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Spending Time Safely Outdoors With Your Pet

Published: September 18, 2020 / Last Update: May 16, 2023 Top Reasons to Get Outdoors With Your Pet! Exploring the outdoors isn’t just for dogs – you can do it with your other pets too! Why should you get outdoors with your pets? Being outdoors can support the mental health of people and pets by reducing boredom, depression and anxiety. It’s an opportunity to enjoy the fresh air and sunlight. Staying active has numerous health benefits and can help lift your spirits. Letting your pet roll around in the grass, on sidewalks or patios can help your them cool off and scratch some itches they may be unable to reach on their own. Always be sure to brush their coat before they go back indoors or into your vehicle to keep them from consuming anything they may have rolled in. Spending time outdoors together is a great way to bond with your pet! If you are enjoying time outdoors with your pet, the first thing we recommend is to check your local weather and air-quality conditions. We want to make sure everyone stays safe and has a great outdoor experience. Check Your Local Weather Check Your Local Air Quality 10 Outdoor Pet-Cautions Here are some other things to keep in mind when outside with your dog, cat or rabbit – the three [...]

By |2023-06-29T08:42:29-06:00May 16, 2023|

EHS Works with Community Partners to Assist Evacuees From Wildfires

EDMONTON HUMANE SOCIETY WORKING WITH COMMUNITY PARTNERS IN EDMONTON TO ASSIST EVACUEES MEDIA STATEMENT FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE UPDATE May 23, 2023  EHS has learned from our partners at the City of Edmonton that the temporary evacuation center set up at the Edmonton Expo Centre will be closing today at 4pm. EHS has supported our partners at the City of Edmonton’s Animal Care and Control Centre with donations to support evacuees during this time. We wish to thank our community for providing donations of items and monetary gifts to support pets impacted by the wildfires. We will continue to provide necessary items to those in need through direct pick-up at EHS, and though our ongoing partnerships such as Alberta SPCA and others as the need arises. While we don’t require any additional donations at this time, we will continue to use the donated items to support those impacted for as long as the need is there. UPDATE May 8, 2023  Current list of high need items include:   Plastic crates (all sizes)   XL wire crates   Dog and cat collars, harnesses and leashes   Large blankets and towels  Large dog toys  Cat litter and litter boxes  Dry dog and cat food  Timothy hay and food for small animals  New items and unopened food are preferred.  Donation bins are located outside our admitting doors.  Monetary donations can [...]

By |2023-05-23T16:42:30-06:00May 5, 2023|

Emergency Pet Preparedness

Published: June 6, 2021 / Last Update: May 2, 2023 In Case of Emergency: Being Prepared with Your Pet Unexpected trouble can unfortunately strike at any time. While it’s not something we like to think about, being prepared for an emergency in advanced will give you peace of mind that both you and your pets will have what you need if a crisis occurs. The following are recommendations for building your own pet emergency kits. You can also download this list as a PDF to print at the bottom of this post to be kept as part of your emergency kit. Step 1: Prepare Your Supplies, Including... Food & Water: Non-perishable foods are best and should be kept in airtight, waterproof containers. Also ensure you have enough water for yourself, family and pets. We recommend having 10-14 days of consumables for all members of your pack.  Medication & Medical Records: Important medications and health records should be kept in a waterproof container. Prepare a document that outlines the feeding and medication instructions for your pet. Include copies of up-to-date vaccination records, in case your pet needs to be housed at a boarding facility temporarily. First Aid Kit: Work with your veterinarian to determine what these supplies may include for your pet. Standard kits often include: cotton bandage rolls, bandage tape and scissors, [...]

By |2023-05-04T14:11:14-06:00May 2, 2023|

Celebrating Be Kind to Animals Week

Be Kind to Animals Week You don’t need a special day or week to celebrate the human-animal bond by being kind to animals big and small in your community. This year's Be Kind to Animals Week is celebrated from May 7 - 13, 2023 and we are sharing five simple ways you can make a paws-itive impact on the lives of companion animals. 1. Get Your Pet from a Reputable Source Check your local animal shelter first if you or someone you know is thinking about expanding the family to accept a new pet. There are always homeless animals in shelters in need of a loving home, and pets adopted from reputable shelters, such as EHS, will have essential health checks, up-to-date vaccinations, and are spayed or neutered to prevent unwanted litters. Shelters like EHS also help ensure that the people and the pets are a good match for one another. If your are unable to find a suitable pet for your family at a shelter, do your research to find a responsible breeder. A responsible breeder will: provide information on the animal’s pedigree, let you see where the animals are being raised and let you meet at least one of the parents, and have health certificates and records of veterinary visits. Humane Canada offers a complete checklist of the essential [...]

By |2023-05-02T12:08:59-06:00May 2, 2023|

Meet Our Founder: Rosetta Graydon

Horses, tea parties and one woman’s determination: that’s how the Edmonton Humane Society (EHS) began in 1907. Rosetta Graydon moved from Winnipeg to Edmonton in early 1894, when her husband George was asked to take over a drug store on Jasper Avenue, across from the Alberta Hotel*. Each day, Rosetta watched travellers tie up their horses in the frigid winter temperatures, without food, water or shelter, while horse owners spent the night in a warm hotel bar. After witnessing this inhumane treatment, Rosetta decided something had to be done. She walked down the street to a local stable and asked if hotel patrons could bring their horses to board overnight for a smaller fee to cover the costs of feeding, watering and sheltering these horses. The stable hand agreed and from that point on, the horses were taken care of. But Rosetta’s animal welfare work didn’t stop with horses. Concerned for the welfare of companion animals, Rosetta started the Alberta Humane Society in April 1907, which later received its charter in July 1912. This small, dedicated group of volunteers ran the organization out of their homes, hosting tea parties where potential adopters could meet animals and adopt them. The organization has evolved greatly since then, and today is known as the Edmonton Humane Society. But we wouldn’t be where we are today without [...]

By |2023-05-05T15:19:34-06:00March 7, 2023|

Kittens Found in Backpack Highlights the Importance of Spaying and Neutering Pets

NEWS RELEASE FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE KITTENS FOUND IN BACKPACK HIGHLIGHTS THE IMPORTANCE OF SPAYING AND NEUTERING PETS EDMONTON, AB (February 8, 2023) – After two kittens were found abandoned in a child’s backpack last week in the St. Albert area, the Alberta SPCA and the Edmonton Humane Society (EHS) are reminding pet guardians about the importance of spaying and neutering their pets to prevent unwanted litters. The six-month-old kittens were found together, enclosed in a pink backpack in a ditch. The Alberta SPCA has opened an investigation to determine the circumstances that led to the young cats being left in this manner. “While it can be difficult to find homes for unwanted pets, it’s never acceptable to abandon an animal, especially in such a callous way,” says Alberta SPCA Provincial Supervisor, Peace Officer Stuart Dodds. “When Albertans take on the responsibility of owning or caring for a pet, they also accept the responsibility of finding their next home if they can no longer care for it.” The kittens – a grey and white female named Pixie and a ginger tabby male named Christofur - were brought into the care of EHS. Aside from having ear mites, they were found to be otherwise healthy. They have undergone a mandatory stray hold and been spayed and neutered and will be available for adoption on EHS’ website [...]

By |2023-02-08T08:36:02-07:00February 8, 2023|

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|

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|

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|