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!
The behaviour you’re trying to teach your dog will affect the tools that you use for training. Whether you’re actively working on behaviour or just trying to get out on a walk with less frustration, a variety of humane and functional equipment exists to assist you with your goals. (more…)
We hope you have been enjoying our relatively warm winter so far, but it appears the mercury is starting to drop. Burr! Time to curl up with a great book, a warm blanket and the family pet for some warm indoor evenings.
In some of our previous entries, we talked about animal safety in winter but some of you have very correctly pointed out two things: (1) Most of our advice has been about dogs and (2) The safest place for your cat this winter is indoors.
You are absolutely right on both counts! A lot of the winter safety advice we hand out is for dogs because dogs typically continue to go outside in the winter while we truly hope that everyone is keeping their felines indoors. For felines that are let outside or those who do not have homes, winter can be a very hazardous time. In fact, being allowed to roam outside is hazardous for felines at any time of the year, in addition to being against city bylaws. We have previously shared a little information on how to keep these outdoor felines safe, but we would also encourage you to bring any cats you find outside in the cold to our shelter so we can keep them safe. (more…)
We are surprised and saddened to hear about the decision by Edmonton Humane Society to close its Animal Protection department. Calgary Humane Society recognizes the importance and value in having Peace Officers who help to fulfill our mandate of protecting animals in the City of Calgary by enforcing the Alberta Animal Protection Act. Humane Societies and SPCAs are in a unique position to be able to provide these services to the community and help save animals from situations of neglect and cruelty. It will be very difficult to fulfill the mandate embedded in their name (Prevention of Cruelty to Animals) without also being able to do this targeted education and enforcement work. We imagine this must have been a very difficult decision for Edmonton Humane Society and its Board of Directors.
Over the past month or two we’ve brought you a LOT of content about how to keep your pet safe during the winter season and holidays. Today we’re bringing you a one-stop shop for all of the best safety info we can offer! Presenting… The CHS Winter Pet Safety Round Up! (more…)
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
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
Many of us don’t realize the dangers lurking in our own homes! Our pets can be very sensitive to some common household products. We’ve compiled a list of some of the most dangerous items that you may have in your house that could be harming your pets.
1. Essential Oils
Essential oils are never okay for cats. Cats cannot metabolize any essential oils and they should not be consumed by your cat, applied topically, or diffused into the air. For cats, there is no safe amount of dilution. Essential oils will build up in their system since they are unable to metabolize and get rid of them, and this can cause serious health problems. You can read more about essential oils and cats here. If you must diffuse oils in your home with a cat, ensure they are safely in another room. However, even this is not recommended.
Any oils used around or on a dog should be heavily diluted, although some are not safe at any dose. Dogs also have a strong sense of smell and may be irritated by the oils. Essential oils should never be applied topically without being diluted and could cause chemical burns to a dog’s skin if used in too high a concentration.
Never use any essential oils on or near your animal without checking with your regular veterinarian first.
2. Leftover food
Most people know that chocolate is bad for dogs, but did you also know that onions, some artificial sweeteners (like xylitol), garlic, apricots, chives, leeks, grapefruit, limes, macadamia nuts, oranges, peaches, and rhubarb are toxic to dogs too? So are many other things listed here on the Pet Poison Helpline website. It is always safest to feed your pet a healthy, balanced pet food, rather than scraps off of your plate.
Consuming household plants can lead to an upset stomach and vomiting. Some plants in particular are poisonous to your furry friend, including: tomato plants, geraniums, mint, oregano, all forms of lillies including peace lillies, tulips, camomile, poinsettias, peonies, and mums. Plant fertilizer, bulbs, and mulch can also cause harm to your pet if they have a habit of digging up your garden and ingesting these items.
Many items that are present in your garage, like antifreeze, things that expand like glue or spray foam, engine oil, de-icing salt, batteries, insecticides, tools, and other items can be dangerous to your pet. Small screws and bits of wire or twine can also be harmful if ingested. Animals can also harm themselves on saws or other sharp objects. It is very important to organize these items in locked cabinets or on high shelves if your animal is going to spend any time in your garage or shed.
5. Recreational and prescription drugs
It should go without saying that any medication should be kept out of reach of pets. Even your pet’s own medication should be kept in a safe, pet-proof place until it is time for them to take it. With the legalization of marijuana in Canada, it is also important to keep recreational drugs away from your pet. THC, a component in cannabis plants, is toxic to pets.
If you ever suspect that your pet has consumed something that it shouldn’t have, please contact your veterinarian immediately.