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!

cat intros

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…)

ADOPT FROM FOSTER ANIMALS

 

 

You may have noticed that a few of our animals are available for adoption from a foster home, a place where they receive some extra TLC while they wait for their forever home! Pictured are animals currently in the program who are excited to meet you. Schedule a meet & greet with our adoption team today by calling 403-205-4455 or visiting the shelter!

 

Please click on the animal’s name to learn more about them.

 

 

MR. BIGGS

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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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Calgary Humane Society is Partnering with Pet Planet

We are pleased to announce that Pet Planet and Calgary Humane Society have joined forces to help pets in need live longer, happier and healthier lives with their new adoptive families. Pet Planet and Calgary Humane Society have entered into an agreement to help adopted pets and their new families have access to support of every aspect of their pet’s life while also helping the thousands of animals we provide care for annually.

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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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My Pet is a Jerk: Digging Edition

If you have ever owned a dog who digs you will know how frustrating it can be!

Each year at Calgary Humane Society we get multiple calls from pet owners desperate to save their flowerbeds from curious digging paws. In addition to being destructive, digging can also become dangerous if your pet digs under a fence and escapes the back yard.

 

Solving problem digging requires you to understand why your dog is digging. Dogs may dig out of boredom, to create a cool area to lie down or even due to breed tendencies. Discovering the reason for the digging will help point you in the direction of an appropriate solution.

 

Why your Dog Digs

  1. The bored digger. Dogs who are bored may choose digging as a way to pass the time and burn off energy. Increasing the frequency of walks, providing some high energy playtime and using interactive toys, like food puzzles, are good ways to help bored dogs expend extra energy. Taking your dog to an obedience class or teaching desired behaviours is a great way to add mental exercise into your pup’s routine.

 

  1. The dog looking to keep cool. In hot weather many dogs will dig holes and lie in them to stay cool. Dogs may also dig holes to seek shelter from wind or to find water. You can make your dog more comfortable (and hopefully less prone to digging) by providing continuous access to fresh water and not leaving your dog outside for prolonged periods of time, especially during extreme weather. Ensuring your dog has access to shade and shelter from the elements while outside is also important, even if they will only be out for short periods of time.

 

  1. The escape artist. If your dog is digging to escape the back yard you may need to reinforce the edges of your yard or deny your dog access to the spots they choose to dig in. Extending your fence boards 1-2 feet below the grass or lining the edge of the fence with large rocks can help ensure your dog is unable to dig out. Working on behaviour modification is another important method for stopping escapes. Call our free behaviour helpline to speak to one of our behaviour counselors about what strategies might work for your pup!

 

What else can I do?

  • Reshape your dog’s behaviour by choosing an alternative behaviour to digging and rewarding your dog for this behaviour.
  • If your dog is a determined digger you might consider having a dedicated ‘digging area’, like a child’s sandbox, full of loose sand or soil that your dog is allowed to dig in.

 

Not sure where to start?

Calgary Humane Society offers a free behaviour helpline to all pet owners. Call 403-723-6019 to speak with one of our skilled behaviour counselors.