Thank you to everyone who came out and celebrated this year’s Cocktails For Critters, the night was a huge success! The event sold out with 490 tickets purchased and raised $176,000 for the animals.We are blown away by the generosity of our supporters and with the funds raised we will be able to continue helping the thousands of animals we care for every year.
This year’s Cocktails for Critters gala celebrated the achievements of our Protection and Investigations team, and starred animals from past cases. These animal survivors are proof that we can create a more compassionate tomorrow by helping as many animals as we can.
**ATTENTION: Seizure Update – Monday October 16, 2017**
A big thank you to everyone for your support and interest in the 58 animals we took in from a mass seizure on October 5.
Just a quick reminder that all animals coming into our shelter receive medical and behaviour assessments before becoming available for adoption. As with most large intakes or mass seizures, this process can take some time and the animals that you would have seen on the media are currently in our holding wing or in foster homes. Some of these animals may need surgeries or additional medical treatments and will not be available until those are completed. Please keep an eye on our website for the most up-to-date information on animals that are available for adoption.
If you are looking for ways to help please consider making a donation to the care and treatment of these animals click here or apply to become a foster parent click here.
On Thursday, October 5, 2017, Calgary Humane Society Peace Officers executed a mass seizure of 53 dogs, three cats and two turtles from a home in northeast Calgary. The animals were found to be in distress as a result of unsanitary conditions and various medical concerns.
This particular seizure, which remains under investigation and limits details which can be shared, continues a recent trend of mass intakes at Calgary Humane Society. Over 309 animals, including the dogs, cats and turtles mentioned above, have been admitted to the facility over the past two weeks versus 205 animals during the same time period last year and has filled all available kennel space beyond capacity. In addition, many of these animals will require ongoing medical care and behavioural support.
Carrie Fritz, Executive Director for Calgary Humane Society said, “This volume of animals in such a short period of time is unusual however is definitely not unheard of. This team is incredibly experienced and skilled at caring for this number of animals and we also have a large group of dedicated volunteers and foster parents we can lean on, who are invaluable.”
These intakes come just as Calgary Humane Society prepares for one of its largest fundraising events of the year, Cocktails for Critters being held Saturday October 14 at the Westin Calgary.
“What we are asking for from the Calgary community now is patience as a plan is put into place for each animal. Support, in the form of donations is always greatly appreciated during these times to help cover the cost of care and the public can also help by volunteering, fostering and adopting! If ever you were thinking of becoming a Calgary Humane Society donor, foster parent, volunteer, or adopter, now would be a great time to contact us!” said Fritz.
On October 10, 2017, Calgary Humane Society Peace Officers responded to an animal cruelty complaint near Anderson Road and 24 Street SW, Calgary, Alberta. At approximately 6AM, a female, mixed breed puppy, white in colour with faint grey spots, approximately 8 to 10 weeks of age, was found abandoned in a garbage dumpster.
The puppy was found alive but in severe medical distress and may have been suffering in the dumpster for as long as 48 hours. At the direction of veterinarians she was humanely euthanized to end her suffering.
Brad Nichols, Senior Manager, Animal Cruelty Investigations said, “Regardless of the source of this dog’s catastrophic injuries, discarding this visibly injured puppy in a dumpster was a callous criminal act. This puppy deserves justice and we hope the public can help us serve just that by providing information toward the identity of the individual responsible.”
Peace Officers are seeking the assistance of the public regarding:
• Suspicious activity in the area between October 8-10
• Identity of the dog, possibly a Labrador/Australian Cattle dog cross
• Identity of the owner or discarding party
Anyone with relevant information should contact Calgary Humane Society at (403) 205-4455, referencing file number 25613C.
Calgary Humane Society has a tremendous roster of donors coming from all places and backgrounds.
Some make a single donation while others are monthy PAWS supporters. Some donate items we need from our wishlist while others donate their time and effort as a volunteer. We are so thankful for all of our donors and the different ways they give. We cannot do the work that we do without your support.
Today we are highlighting one of our younger supporters, Quinn, who has become famous for his annual bake sale!
The Bragg Creek area is a great place to take your dog on a hike close to Calgary, whether you are going on a short or long trail there are few things to consider when taking your dog hiking with you. (more…)
The beautiful summer weather has us feline good! Calgary Humane Society is hosting a limited-time adoption event in the hopes of finding forever homes for our adult cats and all bunnies. Bring them home for a minimum of $25. You will also be feline good about receiving 20% off all purchases in the Pet Gear Store. We hope to see you there!
On July 17, 2017, Animal Protection Act charges were laid against Jeremy QUAILE, 45, of Calgary for causing an animal to be in distress as a result of failure to provide adequate ventilation or protection from injurious heat.
The remains of a female black lab were seized on July 12, 2017 from the community of Penbrooke after a report to Calgary Humane Society’s Protection and Investigations department. It’s believed the dog was left in an enclosed car for an extended period of time during which temperatures outside soared to as high as 31 degrees. The official cause of death was hyperthermia.
Brad Nichols, Senior Manager, Cruelty Investigations said, “While I cannot get into great detail of the investigation as this is an active file pending court, this is an important message for the public, in the peak of hot weather, and should serve as a sobering deterrent. Leaving an animal in a hot car, regardless of window position, is incredibly dangerous and can, as with this worst case scenario, result in property damage, charges and death.”
Brad Nichols will be available for comment at Calgary Humane Society throughout the day.
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