We get it! It’s a perfect day for a picnic. Pack up the dog, head out in the car and just pit stop at the grocery store on the way, right?
Unfortunately, there is no such thing as “only” 5 minutes when it comes to a pet in a hot car.
Things happen. Maybe there was a line-up, maybe you realized you needed ‘just one more thing’, maybe you ran in to an old friend. Pretty soon “only” 5 minutes becomes 10, 15 or 30 minutes. In the air conditioned store, you may not even realize how fast time has passed, but for a dog in a hot car, even 5 minutes can feel like an eternity. (more…)
On April 24 Calgary Humane Society received a number of animals from Alberta SPCA following a seizure at a property owned by Ty Marshall. On June 20th we learned Mr. Marshall had applied for a development permit for a dog breeding and sales operation.
Thanks to community support including close to 200 letters from concerned citizens to Vulcan County Council, the application was denied. We are pleased to say most of the animals seized by Alberta SPCA have now been surrendered allowing us to find those animals in our care, wonderful forever homes.
These animals will not be ready for Adoption right away so please keep an eye on our website. We want to thank all of the animal welfare agencies, veterinary clinics, our volunteers, foster parents and staff who have worked with us and waited so patiently for this day to come.
We weren’t able to keep all of the animals and sadly due to a bylaw technicality, some will have to be returned to Mr. Marshall. But know this, we will continue to do our best everyday to help any animal who needs us.
On Thursday June 15, 2017, an elderly male Shih Tzu type dog was found in the early morning hours, tethered to a post outside Calgary Humane Society.
Surveillance footage, while not sufficient to identify the offender, shows the gravely ill dog was abandoned at 10:00pm the previous evening, causing the dog, who was already suffering from end stage renal failure and a large open mass on his hind end, to spend all night out in the rain. Calgary Humane Society is looking for information from the public as to who owns this dog and who may have committed this act of abandonment.
Brad Nichols, Senior Manager, Animal Cruelty Investigations said, “This was a truly cowardly act. To abandon an animal in inclement weather rather than fulfil his/her legally obligatory animal care duties is an act that will not be tolerated in Calgary. We hope public tips will point us in the right direction so we can hold the offender accountable.”
The dog was in such severe medical distress when CHS staff found him, he was humanely euthanized at the direction of a veterinarian. Anyone with information on the identity of this dog or his owner’s whereabouts is asked to contact Calgary Humane Society at 403-205-4455 or www.calgaryhumane.ca/cruelty
We are aware of Ty Marshall’s application for a development permit for a dog breeding and sales operation near Vulcan. This is the same property Alberta SPCA seized dogs from in April in which we were one of the holding agencies. These are also the same dogs who came to us with parvovirus forcing us to close ours doors to prevent a potential spread to the community.
We oppose this application and will be sharing our concerns with Vulcan town council. If you wish to share your concerns please contact Vulcan County: 403-485-2241
On April 17, 2016, Calgary Humane Society Peace Officers were dispatched to an animal hoarding situation in the community of West Hillhurst. Upon inspection of the home, officers determined all animals needed to be removed due to environmental and medical concerns. 89 Maine Coon cats were removed by Peace Officers and Animal Protection Act charges were laid against Ruth SOGZ.
On June 16, 2017, following a guilty plea, SOGZ was sentenced to a $5000 fine, among the highest fines received under the Animal Protection Act, and a lifetime prohibition from owning animals excluding two altered cats. Sogz is also required to submit annual veterinary reports and mandated welfare checks by Calgary Humane Society Peace Officers.
Brad Nichols, Senior Manager, Animal Cruelty Investigations said, “It is encouraging to see the court apply a lifetime prohibition in this case, given the level and volume of suffering in the home. Not long ago, such a ban was unheard of. It is crucial that animal breeders and fanciers remain aware of their capacity for care so cases of overt neglect like this one can be avoided.”
It’s that time of year again when seasonal allergies are running rampant, and allergies among dogs are more common than you might think. Here are some signs that your pooch might be affected:
Red, irritated Skin
Unlike humans whose allergy symptoms often involve respiratory problems, dogs will frequently show signs of allergies through their skin. These can take on the form of skin irritation, rashes, or inflammation.
Whether you’re heading into the great outdoors in a tent, trailer or five-star RV, CHS has 10 tips to make camping with Fido an enjoyable time for everyone involved!
1. Call ahead:
Ensure that your campground of choice allows dogs and find out which areas dogs are allowed. Most beaches do not allow dogs. Be realistic about your dog’s ability with recall if you allow him/her off leash.
We are in the final countdown to Dog Jog 2017! We are very excited to see all of you at the festival this Saturday.
This year at Dog Jog we are introducing a brand new area: The all ages Mutt n’ Mingle Beer Gardens! The Mutt n’ Mingle is being introduced in response to previous event feedback where attendees asked us to provide an area where they could socialize and relax during the event. The Mutt n’ Mingle will provide Dog Jog attendees with a place to enjoy a refreshing beverage with friends and fellow participants (and Fido, of course!).