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!

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.

 

Species

Average Length of Stay

Average #Cups/Day

Average #Cups/stay

Dog

20 Days

3.5 Cups

70 Cups

Cat

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:

 

Donation

Cups Donated

Cups/Day

$25.00

23 cups of cat food

Feeds two cats for their average length of stay.

$50.00

63 cups of dog food

Feeds one dog for their average length of stay.

$75.00

86 cups of food

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

$100.00

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:

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.

 

 

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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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!

 

spay-day-image

 

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.

spay-blog-kittens

 

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!

An Open Letter to our Supporters

There has been some recent discussion suggesting Calgary Humane Society should not be allowed to care for the animals it seizes. That we are not empowered to alleviate an animal’s suffering. That we should not be taking animals who have been neglected.

Some have even gone so far as to suggest people shouldn’t donate to our organization. While people are certainly entitled to their opinions, we think people should be able to make up their own minds.

While we did seize 40 animals from a southwest property in January and as the investigation remains active we are limited in what we can say, we can tell you we do not hold animals for “ransom” and we do not provide unnecessary treatment.

Our job as authorized by the Government of Alberta is to protect animals under the Animal Protection Act. Whether that means providing necessary medical treatment to alleviate suffering, finding them a home where they can live safely or seizing an animal whose owner has failed to help them.

This case is far from over and charges are pending against several people in relation to the property in which animals were seized. While some claim they were merely “caught up” in this case, we can confirm that claim is false. As our investigation progresses, we promise to update you with as many details as possible.

In the meantime we ask you to remember, we are a not for profit organization with almost 5,000 animals a year who rely on donor dollars to fund their care, medical treatment, behaviour support and protection.

While we can’t share specifics on this case as it would directly jeopardize the animals in our care, we can tell you for 95 years we have been helping animals in this community and we have no plans to stop.

 

 

 

CHS Responds to Confusion Over Recent Media Story

We have received several calls from members of the public regarding a recent Post Media story about a gentleman by the name of Mike Murphy claiming he and his dog Tilly are ‘caught up’ in his landlord’s animal neglect investigation. This is an ongoing investigation which limits what we can say, however we are able to say this claim is completely false.

Charges are pending against anyone responsible for animals in relation to this property and we will be in a position to go public with charges in the next couple of weeks. While we know it is difficult to see stories such as this, please know Calgary Humane Society only treats animals that are seized in order to relieve their distress and does not do elective or cosmetic procedures on them. While costs for these emergency treatments can sometimes be costly, Calgary Humane Society is also not able to provide free or even discounted medical treatment as it could jeopardize our license and ability to operate. These medical bills, in most cases, are the result failure of the owner to provide the necessary care, which is a criminal offense.

We thank you for your patience while we work to complete this investigation.  We urge the public to reserve judgement until the file resolves.  We cannot try these cases in the media, which sometimes put us at a disadvantage in public perception.

Calgary Humane Society Seizes 40 Animals in Distress

On Tuesday January 23, 2018, Calgary Humane Society’s Protection and Investigations team executed an Animal Protection Act warrant on a large rural property in southwest Calgary. With the assistance of Calgary Police Service as well as a number of supporting agencies, the warrant did culminate in the seizure of 40 animals in distress including dogs, cats, birds and reptiles. As this remains an active investigation, details of the operation are limited.

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Pop-up Cat Cafe

Want to find out how a cup of coffee can make a difference in the life of a homeless animal?

 

You could almost say that the shelter runs on coffee… which is why we are so happy to be partnering with the good folks over at Rosso Coffee Roasters to bring you our first ever Pop-up Cat Cafe Event! Rosso will be bringing their mobile coffee shop on Saturday March 24th, 2018. They will be serving up fresh brewed lattes and drip coffee for a donation, with all proceeds going towards the animals in our care. (more…)