Monthly Volunteer Profile: Mike Costello

A group of volunteers founded the Winnipeg Humane Society in 1894 and are vital to our success today! With the help of volunteers, we can provide care, love and attention to our four (and sometimes two) legged friends until they find their forever homes. The MVP (Monthly Volunteer Profile) will recognize the work and get to know these special MVP’s in a spotlight each month that includes an article and photo shoot. MVPs will receive a framed photo and gift card as our thanks! Is there a volunteer you’d like to nominate to be MVP? E-mail us (volunteer@winnipeghumanesociety.ca) and tell us why … Continued

Free festival celebrates compassion for animals and the planet: Winnipeg VegFest

Winnipeg VegFest aims to foster compassion for animals, promote eco-friendly living, educate the public about health and nutrition, and introduce the rapidly growing world of plant-based cuisine. “Winnipeg VegFest will be a lively, entertaining, and action-packed day of delicious food, dynamic speakers, provocative discussions, beautiful artwork, children’s activities, and so much more,” says event co-organizer Jason Hannan. “We’ve reached a critical mass in Winnipeg who care deeply about animals and the planet. We’re absolutely thrilled to be putting on Winnipeg’s first-ever VegFest.” Winnipeg VegFest will feature an all-star line up of keynote speakers, including: Carol J. Adams, renowned feminist author … Continued

The MVP Inspiration

By: Jim Harvey Last May I was asked by the WHS if I would like to participate in a new initiative called the ‘Monthly Volunteer Profile’ (MVP) which recognizes and profiles a different volunteer each month. The MVP is selected by the volunteer services group based on nominations from other volunteers or staff. My contribution to the project is photographing the volunteer working at their job within the WHS. The photographs are included as part of the article written by Brian Kozak and posted to the WHS website. I did not have to think twice about participating in the MVP program. … Continued

Meatless Mondays: Cozy Butternut, Sweet Potato and Red Lentil Stew

Post by: Angela Tucker Recipe from: OhSheGlows.com Spring is on its way, but it never hurts to have a healthy comfort food recipe on hand for those lingering chilly days (like this one from ohsheglows.com)! I love one pot meals like this Cozy Butternut, Sweet Potato and Red Lentil Stew. You have your carbs, protein and veggies all in one bowl, which is great for a quick, satisfying meal. If you like, you can even pair this on top of cooked brown rice or your favourite whole grain. The great thing about the carb sources in this recipe is that they … Continued

We Are Here For the Animals. We Are Here For You.

The Winnipeg Humane Society (WHS) is collaborating with local animal welfare organizations to support Winnipeg’s cats, cat owners and address cat overpopulation. The WHS received over $201,000 in grant funding from the City of Winnipeg and The Winnipeg Foundation for the one-year trial project “We Are Here for the Animals. We Are Here for You.” The revolutionary program is a new approach to make essential spay and neuter services more available to the community. The program offers additional resources to cat owners through a satellite outreach centre and will train volunteers to manage feral cat colonies in non-residential areas. A … Continued

WHS statement on exotic animal travelling shows

The Winnipeg Humane Society does not support the transportation and use of exotic animals in traveling shows and educational presentations, and urges its supporters and the general public to avoid attending these shows.   Why doesn’t the WHS support these kinds of activities? An exotic animal is an animal non-domesticated by humans. This includes lizards and reptiles, which are often forced to be repeatedly held and restrained against their will throughout these “hands-on” traveling displays and educational programs.  Leading research by reptile biologists has shown that the majority of reptiles in captivity do in fact display stress while being exhibited … Continued

Broken bones, amputations and a new life: Octavian’s Story

Octavian was found as a stray and brought to the WHS in December. His tail was hanging limp and he wasn’t able to use it. He also walked oddly on his back leg. Both injuries were caused by old fractures that didn’t heal properly. He also needed extensive dental work. Octavian clearly had to push through pain to survive on his own. In order for Octavian to live a pain-free life, he had his full tail amputated, his leg amputated, and most of his teeth removed. Octavian’s surgeries and care cost just under $3,000. He is just ONE example of … Continued

No matter their size, every animal matters

Max was found outside in the freezing cold with frostbite on one of his tiny toes and on his tail. Thankfully his finder noticed him outside in their yard, caught him, and brought him to the Winnipeg Humane Society. Max needed surgery to remove his frozen toe and the tip of his tail so he could live pain free. Our clinic staff noticed he was very socialized, which means he was likely someone’s pet before getting lost. After his surgery, Max spent time in recovery at the WHS until he could go into adoptions. Once in adoptions, he quickly found … Continued

Improving dog transfer protocols: A plan to reduce incidents

Dear WHS friends and supporters, In the past four months, we have faced an unprecedented challenge which caught us off guard: We had three dogs escape from our care during the transfer to or from our facility. This is not only embarrassing for a shelter that has been in active operation since 1894; it is an issue of safety for our staff and the community. It is not easy to write about things that don’t go according to plan. However, we have a pledge to be fully open, accountable and transparent in our work. The Winnipeg Humane Society handles approximately … Continued

Fighting the Flood: Looking After Your Pets

Animals are vulnerable when an emergency evacuation takes place. We urge pet owners to take your pets when an evacuation must occur. Animals, like every other member of your family, deserve the protection and security of safety preparation. Please follow these simple steps to improve your pets’ chances of survival. Before an evacuation Plan for your animals’ care well in advance if there’s a chance you may have to evacuate during a flood. Many pet-friendly facilities will book up quickly as the threat of flooding increases: If you can’t take them to wherever you are going, arrange to have family or friends … Continued