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table of contents Cocktails for Critters............................................... 3 Staff Profile: Cassie from Animal Care.................................. 4 Volunteer Profile: Happy Anniversary, Lynne!....................... 5 Vaccines.................................................................... 6-7 Corporate Presentations: HosT us! .......................... 8 Daycamps & Youth Groups @Calgaryhumane......... 9 Camp Spread: Adopt a black cat....................................10-11 Camp Spread: Choosing the right dog..............................12-13 Toy review: Thomas the cat flipz for kongz............................... 14 Happy Tails................................................................. 15 back to school (behaviour school, that is)......................16-17 Amazing Animal story......................................... 18-19 Protection & Investigations update....................... 20 Ask gary van meowski.............................................. 21 christmas at the calgary humane society........... 22 flood of generosity.................................................. 23

Welcome to the new Connecting Lives, a magazine on the lives of the animals and people at the Calgary Humane Society. Your generosity and support makes our work possible. Editor Jamie Hickey Designer Stephen Bellaart Contributors Mark Takhar, Shandell Van Hell, Phil Fulton, Jamie Hickey, Tammy Mazubert, Brad Nichols, Melaina Slater, Christy Thompson, Ainsley Grant, Barbara Walmer, Stephen Bellaart. We welcome your comments on any articles in this issue. Š2013 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. Executive Director Mark Takhar Calgary Humane Society 4455 110 Avenue SE Calgary, AB T2C 2T7 Phone: (403) 205-4455 Fax: (403) 723-6050 To Donate Phone: (403) 723-6000 Hours of Operation Monday to Friday 12 p.m. - 7 p.m. Saturday and Sunday 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. 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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I arrived at CHS in desperate need of help. A leg injury had gone untreated in my previous home, leaving me unable to walk properly. The vets at Calgary Humane Society examined my options and, unfortunately, my leg could not be saved. An amputation was my best chance at a happy and pain-free life. I received exceptional medical care throughout my surgery and recovery. Today, I love my new home and I am on a mission to create even more happy endings. I need your help.

Join me at Cocktails for Critters.

I’ve set my goal high – I want to raise over $200,000 dollars this year. Why? Because so many lives depend on it. I’ve recruited some amazing silent auction prizes, chosen the most incredible food and signed on some fabulous models for our celebrity and pooch fashion show.

Hello Calgary Humane Society enthusiasts, You may recognize me from the CHS website. I am the official spokesdog for the annual “Cocktails for Critters” event. From the thousands of dogs helped by CHS, I was selected for this prestigious honour. The selection committee was looking for a happy-go-lucky family pet. A handsome dog that represented everything Calgary Humane Society stands for… but lucky for them, I’m more than they bargained for. My name is Charlie, just Charlie. International dog of mystery. Superhero canine extraordinaire. Defender of the helpless and eater of the cookies. I’m on a mission to save lives. Why? Because my life was saved just a few years ago…

Some of you may wonder… how does your ticket save lives? Let me tell you what your ticket can do… • Your ticket price spays or neuters 1 cat, preventing approximately 400,000 unwanted and homeless cats over 7 years. • A single ticket provides a complete vet check-up, life-saving vaccinations and microchip identification to a dog to ensure they are healthy and safe in their new adoptive home. • Just one ticket provides an entire week of care to an animal in need of safe housing, nutritious food and love. You have the chance to join me in the ranks of super heroism and save lives! Get your ticket to Cocktails for Critters and give a second chance to a dog (or cat… or rabbit… or hedgehog) just like me. For more information on how to join Charlie at Cocktails for Critters, please visit

Cocktails for Humans Looking for a drink to enjoy while you get ready for the main event? Let me recommend my favourite drink... the Diamond Dog. Shaken... not stirred. - Charlie

Even puppies can enjoy a fancy refreshment at home! This “Tropical Tabby” recipe is purr-fect for kids.

1 part Campari Bitter 1 part Dry Vermouth 1 part Lime Cordial 1 part Fresh Orange Juice Pour parts in a shaker over ice. Serve in a short glass over ice with an orange slice for garnish and enjoy! This divine beverage was created at the George V Hotel in France.

4oz orange sherbet 2oz pineapple juice 1oz coconut cream (or coconut drink mix) Blend then serve over crushed ice in a tall glass, garnish with a round slice of pineapple and four cherries in the shape of a paw

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STAFF PROFILE Meet Calgary Humane Society staffer, Cassie! How long have you been working at CHS? I’ve been working at CHS for 3.5yrs (27 in dog years!) as an animal care attendant. What drew you to work at CHS? My love for animals, a huge passion to be part of the humane society and to make a difference in animal welfare! Can you describe what your a day in your life at CHS looks like? There is never a same day when working as animal care attendant! You tend to work in a different area every day or every second day. You may be in cat adoption & holding, cat holding only, dog adoption, dog holding or exotic adoption & holding. The duties for each area are the same: cleaning (LOTS of cleaning), feeding, taking dogs outside many times, being extremely patient and giving lots of attention and love to every animal. What is your favourite thing to do during your shift? I really enjoy working with scared or fearful animals - especially the cats and rabbits. I’ve seen so many of them break out of their fearful state and end up being lovable. I love seeing the progress of them improving. It’s amazing when they get adopted and we hear back how great they are in their new homes. It really makes it worthwhile! What is the most memorable experience you have had while working at CHS? Oh gosh, too many great memories. I would have to say the most memorable one was working on Nicker-B-Bunny. She was very territorial of her space and didn’t like being touched or picked up at all. I decided to move her into different space, and she improved greatly! She ended up being the bunny that visited birthday parties and kids clubs, as she was one of the friendliest bunnies we had! What do you enjoy doing when you are not working at Calgary Humane Society? Travelling, Reading, Going on adventures & spending time with my boyfriend and our three cats!


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We are proud to have many amazing volunteers at Calgary Humane Society and we want you to meet them too! Each Connecting Lives edition will now feature profiles from our incredible volunteers and dedicated staff members so you can see who is “behind the scenes” at Calgary Humane! This September one of our volunteers, Lynne Paul, celebrated her 25th YEAR of volunteering at CHS! Lynne started as a special events and bingo volunteer and today she is a shining star in our resource development department! Lynne calls hundreds of donors each month and personally thanks them for supporting us! We couldn’t do it without her!

If you could tell everyone in Calgary one thing about Calgary Humane Society, what would that be? This is a non-profit organization and their money does not go to professional fund raisers. We are as close to “no kill” as possible. We have a HUGE volunteer base because it is such a wonderful organization. What do you enjoy doing when you are not volunteering at Calgary Humane Society? Being retired, I read a lot, and also play Canasta with friends.

Meet Calgary Humane Society volunteer, Lynne! How long have you been volunteering at CHS? 25 years this month (September 2013) What drew you to volunteer at CHS? My love of animals What volunteer role did you choose and what inspired you to choose that role? As I was working at the time, I started doing bingo volunteering as well as special events. Can you describe what your volunteer shift looks like? What do you do? I try to work every Tuesday for approximately 4 1/2 hours doing whatever the Resource Development Department needs doing. What is your favourite thing to do during your shift? (or your favourite part of your shift) I usually phone people to thank them for their donations. I consider this good PR work as I love talking to people about the Humane Society. What is the most memorable experience you have had while volunteering? Being a Volunteer when we got the “New” Humane Society. Such excitement!! Walking into the “New” Humane Society, and actually having my own desk as promised. Previously I worked at the end of others desks and had to be moved several times per shift.

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n August 20, 2013 the ABVMA released a statement that a domestic dog in the Calgary area had tested positive for rabies, a fatal neurological disorder. A young dog was brought to the vet after showing unusual symptoms (attacking other people and animals in the home). Thankfully, in this case, no human exposure was reported, but the case serves as an excellent reminder of the importance of vaccinations and regular veterinary care.

The importance of

vaccinations well being.

and preventative care

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When vaccinations are mentioned, most pet owners immediately think of rabies. Today, rabies is one of the most well-recognized animal diseases within the general population. Movies featuring the disease, such as “Old Yeller” and “Cujo” have made rabies part of the popular vernacular yet, in Alberta, actual occurrences of rabies are fairly rare, and are found almost exclusively in wild animals. So why do we know so much about a disease that has largely disappeared? Well, in truth, rabies has not “disappeared”. Much like measles, it has been largely eradicated in domestic animals thanks to vaccinations. Rabies is still highly prevalent in many lessdeveloped countries and isolated cases appear in both domestic and wild animals throughout North America. Rabies prevalence in North America is often higher in rural areas where veterinary care is not easily accessible and areas with


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large feral animal populations, as vaccination rates will be lower. Rabies is a viral disease and is zoonotic, meaning it can be transmitted between species, including humans. The rabies virus is transmitted in both saliva and nerve tissue with the most common mode of transmission being a bite from an infected animal. Once symptoms appear rabies is 100% fatal in animals and only a few humans have ever survived the disease. Vaccination programs in North America have been extremely successful in reducing rabies infection in domestic animals and efforts are now underway to provide free rabies vaccinations and treatment in less developed countries in the hope of reducing the spread of the disease. In addition to rabies, there are many more common diseases

Animal Health that can also be prevented with vaccines and regular vet visits. Regular preventative care is one of the best investments you can make in your pet’s overall health. Many pet owners do not fully understand the value of preventative care for pets, particularly if they do not pursue preventative human health care for themselves. If you look at veterinary care like human medicine, it is tempting to fall into the thought pattern of “go to the doctor when something is wrong”. This may work for humans, as we are familiar with our own bodies and often catch problems early when things “just don’t feel right”. The problem with pets is that they cannot tell us when something “just doesn’t feel right” and often appear to be fine until something is seriously wrong. Regular preventative care offers your veterinarian an opportunity to create a healthy “baseline” for your pet and identify small changes before they become larger problems.

provides protection against canine parvovirus, distemper and adenovirus. Cats receive vaccinations to protect them from rhinotracheitis, calicivirus and panleukopenia. When adopting a pet, be sure to obtain a copy of the full medical notes, including vaccinations, to give to your regular vet. When it comes to preventative care, your vet is the best person to advise you about your pet. You can assist your vet in making the best decisions by providing as much information as possible about your pet’s lifestyle. Once your vet evaluates your pet’s history and needs they will advise you on an appropriate vaccine schedule. Remember though, if your plans change or you intend to travel with your pet you should advise your vet as early as possible! Some countries may require additional vaccines for pets, additional documentation from your vet or a certificate of health for a specific time period. Most vaccines also take 1-2 weeks to fully take effect, so your vet will likely recommend updating your pets vaccines a few weeks before travelling.

Many pet owners do not fully understand the value of preventative care for pets, particularly if they do not pursue preventative human health care for themselves.

During your regular appointment, your vet will likely make recommendations for vaccines. In determining what vaccines your pet requires your vet will look at your pet’s age, lifestyle, travel patterns and other risk factors. For example, a pet that frequents doggie daycare might require a bordatella (kennel cough) vaccine. At Calgary Humane Society, dogs are vaccinated prior to adoption with a combination vaccine that

It is always scary when disease outbreaks are reported in the news, but with regular preventative care your pet can stay safe and healthy. As always, if you have specific concerns about your pet or questions about your pet’s vaccine history you should consult with your pet’s regular vet.

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ooking for a great way to spice up your next training day or lunch-andlearn? Have you been searching for a fun presentation for your club or organization? Have you ever wondered what your dog is *really* saying? If you answered “yes” to any of these questions, we would love to hear from you! Calgary Humane Society is pleased to announce the launch of our brand new presentation series! This is not your average board report! Invite us out to your location and let us replace financial figures with frolicking felines. Our trained and experienced educators will help you find the perfect addition to your next event. Our interactive and informative presentations range from 30 minutes to one hour, making them perfect for social club events, book club meetings or team-building days. Choose from a variety of engaging and interesting topics or suggest your own! We will tailor our presentations to suit your group’s individual needs and interests. Do you have time to visit us? Book your presentation on site at the Calgary Humane Society and add a “behind the scenes” tour to learn even more! Check out some of the unique topics available: - What is Calgary Humane Society? - Pet Safety - Debunking 10 popular animal myths - So… you think you want a monkey? - Pet Safekeeping and Emergency Boarding (for social services providers) - Animal Body Language (safety around animals) Looking for a great way to get your office engaged as a team? Host a fundraiser or supply drive before the presentation! Hold a jeans day, start a friendly competition between departments to collect supplies from our wish list or speak with our volunteer resources department about participating in a “volunteer day” at the shelter! Interested in booking a presentation for your group? Email if you are a private group or contact our Resource Development department at if you are a corporate client.


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D A Y C A M P S + Y O U T H P R O G R A M S


hew! Another successful camp season is done. This past summer we saw over 360 young campers join us at the shelter to learn more about the animals that share our world. We were thrilled to see the next generation learning how to care for animals, but even more happy when our campers turned into “secret agents” doing acts of kindness around the shelter! We wanted to give a big “THANKMEW” to all of them for folding laundry, creating adorable adoption signs and even hosting pop-up bake sales to raise money for the animals!

Junior Ambassador Program (Ages 11-12): Junior Ambassadors begin building skills in personal leadership through fostering empathy and respect for all living things. Junior Ambassadors learn more about animals and build leadership through special projects. Youth Ambassador Program (13-17): Youth Ambassadors continue building skills in personal leadership through volunteerism and project development. Youth Ambassadors expand their knowledge of animals, learn more about sustainable living and complete volunteer tasks during meetings.

Did you miss out on camps? Are you looking for a way to stay involved during the school year? In response to the incredible participation in our kids programming, we are pleased to announce our new youth program structure, beginning this September! Check out some of our awesome changes!

Weekly Meetings!

New Club Ages!

Online Registration!

In response to parent feedback, we are pleased to now offer weekly meetings for all of our youth programs! Do you prefer the monthly format? Never fear, we still have monthly meetings available for all of our programs as well!

Previously, our Kids for Animals Club ran from age 8-16. This year, we are pleased to announce that we now have three programs to provide even more awesome youth opportunities. Kids for Animals Club (Ages 7-10): Our “KFACers” learn as much as possible animals the animals that share our world. The more we know, the better we’re able to be their friends.

Check out for more information on how to sign up and to access our brand new online registration powered by Eventbrite!

Check out the excellent Connecting Lives spreads that our campers designed this summer on pages 10-13! Way to go, guys & gals!

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Black Cats.... Cool Facts! • Having a black cat is like a mini panther! Who wouldn’t want a cuddly mini panther? • In ancient Egypt black cats where worshipped. • Black goes with everything • If you adopt a black cat you will have good luck.

Getting a SCARE this October? Having a black fur coat is one of the most common reasons that animals are slower to be adopted. Let’s change that! As spooky as a black coat may seem, what’s the difference? There isn’t one! Colour and size play no role in their ability to love you! Many wonderful animals of all colours are waiting to find a loving home this fall! To find out more about the animals who are ready to love you visit:!


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What Animal Are YOU? Meat Do you like: Meat or Veggies?

Do you like: Small or Large animals?


Large Veggies



Do you like: Cats or Dogs?

In your garden would you grow Carrots? or Trees?




Veggies Do you like: Black or Brown? Black

Do you eat: Veggies? or Bugs?


Spread created by: Brooke Connor & Charlotte

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PICKING A DOG THAT’S RIGHT FOR YOU. So you’re thinking of adopting a new canine friend? Before you decide to adopt your companion and take them home, you will want to ask yourself these questions. • • • • • • • • •

Am I responsible enough to take care of this pet? Are my living arrangements pet friendly? Do I have enough time to contribute to my new pet? If you have other dogs, will this new dog be comfortable around them ? Have I done research on the particular breed I’m looking for? Is it the right breed for me? Am I ready to change my daily routine if necessary? Do I know how much this dog will cost, not only him/ her but all the other requirements such as, food,toys, vet bills, special requirements and other things? If you have any children is the dog comfortable around them?

Before purchasing your new friend, ask yourself those questions! If for the most part they are yes’ then you are probably prepared to take on such a big responsibility . If they are mostly No, then you should rethink before getting the animal.

Buying the animal is going to cost a large amount of money. Make sure you finances are in order before you adopt the animal. Over the life span of him/her you will have to pay for the vet bills, toys, food, special medicines, a kennel, a bed, a collar, a leash and other items within this category.

Don’t just adopt a dog because you think it’s cute, think about it before you buy it. There is a dog with a perfect personality for you. 12

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With breeds of dogs, each dog breed is different but within that breed every dog has a different personality . Take two dogs of the same breed, one may love water and they other may not. If you have already gotten a dog from a certain breed and you want another from that breed don’t expect the same personality. Although each dog is different, every breed has a reputation. Bigger dogs are usually more active and can walk longer distance, smaller dogs are active but often walk shorter distances.

Getting a dog is a big responsibility, be sure to think carefully before adopting one!

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ello! I’m Thomas and if you like puns then I am your cat! I love puns... but I also love toys. When I was offered the chance to do a toy review I knew I would finally have the chance to unite my passions. I have found the purr-fect new toy! You could even say I have FLIPPED for the Kong Flipz! You may not know this, but we cats have a mantra... Hunt, Catch, Kill, Eat, Groom, Sleep. This is what we want to do, in this order, each and every day. If your cat is keeping you up at night, try a vigorous 15-20 minute play session followed by a couple of treats right before you go to bed. Cats need to exercise their hunting instincts through play, and the Kong Flipz gets 2 paws up from me for it’s hunt-a-bility and fun play factor.

The Kong Flipz is a cat-tastic toy with plenty of interest for even the most finicky of felines. The Kong Flipz’s innovative shape, feathery tail and felt body make it an ideal target for all of my furry-ocious hunting instincts. The interesting shape of the Kong Flipz makes it’s movement unpredictable while the felt and feathers let me really sink my teeth and claws
in when I finally catch my ‘prey’. For those ‘nip fiends in the audience (I tried it once, but I never inhaled) the Kong Flipz has premium catnip for added kitty krazies.

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Ultimately, the Kong Flipz is a great toy that will keep a playful cat active and healthy. Bring it home for your kitty today! They will THANK-MEW!!!! - Thomas Product photo c/o Kong Company website.

successful adoption stories from calgary humane society

Jackson and my beautiful black lab Rocky were the best of friends! They did everything together! Sadly, a few months after Jackson came home, my Rocky went blind due to diabetes. This did not affect his life at all! I was more upset than him! Jackson would clean Rockys eyes for him whenever he felt it was necessary and Rocky would let him! He would hold him down, and bathe him! They would hang out in the back of my car together to go for car rides. They truly were best buds! Rocky crossed the Rainbow Bridge 3 years ago. He had a fantastic life and was my everything. That day, when I came home from the CARE centre without my Rocky, I sat on the couch with his collar and cried. Jackson came onto my lap, sniffed the collar and looked up at me. He had a look of pain in his eyes too! He let out a sad meow, then curled up on my lap and purred. I know he was broken hearted too. To this day, If I hold Rockys collar, Jackson will sniff it and then purr. Jackson is a wonderful, mischievous little cat, and his lack of a back paw does not affect him at all! He puts the run on my other dog Zelda, and now on my newest adoptee Tash! I am so grateful that Jackson came into my world! - Jennifer Alexander + her pets Zelda & Tash

My boyfriend and I adopted Grover almost three years ago from Calgary Humane Society. Grover had originally been found abandoned in Ardrie and was eventually sent to CHS. He was in very bad physical condition at that time, but thanks to the amazing team at CHS he was on the road to recovery. When we first met this little guy he was very stressed, snappy, and had terrible food allergies that drove him crazy. We couldn’t imagine why (and still can’t) anyone would treat this cute boy so badly. We fell in love with him instantly and took him home with us. Today, Grover is a happy and healthy dog. He loves cuddles, belly rubs, and playing with his squeaky toys. We eventually put him on a raw food diet to help with his allergies and he has improved so much. His coat is healthier, and he has more energy. Adopting Grover was the best decision we ever made. We love him so much, and we’re grateful everyday to have him in our lives. Thank you CHS! : ) - Nadia Dunn

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School zones are back in effect! Time to get back to pencils and books as another summer of play comes to a close. Back to school is an exciting time for children, but have you ever considered sending Fido back to school as well?


all is not just an adjustment for humans; it marks an adjustment for dogs as well! Fall weather often replaces lazy days in the backyard with more indoor activities. Shorter walks as the temperatures drop often replace long hikes or sessions at the dog park. September also marks the start of many organized activities and sports, which can mean more time alone at home for four legged family members.

basic manners and life skills that dogs will need to be successful in a home. These skills include sit, down, stay and loose leash walking. Human graduates of Polite Pooches leave with a good training foundation and a better understanding of how to build a relationship with their dog. Basic obedience is a great start, but did you know that regular attendance at a training class can enrich the life of even the most well-trained dog?

Most dog adoptions at Calgary Humane Society come with required classes, most commonly our “Polite Pooches” obedience course. This class teaches

Many people associate training with having a “good dog” and mistakenly believe that well-behaved dogs will not benefit from training classes. Training


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is more than teaching your dog how to “do” something. Training provides your dog with a “job”. This “job” is a regular activity with goals and rewards that keep their brain busy and working towards an appropriate goal, much like a human job. Imagine your life without the regular work or activities that keep you busy and engaged with others. A regular training session or “job” for your dog provides mental and physical enrichment as well as valuable one on one time between you and your canine companion.

Once you have decided to head back to school with Fido, it’s time for the fun part! Choosing a class. If your dog has already completed basic training, you probably have a good idea of what your dog enjoys (and what you enjoy doing with them). Dogs that enjoy moving, running or jumping may excel in agility while a dog that loves to sniff would likely enjoy scent work. Would your dog play fetch for hours? Consider a flyball class! Looking to expand your dog’s life skills? Look for a course that prepares the dog for the Canadian Kennel Club’s “Good Neighbour” exam, like the “Canine Challenge”. Advanced training based around fun activities is great for dogs that do not have specific behaviour concerns, but heading back to school is also a great option for dogs that are exhibiting undesirable behaviours. For example, if your dog lunges and growls at other dogs the CHS “Reactive Rover” class is a great option to address those concerns. Fearful dogs that experience anxiety in daily life might blossom in “Fearful Fido”, a class specifically created to address fearful behaviours.

Group classes provide an opportunity for dogs to build and practice new skills while surrounded by distractions, but sometimes group classes are not possible. If you want to address a very specific behaviour that requires oneon-one attention a group class may not offer this opportunity. Shift work or erratic family schedules may also make attendance at a regular weekly class difficult. Private consultations provide an excellent option for anyone who wants to address specific behaviour concerns, or those who are unable to attend a scheduled weekly class. Private consultations are one-on-one sessions with a trainer that allow you to work on your specific goals and concerns. After deciding between private consultations or classes, you will need to choose a trainer or class. Choosing a “school” or trainer for your dog is a lot like choosing a school or teacher for humans. Start by checking out the websites or brochures for the trainers or classes you are considering. Look for answers to the following questions: 1. How much experience does the trainer have?

2. Does the trainer show a commitment

to ongoing professional development by completing certifications, attending continuing education seminars and/ or keeping up to date on the latest research? 3. What is the training philosophy used? 4. Is the trainer able to provide references? 5. How many dogs are in the class? While the above questions provide a good place to start, remember to consider your personality and your dog’s disposition when selecting a class. Whether you are training to address specific concerns or for enjoyment the focus should be on building and maintaining a good working relationship between dog and handler. Considering a training class this fall? Need more information or advice? For more information on the training classes and options offered by Calgary Humane Society, or advice on selecting appropriate training options for specific behaviour concerns, contact the CHS Behaviour Helpline at 403-723-6057. Details on our behaviour classes can be found at obedienceclasses

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Amazing Animals



A group of severly neglected reptiles, snakes, ampibians and birds survive against the odds and receive a new shot at life.

In late December of 2011, Peace Officers from Calgary Humane Society (CHS) Protection and Investigations department were alerted to a case of mass neglect of exotic animals in a Calgary home. A CHS Investigator attended the residence and spent the next 4 hours processing the crime scene. As he photographed, took video, mapped and sketched the scene, and tagged evidence for continuity, it became clear that this was a tragic preventable case of neglect. Of the 42 reptiles, amphibians and birds, half were dead and the animals still alive were suffering and lacked their basic needs. The animals were carefully loaded up and transported to CHS for treatment. Once at the shelter, Animal Admissions staff began the admission process. Each animal was carefully identified, photographed and had a profile created in the shelter computer system. In total, the Animal Admissions team processed more than double the average number of animals for a December weekday. Over the next 24 hours, veterinarians and AHTs in our Animal Health department examined each and every animal, developing treatment plans for sick or underweight animals and making husbandry recommendations for each unique species. An exotic specialist veterinarian also examined the deceased animals for cause of death and signs of neglect or trauma. These initial exams would be vital if we were to pursue a court case.


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While Animal Health completed examinations, the staff in our Animal Care department quickly got to work setting up appropriate housing for each animal. In the end, the exotic group included a variety of snakes, lizards, turtles and even snails, making housing set-up no small task. To provide for their ongoing needs, Animal Care purchased additional heat lamps, UV lights and reptile food. CHS Investigators continued collecting statements and documenting evidence. CHS was able to lay charges under the Animal Protection Act of Alberta immediately so that CHS could seek a court order allowing CHS to retain protective custody of the animals. This venture was successful, allowing the animals to recover in the safe environment of CHS foster homes. Animals at CHS’ shelter receive exceptional care thanks to our Animal Care team, but nothing can match the attention and love received in a foster home. Finding long-term foster homes can sometimes be challenging, but our foster care coordinator was up to the task and found placement for every animal.

After 20 months of court appearances, psychological testing and pre-sentence reports; the accused was convicted, receiving a $1000 fine, but more importantly, a 10 year ban from owning or caring for animals. The surviving animals have received new shot at life, free of neglect and suffering.

Every successful outcome at CHS is a team effort. These results would not occur without the dedication of every department, and of course our generous supporters. Calgary Humane Society investigates 1,200-1,500 calls regarding animal cruelty, abuse and neglect each year. It is because of you that we are able to seek justice for the animals and provide second chances.

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Protection & Investigation Updates

2013 Investigation Stats (to Aug 31) Abandonment Physical Abuse Inadequate Shelter Malnutrition Inadequate Water Grooming Neglect Medical Neglect Dirty Conditions Overcrowding Hot Car Other Inspections

• Danh LY - Charged April 10, 2013 for allowing a cat to be in distress contrary to section 2(1.1) of the Animal Protection Act of Alberta. • Michael MESSERVIER - Charged April 25, 2013 for allowing a cat to be in distress contrary to section 2(1) of the Animal Protection Act of Alberta. • Andrew FOSTER - Charged May 17, 2013 for causing a cat to be in distress contrary to section 2(1.1) of the Animal Protection Act of Alberta and willfully permitting to be caused unnecessary pain, suffering or injury contrary to 445.1(1)(a) of the Criminal Code of Canada. • Cheryl ERHO - Charged June 12, 2013 for allowing a hamster to be in distress contrary to section 2(1) of the Animal Protection Act of Alberta. • Patricia ORGILL - Charged June 12, 2013 for allowing a dog to be in distress contrary to section 2(1) of the Animal Protection Act of Alberta. • Richard SUNDIN - Charged June 19, 2013 for allowing a dog to be in distress contrary to section 2(1) of the Animal Protection Act of Alberta. • Ngan BROGNAN - Charged July 17, 2013 for allowing a cat to be in distress contrary to section 2(1) of the Animal Protection Act of Alberta. • Bradley and Jennifer FORSBERG - Charged July 18, 2013 for allowing a cat to be in distress contrary to section 2(1) of the Animal Protection Act of Alberta. • Mariko DORMER - Charged August 22, 2013 for causing 5 dogs to be in distress contrary to section 2(1.1) of the Animal Protection Act of Alberta (5 counts) and willfully permitting to be caused unnecessary pain, suffering or injury contrary to 445.1(1)(a) of the Criminal Code of Canada (3 counts) • Darrell DERKSEN - Charged September 12, 2013 for allowing a dog to be in distress contrary to section 2(1) of the Animal Protection Act of Alberta. • Debra TORODE - Charged November 25, 2011 for allowing 53 cats to be in distress contrary to section 2(1) of the Animal Protection Act of Alberta, was picked up on an arrest warrant for failure to appear in court and has been reactivated in the court process.


• Jonathon THIBODEAU - Charged August 24, 2012 for allowing a cat to be in distress contrary to section 2(1) of the Animal Protection Act of Alberta, pleaded not guilty. A trial has been scheduled for October, 2013. • Manvinder TOOR - Charged June 27, 2012 with 2 counts each of causing a dog to be in distress contrary to section 2(1.1) of the Animal Protection Act of Alberta and willfully permitting to be caused unnecessary pain, suffering or injury contrary to 445.1(1)(a) of the Criminal Code of Canada, pleaded not guilty and appears for trial in November, 2013. • Joseph HOGAN - Charged March 24, 2011 for allowing a dog to be in distress contrary to section 2(1) of the Animal Protection Act of Alberta, has been picked up on an arrest warrant for failure to appear in court. HOGAN has pleaded not guilty and a trial dat has been set for March, 2014. • Joseph HOGAN - Charged May 18, 2011 for allowing 34 dogs to be in distress contrary to section 2(1) of the Animal Protection Act of Alberta, has been picked up on an arrest warrant for failure to appear in court. HOGAN has pleaded not guilty and a trial dat has been set for March, 2014. • Peter LOWTHERS - Charged December 18, 2012 for causing a dog to be in distress contrary to section 2(1.1) of the Animal Protection Act of Alberta, willfully killing, maiming, wounding, poisoning or injuring a dog contrary to 445(1)(a) of the Criminal Code of Canada and willfully permitting to be caused unnecessary pain, suffering or injury contrary to 445.1(1)(a) of the Criminal Code of Canada, pleaded not guilty. A trial date has been set for March, 2014. • Kevin WELCHER - Charged February 25, 2013 for allowing a dog to be in distress contrary to section 2(1) of the Animal Protection Act of Alberta, pleaded guilty and was sentenced to a $3000 fine and a 10 year prohibition from owning or caring for animals • Ruth UMAYAN - Charged December 5, 2011 for allowing 30+ rabbits to be in distress contrary to section 2(1) of the Animal Protection Act of Alberta, pleaded guilty and was sentenced to a 10 year prohibition from owning or caring for animals.

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• Salim KADDOURA - Charged May 11, 2010 with causing a cat to be in distress contrary to section 2(1.1) of the Animal Protection Act of Alberta, was picked up on an arrest warrant for failure to appear in court and has been reactivated in the court process. • Loris MOYSEY - Charged January 6, 2012 for allowing 42 exotic animals to be in distress contrary to section 2(1) of the Animal Protection Act of Alberta, pleaded guilty and was sentenced to a $1000 fine and a 10 year prohibition from owning or caring for animals (No animals for 5 years and a 2 animal limit for the following 5 years.) • Penny and Digby SMITH - Charged March 12, 2012 for allowing a dog to be in distress contrary to section 2(1) of the Animal Protection Act of Alberta, willfully permitting to be caused unnecessary pain, suffering or injury and willfully neglecting or failing to provide suitable and adequate care contrary to sections 445.1(1)(a) and 446(1)(b) of the Criminal Code of Canada, pleaded guilty to the APA offense and were sentenced to $2000 fines and a 5 year prohibition from owning or caring for new animals. The SMITHs are required to submit quarterly veterinary exam records to the Calgary Humane Society for the length of the prohibition. • Robert HABERMEHL - Charged November 27, 2009 for causing a cat to be in distress contrary to section 2(1) of the Animal Protection Act of Alberta and willfully permitting to be caused unnecessary pain, suffering or injury contrary to 445.1(1)(a) of the Criminal Code of Canada, was convicted at trial and sentenced to 90 days incarceration and 1 year probation. • Sharon LANGEVIN - Charged November 30, 2012 for allowing a dog to be in distress contrary to section 2(1) of the Animal Protection Act of Alberta was acquitted at trial. The judge’s decision stated that the severe hip dysplasia was not a factor as it is common in a German Shepherd and that LANGEVIN had a due diligence defense, having had the dog euthanized within approximately 3 days of maggot infestation. • Graham LEE - Charged December 27, 2011 for allowing a cat to be in distress contrary to section 2(1) of the Animal Protection Act of Alberta, pleaded guilty and was sentenced to a $250 fine.

Gary VanMeowski’s


Hello peoples. My name is Gary VanMeowski. You may recognize me from some of the CHS marketing materials or the CHS Facebook page. I am the resident office cat and master of all things awesome here at the shelter. What many people don’t know is that I am also a premiere writer and advice columnist. How do you become as awesome as this cat right here? You take advice from this cat, that’s how. Lucky for you, I’ve decided to expand my journalistic horizons. Welcome to Gary VanMeowski’s Scratching Post. Dear Gary, My cat keeps shedding all over my black sweater. How do I keep my clothes safe from my cat’s loose fur? - Not a fur fanatic Dear Fanatic, The problem is not with the fur, the problem is with your sweater. Simply purchase your sweaters to match your cat’s luxurious coat. Problem solved.

Need advice? Tack a note on my scratching post by writing to:


Dear Gary, One of my office mates types very loudly on his keyboard. All day it’s just CLACK CLACK CLACK! I can hardly concentrate! I have tried being polite and hinted to him that it’s a problem, but it’s not working. I know cats are the masters of scornful looks… what would you suggest? - In need of earplugs Dear Earplugs, That does sound meowing annoying. You are, however, quite correct that cats are masters of all things scorn-related (and all things universe-related). This situation clearly requires a 3-pronged approach. First – muster up your best disapproving look. Second – no more hints! It’s time to confront your coworker and tell him why he’s wrong. Third – poop in his shoes. I’ve found the third step to be the most effective to express my disdain when someone forgets to scoop my litterbox. I’m sure it will work in this situation too. Fall/Winter 2013 Connecting Lives


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all is already here and soon it will be time to deck the halls! The holiday season at Calgary Humane Society is a time to celebrate a year of connecting lives, look forward to future success and enjoy delicious bake sales courtesy of our kids clubs! Check out the events, activities and ideas below to make your holiday celebrations fun for both two and four-legged family members!

Come party your paws off!

Looking for an opportunity to check out the shelter this winter? We would love to see you at our Christmas Party for the Animals! Come and enjoy some tasty treats, check out the animals in our festively decorated adoption department, have your pet’s photo taken with Santa and enjoy activities for the whole family. While visiting, help us “cram the van” with goodies for our animals to enjoy on Christmas morning.

Our Christmas Party for the Animals will be hosted on December 7, 2013. Please watch our website for more details! Get involved to give back

Christmas often inspires people to become involved and give back in their community. Check out for information on our volunteer roles (please note most volunteer positions require a minimum 6 month commitment). If you are unable to make a 6-month volunteer commitment, consider getting involved in another way. Collect small items off our wish list (like AA batteries), make colourful beds for our animals or sign up for a shelter program!


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Celebrating at home?

All of us at Calgary Humane Society wish you a safe and happy holiday season. If you are celebrating at home, keep your pet safe with these simple tips. 1. Keep ribbons and tape away from where your pet might eat them 2. Keep chocolate, garlic, onions, caffeine and other toxic foods out of reach of pets. If you have visitors, make sure they understand what your pet can and cannot have as a treat 3. If your pet does not enjoy company, provide them with a safe, quiet and private space while company is visiting 4. Don’t give pets as gifts. Give a gift card or pet supplies instead. If you are planning to add a pet to your family this holiday season, consider waiting until the bustle of the holidays has calmed down – this will make the transition easier (and safer) for both you and your new pet!


his past summer brought record amounts of flooding to Southern Alberta. While residents in High River, Calgary, Canmore and the surrounding areas battled flood waters, there was a different type of flood beginning at Calgary Humane Society.


of Generosity The arrival of evacuated flood animals began on Thursday evening. Over the next couple of days we saw a flood of need. Evacuated pets needed housing, frantic owners were looking for lost pets and families who had lost everything needed basic supplies for their animals.

We saw staff and volunteers who worked dozens, even hundreds, of extra hours, giving up weekends and family time.

As the need grew, we saw another flood. We saw flood of generosity and compassion. A flood of hundreds of volunteers who dropped everything to ask, “What can we do?”

That amazing support allowed us to extend help beyond Calgary borders. Your support provided safe refuge to any animals in need of help, including those from High River and Siksika Nation. Your support sent officers from our Protection and Investigations department into the community of High River to rescue animals still trapped in homes. Your support provided “Ruff Packs” of pet supplies to families who had nothing.

We saw an army of Calgarians who arrived with bags of food, toys, litter, kennels and other supplies. We met caring individuals who came in on a lunch break to make a monetary donation of whatever they could afford.

We saw a special kind of amazing.

The support we received during the flood was a special kind of amazing, but we here at CHS are lucky enough to experience amazing each and every day. For every story of need that arrives at

Animal intake numbers from June 20-July 20 29 Birds Number of families helped: 69 47 Cats 21 Dogs We still have 2 animals (1 cat, 1 dog) 2 Ferrets remaining under our care from High River, 2 Fish the families hope to be able to take them 2 Guinea Pigs home soon. 6 Lizards 4 Snakes 1 cat was euthanized and 3 birds were 1 Turtle surrendered all others were returned back to their owners!! 114 Total The average length of stay 4-5 days.

Calgary Humane Society, we have a story of incredible generosity. It is only because of you that stories at Calgary Humane Society have happy endings. Whether it is the kitten narrowly rescued from the flood waters, the abandoned rabbit finding a new home or the injured dog receiving proper veterinary care, each and every happy ending is because of you and your support. We know we will see more need in the future. We also know that, because of you, we will be able to respond. So, from the bottom of our hearts…

Thank you. To make a donation or find more information on supporting CHS please visit:

Volunteer Hours: 1562.75*

These hours are flood related volunteers only. The average number of hours per month logged in 2012 was 1130.23 hrs. per month but this includes Animal Handling & Behaviour training hours.

Unique volunteers on-site: 204 Highlights:

• Unwavering support; tasks filled within minutes. • Were able to keep up enrichment programs (Dog Walking, Adoptions & Holding, Stressbusting, etc.) • Managed two (2) semi-trailers and MANY palletes worth of donations with volunteer support. • Volunteers went down to High River to help with donation deliveries, coordinate and set-up the Emergency Foster Parent orientation, supporting Behaviour and Animal Care.

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