Books + Cupcakes = LOVE

As you may know, this weekend The WHS is holding our annual book sale AND we are celebrating National Cupcake Day. So on February 13 and 14th you can load up on great books and enjoy some delicious cupcakes and at the same time help us save thousands of animals and offer low-cost spay and neuter surgeries to thousands of pet owners who otherwise could not afford it. One of my favourite hobbies is cooking. I love making great meals (and desserts) and enjoying them with friends and families. In honour of our cupcake day and book sale, I made … Continued

Summer’s story: How behaviour training gave her new opportunity

Nothing makes me happier than a success story; especially one that involves an animal from The Winnipeg Humane Society. Such is the case for Summer. She and Catherine, one of The WHS’s talented behaviour trainers, stopped by for a visit last week to demonstrate what Summer has been up to since arriving under our care. Summer had a big goofy grin on her face, and it was for good reason. After all, she had come a long way – literally and figuratively. The one-year-and-four-month-old Labrador Retriever was seeking a forever home from Regina’s humane society, but there was an issue … Continued

WHS offers 500 more spay/neuter surgeries after overwhelming response

After overwhelming response from the community, The WHS will spay or neuter an additional 500 cats for only $5 through its Fix ‘Em February program. The program, designed for families and individuals on low or fixed incomes, was introduced in late January and completely booked less than a week later. The astounding reaction from the community proves a need to offer more spay and neuter cat surgeries at extremely low costs. “We’re grateful for the response and hope more people will register. Fix ‘Em February demonstrates the urgency and need for offering extremely low cost spay and neuter options,” says … Continued

The WHS offers five dollar fixings this February

The Winnipeg Humane Society (WHS) will offer five dollar cat spay and neuter surgeries to families and individuals living on low or fixed incomes and reside in Winnipeg. Fix ‘Em February is a joint initiative funded by the City of Winnipeg Animal Services Agency and WHS donors. It will spay and neuter 500 cats next month in an effort to combat cat overpopulation. In spring cats come to heat, which leads to an increase in cat overpopulation. The WHS also receives a surge of incoming cats during this time. “We need Fix ‘Em February because we need to prevent cats … Continued

Winnipeg Humane Society accepting donations for Book and Movie Sale

The Winnipeg Humane Society is looking for donations of gently used books and DVDs of all genres.  Donations may be dropped off at the front reception desk inside The WHS’s shelter (45 Hurst Way).  The deadline for accepting donations is Wednesday, February 10, 2016. The WHS is looking for: Novels, non-fiction, and general books in good condition DVDs and Blu-rays Video games (PlayStation, Xbox, Wii) The WHS cannot accept: VHS movies Dictionaries, encyclopaedias, textbooks Time Life series Magazines Manuals or newspapers Reader’s Digest Board games/puzzles Library books Equipment  – VCR’s, DVD/CD players, TV’s, computers or gaming systems CD’s, cassette tapes, books … Continued

Discover the power of art in farm animal activism

On January 13 at 7 p.m., Twyla Francois, a farmed animal cruelty investigator who has worked with several organizations including Canadians for the Ethical Treatment of Farmed Animals, will give a presentation called “Making the Invisible Visible: Advocating for Farmed Animals” in The Winnipeg Humane Society (WHS) Classroom. The presentation will focus on using art as a tool for animal activism.   The presentation is part of The WHS’s Farm Animal Compassion Committee Speaker Series. This presentation will not include graphic images of animal cruelty, but will instead focus on intrinsic love for animals. It will encourage people to have … Continued

Learn to stop your dog from lunging while on leash

Beginning in Mid-February, The Winnipeg Humane Society (WHS) will offer a highly specialized class called Reactive Rover to help people train leash reactive dogs. A leash reactive dog may be completely friendly off-leash, but when leashed they become reactive they may lunge, bark, or display other aggressive behaviour when seeing another dog. This can cause difficulty and inconvenience for the owner as they may need to walk their reactive dog extremely early in the morning, late at night, or may not be able to walk the dog on a leash at all. Having high leash reactivity may cause the normally … Continued

The Three Stages of Handling Deafness in Dogs: Suspicion, Confirmation, and Adjustment

  Dogs can go deaf for a variety of different reasons. Like humans, dogs can suffer from congenital deafness, being born deaf, or they can go deaf at some point in their lives. Dogs that are prone to frequent ear infections are at higher risk of deafness. An injury to the ear could leave a dog more likely to become deaf, or they could go deaf from old age. White dogs are more likely to be born deaf than dogs of other colours. But no matter the cause of deafness, deaf dogs are completely capable of leading full and happy … Continued

Season’s Greetings from Snowflake

It’s amazing how much can change in a matter of months. If dogs could talk then Snowflake, the standard poodle that was severely burned in a car collision, could tell you as much. In just a few months, Snowflake has progressed from a downed dog in critical care to her usual happy-go-lucky self. Snowflake and her owner Wade stopped by The Winnipeg Humane Society in December for a visit with the clinic staff that cared for her during part of her recovery. Veterinarians Dr. Anseeuw and Dr. Youngs were greeted by an enthusiastic Snowflake. She was eager to say hi … Continued

The do’s and don’ts of giving a pet this holiday season

During the holiday season, we want to give our loved ones the best presents we can. We want to surprise them, and bring them delight with the gift we’ve picked out just for them. So when you see an adorable puppy, kitten, or bunny before Christmas, it might cross your mind that this animal could make a great present for someone in your life. What could be more thoughtful than giving someone a new best friend who will love them unconditionally? It’s a nice thought, but in reality, giving an animal as a gift is sometimes not the best idea. … Continued