Calgary Humane Society remains dedicated to the health, safety, and welfare of our staff, volunteers, guests and animals. We will post information on this page regarding COVID-19 and the shelter. Please check back for informational updates as they emerge.


Calgary Humane Society’s Modified Adoption Process

Published March 23, 2020

Calgary Humane Society has been working diligently on our coordinated response to protect our employees, volunteers, foster parents and the public from COVID-19. During this time, it is important we place as many of our animals into loving homes as quickly as possible. We have modified our adoption processes to facilitate adoptions by appointment while observing all necessary precautions to limit the transmission of the virus.

As of March 23rd, 2020, Calgary Humane Society’s adoption process will be as follows:

  1. All potential adopters are asked to visit calgaryhumane.ca and select an animal they are interested in adopting. If you are serious about making this commitment, please proceed to the next step.
  2. Potential adopters will complete the online lifestyle survey for the animal type they are interested in. Applications will be accepted by e-mail only. Our Adoptions team will be unable to answer phone calls while they work hard to make the best match between families and the animals.
  3. All applications will be reviewed and will be accepted based on the best fit for the animal. Potential adopters will be contacted within 24 hours.
  4. Our standard adoption interview will be done over the phone.
  5. We will be asking all interested adopters to answer questions about their current health status before setting an appointment.
  6. Applicants are expected to be available to come in by appointment only until further notice to attend a meet and greet with the animal.
  7. To maintain proper social distancing and minimize the number of individuals entering the facility, only one person over the age of 18 is permitted to attend the animal meet and greet.

Only adopters chosen as the best fit for the animal will be contacted to help clear the shelter as quickly as possible.

We would like to thank the Calgary community for their ongoing support during this challenging time. If you wish to make an online gift to support the animals, you may do so here.


Calgary Humane Society’s Updated Statement on COVID-19

Published March 16, 2020 – Click here to view this statement as a PDF.

 

To our valued Calgary Humane Society Community,

The management team at Calgary Humane Society has been working diligently to ensure we are prepared with a coordinated response to protect our employees, volunteers and the public at large from transmitting novel coronavirus (COVID-19).

In light of the recent announcement of a local state of emergency in the City of Calgary, Calgary Humane Society is taking extra precautions to mitigate the risk of transmission of COVID-19.

As of March 16th, 2020, Calgary Humane Society will be enacting the following protocols:

  • Calgary Humane Society will be closed to the public
  • Only essential staff will be permitted to enter the building and will be required to follow modified safety procedures
  • Cancellation of all youth clubs, field trips, classes, tours, presentations, community events and animal behaviour classes
  • Emergency animal intakes only, to be evaluated on a case-by-case basis
  • All individuals scheduled to enter the building who are exhibiting any symptoms of, or have been in contact with anyone exhibiting any symptoms of, COVID-19 will not be permitted to enter the building.

All animals in-shelter at Calgary Humane Society will continue to be cared for as usual during this time.

There is no evidence to support that companion animals can develop the disease or transmit the disease to humans or animals and to date, there have been no reports of pets or other animals becoming sick with COVID-19. However, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Canadian Public Health Service are recommending that pet owners who have been diagnosed with COVID-19:

  • Avoid close contact with their pets including snuggling, kissing pets or sleeping in the same bed
  • Wash their hands before touching or feeding their pet
  • Do not cough or sneeze on or near their pet
  • Do not let the pet have contact with other animals or people

Calgary Humane Society will continue to protect the health and safety of both people and animals and will adhere to the strictest of health measures to ensure their welfare. Please visit our website at www.calgaryhumane.ca or follow us on social media for informational updates as they emerge.


Calgary Humane Society’s Statement on COVID-19

Published March 13, 2020 – Click here to view this statement as a PDF.

 

To our valued Calgary Humane Society Community,

The Management Team at Calgary Humane Society are working diligently to ensure we are prepared with a coordinated response to protect our employees, volunteers and the public at large from transmitting novel coronavirus (COVID-19).

At this time, the Public Health Agency of Canada has assessed the public health risk associated with COVID-19 as low for the general population in Canada. This could change rapidly and Alberta Health Services anticipates the risk may increase in the
coming weeks. Calgary Humane Society is taking extra precautions with our response to COVID-19.

To mitigate the risk of transmission of COVID-19, Calgary Humane Society has developed a three phase approach to the situation. We are currently in phase one of this plan and will continue to monitor the situation very closely.

Calgary Humane Society’s phase one protocols include the following:

  • CHS will not allow any individuals who have travelled outside of Canada in the last 14 days to enter the building. This includes members of the public, staff, volunteers, foster parents and contractors.
  • All staff, volunteers and foster parents exhibiting any flu-like symptoms must remain home until they are cleared by a medical professional to return to their duties at CHS.
  • Hand sanitizers will be provided at all entrances to the shelter. Staff, volunteers and visitors will be required to use them upon entrance and wash their hands frequently as they move about the shelter.
  • Common surfaces will be disinfected multiple times a day and all cleaning protocols will be completed using hospital grade cleaning solutions.
  • CHS has purchased the maximum amount allowable of personal protective equipment, cleaning supplies and other inventory required to remain operational.

At this time there is no evidence to support that companion animals can develop the disease or transmit the disease to humans or animals. To date, there have not been any reports of pets or other animals becoming sick with COVID-19.However, the
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Canadian Public Health Service are recommending that pet owners who have been diagnosed with COVID-19:

  • Avoid close contact with their pets including snuggling, kissing pets or sleeping in the same bed
  • Wash their hands before touching or feeding their pet
  • Do not cough or sneeze on or near their pet
  • Don’t let the pet have contact with other animals or people

Calgary Humane Society will continue to protect the health and safety of both people and animals, and will continue to monitor this fluid situation closely. Please visit our website at www.calgaryhumane.ca for informational updates as they emerge.