Camping with Fido

Whether you’re heading into the great outdoors in a tent, trailer or five-star RV, CHS has 10 tips to make camping with Fido an enjoyable time for everyone involved!

1. Call ahead:

Ensure that your campground of choice allows dogs and find out which areas dogs are allowed.  Most beaches do not allow dogs. Be realistic about your dog’s ability with recall if you allow him/her off leash.

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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…)

HOW PET HEALTH INSURANCE SAVED MY DOG’S LIFE

 

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Bringing a furry friend into your life is a hugely exciting time! Among the top thoughts on many soon-to-be pet owner’s minds are all the fun things to do and buy: pretty leashes, cool collars, a comfortable bed, a healthy diet, fun toys and tasty treats. Along with the fun also comes the responsibility of pet-ownership including finding a good veterinarian, licensing, identification and training. Unfortunately, in the midst of all the excitement and preparation, even the most organized, loving and dedicated pet owners often overlook one crucial piece of advice: the value of pet health insurance. Pet health insurance can be an invaluable way to plan for health expenses should your pet become sick or injured. Sadly, the reality of not planning for unexpected veterinary expenses means many owners each year face very difficult, and often heartbreaking, choices. (more…)

Research from The Canadian Association of Digestive Health and Research says “Snuffle Mats are good for people too.”

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April 1, 2016

Calgary, AB — Immediate Release

On March 30, 2016, Calgary Humane Society released a video encouraging its supporters to make a snuffle mat for their pets. The Calgary Association of Digestive Health and Research (CADHR) quickly reached out with their own statistics and review on the snuffle mat.

John Flannigan, Lead Researcher, CADHR said, “We have been using devices similar to the snuffle mat for years to help our patients with gastrointestinal disorders properly digest their food.” (more…)

Tips to help you handle a dog fight!

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Dog fight! Did that just send a shiver down your spine? They’re two of the most dreaded words for a dog owner. Every dog owner fears them and try their best to avoid them, but sometimes they still happen. Maybe you’ve been approached by an off-leash dog in your neighborhood, or you meet an unfriendly pooch at the dog park. Or maybe even your own two dogs who are normally BFF’s have a little lover’s quarrel.

Dog fights happen and we have some tips to help deal with them. (more…)

Meet Amaya: A Calgary Humane Society Foster Story

Meet Amaya

Amaya is a sweet puppy who needs a little extra care before she finds her forever home. We want to share her journey with you, so follow our weekly blog series as this girl heals and grows in our Foster ProgramPlease note: Amaya is not available for adoption at this time. 

 

Once people find out I work for Calgary Humane Society, the first question I usually get asked is, “So, do you get to snuggle puppies and kittens all day?” No, this is usually not my job, but I would be lying if I said I didn’t get to do this sometimes. Yes, puppies and kittens are adorable, but animals that need some extra love and care is where I really like to focus my attention.

The Foster program was a no brainer for me. My partner took a little bit more convincing, especially after a few of the singleton kittens I brought home, but I think we have really gotten the hang of having an extra little fur ball in the house. We already have two dogs, a three year old boxer and a 15 year old pit bull/boxer cross, and a cat, but “What is one more animal” I said. Later, those words would come to bite me in the butt. (more…)

Pumpkin for Pooches!

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Happy October, Calgary Humane Society Supporters!

With Halloween just around the corner, it seems like a great time to talk about one of the favorite dog delicacies here at the shelter – pumpkin! Yep! You read that right. Pumpkin! In addition to being a festive decoration for your porch, pumpkin can be a great addition to your dog’s diet!  (more…)

Tips for housetraining an adult dog!

Tips for Housetraining

 

One of the benefits we usually tout about the adoption of an adult or senior dog is the fact they’re housetrained.

“I sure enjoy cleaning up dog pee and poops off my floor,” said No One ever.

During their stay at the shelter though, some housetrained dogs lose their housetraining skills and will do their business in their kennel area. Additionally, scents and odors from other pets in the shelter may cause them to do a little territory marking.

But don’t worry. This is a problem that is easily fixed!  (more…)