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A Tribute to Ellen Foster Carolynn Tyson, Senior Resource Development Coordinator Ellen Foster is described as the `First Lady of The Calgary Humane Society. A bashful lady with a mild voice, a big heart and unrelenting dedication, Ellen demonstrated both lifelong commitment and steadfast perseverance in support of animal welfare. Her accomplishments with the Calgary Humane Society cannot be adequately measured - with the results still realized today. At six years of age, Ellen travelled with her family from England, making a home for themselves 100 km north of Edmonton, near the present village of Dapp. She found delight in unspoiled nature, sharing her days with her dog. There was no school within a days’ travel, but her older brother who had the benefit of primary school in England would tutor Ellen. She would further receive violin instruction from her father.


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Ellen developed her skills with violin, and at the age of 15 years moved to Edmonton with her mother, where formal studies would elevate her to eventually playing professionally in a local orchestra. She performed with the Bessie Larcher Company throughout Canada and the United States. After touring extensively for seven years, Ellen settled in Calgary’s Mission district, with 19 cats, all of whom were abandoned by previous owners. Here she would teach violin, paint and write poetry while advancing the Humane movement within the community. Frontier living had significant impact in shaping Ellen’s ideals toward animal welfare. In a letter to the press she said, “Having spent my early years in the trapping region, I learned about the terrible sufferings inflicted on our Canadian wild creatures. Since that time, trapping and the memory of it have been like a horrible nightmare to me. ” Ellen’s primary agenda during this time was gaining a greater audience with local youth. She would commit herself to guide Bands of Mercy. The Bands of Mercy were youth groups whose aim would be to learn and demonstrate values such as leadership, compassion, and citizenship through Humane Education and through community service involvement. Ellen never married, but dedicated her life to the prevention of cruelty to animals until her passing. ...continued reading the history of CHS on page 4.


inside Read about the history of CHS, incorporated in 1922, the Calgary Humane Society is celebrating 90 years!

Top 10 things you should do for your pet this spring!

A quirky toy review by Charlie the dog & Shamus the cat.



Tammy Mazubert, Department Head of Animal Health reflects on the changes and successes in animal medicine at CHS.

Your generosity and support makes our work possible. Editor/Designer Pamela Amos Contributors Shandell Dugdale, Phil Fulton, Jamie Hickey, Tammy Mazubert, Brad Nichols, Pamela Porosky, Melaina Slater, Christy Thompson, Carolynn Tyson, Barbara Walmer. We welcome your comments on any articles in this issue.

A new partnership with kijiji has CHS inspecting breeders in and around Calgary. When your this big - they call you Texas. Read about one pitbull that captured the hearts of many.

Welcome to the new Connecting Lives, a magazine on the lives of the animals and people at the Calgary Humane Society.

Š2012 by the Calgary Humane Society. Permission to reprint articles, artwork or photographs must be obtained from the editor. Help us recycle. Pass this newsletter on to a friend or donate it to an office. Acting Executive Director Joe Coffin Calgary Humane Society 4455 110 Avenue SE Calgary, AB T2C 2T7 Phone: (403) 205-4455 Fax: (403) 723-6050

With so many options in choosing an animal trainer - how do you know what´s what? Learn what qualifications to ask for.

Hours of Operation Monday to Friday Admissions 9 a.m. - 7 p.m. Adoptions 11 a.m. - 8 p.m.


AGM is April 25 at 7:00 p.m. See what other events are coming up on the CHS bulletin board.

Happy Tails. Read short notes from adopters about their newly adopted family members!

Weekends Admissions 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. Adoptions Saturday 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. Sunday 11 a.m. - 5 p.m. Closed Holidays The Calgary Humane Society is a non-profit, charitable organization. Charitable Reg # 11882 3632 RR0001 . Our mission: to help as many animals as we can.

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history Carolynn Tyson, Sr. Resource Development Coordinator

The Early Years The Humane Society was incorporated under the Societies Act of Alberta on July 11th 1922 with nine founding members, including Ellen Foster. (see story page 2) The following aim was declared: “To provide effective means for the prevention of cruelty to children, dependant persons and animals…” With the vision set, movement primarily took root in the hands (and hearts) of 300 youth organized in Bands of Mercy. While Humane Education was the main premise upon which these groups assembled, a key activity would also involve raising funds to sustain an official Humane Inspector. The Inspector would be responsible for fulfilling the role of investigating claims of cruelty. The first fundraiser was held on Oct 21st, 1922. On this day, members set out on what was commonly known as a tag day, where contributions made were acknowledged with a tag. In these


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early years, the Calgary Humane Societies tag was sweet peas. As the years progressed, buttons and ribbons would prove to be more practical. By 1928 the City of Calgary had declared April 1521st as Humane Week. Clergy would preach from the pulpit regarding the responsibility we all hold to the humane treatment of the helpless. The annual tag day would be held on ‘Humane Sunday’, the final day, where the community would be called upon to give generously.

The Annual Tag Day was one of the chief sources of revenue for 14 years until it was abolished in 1934. At that time, societal mandate was refocused, and other agencies took on the responsibility of cruelty to children and dependant persons. The name was changed to Calgary Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals in 1934. The Great Depression hit Calgary hard. Tea parties with charitable intent were held in the homes of society’s elite to maintain continued efforts. Thanks to the

courtesy of local broadcasting stations, further awareness was raised with short presentations on Animal Welfare. Because there was no facility members, would also take animals into their own homes until a suitable ”parent” was found. Middle Years By the 1950’s, Calgary was known as the fastest growing city in Canada. Population mushroomed to 200,000 by 1955, and the stage was set for another surge of organizational growth. The first facility became a reality on Feb 27th, 1960. The shelter at 515- 35th Ave NE , had 21 dog pens and 35 cat pens. Within two hours of doors opening, four stray dogs were brought in and three were adopted. In 1963 the word ‘Humane’ was reintroduced and the title Calgary Humane Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals was permanently set. Be Kind To Animals Week was declared by Mayor Grant McEwan for May

9th-16th in 1964, and in 1965 an expansion of the facility was dedicated as the Ellen Foster wing. 700 members joined and The United Fund would in-part support efforts. However, the Society was continuously being called upon to handle animals that were not victims of cruelty. Though the CHS’s principal objective was the prevention of cruelty to animals, resources were primarily devoted to the service of pick up, reception, keeping, and disposing of animals in a humane manner. With the vision changing to accept all neglected, unwanted and abused animals, a high standard was set when CHS embraced the challenge of raising $590,000 to build a larger shelter. In 1975, 6,000 volunteers went house to house to canvas for donations. $50,000 was raised in one night. A $150,000 grant was secured from the provincial government, and a further $150,000 grant was obtained from the City. The Calgary Herald was also generous with their support of $5,000, and 800 corporations were approached who would collectively give

$35,000. 1500 members had been documented, and the goal was in sight. An exceptional movement was in motion, thanks to the support of an engaged community, when Ellen Foster passed away at the age of 83 on September 2nd, 1975. CHS opened a new animal care centre in 1976 at 36th Ave and 12th St. NE, which was five times the size of the previous shelter. It could handle up to 15,000 animals per year. To honour her memory, the Ellen Foster Memorial Fund was created by Katherine Kimball and Yvonne Ferguson – both dear friends of Ellen. The fund was created to help provide assistance for the spaying and neutering of cats and dogs. Today With the information age of the1980´s taking precedence, a sudden public ability to share and access information became apparent. Technology, in part, has created a rapid evolution of education and community awareness, resulting in generous financial commitments. A new facility was built at 4455-110th Ave SE in 2006 to ensure the 8,000 animals received each year

are afforded the best quality of life. Animal and Humane Programs have expanded and our youth are introduced to a future that inspires involvement. The Calgary Humane Society continues to reach out to the community - building, strengthening and inviting community partners of all types who share in the vision to participate in the rewarding experience of saving lives and building futures. Today, we pay tribute to Ellen Foster for her vision in protecting animals from cruelty; today we also gratefully celebrate the Calgary community for its unfailing support and accomplishment in the creation of an truly Humane Society.

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kijiji Brad Nichols, Department Head of Protection and Investigations In the wake of some disturbing internet animal sales cases, including a case where a woman was charged for taking `free to a good home´ pets off of a web site then selling them for a profit, neglecting them in the meantime, the Calgary Humane Society has formed a collaborative relationship with Kijiji. As one of the most popular internet animal sources, Kijiji is credited with recognizing the problem and taking an active role in making the site a safe source for animals. Calgary Humane Society has created a program to inspect and certify reputable southern Alberta breeders. These breeders would be able to advertise on Kijiji that they have received a clean bill of health from Calgary Humane Society. Calgary Humane Society has hired an experienced Animal Health Technologist, trained in assessing health and environmental conditions as well as business


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practices to carry out these inspections. The comprehensive certification process will not be a one-time visit. In order to remain in good standing, a series of follow up inspections will be required. Despite the efforts of Calgary Humane Society and Kijiji, there are alternative venues for obtaining animals on the internet. There will always be onus on the part of the


approved If you are re-homing an animal, assign a nominal value to deter the exploitation of your pet for profit. Deliver the pet to the new home, ensuring that you are comfortable with the conditions of the new home. Calgary Humane Society and Kijiji venture to create a safe source for obtaining animals in a medium where anonymity has created a legitimate concern for animal welfare.

...pets off of a web site then selling them for a profit

pet purchaser to demand an ethical and reputable source. Some basic rules of thumb to follow are: Do not meet the breeder in a parking lot. If a breeder does not want you to see the conditions where the animals are bred, that should be a red flag.

While pet stores are trending toward the elimination of live animal sales, the internet becomes the new face of the ´puppy-mill´.

it his personal mission to prove them wrong. If the CHS behaviour team has any advice for appropriate toys for Texas we would really appreciate it.

Texas Christy Thompson, Manager, Marketing and Communications In April of 2010, Calgary Humane Society (CHS) Peace Officers executed a search warrant on a pitbull breeding operation in NE Calgary. 34 dogs were seized due to distress as per the Animal Protection Act. Charges included overcrowding, lack of water and lack of adequate veterinary care. Unfortunately, this was not the first time Joseph Hogan had been under investigation, he was also charged previously under the Animal Protection Act a month earlier when an emaciated, injured dog was seized from his custody. While the majority of the adult dogs were re-homed immediately, CHS Peace Officers were forced to obtain an order of custody in Court of Queens Bench, pending the outcome of court proceedings for seven dogs, mostly puppies. Recently, CHS Peace Officers initiated a Court of Queen’s Bench hearing to have the custody order vacated as the Defendant had failed to appear in court, stalling proceedings. CHS has now been able to find appropriate placements for all of the dogs and they are enjoying life as pets rather than as evidence.

Here is the story of Texas…

Dear Calgary Humane Society, After we adopted Texas two weeks ago we are happy to report he is doing great! He has adjusted to his new home very well. He is still scared to go up and down the back stairwell but has no problems with the stairs on the front porch. We are slowly working on the back stairs. He is also scared to go outside in the backyard by himself if it is dark out but we don’t mind going out with him. Texas loves going for his walks each day. He gets two walks per day for at least 45 minutes each time. He likes to watch the squirrels in the trees and the cat across the street.

Texas has quickly become a part of our family and we can’t remember what it was like before we had him. He is happy, healthy and loved. We try not to think about what his life was like before coming to our home, it is hard to imagine someone could treat him so badly. We would like to thank all of the staff and volunteers at CHS who took care of Texas for the year he spent in the shelter. His happy, goofy personality is a testament to the care he received there. Thank you, Carla Weisenburger

All of the neighbours have gotten to know him and he loves to go get extra lovin’ from them too. I think his favorite playtime is in the backyard in the snow. He rolls around in it and then runs like a crazy dog all around the yard. He is being spoiled and now believes he is a lap dog! Each night after our walk we snuggle on the couch and watch TV for a while before bed. He immediately took to his crate so bedtime is easy for him. Texas has plenty of toys and bones but he still likes shoes! He has made confetti out of his bed, my bed, multiple socks and a pair of shoes. We have also gotten our money back from the Tuffy Toys that are supposed to be indestructible because Texas made

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Tammy Mazubert, Department Head of Animal Health

As this year is the 90th Anniversary of the Calgary Humane Society, I wanted to reflect on the past 15 years that I have been involved with the organization. I am still amazed that this amount of time has passed – over 1/3 of my life has been dedicated to CHS and diligently working to help animals to the best of my ability.

were difficult. Now I am part of a team of 3 full time and 1 part time vets, 5 full time AHT’s and 3 assistants. This increase in staff has allowed for a diverse medical team, and the animals we can provide medical care for has drastically changed. I have been a part of many firsts and we have done the unimaginable! Broken limbs which resulted in amputations have turned into basic pinning’s, severe wound repairs have turned into skin grafting and treatment plans have expanded on animals that otherwise may not have had a chance.

...the opportunity to truly work with animals that do not have people to speak for them.

It is so cliché to say I became an AHT so I could help animals; as everyone who gets into the veterinary field says that; however there is so much more to it, and that is difficult to describe effectively. Being employed by CHS has allowed me the opportunity to truly work with animals that do not have people to speak for them. I have been inspired by many of the animals that have called CHS home (as temporary as that may be) as well as multiple staff members and volunteers who have that have come through our doors. As one can imagine, I have seen many positive changes during my time here and every year I look forward to seeing what more we can do. Flexibility is one of the most important traits I have learned. Each year we find an area to focus on, to expand and grow and I am proud to be a part of an organization who promotes such a positive environment. For Animal Health, the changes I have been a part of are phenomenal. When I started, we had one full time and one part time vet, two full time and two part time AHT’s. That small team was responsible for over 13,000 animals, in a significantly smaller shelter and the decisions

Even this year, our team has performed the first hypospadias surgery (removing the entire reproductive tract of a male dog due to a congenital defect, similar to a sex change) at CHS. In the past, this was not a surgery that could be performed in our facility but that is exactly that – the past. To know that this team is constantly evolving, developing medical plans in the best interest of the animal, and giving them the greatest chance possible at finding their forever home is so rewarding to animals and staff. To the people who continue to focus on what CHS doesn’t do, the AH department constantly looks for ways to improve our skills, add to our knowledge base and work tirelessly to fulfill our mission — to help as many animals as we can.

shaping trainers today, for a humane tomorrow.

So you wanna be a dog trainer?

Q&A with Kelly Barton and her pets over the years.

Melaina Slater, Human Resources Manager


What did you want to be when you grew up? I’m still growing up! Seriously – I did think I would grow up and maybe become a vet. Animals were always a part of our family. Growing up we had a black lab named Rex, he was my guardian and best friend. As a toddler, my parent’s would put me outside in our unfenced yard along with Rex, knowing that he would watch me like a hawk and not allow me to stray. We would play together outside and he would gently nudge and direct me closer to the house if I strayed more than a few feet off the patio. Rex and I grew up together. He passed on when I was 8 years old, he was only 8 as well!


What path brought you to The Calgary Humane Society? What did you do in your ‘past life’?


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I must admit, I was quite excited to interview my colleague, Kelly Barton, for this article. Kelly has an extensive (and very interesting!) history with The Calgary Humane Society. I first met Kelly in 2004 when I interviewed for a position with CHS at the old facility. At that time, she was known as Special Constable Barton. I think I speak for all of the employees when I say that we are like one big family and it has been my pleasure to get to know Kelly

loading all these caged animals off the semi trucks was a long process so we climbed into the back of the semi with all the big cats, 4 tigers, 4 lions and a tiger. The cages were lined up end to end along the sides of the semi trailer with an aisle down the middle. Trust me it was a QUICK inspection as I was a bit leery walking down this aisle with big (hungry) cats on each side of me. As we finished up and were coming back out to exit the trailer, one of the lions lifted his leg and urinated on me! Wow, it was like a blast from a fire hose! In my surprise I jumped back and if it hadn’t been for my colleague grabbing my arm I would have fallen out of the back of the semi about six feet to the ground.

I always wanted to work at the Calgary Humane Society. After high school and completing some post secondary education I worked at Chevron Oil. I was hired in the mail room with the hope of pursuing other opportunities in the company. My heart however was not in it. So along with my two best (human) friends we set off on an adventure through Europe. When I returned from that trip, I heard of a position in `Lost & Found´ at CHS that I quickly applied for, much to the dismay of my Father. He had visions of me working in the oil business as he had done. But there was no looking back. I was hired and started work Feb 26, 1980 in Lost & Found to help answer the two phone lines and assist customers at the counter bringing in animals and looking for their lost pets. My parents knew this was my passion and were always delighted to share stories of their daughter’s work at the CHS.


What most excites you most about your work? When I look back on those early days, I was, and still am excited about the growth, accomplishments, and the hope for the animals that this organization represents. We have come so far in all we do! I’m proud of this amazing building we call home, the staff, and all the astounding things we have accomplished.


Another occasion as a Constable while monitoring the rodeo events at the Stampede, I was up front and personal observing the rodeo. I was standing just outside the metal fence at the infield at the wild horse race when one of the wild horses banged up against the fence, slamming the fence into my face and sending my flying backwards about 15 feet. Being rushed off the infield, bloodied nose, by a couple of paramedics in front of a grandstand full of people was not one if my finer moments. The next day the media reported the headline "SPCA Sticks Nose Where it Doesn´t Belong." I ended up needing surgery to correct a deviated septum in my nose.

What’s one experience you’ve had at The Calgary Humane Society that you will never forget? Just one? I have so many! OK, being pee’d on by a lion. Yes that’s right! In my Constable days, myself and the other constable were doing an inspection of the animals at the Shrine Circus in town. Typically, we would arrive to inspect the animals just as the circus literally rolled into town. Obviously the process of un-


Where can we find you when you’re not working? No big surprise here - being with my dogs, at the dog park, on a walk. Also I won’t lie, basking in the sun and taking a nap with Murphy my Hound Dog and Tika my Border Collie, jostling for a position on who can be closer to Mommy, and Elfie the cat snuggled on the other side of me. I think I was a cat in my past life.

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Shandell Dugdale, Creative Media Specialist

Below: Charlie

Hi! My name is Charlie! I look familiar to you don’t I? That’s because I’m the cover model of the 2012 CHS calendar. I’ve decided to further my career and get into toy reviewing - I’m not just a handsome face you know. Now, down to business. I am a toy connoisseur. I love big toys, small toys, fluffy toys and squeaky toys. If I think it’s a toy, I’m going to play with it. This toy here, Toni`s Fetch Toy is a gooder. I enjoy a toy that is versatile and this toy had lots of fun features. Me and my mom could play tug, I could squeak the squeaker, I could swing it around and I could throw it around. It had everything I need in a toy. But I have a dirty little secret - I am also a toy destroyer. Once I’m done with it, I wreck ‘em. Not this one though. There was no stuffing for me to de-stuff, so I was content to just swing it around. Good times. I would recommend this toy for dogs who have a penchant for destruction because it will last longer than 30 seconds. I’m actually going to go play with again right now - wheeeeeeee! Check you later. Oh hai. I’m Charlie’s brother Shamus. You can tell us apart because I’m the cat. I wasn’t too impressed that my mom offered my services as a CHS toy tester - I’m a busy guy. I have things to do. But once she brought that teeny purple mouse out, all filled with aromatic catnip out, (Kong Corduroy Mouse) I caved.

Above: Shamus

It was awesome. I batted, I chased, I pounced and I threw. I made that mouse my.......frenemy. My mom would throw it and much to my dismay, I fetched it. Like a dog. Sigh. I just wanted it so bad. My mom also says she caught me ‘snuggling’ the mouse. I wasn’t snuggling it - I was preparing to kill it!

Both toys are available for purchase at the Calgary Humane Society Pet Gear Store, located at 4455 110 Ave SE .

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But before I kill it, I think I’ll with it some more! I recommend this toy for any cat who enjoys to bat and chase, as well as those weird cats who like to snuggle with their toys. Here mousey, mousey.....Shamy is coming to get’cha!

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how to choose a trainer Barbara Walmer, Department Head of Behaviour

When looking for a trainer you want to look Every day we receive inquiries from for someone who has a the dog owning public as to how they should train their dog. With information professional reputation, and is willing to work available through many sources, with you and your dog including television and the internet, in a respectful, humane people are often overwhelmed and way. The rapport you confused by the many services and develop with a trainer is techniques available. There are many one of the most important myths in dog training and minimal factors for success. If you regulations regarding who can call themselves a dog trainer. To help people don’t communicate well with an individual you make informed choices for their dog will not receive their information we would like to enlighten everyone well. Experience and credentials about how to select a competent trainer are two important aspects of any and what certifications are currently professional trainer’s resume. available. There are many continuing education opportunities available to dog training When searching for training for your professionals via seminars, workshops dog you have two main modalities to and conferences. Trainers should be get instruction from: group classes or able to discuss their education process. individual consults. Depending on your goals, schedule, behaviour concern(s), location and style of learning one of these options may suit you better than the other. Some trainers offer both modalities and others do one or the other. 12

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Currently recognized credentials include:

o Certifications from the Certification Council of Professional Pet Dog Trainers -

o CPDT – Certified Professional Dog Trainer either Knowledge Assessed (KA) or Knowledge and Skills Assessed (KSA) Requirements include at least 300 hours of trainer experience

and letters of recommendation from a client, a colleague, and a veterinarian. In addition they must pass a sciencebased exam to demonstrate knowledge in Instruction Skills, Animal Husbandry, Ethology, Learning Theory, Equipment, Business Practices & Ethics. For those who possess a Knowledge and Skills Assessed certification the trainer will have had to pass a practical exam as well, which assesses their ability to demonstrate the skills necessary to train animals and teach others to train their animals.

o CBCC - Certified Behaviour Consultant Canine Knowledge Assessed (KA) Requirements for this certification include at least 500 hours of consulting and provide five recommendations with at least one being from a veterinarian, a client, and a colleague. In addition, they must pass an independent, psychometrically sound and sciencebased exam to demonstrate knowledge in Applied Behavior Analysis, Biology and Anatomy, Ethology, Body Language & Observational Skills, Health, Development, Life Stages, Consulting Skills & Best Practices and Scientific Method.

o Completion of the Karen Pryor Academy – wwwkarenpryoracademy.

com, the Academy for Dog Trainers –, or the Dog Training Internship Academy – www. These are intensive programs based on scientific principles that are run by the leaders in the industry. Membership to IAABC – International Association of Animal Behaviour Consultants – It’s important to do your research when selecting a dog trainer. Ask questions and ensure that they are able to work with you and your dog for your training goals. Avoid just looking at their image based on a web site or pamphlet. Remember that if you think your training experience is not what it should be, you always have the choice to switch. Different approaches and techniques can sometimes help! In the Behaviour Department at the Calgary Humane Society, our trainers carry many of these certifications. We strive to be progressive; therefore we host and attend numerous educational events each year. Our goal to use effective and humane training approaches! Visit

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from answering that one black phone to being a clinic worker, vaccinating and health checking all the animals. I joined CHS at an exciting time when you had to wear many hats. I would admit an animal, go clean some enclosures, give them a health exam and then in my spare time, be trained as a constable to attend cruelty and neglect concerns.

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How many animals have you adopted from The Calgary Humane Society? I have managed to know my limit. Only 3 cats, 5 dogs and 1 hamster over the past 32 years. All of my pets that have crossed rainbow bridge had healthy long lives and were with me for a long time. Each was so unique and special. Ricky, my little apricot poodle cross, was acclaimed for being the `fastest dog in Calgary´ at the 2001 Charity Mutt Challenge, an event to raise money for the shelter. Both him and Tika, my Border Collie, have their photo decals on the side of one of our vans. They’re famous (to me anyways).


How long have you worked at The Calgary Humane Society?

I progressed through several positions; Cat Concerns Officer, Animal Care Supervisor, Director of Lost & Found, Shelter Manager, Department Head of Protection and Cremations and am currently in the role of Department Head of Animal Care. It looks like I’ve come full circle. Who knows what’s next!


Since 1980, taking a brief break from 1990 – 1996. I graduated

What would you say are your strengths? Show compassion and lead by example, I’ve never asked anyone to do something that I wouldn’t do myself.


If you could go back to your first day working at The Calgary Humane Society, what would you tell yourself? You must be resilient – your heart will hurt but it will also SING! And that optimism is the faith that leads to achievement.


How do you want to be remembered? As the person who made a difference one animal at a time. The person that notably LOVED animals and could talk great baby talk to the animals. I’m just so glad that `Rex´ that old Black Lab, my best friend, nudged me in the right direction - towards my passion of helping animals.

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summer camp

A Day in the Life of the Indigenous CHS Summer Camp Child

Phil Fulton, Acting Department Head of Humane Education

***The sound of a loon is heard across the dewy covered grass of South East Calgary***

It is 9AM and the bleary-eyed Fur, Fins and Feathers Campers start to emerge from their mothers minivans and grandparents Buicks; a typical start to an all but typical summers morn. The young cubs’ day quickly ramp up as their wits are tested with animal trivia, preparing them for a day of animal-filled fun and adventure. The Campers scamper off excitedly into their groups, or “packs” and follow a carefully designed and developmentally appropriate program delivered by the seasoned camp staff whose eyes sparkle in the morning glare. The councillors’ hearts and minds are strong, yet gentle and patient with the experience of many a summer camp. Their clip boards covered with the marks of a dozen unicorn stickers and other gifts from as many young campers they have guided and led through previous adventures. The day unfolds and the once sleepy campers now eagerly engage in hands-on learning activities; discovering new animal facts and safely encountering animal guests. As the sun reaches it’s pinnacle in the mid-day sky, the campers forage hungrily for food in their brown paper bags or ´lunch kits.´ The nourishment of a hearty feed propels the young

campers into new animal based games, exercising their young bodies and minds in the fresh, clean air and strengthening creative muscles through engaging art projects. The campers are young but already showing signs of the strong and caring community leaders they surely will become! By 4PM it is time to say farewell for another day as campers complete journals and reluctantly retreat back to their parents and guardians vehicles, some eagerly chattering away about their day as others slump exhaustedly into back seats. All however, will curl up that night and fall deeply into a well deserved slumber, for in the morning they greet another day at… Camp Fur, Fins and Feathers! ***Music swells***

It’s hard to believe but summer camp registration has already started for another year! The Calgary Humane Society summer camps are a ´purr-fect´ choice for your animal crazy kid! With a focus on education — Camp Fur, Fins and Feathers encourages children to continue learning throughout the summer break through engaging activities and speakers. If you have an animal crazy kid interested in joining the Calgary Humane Society for camp this year please check out our web site at or give us a call at 403.205.4455 and ask to speak with our humane education department!


things to do for your pet

Visit your local groomer. Many dogs will need that extra help shedding their winter coat. As an added bonus you will not need to change your vacuum cleaner filter so often!




Invest in new toys! Spoil your pet by purchasing some new toys to keep their minds active, and bodies too! Playing with the same old thing leads to boredom and sometimes destructive behaviour. See our toy review on page 11 for new ideas.

Renew your pet license. Your City of Calgary animal license is your pet’s ticket home.

Many summer travel plans are appropriate for pets to join in on the fun - make sure you are prepared with: an appropriately sized crate for travel, vaccinations suited for the area of travel, toys, food, and water. If you will be vacationing near water be sure to supervise dogs play - even dogs who are good swimmers need to be protected around water.

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Nobody wants to think about hookworm, whipworm, tapeworm, fleas, ticks, and ear mites, but as spring approaches those ‘creepy crawlies’ are out. Prevent the spread of any of these parasites by picking up your pet’s droppings immediately, and discuss parasites with your veterinarian to ensure that your pet and family are safe.


Practice S & N, spay or neuter your pet. Consider the behavioural benefits of spay or neuter, many issues such as cat spraying can be ‘fixed’ by this simple solution. It adds all new meaning to the term ‘fixed’. And you won’t be contributing to pet overpopulation.


lucky pets. lucky people. happy memories.

Visit your veterinarian. A yearly checkup is needed for all animals in your care. Vaccinations, deworming, weight control and dental work may be needed for the overall health of your pet.


Exercise. With warmer weather you and your pet will be outdoors more. Be sure to increase your pets activity gradually to prevent lameness. When attending sporting events ensure that you have packed everything you need for your dog. Shade tents, water and harnessing equipment.

It’s hot! Imagine how your pet feels? Be especially careful not to leave your pet unsupervised in a car, even for just a moment, as animals can quickly overheat. Show you love your pet by leaving him safe at home. If you see an animal in distress in the heat, call us at 403.205.4455.

If you allow your cats outdoors, ensure that they are harnessed or in an enclosure. Many neighbours do not tolerate wandering animals on their property, and they can fall victim to chemicals left out.


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Amassagelove CHS is offering new programs.

Holistic Therapy. Massage. Reiki.

Pamela Porosky, Humane Education Presenter Imagine, for a moment, that you’ve just completed a marathon. I know, I know, most of us are never going to find the time in our hectic schedules to run a marathon, let alone train for one, but I’m sure you can imagine how you would feel afterward. And how great do you think a massage would feel? Now imagine your dog after a rambunctious outing at the dog park. Perhaps he got t-boned by an overzealous rotti, or raced with a young pair of labs. Or maybe he just ran his tail off for the first time this spring. Think he could use a little TLC, too? Sure, it might sound like you’re making a fuss over Rover, but healing and injury prevention isn’t something people consider a luxury, so why is it `spoiling´ when referring to our pets? The good news is that attitudes are changing and the acceptance of alternative therapies is on the rise in the pet world, by pet owners and veterinarians alike. The even better news is that the CHS is launching a new series of adult programs focused on alternative pet care, so pet owners can learn more about the types of therapies available, and learn some techniques they can take home and share with their furry friends. Designed and presented by CHS’s Humane Education department, seminars include Massage for the Canine Companion and Aromatherapy for You and Your Pet, as well as a full day certification course entitled Reiki I and Animal Reiki Basics. “In the past, we have excelled at programs for adults and youth on everything from the responsibility of owning a pet to the link between animal abuse and domestic violence. However, there is a middle ground which we have found to be lacking,” says Philip Fulton, Department Head of Humane Education. “Recently, we have received an increasing amount of interest in holistic therapy for animals, which is why we have focused on bring these exciting new programs to the public.”


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They might be new to the public, but alternative animal therapies are nothing new within the walls of CHS. For years, the shelter has used music therapy to help combat stress among the general animal population, flower essences and Tellington Touch (Ttouch) in the behaviour department, and a variety of alternative therapies in our volunteer programs. “Some (CHS) volunteers practice Ttouch and Reiki when doing Kitty Karma (and Stress Busting), and some foster parents practice on their foster animals. They note that the animals respond in a positive way and become more relaxed”, says Nancy Howell, Manager of Volunteer Resources. Look for these courses coming soon at: www.

to Teaching Dogs Read & Write? Jamie Hickey, Humane Education Coordinator

In a world where articles about education are filled with reports of standardized testing and subject performance standings it is easy to lose sight of what the real purpose of education should be: guiding the next generation to be caring, compassionate and responsible citizens that are capable of not only building careers, but changing the world. This true purpose of education is something I remind myself of every time I step in front of a class, because ultimately, if students take one thing from my talk I would like it to be this: You have not only the ability, but the responsibility, to make the world an amazing place. Humane educators focus on helping students harness passion and skills to create a just and peaceful world by providing students with the information and experiences needed to make ethical decisions that respect the rights of people and animals within a global community. Fostering respect for all things large and small makes humane education a natural fit for the Calgary Humane Society but many people are surprised to learn that the CHS offers educational programs. In fact, the CHS Humane Education team reaches over 15,000 schoolaged children every year and was a vital component of the early CHS mandate! In 1922 Calgary there were few, if any, laws to protect the most helpless citizens: children, animals and the disabled. Nine people gathered with a vision to protect society’s most

vulnerable citizens and founded the Calgary Humane Society. The founding members embraced the idea of a “junior” band within the organization, recognizing the role youth would play in transforming laws and societal attitudes. You may be surprised to learn that the Calgary Humane Society’s only paid employee in early years was


Ambassadors, over 100 Humane Helpers, over 350 summer campers and talked to almost 12,000 students in Calgary area schools! As we approach our 90th birthday, our humane education team is looking forward to reaching even more of the Calgary population with expanding programming. Creating a peaceful and just future is not only the responsibility

You have not only the ability, but the responsibility, to make the world an amazing place.

the Cruelty Investigator and it was the junior humane society members that raised the money necessary to hire this important role! Children sold buttons, ribbons and paper flowers as part of “tag days” and raised enough money to pay the investigator’s wages. Today, CHS youth programs such as the Kids for Animals Club, Youth Ambassador Program and Humane Helpers still fundraise and collect materials for the shelter but have grown far beyond the informal band of youth that started it all. These young people visit the shelter to learn about animals and volunteer their time and effort to various projects. Throughout July and August we welcome hundreds of children with our summer camps, engaging young minds with animal themed learning and fun. Finally, teachers looking to spread the messages of Humane Education in the classroom can book any number of our interactive and curriculum-connected in-class presentations or field trips. Last year alone the CHS hosted 120 Kids for Animals Club members, 30 Youth

of youth but adults as well. In the spirit of this we are introducing an exciting array of adult programs which can be easily customized to meet any group’s requirements! Our new corporate programs will showcase a wide variety of topics and can be individualized to meet the specific needs of your event or company. From engaging lunch-and-learns to wellness fair booths, the Calgary Humane Society’s Humane Education department is happy to help. If your club or group is looking for an outing, come and join us for a tour program at the Calgary Humane Society and learn more about where we have come in the last 90 years and what our goals are in the future. Experience the shelter, including behind-the-scenes areas, first-hand and gain a new understanding of what it takes to care for 8,000 animals per year.

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I thought that I would update you on a handsome redbone coonhound that we adopted Feb.14, 2011. We worked with Tracker a lot to build his confidence and let him know that no one will hurt him. There is now a very special bond between our 3 children and Tracker! He loves to watch tv with them, go for walks, hikes, camping, swim, rides in the vehicle etc. Tracker runs around with his tail consistently wagging and his head high, unless he caught a scent! He is a wonderful addition to our family.

Awena is doing great! She is getting along famously with my other cat, Machui. They’ve been bathing each other and frolicking. She plays non-stop and is getting used to our rules such as no counter tops, no stealing human food, or eating Chui’s food haha. Nothing unusual for a kitten. She’s very sweet and affectionate and cuddles anyone that walks through the door, particularly men! ~ Kirsten

Below: Heidi

The love that Tracker has for us if evident! We get several kisses, nudges with his nose, and he just likes to ‘hang’ with us. As each day passes the love and trust keeps increasing. ~Stacey Green & Family

Right: Timmy

Above: Awena

happy Above: Tracker


I now call her Lily Tinsel. She seems to like it very much. I wanted to keep Tinsel as her second name to remember all the wonderful care she received from everyone at the Humane Society. She is doing very well, and seems to love her new home. Lily is very curious, and loves to have cuddles. I am very thankful to have her in my family now, and she has begun to meet some of my family and friends. She is enjoying some new toys, and loves to play. ~ Tina West

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Tara is doing great. She’s really settled in and it feels like we’ve had her for ages. She’s totally house trained, has learned to fetch, sit and lie down. She’s fantastic with children and so clever. Tara is a huge hit with our 7 yr old son, who has been a bit nervous of dogs till now. Now he plays with Tara, will come to dog park without worry, and he even has her sleep on his favourite rug and blanket in his room. Thank you all for finding Tara for us. She is the best pet we could have asked for. ~ Zerk Family

We had decided to adopt a friend for the 5 month old kitten we adopted from you in December (Ollie), so we hoped to find a cat who would get along with him and hopefully be able to keep up with the little one’s energy and perhaps distract him from climbing the curtains. To our amazement, Charlie and Ollie where best friends within an hour of him coming home. The two share everything and are practically inseparable. Also having such a calm, polite and gentle friend around, Ollie has since stopped the annoying habits that energetic kittens tend to have. All because of sweet little Charlie. Attached is a picture of the two taken the evening we brought him home. ~Amanda Wilson

...We can’t imagine not having her in our lives now.

It’s been 4 months since we adopted Heidi (formerly Tulip), but it feels like she’s been part of the family much longer than that. We can’t imagine not having Heidi in our lives now.

Above: Lily

She’s active and playful enough for Michael and she’s affection enough for me. And she keeps us laughing. ~ Val McKinney

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Below: Tara

Just wanted to let you know how much we are enjoying Timmy and how much he is enjoying us. He is the sweetest boy. He lets me cut his nails and enjoys being brushed. He loves to eat... we call him piggly wiggly because everytime we are in the kitchen he thinks he is getting fed and gives us a big MEOW. Thank you for Timmy we love him! ~Kerry Pollard & Family.

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