Q&A: How Does a Shelter Reach Capacity?

In the first six months of 2018, Calgary Humane Society took in just over 2000 animals. As an open admissions shelter, we take in any animal that needs our help. This can lead to our facility quickly filling to – or going over – capacity at busy times of year.

Calgary Humane Society does not euthanize for space or time. This means that all adoptable animals will stay with us until they find a home. To help as many animals as we can, we sometimes hold emergency adoption events to free up space for incoming animals. We also reach out to our invaluable foster families to find temporary placements for as many animals as possible outside of the shelter. Sometimes we will be able to work with other local shelters or rescues to transfer out some animals if they have space available.

A few different factors can lead to Calgary Humane Society being over capacity, including:

  • The time of year. The biggest increase in intakes is in the summer. This is mostly due to the abundance of baby animals, especially kittens, that are born in the spring. This is also the time when people move before the start of a new school year, resulting in pet owners surrendering their animals because they are moving to no pet housing or won’t have enough time for their pet when the school season starts. Christmas and the holiday season can also be a busy time for Calgary Humane Society. This is when our Pet Safe Keeping and Emergency Boarding programs are most often utilized because of additional family and financial stress.
  • Seizures and natural disasters. Calgary Humane Society took in over 120 animals during the 2013 flood, and some stayed in our care for up to 4 months until their owners were able to return to their homes or find other accommodation. A sudden intake during an emergency or following a large seizure can quickly fill all of our available animal spaces.
  • Economic conditions. Calgary’s economy has made a significant impact on pet owners who may find themselves suddenly without a job, without the means to afford a pet, and maybe even without a home. Calgary Humane Society takes in these animals when owners find themselves in difficult situations and want to help their pet find a new family.

It is our goal to keep animals with their families. Thankfully many issues that lead to people surrendering their pet can be solved. Calgary Humane Society encourages anyone who feels like they have no other option to call us at 403-205-4455 to speak to our admissions department about potential alternatives to surrendering.

Snake Mythssss Bussssted!

 

Myth 1: Snakes are slimy.

Snakes are shiny, not slimy! People often confuse reptiles and amphibians. Snakes are reptiles, which means they are covered in shiny scales while amphibians, like frogs and salamanders, have slimy skin. If you ever get a chance to pet a friendly snake you will notice that they are very smooth. Remember to always pet a snake in the direction of their scales, as petting them the other way is uncomfortable for the snake. (more…)

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.

How to Show Your Cat Affection

The truth is, not all cats enjoy being hugged, even if it’s International Hug a Cat Day. Being held in a tight embrace, often above the ground, can be a scary situation for a kitty. You especially shouldn’t hug a cat that you don’t know well. If your feline friend isn’t one for hugs, we recommend trying some of these other ideas to show your cat a bit of extra love.

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Black Dog Syndrome and 7 Reasons Why Black Dogs are Awesome

Black dogs are often overlooked in shelters because of something known as “Black Dog Syndrome”.

There’s several explanations as why black dogs might not be adopted as quickly as light-coloured dogs. It could be because black dogs are often portrayed as mean or violent in films or that a stigma against certain types of breeds has put people off of adopting other black dogs. Sometimes potential adopters might pass by a black dog due to superstitious beliefs, similar to the phenomenon surrounding black cats (see our blog post on why it takes so long for black cats to find a home for more information).

 

We think black dogs are awesome! Here are our top 7 reasons why we know this is true:

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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…)

Story on the death of Jeremy Quaile

 

We were contacted by CBC about a story they were planning to publish regarding the suicide of Jeremy Quaile. We expressed our concerns with the story which makes many presumptions as to the details surrounding Mr. Quaile’s death and the factors that led up to it. We provided a statement which unfortunately was not published in its entirety so we are sharing it here for the benefit of all readers.

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