Seeking Help Identifying Owner of Abandoned Dog

Immediate Release – March 7, 2019

At approximately noon on February 21, 2019, a senior female dog, appearing to be a maltese or bichon, suffering severe medical neglect, was abandoned by an unknown female in the Sunridge Petland store. Surveillance video shows a woman entering the pet store with something concealed in her jacket. Within minutes, she leaves with the jacket loose and open. Soon after, store staff discovered a blind and immobile dog left behind. Calgary Humane Society was notified of the offense and the dog was seized as abandoned.

Examination of the dog revealed a very poor prognosis due to untreated diabetes. Diabetic animals that go untreated, suffer immensely. Veterinarians determined the dog needed to be euthanized to end its suffering. Investigators have not been able to identify the woman in the video and hope the public may recognize her so the investigation can be pursued further. Brad Nichols, Senior Manager, Animal Cruelty Investigations, said, “While some may see this as a semi-responsible abandonment as it was done indoors at a pet store, it remains irresponsible, inappropriate and criminal. There are a multitude of veterinary clinics in the area, as well as the services of Calgary Humane Society that could have been utilized rather than dumping an elderly, blind dog in unfamiliar surroundings. We would like to speak with the woman in the video to further understand the actions taken on February 21.”

If you have any information about this case please contact Calgary Humane Society at (403) 205-4455 or online at calgaryhumane.ca


Meow-ga and Wine! 

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!

 

Cat yoga will be held on….

Upcoming Meow-ga sessions:

Friday February 22, 2019 @ 6:00PM: SOLD OUT

Friday March 8, 2019 @ 6:00PM: Register today!

Friday April 5, 2019 @ 6:00PM: Registration Coming Soon

Friday May 3, 2019 @ 6:00PM: Registration Coming Soon

 

  • Participants must bring their own mats
  • Participants must be 16 or older to attend class
  • Must be 18 or older to consume alcohol (with valid ID)
  • Long pants are strongly recommended (those claws are sharp!)

Training Tools for Dogs

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…)

Tips for indoor cats this winter

tips for indoor cats

Good morning, CHS Supporters!

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…)

Response to Edmonton Humane Society’s Announcement Regarding Animal Protection Department

Media Release – January 23, 2019

Calgary, AB — Immediate Release

 

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.

Holiday and Winter Safety Round Up

Winter Safety Round Up

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…)

Foster During Your Holiday

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

 

Are you ready to be a foster parent?

Apply to be a foster parent today!

 

 

Appealing for Public’s Help After Puppies Abandoned in Store Parking Lot

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

made by donating online or calling 403-723-6000