets from NERF or similar toys, rocks, bits of rubber, tampons, and pieces of clothing. We’ve seen cats eat a whole sock and even a sewing needle, and a dog eat a bottle too.

An X-ray of a cat that swallowed a sewing needle.

 

Prevention is the easiest form of treatment for a foreign body.

Items like toys, fabric, string, hair ties, and other small items can be very tempting to a pet. Ensure these items are safely stored out of reach, either up high or in a closed cabinet or drawer when they are not in use. Be sure to account for all toys, especially foam bullets, when children are finished playing and put them away if an animal is around.

If you’ve seen your animal consume something that it shouldn’t have eaten or you’ve found the remains of an item, contact your vet immediately. With the current COVID-19 closures we recommend calling them first. Calgary Humane Society does not recommend trying to induce vomiting as there can be dangerous side effects for your pet if this is not done properly.

The faster you seek veterinary care, the more options you and your pet will have for removing the object.

If you suspect that your pet has consumed an item, watch for signs like lethargy, lack of appetite, not defecating or difficulty defecating, and vomiting. These can be signs that could indicate a foreign body but could also be indicative of a number of other health issues. Diagnostic tools like X-rays, ultrasounds, or bloodwork may be needed to determine exactly what your animal has consumed or if these symptoms are related to something else.

A NERF bullet removed from a cat.

Animals will eat just about anything. If they are curious or seeking enrichment, eating something they shouldn’t might seem like a fun thing to do for a bored pet! Unfortunately, it is not fun for pet owners, and can lead to large veterinary bills, especially if it is not caught immediately. Acting quickly by contacting your vet is imperative as the longer a foreign body stays in the gastrointestinal tract, the worse it can be for your pet. Left untreated, a foreign body can be life-threatening if they cannot pass it on their own. Even if you think your pet is unlikely to consume something that is left out, it is better to put it away. Nothing is off limits to a curious pet, and it is up to us to ensure that their environment is safe and appropriate for them at all times.

Pet Gear Store Now Offering Online Ordering & Curbside Pick Up

Calgary Humane Society’s Pet Gear Store is now offering curbside pick up for orders placed via email! Purchase the food, litter, toys, and other items your pet(s) need and support the animals at Calgary Humane Society.

All proceeds from our Pet Gear Store support the animals in our care!

To submit your order:

  1. Browse through the items in our PDF catalogue. Take note of what you might need or want from the store for your pet.
  2. Email adopt@calgaryhumane.ca to place your order. If you have questions about a product you can request a call back from a member of our team. Please include your phone number!
  3. We will give you the total for your order and arrange a time for curbside pick up. You can pay for your order over the phone with a credit card (preferred) or via e-transfer. All orders must be paid in full prior to pickup.

Have questions about products in the Pet Gear Store or our online ordering process? Send us an email at adopt@calgaryhumane.ca with your phone number and we will email or call you back!

Colouring Pages

Click on any of the images below to open a full-size, printable colouring page! We’ve left lots of space for your imagination to run wild on patterns, textures, and other designs for your dog, cat, or rabbit.

When you’re finished, we’d love to see your masterpiece! You can share it with us on social media by tagging @calgaryhumane or using the hashtag #CalgaryHumane.

 

 

Bunny Behaviour – What does it mean?

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Binky? Chinning? Stomping? Are you nodding your head in understanding or shaking your head in confusion? Don’t feel bad if you’re confused, rabbits have a unique set of behaviours they use to let us know what they’re thinking.  The good, the bad and the hilarious, bunny behaviour is unique, so let’s get down to bun-ness (That’s ‘business’ in bunny talk)   (more…)

My Pet is a Jerk: Reactive Dog Edition!

My pet is a jerk! Reactive Dog edition

Owning a reactive dog can be challenging, especially when it comes to managing your reactive dog in public. While it can be tempting to refer to reactive behaviours as your dog being a ‘jerk’, reactivity is more complex.

Think for a moment about all of the people in your life. Some of them may be social butterflies, able to get along with just about anyone while others may be more selective in their friendships. Just like humans, dogs have individual preferences when it comes to interacting with other canines. These preferences are shaped by the dog’s breed, early life experiences, socialization and living conditions. Some dogs might thrive at the dog park, eager to meet any fellow canine while other dogs may prefer the company of humans and wish to avoid other dogs altogether. Unfortunately, we often forget these individual differences in canine personalities and expect that all dogs should get along at all times.

Reactivity is a complex behaviour and requires more information than we can provide in a blog post, but below we are including some tips on reactivity in dogs. If you are concerned about your dog’s reactivity, please call our FREE behaviour helpline to talk about what training options are available for your dog. (more…)

Upcoming Behaviour Clinics

Behaviour clinics are one-hour training classes dedicated to specific skills. Many dogs see a positive change in behaviour in just 60 minutes when provided with this kind of focused training. We’ll give you the tips and tools you need to continue your training at home, at the dog park, or in other areas with lots of distractions.

WALK NICELY

Learn to teach your dogs to walk nicely on a loose leash while improving the quality and enjoyment of your time together. Over the hour, you will learn how to handle the leash and build focus in your dog in a low distracted environment focusing on the foundations of loose leash walking.

Requirements: Dogs must be spayed or neutered, over 5 months of age and must have up-to-date vaccinations. Your dog must be calm and sociable around other dogs; not reactive (include barking, growling,lunging)

Price: $40 non-members, $34 for CHS members, seniors, dogs rescued from shelters/rescue organizations (including CHS, Animal Services, ARF, etc.)

 

TOTO RECALL

Toto Recall is designed to develop a stronger recall relationship with your dog. In this one hour clinic you will learn the foundations of recall while adding in distractions and enjoying fun games.

Requirements: Dogs must be spayed or neutered, over 5 months of age and must have up-to-date vaccinations. Your dog must be calm and sociable around other dogs; not reactive.

Price: $40 non-members, $34 for CHS members, seniors, dogs rescued from shelters/rescue organizations (including CHS, Animal Services, ARF, etc.)

 

CHILL DOG

Is your dog a little too excited about life or are thinking of taking your dog to pet friendly places? Sign up for Chill Dog and work on attention on you, polite greetings, relaxing with other dogs nearby, leave it, stay and more.

Requirements: Dogs must be spayed or neutered, over 5 months of age and must have up-to-date vaccinations. Your dog must be calm and sociable around other dogs; not reactive. Recommended to have completed Smarty Pups or Polite Pooches

Price: $40 non-members, $34 for CHS members, seniors, dogs rescued from shelters/rescue organizations (including CHS, Animal Services, ARF, etc.)

 

Home for the Holidays Adoption Event

Visit Calgary Humane Society to meet your new furry, scaly, or feathery family member as part of our Home for the Holidays adoption event! From December 7-31, all adoption fees are 50% off (some exclusions apply).

 

 

 

 

Pet Photos With Santa!

 

Dust off your favorite holiday sweater and join us on December 5th, 6th or 7th for holiday pet photos with Santa, brought to you by Royal Canin.  You can choose to have your pet photographed alone, with Santa or join them for a festive family portrait!

 SOLD OUT

Thank you to everyone who purchased a photo session for our 2019 season. Tickets are SOLD OUT!

* Please note: Pet holiday photos will be by appointment only to avoid long line-ups and frustrated fidos.

 

Each session is $30.00 and includes a single instant-print portrait. Additional print images will be made available by donation or web images for free download within 1 week after your session. Multiple pets (and people) can appear in the same photo and your session will include approximately 5 images, so feel free to be creative! 

Proceeds from the photo sessions go to support the over 4,000 animals Calgary Humane Society cares for every year.