Meow-ga and Wine! 

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. But that’s not all! This unique spin on meow-ga will offer complimentary wine and cheese after the class is finished and a shelter tour to add a little splash to your weekend.

 

  • 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 Sandra Escobedo followed by an hour to enjoy wine, snacks and a tour of Calgary Humane Society. 100% of proceeds will go to the animals! 

Classes will be limited to 15 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….

Upcoming Meow-ga sessions:

Friday February 22, 2019 @ 6:00PM: Register today!

Friday March 8, 2019 @ 6:00PM: Registration Coming Soon

Friday April 5, 2019 @ 6:00PM: Registration Coming Soon

Friday May 3, 2019 @ 6:00PM: Registration Coming Soon

 

  • Participants must bring their own mats
  • Participants must be 16 or older to attend class
  • Must be 18 or older to consume alcohol (with valid ID)
  • Long pants are strongly recommended (those claws are sharp!)

Foster During Your Holiday

Calgary Humane Society is hoping to on-board foster parents during the holiday season. Do you happen to have space for an animal during your holiday? Apply to be a foster parent today!


We want to place all of our foster animals into homes for the holidays.

Many of these placements will vary from short term to long term so we are willing to work with you to find the right placement for your holiday. This will be determined on a case by case basis by our lovely Foster Program Coordinators.

We are hoping to hold orientations for new foster parents during the evenings of December 18th – 21st so please apply immediately if you are interested so we can sort through applications and contact successful applicants.

Placement will depend on the volume of applications we receive. If we are unable to place an animal in your home during the holiday’s we would still like to keep you on the foster team for future placements.

Foster pick-ups will take place between December 19th – 22nd

 

Are you ready to be a foster parent?

Apply to be a foster parent today!

 

 

Appealing for Public’s Help After Puppies Abandoned in Store Parking Lot

In the afternoon hours of November 30, 2018, a good Samaritan found two very young puppies, apparently abandoned in a box, in the parking lot of East Hills Costco and turned them in to Calgary Humane Society. Unable to identify the source of this abandonment, Calgary Humane Society’s Protection and Investigations department is seeking the public’s help in identifying the individual(s) responsible.

 

Brad Nichols, Senior Manager, Animal Cruelty Investigations, said, “The abandonment of six week old puppies in freezing temperatures is not only a callous act, but frankly, a criminal one. The age of the puppies and the low temperatures of the day could have had a catastrophic outcome had they not been found so quickly and turned in. There is absolutely no excuse for this, when the city has such robust Humane Society support.”

 

Anyone with information on this offense is asked to contact Calgary Humane Society at 403-204-4455 or online at www.calgaryhumane.ca via the ‘report cruelty’ link.

 

 

Donations for the care of these puppies and many more animals can be

made by donating online or calling 403-723-6000

 

How to Stuff-A-Pooch Pad

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.

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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.

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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:

Photo by Terje Sollie from Pexels

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.

 

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Critter Adoption Event

Starting today until the end of the month we’re letting you choose your own adoption fee on ALL rabbits, small critters and exotics! 🐇🦎🐭 All rabbit adopters will also be entered to win 1 of 2 rabbit gift baskets valued at $150 each 🐰

Visit www.calgaryhumane.ca/adopt to see all of our available critters!

*Please note some exclusions on animals may apply.

Be Kind to Animals Week

Be kind to animals with a simple tap.

The No Fee BMO Calgary Humane Society Mastercard makes it fast and easy to show your support for animals in need. For every dollar you spend on your BMO Calgary Humane Society Mastercard, BMO makes a contribution to the Calgary Humane Society at no cost to you. Plus, you’ll still earn cash back or AIR MILES reward miles.

 

 

Top 7 ways to be kind to animals this week:

  1. Purchase a new toy for your pet

  2. Treat them to a hair cut and wash at the “spawww”

  3. Pick up an extra special, tasty treat

  4. Find a new bed or cat tree for your pet to relax in

  5. Take your pet on a road trip and embark on a big adventure

  6. Dress them up in a new collar

  7. Adopt a shelter pet

 

When you use your BMO Calgary Humane Society MasterCard, you help give animals a second chance.

 

Select the card that best suits you:

  • With the BMO Calgary Humane Society AIR MILES®† Mastercard, earn 1 AIR MILES reward mile for every $20 in card purchases1 – no annual fee². Plus, get 500 AIR MILES as a welcome bonus.3
  • With the BMO Calgary Humane Society CashBack® Mastercard, get 4.0% cash back on all your card purchases (up to $125 cash back) in your first 4 months.4 Plus, there is no annual fee.2

 

Apply for a CHS Mastercard today

 

 

You can apply for a BMO CHS MasterCard on bmo.com, in any BMO branches or by calling 1-800-263-2263.

Dog in a Hot Car: What Are You Willing to Lose?

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…)

How Spaying or Neutering Your Cat Helps Overpopulation

Have you ever wondered if spay and neuter works to reduce pet overpopulation? The answer is a resounding yes, and we have the numbers to prove it! That’s right, we’re talking about math!

 

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Now before you press the back button on your browser. bear with us here! An un-spayed female cat who roams and breeds regularly can have kittens approximately three times per year and will usually have between two and six kittens. For this example, let’s assume that our feline couple in this example have kittens three times per year and have four kittens per litter (the middle of the average litter range).

This means that just one pair of cats, in just one year, turn into 14 breeding cats! The next year, these 14 breeding cats each have three litters of four kittens and turn into 182 cats. The year after that, those 182 cats turn into 2366 cats. The year after that, we see an astonishing 30,758 cats… then 399,854… etc.

 

That, my friends, is a lot of homeless cats.

 

Now let’s run the same numbers, but assume half of the cats are spayed or neutered by responsible pet owners. Those numbers in the previous example now drop to: 1, 7, 49, 392 and 2744.

Now, we know that the example above is pretty simplified, and it also doesn’t take into account the high mortality rates for outdoor cats and kittens (the average lifespan for an outdoor cat is only 2-4 years and, in some locations, kitten mortality will approach 50-75%). But the question remains… how on earth does spay or neuter do so much to reduce cat overpopulation?

Well this is the wonder of exponents. By spaying or neutering one cat, you not only help protect the health of that cat (spayed or neutered cats are less likely to roam or develop cancer of their reproductive organs) but you also prevent future generations of cats who would otherwise be out and breeding. In just a few generations you can see a significant reduction in the number of unwanted felines, and the same can be shown for dogs.

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Does Spay and Neuter work?

 

You bet it does! In Calgary, we have seen first hand how well spay and neuter works. In the 1990s, Calgary Humane Society saw the height of our animal admissions peak at over 13,000 animals per year, a majority of which were stray cats. Today? That number has fallen significantly to less than 7,500 animals per year. We have also seen a huge change in where these animals are coming from. In the 1990s, a vast majority of the animals received by CHS were stray or homeless animals found on the streets of Calgary whereas today the balance of stray vs. owner surrender is closer to 50/50. We are also seeing a lot more animals come in already spayed or neutered, which is an exciting trend!