Stuffing a pooch pad is a lot of hard work! This year we are trying to stuff three pooch pads; the highest goal we have ever set but a monumental accomplishment we think can be achieved with your help.
Lets have a quick look at what exactly a pooch pad is.
A pooch pad is the enclosure used in our shelter for housing our canine friends during their stay at CHS. It is their home away from home and we do our best to make their stay safe and comfortable. We provide every dog a bed to sleep on, food to eat, water to drink and toys to play with. If you have visited our shelter, you have likely seen our pooch pads and visited some our adorable adoptables.
On October 28, 2017, a photo of a dog tethered to a flatbed trailer being hauled through Calgary began circulating on social media. A joint investigation into the welfare of the dog was initiated shortly afterwards by Calgary Police Service, with support from Calgary Humane Society and Rocky View County.
On November 11, 2017, the dog’s owner, Volodymyr IRODENKO of Rocky View was charged under municipal, provincial and federal legislation for offenses ranging from causing an animal to be in distress, to transporting an animal outside the cab of a vehicle.
Brad Nichols, Senior Manager, Animal Cruelty Investigations said, “Transporting dogs in the beds of trucks can be incredibly dangerous to the dog, between exposure to extreme weather and the risk of falling. This offense is aggravated by the manner in which this dog was being transported, on a flatbed with no side rails to keep him on the trailer. We are very lucky, in Calgary, to have agencies that can work together so effectively to ensure the well being of animals and accountability for reckless owners.”
Calgary Humane Society and CPS spokespersons will be available for comment at 11:00 AM at Calgary Humane Society: 4455 110 Avenue SE.
Stay tuned for future Meow-ga sessions, coming soon!
A new fitness experience is taking the world by storm. It’s called MEOW-GA (it’s like regular yoga but with cats!). We decided to take two incredible things like kittens and yoga to create the ultimate exercise and relaxation experience.
Did you know that Western science is starting to provide some concrete clues as to how yoga works to improve health, heal aches and pains, and keep sickness at bay.
Did you know that when conducting a task that’s stressful, people actually experienced less stress when their pets were with them than when a supportive friend or even their spouse was present!
The class itself will be a 60 minute All-Level Restorative yoga class taught by Rachel Cowie. Rachel is a previous adopter, and a graduate from the Alberta Yoga College. 100% of proceeds will go to the animals!
Classes will be limited to 20 people. Due to the high level of interest, it is suggested that you register immediately to avoid F.O.M.O. (fear of missing out).
Look at how much fun we had when we hosted Calgary Stampeders Wide Receiver, Reggie Begelton, for a meow-ga session!
Cat yoga will be held on….
Future Meow-ga dates are coming soon. Stay tuned!
Participants must bring their own mats
Participants must be 16 or older
Long pants are strongly recommended (those claws are sharp!)
**ATTENTION: Seizure Update – Monday October 16, 2017**
A big thank you to everyone for your support and interest in the 58 animals we took in from a mass seizure on October 5.
Just a quick reminder that all animals coming into our shelter receive medical and behaviour assessments before becoming available for adoption. As with most large intakes or mass seizures, this process can take some time and the animals that you would have seen on the media are currently in our holding wing or in foster homes. Some of these animals may need surgeries or additional medical treatments and will not be available until those are completed. Please keep an eye on our website for the most up-to-date information on animals that are available for adoption.
If you are looking for ways to help please consider making a donation to the care and treatment of these animals click here or apply to become a foster parent click here.
On Thursday, October 5, 2017, Calgary Humane Society Peace Officers executed a mass seizure of 53 dogs, three cats and two turtles from a home in northeast Calgary. The animals were found to be in distress as a result of unsanitary conditions and various medical concerns.
This particular seizure, which remains under investigation and limits details which can be shared, continues a recent trend of mass intakes at Calgary Humane Society. Over 309 animals, including the dogs, cats and turtles mentioned above, have been admitted to the facility over the past two weeks versus 205 animals during the same time period last year and has filled all available kennel space beyond capacity. In addition, many of these animals will require ongoing medical care and behavioural support.
Carrie Fritz, Executive Director for Calgary Humane Society said, “This volume of animals in such a short period of time is unusual however is definitely not unheard of. This team is incredibly experienced and skilled at caring for this number of animals and we also have a large group of dedicated volunteers and foster parents we can lean on, who are invaluable.”
These intakes come just as Calgary Humane Society prepares for one of its largest fundraising events of the year, Cocktails for Critters being held Saturday October 14 at the Westin Calgary.
“What we are asking for from the Calgary community now is patience as a plan is put into place for each animal. Support, in the form of donations is always greatly appreciated during these times to help cover the cost of care and the public can also help by volunteering, fostering and adopting! If ever you were thinking of becoming a Calgary Humane Society donor, foster parent, volunteer, or adopter, now would be a great time to contact us!” said Fritz.
On October 10, 2017, Calgary Humane Society Peace Officers responded to an animal cruelty complaint near Anderson Road and 24 Street SW, Calgary, Alberta. At approximately 6AM, a female, mixed breed puppy, white in colour with faint grey spots, approximately 8 to 10 weeks of age, was found abandoned in a garbage dumpster.
The puppy was found alive but in severe medical distress and may have been suffering in the dumpster for as long as 48 hours. At the direction of veterinarians she was humanely euthanized to end her suffering.
Brad Nichols, Senior Manager, Animal Cruelty Investigations said, “Regardless of the source of this dog’s catastrophic injuries, discarding this visibly injured puppy in a dumpster was a callous criminal act. This puppy deserves justice and we hope the public can help us serve just that by providing information toward the identity of the individual responsible.”
Peace Officers are seeking the assistance of the public regarding:
• Suspicious activity in the area between October 8-10
• Identity of the dog, possibly a Labrador/Australian Cattle dog cross
• Identity of the owner or discarding party
Anyone with relevant information should contact Calgary Humane Society at (403) 205-4455, referencing file number 25613C.
Calgary Humane Society has a tremendous roster of donors coming from all places and backgrounds.
Some make a single donation while others are monthy PAWS supporters. Some donate items we need from our wishlist while others donate their time and effort as a volunteer. We are so thankful for all of our donors and the different ways they give. We cannot do the work that we do without your support.
Today we are highlighting one of our younger supporters, Quinn, who has become famous for his annual bake sale!
On July 17, 2017, Animal Protection Act charges were laid against Jeremy QUAILE, 45, of Calgary for causing an animal to be in distress as a result of failure to provide adequate ventilation or protection from injurious heat.
The remains of a female black lab were seized on July 12, 2017 from the community of Penbrooke after a report to Calgary Humane Society’s Protection and Investigations department. It’s believed the dog was left in an enclosed car for an extended period of time during which temperatures outside soared to as high as 31 degrees. The official cause of death was hyperthermia.
Brad Nichols, Senior Manager, Cruelty Investigations said, “While I cannot get into great detail of the investigation as this is an active file pending court, this is an important message for the public, in the peak of hot weather, and should serve as a sobering deterrent. Leaving an animal in a hot car, regardless of window position, is incredibly dangerous and can, as with this worst case scenario, result in property damage, charges and death.”
Brad Nichols will be available for comment at Calgary Humane Society throughout the day.
We get it! It’s a perfect day for a picnic. Pack up the dog, head out in the car and just pit stop at the grocery store on the way, right?
Unfortunately, there is no such thing as “only” 5 minutes when it comes to a pet in a hot car.
Things happen. Maybe there was a line-up, maybe you realized you needed ‘just one more thing’, maybe you ran in to an old friend. Pretty soon “only” 5 minutes becomes 10, 15 or 30 minutes. In the air conditioned store, you may not even realize how fast time has passed, but for a dog in a hot car, even 5 minutes can feel like an eternity. (more…)
We are aware of Ty Marshall’s application for a development permit for a dog breeding and sales operation near Vulcan. This is the same property Alberta SPCA seized dogs from in April in which we were one of the holding agencies. These are also the same dogs who came to us with parvovirus forcing us to close ours doors to prevent a potential spread to the community.
We oppose this application and will be sharing our concerns with Vulcan town council. If you wish to share your concerns please contact Vulcan County: 403-485-2241
On April 17, 2016, Calgary Humane Society Peace Officers were dispatched to an animal hoarding situation in the community of West Hillhurst. Upon inspection of the home, officers determined all animals needed to be removed due to environmental and medical concerns. 89 Maine Coon cats were removed by Peace Officers and Animal Protection Act charges were laid against Ruth SOGZ.
On June 16, 2017, following a guilty plea, SOGZ was sentenced to a $5000 fine, among the highest fines received under the Animal Protection Act, and a lifetime prohibition from owning animals excluding two altered cats. Sogz is also required to submit annual veterinary reports and mandated welfare checks by Calgary Humane Society Peace Officers.
Brad Nichols, Senior Manager, Animal Cruelty Investigations said, “It is encouraging to see the court apply a lifetime prohibition in this case, given the level and volume of suffering in the home. Not long ago, such a ban was unheard of. It is crucial that animal breeders and fanciers remain aware of their capacity for care so cases of overt neglect like this one can be avoided.”