Cat to Cat Introduction Tips!

cat intros

If you have been thinking about adding a feline to your life then now is a great time to do it! Check out these tips on how to introduce a new cat to an existing resident cat in the household. (more…)

Duke helps make forevers happen at Cocktails for Critters 2015

Duke Makes Forevers happen

Hi everyone!

It’s me, Duke! Your OFFICIAL 2015 Cocktails for Critters Spokesdog!

Last time I told you a little bit about what my early life looked like, but that story wasn’t just about me. In my old house I had a family too. I had a mom and some siblings… all of us shared the same life. We were all bred to look a certain way, even though our looks meant we couldn’t live normal lives. My friends at Calgary Humane Society say we were all in need of treatment. (more…)

Myths and Realities of Reduced Fee Adoptions

myths and realities of reduced fee adoptionsHappy July, CHS Supporters!

First, if you haven’t seen all the buzz on our Facebook wall lately, please accept a huge THANK YOU from all of us at Calgary Humane Society for the AWESOME support of our emergency adoption event. Over 200 adoptions in a week? Unreal! We cannot wait to share some of the happy tails and updates with you as we get them.

This leads to a great question that came to us last week! A few of you wrote to ask us if reduced adoption fees lead to a larger number of animals returned. We thought this was such a great question we wanted to feature it on our blog! So today, we bring you some myths and realities of reduced fee adoptions: (more…)

Successful Emergency Adoption Event

July 13th, 2015

Calgary, AB — Immediate Release

Calgary Humane Society offers its sincerest thank-you to Calgarians for a successful emergency adoption event last week.

From July 8 – 12, 125 cats, two degus, 20 dogs, two hamsters, one mouse, 19 rabbits, 12 birds, two snakes and one tortoise, a total of 179 animals (202 animals for the entire week) found new homes, many of which were long-term residents.

The combination of tough economic times, seasonal influx of cats and a recent mass seizure involving close to 20 rabbits, had put Calgary Humane Society over capacity and prompted the appeal to the public for help.

Since June 1st, 2015, we have taken in 768 animals. We currently have 663 animals in shelter, foster homes and remote adoption locations.

The surge of adopters over the five day event led to longer than normal line-ups and wait times which the public handled with patience and understanding. We would also like to thank everyone who generously made monetary and material donations to help with the added burden on our resources during this time.


A Foster Parent Emergency : Rosie’s Story

Rosie's Story-w

A year has passed since that crazy day in May with Rosie and her babies. I often think about her and her kittens and wonder how they are all doing. What homes were they adopted into, how do the kittens look now, and who got lucky enough to adopt Rosie?

Having already fostered a pregnant mother, we felt fairly confident in fostering another one and eagerly perused the foster list for a suitable candidate.  We picked up Rosie, who was all fluffy and friendly and heavily rounded, when she arrived in our foster room.  She was a sweet little feline who seemed just barely more than a kitten herself.

Our first mother cat had had her babies while we were sleeping, which meant we missed the whole event (it was over in 5 hours with almost no mess and 5 lovely little kittens), so I selfishly hoped that I would get to see at least some of this delivery! (A foster mother can hope, can’t she?) Little did I realize that I would most definitely see part of Rosie’s delivery and it would end up being a rather desperate event.

But wait. I’m getting ahead of myself.

Let me rewind a bit. (more…)

Hank’s Story

Hank's Story

With anticipation I opened up the email containing that week’s list of critters needing foster care. Many furry faces stared back at me from the list – one in particular, a beat up tank of a stray tomcat named “Hank.” I sent in my requests with my usual ending note – “whoever needs me the most.” I was hoping that Hank needed me the most.  The Foster Coordinator’s reply was “I’d be happy to send you home with Hank.” I was ecstatic – but then the doubts started. He was a rough, unneutered stray cat. What was I in for with this one? I pushed aside my fears and went to get the boy who needed me. (more…)

Stella’s Apology

Stella's Appology



Hello, Calgary Humane Society Supporters,

Stella here, and I have an update for you.

I have officially divested myself of my coach, Mr. Gary Van Meowski.

I will still be participating in Catwalk 2015, but Mr. Van Meowski is no longer a member of team Stella. This was a difficult decision, and all of us on team Stella wish Mr. Van Meowski the best in his future endeavours.

Over the past few days some evidence has come to light regarding Mr. Van Meowski’s motives for participating in Catwalk 2015 and they are not congruent with the values of team Stella. We also had brought to our attention that Mr. Van Meowski has engaged in some activities that were hurtful to our Dog Jog compatriots. This type of behavior is unacceptable and will not be tolerated by team Stella.

As the leader of team Stella, I joined the Catwalk 2015 campaign to make a difference for animals in need at Calgary Humane Society. As a former resident of Calgary Humane Society, I know first hand the hope they give to animals who otherwise would not get a second chance. It was because of the wonderful staff and supporters of CHS that I was able to find my new home, and my only wish is that other animals receive the same benefits.

On behalf of everyone from team Stella, I wanted to extend my heartfelt apologies and regrets for Mr. Van Meowski’s behavior. While we were unaware of his plans, he was nonetheless a part of our team at the time of the incident. We will continue to work to make amends with our friends on team Rufus before the big event starts.

We look forward to seeing you all at Catwalk 2015 (better known as Dog Jog 2015) today.



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Rufus Says “Dog Jog is for Dogs!”


From the desk of Rufus

June 11, 2015

Dearest Calgary Humane Society Supporters,

Late in the day on June 10, 2015, Team Rufus was alerted that one Mr. Gary Van Meowski engaged in the spreading of false information related to our upcoming Dog Jog event.

Those of us on Team Rufus would like to respond to this by letting all of our faithful supporters know that at no point has the renaming of Dog Jog 2015 been discussed. At this time, the name of Dog Jog and the role of Spokesdogs within the event are secure.

Calgary Humane Society notes that Dog Jog has a special historical significance for the organization. Having evolved out of the “Great Calgary Pet Party”, Dog Jog has been a signature event for Calgary Humane Society for more than a decade. Today, Dog Jog is one of the most significant fundraising events at Calgary Humane Society, bringing people and pets together to create second chances and brighter futures for Calgary’s animals in need.

Again, we would like to reiterate to all of our generous supporters that Dog Jog 2015 is a GO for this Sunday, June 14th, 2015 at South Glenmore Park. We look forward to seeing all of our incredible teammates on the big day for some fun, festivities and fundraising.


Your official Calgary Humane Society Dog Jog 2015 Spokesdog,



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Gary Van Meowski Renames Dog Jog 2015 in Favor of Cats

Gary renames Dogjog


From the desk of Gary Van Meowski

June 10, 2015


In response to overwhelming support of the Catwalk 2015 campaign, spearheaded by the irreplaceable Gary Van Meowski, Official CHS office cat, premiere advice columnist and feline extraordinaire, Calgary Humane Society has elected to rename Dog

Jog 2015 and replace the event with Catwalk 2015.

This decision follows weeks of careful deliberation and Calgary Humane Society officials state that they believe the change will be positive.

“Let’s face it, dogs drool,” says Sage,the new communications manager, in response to the decision. “It’s time for more cats and less fleas.”

Anyone who was planning to be at Dog Jog 2015 is encouraged to wear a cat shirt instead. Or cat shoes. Whatever. Wear something with a cat on it.

All dogs will be immediately removed from the park.

Calgary Humane Society would like to extend their heartfelt gratitude to Mr. Gary Van Meowski who helped us to see the light and make this progressive change for the future.

A Message From Rufus!

Rufus Dog Jog

Hi hi hi everyone!

Rufus here, your OFFICIAL Spokesdog for Dog Jog 2015!

I hope you are all having fun getting ready for the BIG DAY. I know I am! My mom and I have been training all week, going for long walks and enjoying the sunshine. I can’t wait to see all of you at the event!  (more…)