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…)
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.
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.
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.
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!
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
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
Calling all kiddos! Looking for a fun way to spend your summer?
Join a summer camp with Calgary Humane Society!
Camp is a place where kids connect with animals. Our goal is to provide an opportunity for children to interact and learn about the animals that share our world. An enthusiastic staff of instructors and friendly animals give your child an enriching experience filled with hands-on animal encounters, fun activities, and crafts. As they have fun, campers learn respect, compassion, and how to provide a lifetime of care for animals.
In just one day hundreds of dogs and people will be gathered at South Glenmore Park to celebrate their fundraising efforts for the 18th Annual Dog Jog – a walk or jog to end animal cruelty.
We want to make this a fun and safe event for everyone participating. With the high temperatures predicted for Saturday, June 1st and the potential for air quality risks due to the High Level wildfires, we’re asking participants to stay mindful of your own (and your dog’s) health & safety.
Animals who suffer from respiratory, cardiovascular disease or eye conditions like dry eye may be more likely to show adverse effects from the poor air quality. Certain dog breeds that exhibit short, broad snouts (brachycephalic) would also be considered at risk of heat stroke and side effects from poor air quality (i.e., Pug, Boston Terrier, Boxer, Bullmastiff, Bulldog, etc.)
Please Remember To:
• Wear sunscreen and bring a hat.
• Keep an eye on the Government of Canada Air Quality Health Index so you can make an informed decision for you and your pet.
• Stay hydrated! We will have a water bottle re-fill station and many dog water bowls throughout the event.
Safety Tips for Extremely Hot Weather
The rabbits at Calgary Humane Society are in search of their fairy tale ending. A castle to call their home. A prince/princess charming to sweep them off their feet.
Hoppily Ever After is an adoption event for our long-eared friends as we work our “buns” off to help them find a home. We want to do as much as we can to help them get adopted.
Do we have your interest? Here is how you can get involved:
From now until the end of June, all rabbits are available for a “choose your own adoption fee”.
*exclusions will apply to Flemish Giants