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EHS Providing Care to 11 Dogs Seized from Sherwood Park Home

MEDIA STATEMENT FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE EDMONTON HUMANE SOCIETY PROVIDING CARE TO 11 DOGS SEIZED FROM SHERWOOD PARK HOME EDMONTON, AB (February 3, 2023) – The 11 dogs seized by Strathcona County Enforcement Services and Strathcona County RCMP on January 28, 2023 are safely in the care of the Edmonton Humane Society (EHS) and receiving medical treatment. Due to their neglected and malnourished condition, it will take a few weeks before they become available for adoption, as they recover and reach a healthy weight prior to their spay/neuter surgery. The dogs will be placed into foster care in the meantime. We are grateful that, with the support of our community, we can be here to provide a safe haven for animals who come from situations of neglect. We also wish to thank Strathcona County and the RCMP for their work on this case, and to the citizen who reported the concern, so the dogs could be removed from these unacceptable conditions. We cannot release any further details on the dogs at this time, as they are part of an active case. Questions regarding the case can be directed to the Strathcona County RCMP. When the dogs are ready for adoption, they will be on EHS’ website at edmontonhumanesociety.com/adoptables. Those who wish to support the care of these 11 dogs and the many other homeless, neglected [...]

By |2023-02-03T12:07:54-07:00February 3, 2023|

Preparing Your Pet for Fireworks Celebrations

Updated: December 29, 2022 Prepping Pets for Fireworks Celebrations Celebrations that involve fireworks can be very stressful for our pets, since they experience the world differently than we do. For an animal, fireworks are unexpected and unpredictable, and the noise and physical sensations fireworks create can cause a lot of stress. Here are some helpful tips and strategies to help make fireworks less scary and keep your pets safe. Before the event 1. Seek Veterinary Advice: If you have concerns, speak with your vet before the event. Your vet may be able to prescribe medication or treatments to help your pet feel more comfortable during the fireworks. Contacting your vet ahead of time will give you time to try the medication and make sure it’s right for your pet. Pheromone devices like Adaptil and Feliway plug ins or collars may be useful for calming some pets. 2. Practice - If there is a holiday where fireworks are typically set off, help your pet learn to associate loud noises with good things. Practise by carrying treats with you and any time your pet hears a loud noise, like something being dropped on the ground, or a loud car passing by, give your pet plenty of treats. Desensitizing your pet in a positive way, can help them better cope. 3. Set Up Your Space - Make [...]

By |2022-12-29T17:13:56-07:00December 29, 2022|

EHS Statement on EPS’ Investigation Into Horrific Killing of Cat

MEDIA STATEMENT FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE EDMONTON HUMANE SOCIETY STATEMENT ON EPS’ INVESTIGATION INTO HORRIFIC KILLING OF CAT EDMONTON, AB (December 22, 2022) – The Edmonton Humane Society (EHS) is deeply saddened and concerned about the recent incident in which a cat was killed by five teenage boys. “This is a horrific act of cruelty, and our hearts go out to the family of the cat as well as those who witnessed the assault. We are thankful that Edmonton has a dedicated Animal Cruelty Investigation Unit (ACIU) who is taking this investigation seriously,” says CEO Liza Sunley. EHS urges anyone with information about this crime to come forward and contact Edmonton Police Service. “We also encourage parents, educators, and community leaders to use this tragedy as an opportunity to teach young people about the importance of respecting the animals we share our world with,” added Sunley. “There is a well-established link between violence against animals and violence against humans, and it is crucial that we work together to prevent both.” As part of their efforts to foster the humane treatment of all animals, EHS offers Humane Education programming for kids and youth including camps and presentations for schools and groups. Research has shown that Humane Education can reduce and prevent violence towards people and animals through developing compassion and empathy. If you would like to [...]

By |2022-12-22T08:24:13-07:00December 22, 2022|

Sam and Sophie’s Legacy

Sam and Sophie left more than a permanent paw print on their guardians’ hearts when they passed away -- they left a legacy supporting thousands of animals in need at the Edmonton Humane Society. About Sam and Sophie Sam, the smart and cuddly Pekingese/poodle cross, was always up for an adventure. Whether it be by foot or car, he was in! Exploring the world through his nose on walks was his favourite activity, but there was nothing Sam loved more than cuddling and relaxing in the evenings with his guardians and friend Sophie. Sophie was Sam’s complimentary opposite. Joining the family two years after Sam, Sophie - the shih-tzu/ poodle/cocker spaniel mix - enjoyed the comforts of home and the company of her people. She preferred to leave meeting new people, travel and adventuring to her friend Sam. Instead, Sophie took pride in protecting her home and ensuring her guardians knew how loved each of them were by her. Both Sam and Sophie enriched the lives of their guardians daily and were deeply loved. They also shared a special bond with each other. In 2020, Sam passed away at the age of 16 and twelve days later, Sophie followed. Their Unique Legacy “The loss of Sam and Sophie was more difficult for us than we [...]

By |2022-12-17T11:05:08-07:00December 6, 2022|

Holiday Hazards for Pets & Top Gift Suggestions

UPDATED: December 1, 2022 Every year we get the opportunity to celebrate many holidays with our pets, which includes lots of food, gifts, and the excitement of gathering with loved ones. With all this activity, it's important to ensure we’re taking some extra precautions for the paws underfoot. To give you some peace of mind when preparing for holiday festivities with your pet, we’re sharing some of our top tips on how to keep pets safe, plus a few gift ideas when your shopping for a special cat or dog in your life. Mind the Decorations From hanging ornaments to lit candles, both the appearance and presence of your favorite decorations might lead your pet to think of them as toys or things to be chewed on. Here are some common items to watch for: Wrapping, ribbons, tinsel, lights, and small ornaments: If consumed, these may cause your pet to choke or have an internal blockage. Glass and metal hooks: Put delicate items up high to avoid breaks as these items could cause a nasty scratch or puncture to your pet. Electrical wires: Many animals are prone to chewing on cords which can lead to electrical shock, burns, and blockages if ingested. Christmas trees and standing displays: Curious pets, especially those prone to climbing, can knock over these [...]

By |2022-12-12T16:46:59-07:00December 1, 2022|

Recognizing EHS Supporters on National Philanthropy Day

November 15, 2022, marks National Philanthropy Day, a day for the Edmonton Humane Society (EHS) to say thank you to our community of supporters! This year, we were proud to recognize two outstanding Edmontonians who have made an indelible mark on our work and in the lives of companion animals: Jay Downton and Harmony Doderai. Both received awards for their philanthropy efforts and contributions to EHS at the 24th Annual National Philanthropy Day event, hosted by the Association of Fundraising Professionals Edmonton and Area Chapter. Jay Downton - Community Enrichment Award Jay Downton, a passionate Edmontonian, entrepreneur and President of Oodle Noodle and the Nation Network was recognized by the Edmonton Humane Society for his support and philanthropy benefitting our organization for the past few years. Whether financial contributions - now at over $10,000 - through the sharing of his creative resources to bring attention to EHS, or as a sponsor for our annual Pets in the Park event, Jay and his team have had a direct impact on our ability to reach new audiences and supporters through their vast network of followers. Jay leads through innovation and altruism, which sets an example for others to follow. A lover of all animals, especially his own Dachshund named Hotdog, Jay inspires others to support the Edmonton Humane Society. “I’m super [...]

By |2022-11-15T17:44:37-07:00November 15, 2022|

Have a Pet Safe Halloween

Updated: October 28th, 2022 Plan a Pet Safe Halloween! Like many holidays, Halloween is a great excuse to stock up on sweets and treats. Having all of these extra goodies around is not only a major temptation to people but also our pets. As our friend Dr. Ted Purcell says; "Have a plan for today!" "Treats and candies are not safe in a bag on the floor or on a chair or bench - you need to be very mindful on Halloween, not just during but before and after." Here are some things for pet guardians to keep in mind to ensure they and their pets have an enjoyable evening. 1. Amongst all the candies, chocolate is one of the most toxic for pets - Smaller chocolate covered items such as raisins are double trouble. Not only are both chocolate and grapes toxic to pets, but the size and shape mimic many of the popular treats our companion animals may be used to scavenging from under chairs or tucked in cushions. The effect on a pet will depend on the amount and type of chocolate as well as the size of pet. Should your pet ingest something dangerous - we recommend you contact your veterinarian or for a $59 USD fee, you can seek guidance from the 24/h Pet Poison Hotline at 1-855-764-7661. Please [...]

By |2022-12-02T12:14:44-07:00October 29, 2022|

How To Know If Your Pet Is Overweight

Obesity is a common health problem for our companion animals. For many pet lovers, an overweight animal is an unfortunate reality, and one that can cause issues for pets and pet guardians alike. For National Pet Obesity Awareness Day, we want to help you identify if your pet is overweight and suggest some diets that can help support your pet reaching a healthier weight. How Do You Know If Your Pet Is Obese? Check out these obesity charts for both dogs and cats, so you can see how your pet’s weight compares. What Do You Do If Your Pet Is Obese? We recommend always asking your vet for guidance first and considering changes in your pet’s diet and physical activity. To help manage your dog or cat’s weight, ORIJEN® pet food has specially crafted formulas made to help support a healthy weight in dogs and cats. This includes ORIJEN Fit & Trim Recipe for dogs, a lean, protein-rich recipe to help support a healthy body weight in dogs, and ORIJEN Fit & Trim Recipe for cats, a food that includes balanced calories from protein and fat, plus naturally occurring L-carnitine to help maintain a healthy body weight. Taking your pet for more frequent or longer walks and adding extra play time, is a great way to increase your pet’s daily [...]

By |2022-10-12T13:48:29-06:00October 12, 2022|

National Day for Truth and Reconciliation

On September 30 the Edmonton Humane Society will be closed in observance of National Day for Truth and Reconciliation. This federal statutory holiday was created in response to Call to Action 80, honouring the Survivors, their families, communities, and those affected by residential schools. We acknowledge that systemic discrimination and trauma are continually present in the lives of Indigenous Peoples. As an organization, we have been reflecting and learning about the important history and path forward for truth and reconciliation in Canada, and we encourage our supporters to do the same with the below resources: Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada: Calls to Action Calls to Action Accountability: A 2021 Status Update on Reconciliation by the Yellowhead Institute Beyond 94 by CBC – a website that monitors the progress on the Truth and Reconciliation Commissions’ 94 Calls to Action Indigenous Canada – a 12-lesson Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) offered by the Faculty of Native Studies at the University of Alberta Aboriginal Worldviews and Education – online course offered by the University of Toronto Read for Reconciliation Book List by Raven Reads Local organizations to consider volunteering or supporting: Creating Hope Society of Alberta Bent Arrow Canadian Native Friendship Centre Events to participate in: Orange Shirt Day Run/Walk Register Here Panel Discussion: Indigenous Perspectives on the Pope's Apology with the Gord [...]

By |2022-10-12T12:57:45-06:00September 29, 2022|

NEWS RELEASE: Adoption Fees Reduced for ‘Adorable Adopt-a-thon’

NEWS RELEASE FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE ADOPTION FEES REDUCED FOR ‘ADORABLE ADOPT-A-THON’ Edmonton Humane Society encouraging pet adoptions with reduced fees until Sunday, June 5 Edmonton, AB (May 31, 2022) – Those who have been thinking of adding a new furry or feathered family member may wish to do so this week. For the first time since January 2020, the Edmonton Humane Society (EHS) is reducing the adoption fees for all their animals during the ‘Adorable Adopt-a-thon’ until this Sunday, June 5. “We currently have over 60 animals – including dogs, puppies, cats, kittens, rabbits and guinea pigs - in search of new, loving families, and approximately 200 in our care,” said Liza Sunley, CEO of the Edmonton Humane Society. “Our hope is that the reduced fees will nudge people who have been thinking of getting a new pet to come meet these adorable adoptable animals.” The animal shelter recently re-opened their doors to walk-in visitors after operating by appointment since the onset of the pandemic. Potential adopters can now view animals and initiate the adoption process either in-person or online. After submitting an adoption request, a consultation and meet-and-greet is set up to review the animal’s behaviour and medical history, and lifestyle needs, ensuring the adoption is a match for both the people and pet. “The companionship and unconditional love of a pet – [...]

By |2022-10-12T12:58:08-06:00May 31, 2022|