Drive-Thru Bottle Drive

 

 

Turn your unwanted bottles, cans and recyclables into food for the animals at Calgary Humane Society. Bring them to our ‘Drive-thru Bottle Drive’ at Calgary Humane Society on August 15th and your bottles will help feed the animals! Full social distancing protocols will be in place, making the whole experience contactless. You just drive up, pop your trunk and our volunteers will take the bagged or boxed bottles without you leaving your vehicle! Thanks to our friends at Trail Bottle Depot for supporting this fundraiser! Spread the word! Tell your friends, families and neighbors to join us!

 

Join us for our own Party With a Purpose. We can’t wait to see you!

 

We are living through history, but we know that animals need our help! While our world slowed down, many animals have still come into our care, and with that…need healthy nourishment and food. Party With a Purpose was created to raise funds to support this need. Can’t make our Drive-Thru Bottle Drive? What you can do to help? Host a fundraiser of sorts, donate funds and create awareness…and have a ton of fun knowing you are caring for animals that need you! Start planning your Party With a Purpose now!

 

Have another great idea for a party? We’d love to hear about it on your personal fundraising page for Party With a Purpose.

 

Our community and supporters have graciously shared about their experiences hosting a Party With a Purpose:

Calgary Humane Society Alumni Party with a Purpose Update: Sam

“I hosted a party in 2018 (a brunch that raised $410) and 2019 (taco party that raised $405). It was a lot of fun, and easy to do! It was a great excuse to hang out with friends and support a good cause at the same time. Everyone loves tacos! They’re easy to veganize for a crowd too.” Sam’s efforts provided 12 dogs and 4 cats food for their stay at the Calgary Humane Society

Calgary Humane Society Alumni Party With a Purpose Update: Cheryl

“I hosted a housewarming party in support of Party with a Purpose in 2019. I wanted to give back to Calgary Humane Society, and this was a fun and easy way to do it! I raised over $745 to feed the animals!” Cheryl’s funds we able to support 22 dogs and 10 cats for their average stay at Calgary Humane Society!

Join us for Party With a Purpose this August and invite your friends to support your efforts! Don’t forget to take pictures at your campaign and share them on social media! Tag @calgaryhumane so we can see them!

Keeping Your Pet Safe During a Pandemic

We’ve been inundated with information about how to protect ourselves during the pandemic, but what about our animals? According to the Public Health Agency of Canada, the CDC, and the WHO, as well as a number of other organizations, there is no evidence that your pet can spread COVID-19. But what happens to them if you are ill or unable to take care of them for an extended period of time?

Here are some tips on how you can keep your pet safe during a pandemic:

  1. Have an emergency plan for illness at all times, not just during a pandemic, and be sure to include care instructions for your pet(s). Make a list for a person you trust to look after your pet if you are not able to look after them yourself. Include information on their diet, including the brand name and amount of food they are fed each day, instructions for medications, and the contact information for their vet. If you anticipate an upcoming hospital stay for any reason, have a bag packed for them and ready to go with all of these things, as well as some of their favourite toys.
  2. Don’t hoard pet food or supplies, but make sure you have enough to satisfy a 14-day (2 week) period. This is in case you need to self-quarantine.
  3. If have tested positive for COVID-19 but are well enough to continue looking after your pet, keep them at home with you. Wash your hands before and after you touch your pet or their toys or food dishes, or ask a family member in your household to look after them if needed. Avoid kissing your pet and allowing them to lick your face if you are sick to help keep them as protected as possible.
  4. If you see a stray animal, consider leaving it where you found it unless it is sick or injured. Many wandering pets will find their way home without human intervention.
  5. If you are hospitalized for COVID-19 and do not have local friends or family who can look after your pet, Calgary Humane Society is here to help. Your pet will be kept safe and comfortable at Calgary Humane Society during your hospital stay and will be waiting for you when you are able to pick them up. All pet owners need to access this free service is a referral form completed by a doctor, social worker, or other emergency service provider.

 

More Time at Home Leads to Increase in Foreign Body Surgeries

With all of us spending more time at home with our pets, our Animal Health team is seeing an increase in animals surrendered with suspected foreign bodies. A foreign body is anything that is not meant to be eaten that has been consumed by the animal and become lodged in the animal’s gastrointestinal tract.

The most common things Animal Health encounters are bones, bits of toys (it’s very important to ensure that all toys are appropriate for your pet and the way they play!), string, tinsel, rope, foam bullets from NERF or similar toys, rocks, bits of rubber, tampons, and pieces of clothing. We’ve seen cats eat a whole sock and even a sewing needle, and a dog eat a bottle too.

An X-ray of a cat that swallowed a sewing needle.

 

Prevention is the easiest form of treatment for a foreign body.

Items like toys, fabric, string, hair ties, and other small items can be very tempting to a pet. Ensure these items are safely stored out of reach, either up high or in a closed cabinet or drawer when they are not in use. Be sure to account for all toys, especially foam bullets, when children are finished playing and put them away if an animal is around.

If you’ve seen your animal consume something that it shouldn’t have eaten or you’ve found the remains of an item, contact your vet immediately. With the current COVID-19 closures we recommend calling them first. Calgary Humane Society does not recommend trying to induce vomiting as there can be dangerous side effects for your pet if this is not done properly.

The faster you seek veterinary care, the more options you and your pet will have for removing the object.

If you suspect that your pet has consumed an item, watch for signs like lethargy, lack of appetite, not defecating or difficulty defecating, and vomiting. These can be signs that could indicate a foreign body but could also be indicative of a number of other health issues. Diagnostic tools like X-rays, ultrasounds, or bloodwork may be needed to determine exactly what your animal has consumed or if these symptoms are related to something else.

A NERF bullet removed from a cat.

Animals will eat just about anything. If they are curious or seeking enrichment, eating something they shouldn’t might seem like a fun thing to do for a bored pet! Unfortunately, it is not fun for pet owners, and can lead to large veterinary bills, especially if it is not caught immediately. Acting quickly by contacting your vet is imperative as the longer a foreign body stays in the gastrointestinal tract, the worse it can be for your pet. Left untreated, a foreign body can be life-threatening if they cannot pass it on their own. Even if you think your pet is unlikely to consume something that is left out, it is better to put it away. Nothing is off limits to a curious pet, and it is up to us to ensure that their environment is safe and appropriate for them at all times.

Bunny Behaviour – What does it mean?

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Binky? Chinning? Stomping? Are you nodding your head in understanding or shaking your head in confusion? Don’t feel bad if you’re confused, rabbits have a unique set of behaviours they use to let us know what they’re thinking.  The good, the bad and the hilarious, bunny behaviour is unique, so let’s get down to bun-ness (That’s ‘business’ in bunny talk)   (more…)

My Pet is a Jerk: Reactive Dog Edition!

My pet is a jerk! Reactive Dog edition

Owning a reactive dog can be challenging, especially when it comes to managing your reactive dog in public. While it can be tempting to refer to reactive behaviours as your dog being a ‘jerk’, reactivity is more complex.

Think for a moment about all of the people in your life. Some of them may be social butterflies, able to get along with just about anyone while others may be more selective in their friendships. Just like humans, dogs have individual preferences when it comes to interacting with other canines. These preferences are shaped by the dog’s breed, early life experiences, socialization and living conditions. Some dogs might thrive at the dog park, eager to meet any fellow canine while other dogs may prefer the company of humans and wish to avoid other dogs altogether. Unfortunately, we often forget these individual differences in canine personalities and expect that all dogs should get along at all times.

Reactivity is a complex behaviour and requires more information than we can provide in a blog post, but below we are including some tips on reactivity in dogs. If you are concerned about your dog’s reactivity, please call our FREE behaviour helpline to talk about what training options are available for your dog. (more…)

Pet Photos With Santa!

 

Dust off your favorite holiday sweater and join us on December 5th, 6th or 7th for holiday pet photos with Santa, brought to you by Royal Canin.  You can choose to have your pet photographed alone, with Santa or join them for a festive family portrait!

 SOLD OUT

Thank you to everyone who purchased a photo session for our 2019 season. Tickets are SOLD OUT!

* Please note: Pet holiday photos will be by appointment only to avoid long line-ups and frustrated fidos.

 

Each session is $30.00 and includes a single instant-print portrait. Additional print images will be made available by donation or web images for free download within 1 week after your session. Multiple pets (and people) can appear in the same photo and your session will include approximately 5 images, so feel free to be creative! 

Proceeds from the photo sessions go to support the over 4,000 animals Calgary Humane Society cares for every year.

REGISTER YOUR PUPPY FOR BEHAVIOUR CLASSES

Our Smarty Pups behaviour class provides you with a strong foundation of skills based on positive humane training while building a strong, life-long relationship with your pup. You will learn how to work with your puppy on skills such as gaining attention, recall, handling, walking politely and as well as address challenging behaviours such as mouthing, jumping, and appropriate dog – dog skills with other pups. Your pups going to be the smartest on the block!

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Surviving Cruelty: Meet Royce

Cocktails for Critters is a unique gala fundraiser for Calgary Humane Society and helps raise thousands of dollars to help support animals in need.

Thanks to the support of our generous donors and supporters, previous Cocktails for Critters events have helped to fund life-saving veterinary equipment, essential training for our Peace Officers, critical dog park renovations to increase safety and fun for shelter dogs, daily care for thousands of animals, and allow us to protect animals like Royce and help them find loving homes!

Join us at Cocktails For Critters Saturday, October 19, and help support the thousads of animals we care for every year. Purchase your tickets today!

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What is Parvovirus?

Our partner clinics have been seeing an increased number of puppies infected with Parvovirus. Parvo is always in the community, so we want to make sure you know how to prevent it and spot the signs that your pet might sick. Early intervention is key to a full recovery.

 

What is Parvovirus?

Canine Parvovirus (also known as “Parvo”) is a virus that can cause severe inflammation of the intestines in canines. The virus infects cells of the intestine leading to structural changes that prevent dogs from properly absorbing nutrients.

Canine Parvovirus is a dangerous and extraordinarily contagious virus that spreads easily between unvaccinated dogs. If not caught early and treated aggressively, Parvovirus infection can be fatal.

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