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The Winnipeg Humane Society is stronger thanks to our partnerships with SARAM and Petland.

SARAM

The Winnipeg Pet Rescue Shelter, D’Arcy’s A.R.C., Manitoba Mutts and The Winnipeg Humane Society have formed a coalition called SARAM (Shelter and Rescue Alliance of Manitoba).

SARAM’s purpose is to facilitate and support the efforts of local animal welfare groups to decrease the number of homeless, neglected and abused companion animals, and to promote responsible pet ownership in Manitoba by working together as a coalition/alliance.

The group meets monthly to discuss animal welfare issues in Manitoba, including amendments to the proposed cat licensing by-law in the City of Winnipeg, “Fluffy’s Law”, and addressing responsible pet ownership.

Carla Martinelli-Irvine, Director of the Winnipeg Pet Rescue shelter and Chairperson of SARAM, states, “It is our hopes that working together will help to decrease the euthanasia rate of animals in our Province and bring awareness to the overpopulation issues in our City.”

Mission Statement

To facilitate and support the efforts of local animal welfare groups to decrease the number of homeless, neglected and abused companion animals, and to promote responsible pet ownership in Manitoba by working together as a coalition/alliance.

Standards for SARAM

  • Must be incorporated as either a non-profit or have charitable status
  • Must not show aggression or slander another shelter, rescue, employee thereof, board members and associate members, publicly, privately, or in written form
  • Must have a board of directors
  • Must adopt animals to the public
  • Must have an excellent reference from a reputable veterinarian
  • Has a mandatory spay/neuter program in place whereby adoptable animals will be fixed (by a maximum of 12 months of age – except for extenuating circumstances, such as health issues are an exception) as part of adoption contract
  • Has a vaccination protocol in place as part of adoption contract (puppies minimum of 2 – parvo and distemper) that is under that supervision of veterinarian
  • Proper veterinarian care throughout the life of the animal as part of the adoption contract
  • Animals must have proper veterinarian care prior to adoption
  • Animals from your organization have never been seized or a surrender request has not occurred
  • Board members must conduct themselves with the highest integrity
  • Any violation to Board standards may lead to dismissal from SARAM coalition

Petland

The Winnipeg Humane Society works with Petland in the following ways:

There have been concerns (outside of Manitoba) regarding Petland’s used of unlicensed backyard breeders or puppy mills, however this has never been the case for Manitoba-owned Petland locations.  Each Petland is a privately owned franchised location.

Bill McDonald, past CEO of the WHS, personally inspected a facility that supplies Petland with puppies. He had no concerns with the welfare of the animals at this operation and the chief veterinarians office has licensed the facility. Additionally, to ensure the welfare of the animals into the future, The WHS is pleased with the recent 2010 amendments to the Animal Care Act whereby pet shop retailers and breeders are now held to significantly greater accountability. Both pet stores and breeders must now be inspected and licensed. Pet stores are also required under the Act to provide documentation that they have received their pets from a licensed breeder. This also means breeders are held accountable by inspections and licenses.

The WHS encourages Petland to adopt shelter pets vs. profiting from the sale of animals. We are encouraged by all three Petland locations agreeing to be satellite locations for our cats. Approaching organizations like Petland with an advocacy-based approach has led to positive changes in their processes. We continue to work with them regarding the possibility they use shelter dogs and puppies.