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

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

WHS now 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, April 5, 2017. The fundraising sale will be held at the shelter April 8 (10 a.m. – 6 p.m.) & 9 (12-6 p.m.). The WHS is looking for donations of: 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 … Continued

Inside Asia’s dog meat industry and relating it to Manitoba

The Winnipeg Humane Society (WHS) Farm Animal Compassion Committee presents its next free speaker series event Betraying Man’s Best Friend: Inside Asia’s Dog Meat Trade at the WHS’s Joyce Gauthier Behaviour and Training Centre at 45 Hurst Way on Feb. 21 at 7 p.m. Brittany Semeniuk, a veterinary nurse utilizing her career to improve animal welfare in Manitoba and across the globe, provides insight into Asia’s dog meat industry in this non-graphic presentation and compares it to farming practices in Manitoba. “Our canine companions are being killed by the millions and need us to be their voice. But we must … Continued

Showing heart for dogs with heartworm on Giving Tuesday

Heart disease can kill a person. It can also kill our dogs. Heartworm, a potentially fatal disease where worms live and sustain itself inside a dog’s heart and lungs, is costly to treat at the WHS and requires a long recovery period. “Heartworm is easy to prevent, but can be catastrophic in dogs that already have the disease,” says Dr. Erika Anseeuw, WHS Director of Animal Health. “It’s an invasive disease that takes a lot of time and resources to treat.” Heartworm, a common disease in Manitoba, is transmitted to dogs by infected mosquitos. The larvae grow inside a dog’s … Continued

Spay and neuter clinics set up in northern Manitoba

The Winnipeg Humane Society Clinic are going to Norway House and Cross Lake from November 6-10 for spay and neuter clinics. The northern Manitoba clinics are possible because of a joint-effort with the WHS, Norway House Animal Rescue, the community of Norway House, Norway House Cree Nation, Cross Lake, and Pimicikamak Cree Nation. The northern clinic will help improve animal health in an area impacted by animal overpopulation and with few veterinary services. The clinic team will operate the Norway House clinic on Nov. 7 – 8 and Cross Lake clinic on Nov. 9-10. “Families with pets in northern Manitoba communities want to … Continued

Animal rights leader Jo-Anne McArthur shares worldwide animal stories in Winnipeg

Author, photojournalist and animal activist Jo-Anne McArthur will share compelling stories and photos of animals from around the globe with Winnipeg’s animal welfare community. We Animals: Stories of Love and Liberation will be at The Park Theatre on October 25 at 7 p.m. It is presented by the Winnipeg Humane Society (WHS) Farm Animal Compassion Committee. McArthur travels the world and shares the grueling realities that animals face on factory farms, in bear bile farms, in the bushmeat trade, in the entertainment industry and more. But for every difficult story and photo shared, McArthur counters her presentation with stories of … Continued