Top 8 ways to have a record amount of FUN at this year’s Dog Jog!

Dog Jog 2017 planning is in high gear! Last year you may remember we gathered together a record number of dogs wearing bandanas? Well this year we are out to have a record amount of FUN! Interested in joining us? Here are 8 ways that you can help bring the fun to Dog Jog 2017!

 

1. Register as a team with family, friends or co-workers!

Not only do you get to spend some quality time together, you will be joining forces to create a world with no animal cruelty, abuse, neglect or abandonment! Super hero team names are optional but highly encouraged!

 

2. Don some fancy duds to make a statement!

Create a custom t-shirt or wear your favorite pieces of flair to share your personality (or a story about why you are participating in Dog Jog) with other Dog Jog attendees!

 

3. Enjoy some festival foods!

We will have Calgary’s finest food trucks on site and serving up delicious snacks all day long!

 

4. Bounce around the Kids Zone!

Bouncy castles, face painting and other fun activities will be on site all day for young Dog Jog fans!

 

5. Socialize your best friend!

Join hundreds of fellow pet owners and Fidos for a day of fun and socialization. Looking to brush up on your leash skills before the big event? Give our behaviour department a call at 403-723-6019 to find out what options are available!

 

6. Make some time for the Mutt n’ Mingle!

New this year to Dog Jog we will be adding a beer garden where you and your fellow dog lovers can enjoy a frosty beverage.

 

7. Check out the wonderful world of Dog Sports!

Do you have an active canine? Stop by and talk to some of our behaviour staff at the agilty demonstration area to find out how you and your dog can get involved!

 

8. Change the world for animals in need!

No matter how you participate in Dog Jog, you will be helping to create a better future for the thousands of animals helped by Calgary Humane Society each year… and changing the world sounds like a pretty great way to spend the day!

 

Visit our website HERE to register for Dog Jog 2017, we look forward to spending June 3rd with you all!

 

7 indoor activities to do with your pet

Here are a few fun family activities that you can do with your pet when it is too cold or rainy to play outside!

1. Mealtime Hide and Seek! 

Instead of feeding your pet one big helping in a bowl, split the meal up into a several small portions. Have one family member distract your pet with some attention while the rest of you find clever places to “hide” your pet’s dinner. Make sure that all the places you choose can be accessed by your pet! We want the game to be fair and fun, not frustrating! The first time you play, choose very easy places that are near to your pet’s bowl and gradually make the game harder as your pet learns your tricks!

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So you’ve registered for Dog Jog, now what?

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So you’ve registered for Dog Jog, now what? Your Dog Jog fundraising helps us take care of thousands of animals every year! How can you help you ask? We’ve got some tips to kick your fundraising into high gear and get you started on the right paw for our Dog Jog adventure!

 

1. Personalize your Dog Jog page!

Every single person or family who registers for Dog Jog gets a fundraising page! Add text and a photo to tell everyone what your goal is! If you are part of a team you could even add a team photo to your page.
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2. Tell your story.

Write a personal appeal to all of your friends and family telling them why you are participating in this event and raising funds to help out homeless animals. Ask them to join your team or make a donation in support of you that will help animals in need.
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3. Try out the donation button!

Consider making a donation to yourself to start things off. Even a small amount can create a BIG change!
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4. Compete!

Is there more than one Dog Jog team in your company, school or neighbourhood? Inspire everyone’s competitive spirit by setting up a challenge of some kind, or an incentive for the team with the most members or highest fundraising total.
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5. Ask for support from your employer.

Ask your employer to match what you raise. In addition, individual gifts made by your supporters may be eligible for matching funds from their employers please remind them to find out about their company’s matching gift policy.
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6. Use social media.

Place regular updates about your progress on your Facebook or other social networking pages. Encourage people to support your efforts by making a donation in your honour.
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7. Promote, promote, promote!

Send out emails to friends and family through your personal Dog Jog page! Challenge friends and family members to sign up for Dog Jog or ask them to make a contribution toward your fundraising goal.
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Visit our website HERE to register for Dog Jog 2017, we look forward to spending June 3rd with you all!

Recent parvo cases came from Alberta SPCA seizure

April 28, 2017

Calgary, AB — Immediate Release

On Monday April 24, Calgary Humane Society assisted Alberta SPCA with a large seizure from a property in Southern Alberta. The seizure involved a number of dogs, cats, rabbits and turtles.

The dogs ranged in age and breed and a sample was selected for testing for parvovirus. All of those tests came back negative. Shortly after the intake, CHS veterinarians noticed one dog displaying symptoms consistent with parvovirus and tested the dog immediately. The test came back positive. A second dog housed with the first dog was also tested and came back positive. Both dogs were at an advanced stage of the disease and were humanely euthanized at the direction of an Alberta SPCA peace officer.

A third dog that was part of the seizure has now tested positive for parvo however this dog is in the early stages of the disease and is currently being treated at an off-site clinic.

All of the dogs from the seizure were quarantined upon intake therefore the risk of the disease spreading to the rest of our animal population is low. As a further precaution, we elected to close the shelter in order to completely disinfect each area to further minimize the chance of the disease spreading to the rest of our animal population or the public. While some may feel this measure is extreme, we place a high value on the safety of our animals and those in our community. Parvovirus is very contagious and can be difficult to treat. Vaccination is the best way to prevent parvo.

Our team continues to test the isolated dogs that came in with the seizure to ensure no other cases develop. After extensive cleaning and a risk assessment we are planning to reopen our Adoptions area as well as our Store and Reception as of noon on Monday. We will continue to divert the intake of surrenders or strays to nearby vet clinics or the City of Calgary.

Calgary Humane Society Closed due to Canine Parvo Cases

April 25, 2017

Calgary, AB — Immediate Release

Calgary Humane Society has closed its doors as a precautionary measure following two positive canine parvo virus cases that came into the shelter on the afternoon of April 24. 2017.

Due to the severity of the disease, its contagious nature and the risk to the shelter’s animal population, the two dogs were humanely euthanized. All animals are being quarantined and all dogs are being monitored for symptoms of the disease.

Shelter staff are deep cleaning the entire facility to reduce the chances of the disease spreading and to ensure the safety of the public. The risk to the public is very low as these infected dogs came into the holding area of the shelter and did not come in contact with any animals in Adoptions.

The shelter is closed until further notice. We will reopen as soon as it is safe to do so. In the meantime, if you have found a stray please bring them to your nearest veterinary clinic or the City of Calgary. If you have an animal to surrender, please either hold on to them or contact us for an appointment in the future.

We want to thank the public for their patience and understanding.

 

Parvo Closure and FAQ

 

What is happening right now at Calgary Humane Society?

We had two dogs come into our shelter on the afternoon of April 24 from out of town. One showed serious symptoms of Canine Parvovirus and when tested came back positive for the disease. The other dog that came in with the first dog was immediately tested and also came back positive for parvo. Both cases were fairly advanced and the decision was made to humanely euthanize them so they did not suffer further.

What is parvo?

Canine Parvovirus (aka “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 lethal.

What are the symptoms of Canine Parvovirus?

Severe vomiting and diarrhea (often bloody) and lack of appetite are common symptoms of canine parvovirus infection. Affected dogs usually develop signs of extreme lethargy (lack of energy), depression and dehydration with fever. Leukopenia (low white blood cells) can often be seen on blood work. In severe cases death can occur rapidly. Symptoms of canine parvovirus will typically develop after an incubation period of 3-10 days in infected dogs. Dog with suspected canine parvovirus exposure should be carefully monitored for symptoms.

What dogs are most at risk of Canine Parvovirus infection?

Unvaccinated dogs are at risk for canine parvovirus. Puppies and immune compromised dogs are at particular risk. Vaccinations are very effective in preventing canine parvovirus infection but puppies who have not completed their full vaccine series and newly vaccinated (vaccinated less than 10-14 days prior to exposure) may still be at risk of infection.

Is this an outbreak?

No this is not an outbreak. The disease at this point has been contained and we do not have any other animals who are exhibiting symptoms. We are continuing to deep clean, quarantine and monitor our animals to ensure this remains the case.

Don’t you vaccinate on intake?

We do however the vaccine takes at least a few days to take effect. The dogs in this case had already developed the disease and therefore the vaccine was not effective for them.

Why did you close your shelter?

As an organization we take in the most vulnerable animals, often with no information on their history or previous care therefore we closed our shelter in order to best protect the public and our animals. We have done a full deep clean of every corner of the shelter and are doing additional deep cleaning over the coming days. We have quarantined all of our animals in holding to reduce any chance of the disease spreading. This closure was mainly a precautionary measure as we take the health of our animals and the health of the public very seriously.

When will you reopen?

We have heard some confusion as to how long we will be closed. We anticipate opening within the next few days however we want to ensure the health and safety of our animals and the public’s therefore we will only open when we feel very confident it is safe to do so. We will post all of our reopening information on our website and social media.

I adopted a dog from you or attended training classes there recently, is my dog at risk?

Parvovirus is in the community and can be contracted from a dog park or on the street. The two dogs that came in with parvo were restricted to our holding area and did not have any access to our dog park, training areas or adoptions area therefore the risk to the public is minimal.

I was at the shelter yesterday, am I at risk?

The risk to any members of the public or animals in our adoptions area is very low and we are closing the shelter as a precaution. The risk to any vaccinated dogs is also extremely low however if you are concerned you are encouraged to contact your veterinarian.

How can the public help?

Right now we are asking members of the public to be patient with us as we work to clean and care for our animals. We will continue to communicate via our website and social media if we do need any additional supplies and will also let you know once we reopen to the public.

What should I do to protect my dog from parvo?

Vaccination is the best way to protect your dog from contracting parvo virus.

If l find a stray animal where should I take it? 

We will reopen as soon as it is safe to do so. In the meantime, if you have found a stray please bring them to your nearest veterinary clinic or the City of Calgary. If you have an animal to surrender, please either hold on to them or contact us for an appointment in the future.

 

 

 

Update on 88 Dogs brought in from Alberta SPCA

 

We have had many people ask for more information about the 88 dogs we brought in from Alberta SPCA a few weeks ago. Short answer: the dogs are doing pretty well but we still have some work to do. Most of them are chihuahua or yorkie breeds and a lot of them came to us with health and behaviour issues. Many have had surgery or are undergoing behaviour enrichment and are recovering and learning in foster homes, others have already been adopted!

One thing we have noticed about these dogs is their extreme level of fear. In fact the level of fear they are displaying is not something we see every day here at Calgary Humane Society. That is why we wanted to share some tips for those looking to adopt one of these dogs or any fearful dog for that matter. (more…)

What Does a “No-Kill Shelter” Really Mean?

Since 2013, Calgary Humane Society is proud to be one of the only open-admission animal shelters in North America able to say this simple phrase:

 

“At Calgary Humane Society, every single healthy and adoptable animal is able to stay until they are adopted.”

 

Calgary Humane Society is an open-admission shelter. This means one simple thing: We never say no. We never turn an animal away. We have many supporters ask us if this means Calgary Humane Society is a “no kill” shelter. The reality is this: If a shelter is a “no-kill” shelter, then they must turn animals away. The animals typically turned away from “no-kill” rescues are animals that are too sick or injured to be treated or too dangerous to safely be rehabilitated and placed in a home.

 

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Calgary Humane Society is the only open-admission animal shelter serving Calgary and the surrounding area. Without our open-admission mandate, these animals would have nowhere to go. Does this mean there are sometimes difficult decisions to be made? Yes. But thanks to the generosity of our incredible community of supporters, these decisions must be made only in the most extreme of cases.

 

Our Services at Work

Tova came to the shelter in 2012 after she was abandoned. Tova’s previous owner had moved to Ontario and never returned for her. As admissions staff researched Tova’s past, they discovered that in just seven years Tova had been through at least five homes.

Our staff worked exhaustively with Tova in those first days. Tova had issues with other dogs, but was sweet and affectionate to people. We knew her perfect home was out there. In fact, Tova waited eight months to find her perfect home. 299 days. It was April 15, 2013 when Tova finally met her perfect family.

After an incredible 14 months at Calgary Humane Society we are happy to report that Simon, our longest-ever shelter resident, has found a great home! Simon’s new family is familiar with snakes and will continue working to get Simon familiar with regular handling.

 

Thanks to the ongoing support of the Calgary community, Calgary Humane Society has become one of the first and only open-admission shelters in North America that does not euthanize for time. Just a few years ago, the animal welfare world said this was an impossible dream, yet Calgary proved them wrong.

 

At Calgary Humane Society we are proud of who we are, and we are proud of the community that has allowed us to make history. Each year our community takes one step further towards a future where no animal is abused, neglected or abandoned. We have come a long way since 1922, and together, we will continue to make history.

 

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Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with your pet!

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Happy St. Patrick’s Day, CHS Supporters!

We hope you are enjoying the festivities and that any visiting leprechauns have left treats instead of tricks! Today on the blog, we are talking about fun ways to bring your pet in on the festivities of the day, and why Fido shouldn’t be allowed to share your green beer.

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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…)