Surviving Cruelty: Meet Royce

Cocktails for Critters is a unique gala fundraiser for Calgary Humane Society and helps raise thousands of dollars to help support animals in need.

Thanks to the support of our generous donors and supporters, previous Cocktails for Critters events have helped to fund life-saving veterinary equipment, essential training for our Peace Officers, critical dog park renovations to increase safety and fun for shelter dogs, daily care for thousands of animals, and allow us to protect animals like Royce and help them find loving homes!

Join us at Cocktails For Critters Saturday, October 19, and help support the thousads of animals we care for every year. Purchase your tickets today!

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Create a Pet Resume to Help Secure Pet-Friendly Accommodation

Finding pet-friendly accommodation or convincing a landlord to allow you to rent a place with your pets can be extremely difficult. You know that your pets are well behaved and that you’re a responsible owner, but you’ll need to convince the property owner of this before they will rent to you.

You can create a resume for your pet that will help any potential landlord get to know them.

A pet resume is especially important if you have a dog, but it wouldn’t hurt to have one for your cat or critter too, just in case. A solid pet resume could be the difference between getting the apartment or house of your dreams and missing out!

 

Be sure to include:

  1. A physical description of your pet, including their weight. Some condo boards, for example, have weight restrictions on pets. It is not a good idea to underestimate your pet’s weight. It could cause trouble down the road if you find yourself in a lease for accommodation that won’t allow your pet.
  2. Vet records. Include information on deworming treatments and vaccinations, whether your pet is spayed/neutered, and anything else that may be relevant to your new landlord.
  3. Behaviour class certificates. If your dog has taken any training classes, be sure to add these to their resume. A well-behaved dog is very appealing to a pet-friendly landlord!
  4. References from a dog walker, kennel, daycare, or pet sitter. Just like you might need references for a place you’re planning to rent, having references for your pet will give your potential landlord a better understanding of your animal’s personality and behaviour.
  5. References from a previous landlord who has rented accommodation to you and your pet.

If you have a dog, try to bring your pet with you to view any potential accommodation. Check with the landlord that this is okay before arriving! You can also include a line on your pet’s resume that they are available for “interviews” at the landlord’s convenience.

Download our Pet Resume Template for Microsoft Word to create your own pet resume.

My Pet is a jerk: Scratching Edition

Every cat owners knows that dreaded sound.

You’ve just settled down in front of the television or opened a great book when you hear it – the sound of your cat scratching the carpet or the furniture.  Problem scratching is one of those most common behaviour helpline calls received at the shelter, so today we are giving you some information about why cats scratch and what you can do to save your sofa!

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Mindy

 

“I wanted to share an update on my rescue kitty Mindy. She’s a CHS alumni we adopted in 2007 (we were told at the time she was 3 years old). Mindy is the most lovely and affectionate cat, not just to her family but anyone she meets. She loves children in particular, and where most cats would run and hide she will gladly jump up on the couch when my two boys have a group of friends over and go from lap to lap while they play video games. Mindy is such a joy and we really hope her story will encourage more people to adopt adult kitties – they can integrate into a family and be just a loving and devoted as a kitty brought up from kitten hood.”

 

What is Parvovirus?

Our partner clinics have been seeing an increased number of puppies infected with Parvovirus. Parvo is always in the community, so we want to make sure you know how to prevent it and spot the signs that your pet might sick. Early intervention is key to a full recovery.

 

What is Parvovirus?

Canine Parvovirus (also known as “Parvo”) is a virus that can cause severe inflammation of the intestines in canines. The virus infects cells of the intestine leading to structural changes that prevent dogs from properly absorbing nutrients.

Canine Parvovirus is a dangerous and extraordinarily contagious virus that spreads easily between unvaccinated dogs. If not caught early and treated aggressively, Parvovirus infection can be fatal.

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Party with a Purpose Ideas for People Who Don’t Like to Party

We get it: not everyone likes to be surrounded by all of their family and friends at the same time. Don’t worry though! You can still fundraise to help feed the animals at Calgary Humane Society as part of our Party with a Purpose event. We’ve come up with 5 “party” ideas for introverts or people who don’t like to party.

1. 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.

2. 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.

3. Have a Potluck with Co-Workers

Doing a potluck at work means there’s no pressure on you to be the perfect host or entertain your guests. To attend the potluck, everyone must bring a dish and make a donation to your Party with a Purpose. Don’t want to eat with your colleagues? No problem – just go back to your desk!

4. 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.

5. 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 go to the gym 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!

…last but not least, email your friends and family the link to your Party with a Purpose fundraising web page and ask them to donate towards food for all of our furry and scaly friends. No party necessary!

 

What is My Impact?

 

Host your Party with a Purpose today and help the animals in our care.

 

 

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 while some require vaccinations; but the one thing every animal does need is a nutritious bowl of food.

Feeding animals in shelter requires the hard dedicated work of hundreds of individuals. 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.

 

Party With a Purpose is our annual fundraising campaign that hopes to bring light to the issue of feeding shelter animals.

By hosting your Party, you will be fundraising on behalf of Calgary Humane Society to support the feeding program for the thousands of animals we care for every year.

Show your family, friends, co-workers and community why you care about Calgary animals and sign-up to host a Party with a Purpose today!

 

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What to do if you see a Dog in a Hot Car

Heat stroke can happen to our furry friends in under 10 minutes. Dogs can’t sweat like humans, so they cannot effectively cool off their bodies if left in a hot car.

If you see a dog in a car on a warm day (even a comfortable outside temperature can become sweltering in an enclosed space like a vehicle), here’s what you should do:

  1. Quickly record the time of day, temperature, your location, license plate number, make/model of the car and a brief description of the dog. You can take photos with your cell phone or take notes. You will need this information to pass on to Calgary Police Service (CPS) or Calgary Humane Society (CHS).
  2. A dog in a hot car is a dog in distress. The longer it stays in the car, the hotter the internal temperature will get. Immediately call CPS or CHS to file a report.
  3. If the owner returns before you can complete your call or before CPS or CHS arrive, it is still important to ensure the information you noted in step 1 is received by CPS or CHS. CPS or CHS will follow up and educate the dog’s owner on the dangers of leaving their dog in a hot car and check to ensure that the dog is okay.

 

What to do if you see a Dog in a Hot Car

 

We are all responsible for helping animals in distress. Pass this message on to people who may not realize how dangerous it is to leave their dog in their vehicle. Tell your friends what to do if they see a dog in a hot car. Spread the word!

Cat to Cat Introduction Tips!

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If you have been thinking about adding a feline to your life then now is a great time to do it! Check out these tips on how to introduce a new cat to an existing resident cat in the household. (more…)

We Have to Clear the Shelter

HELP US CLEAR THE SHELTER : 50% reduced adoption fees

 

Calgary Humane Society needs to clear the shelter so that we can break ground on some major improvements to our facility.

Construction can be loud and scary for animals so we NEED to clear the shelter to protect them from dust and noise during renovations. At any time there are hundreds of animals in our adoption department so that means we need your help to find these animals loving homes!

Join us July 2-7 for our CLEAR THE SHELTER ADOPTION EVENT and help an animal in need. During our event you will receive 50% off adoption fees of all animals.

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