Join Us in the Fight Against Animal Abuse
There can be dozens of different reasons why a helpless animal is exposed to abuse, neglect or abandonment. As Calgary’s first animal welfare organization, we proudly combine our legacy of sheltering with a focus on protection upholding the Animal Protection Act of Alberta.
Our mission is clear and simple – to help as many animals as we can. In today’s complex and changing world, we know that to help as many animals as we can, we must be more than a shelter. We must be leaders in cruelty prevention and accountability to create a more compassionate tomorrow.
WHAT ARE WE FIGHTING AGAINST?
Abandonment, physical abuse and medical neglect are the top complaints our busy Peace Officers respond to each and every day, and WE NEED YOUR HELP.
Additionally, Peace Officers play an important role in educating the community on responsible pet ownership, and monitor animal welfare at premises where animals are for sale, hire, or exhibition.
Click the button above and help us continue to fight for animals facing cruelty and abuse.
WHO ARE WE FIGHTING FOR?
We are Calgary’s only animal shelter that has a department of Peace Officers to respond to urgent neglect and abuse calls. Here are three examples of our fight:
Suspected Overdose Puppy
This story about ‘Royce’ shows the dedication our Peace Officers have to every animal. In April 2016, Calgary Humane Society received word from Calgary Police Service about a suspected overdosed puppy they delivered to an emergency veterinarian clinic. Peace Officers immediately proceeded to the clinic and learned the puppy, Royce, had ingested opioids and cocaine which are both very lethal to a young dog.
Once stabilized, Royce was taken into custody by our Peace Officers and placed in a loving foster home to recover. Royce made a full recovery and was adopted by his loving foster family.
Precedent Setting Conviction
The hard work and patience of Calgary Humane Society’s Protection and Investigations department led to a large-scale seizure in late 2015. CHS Peace Officers had been monitoring a situation at Riverfront Aquariums for some time, and after three prior charges being laid and no changes, enforcement action was taken.
A total of 333 animals were seized and brought to the shelter. Through the dedication of our Peace Officers, and veterinarians, the court sentenced the owner of Riverfront Aquariums to a record-setting fine of $20,000 and a lifetime prohibition from owning or caring for animals (excluding fish and one family dog).
Charges in Hoarding Case of 89 Cats
On April 17, 2016, Peace Officers were dispatched to an animal hoarding situation where 89 Maine Coon cats needed to be immediately removed due to severe environmental and medical concerns. After diligent work by Peace Officers, charges were laid for permitting animals to be in distress and on June 16, 2017, following a guilty plea, the breeder was sentenced to $5000 fine and a lifetime prohibition from owning animals, with the exception of 2 fixed cats for which annual veterinary reports must be submitted.