We need more compassion for hogs in Manitoba

Nearly 4000 hogs died in a barn fire this past Thursday. The death these intelligent creatures have faced is mortifying. Desperately trying to get away from the thick toxic smoke, the burning heat inside the barn. Manitoba is the largest hog producing province in Canada. In the last decade, numerous hog barns have burnt down killing tens of thousands of pigs. There are two important facts on the horizon: the Manitoba government has lifted the hog barn moratorium. This means more hogs barns will be built – despite many areas already saturated with them. The second important fact is, the … Continued

Winnipeg Humane Society waiving adoption fees for cats with colds

In an immediate effort to create more space at the WHS, adoption fees for URI (cats six months and older) are waived from June 1-4. The shelter is over capacity and unless more cats are adopted there is great risk of euthanizing for space. “Our community has asked us to do everything we can to improve the live outcomes for cats. We have implemented new strategies that are making a significant difference, but now urgently need people to adopt these cats immediately,” says WHS CEO Javier Schwersensky. The felines available for adoption either had or were exposed to Upper Respiratory … Continued

Important information regarding non-emergency cat pickups at veterinary clinics

Effective Monday, June 5 Winnipeg Humane Society emergency response drivers will no longer be picking up stray cats from veterinary clinics. As a non-government, charitable animal welfare agency, we have to make sure that injured or neglected animals take priority over animals that are healthy and have a caretaker, even if it is a short-term one. Our emergency response team has been tied up daily driving healthy animals to the shelter, which is not a prudent use of our resources. Another important aspect is that as part of the Million Cat Challenge – in which we are committed to try and … Continued

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: Meatless Bacon

Post by: Angela Tucker Recipe from: TheBuddhistChef.com This recipe by The Buddhist Chef instructs you just how easy it is to make your own meatless bacon from scratch, using some fairly basic and easy to find ingredients. One of the concerns over bacon, as with all processed meats, is its connection with an increased cancer risk. For this reason, the World Health Organization, Harvard School of Public Health, and the Canadian Cancer Society recommend minimizing processed meats. And of course, enjoying something made of plant based foods is a way that we can practice compassion to animals. Pigs are similar to … Continued

Monthly Volunteer Profile: Chris Reeves

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

Will you Pledge to Protect during Animal Cruelty Awareness Month?

Pledge to Protect The WHS Animal Rescue Team responded to 1542 cruelty/welfare concerns and 952 emergency calls in 2016. April is Animal Cruelty Awareness Month. 365 days a year, the Winnipeg Humane Society is on the ground, rescuing and treating sick, injured and abused animals. It can take weeks to rescue animals from unsafe or unsanitary conditions. In the case we’re showing you today, the WHS Animal Protection Team was tasked with rescuing over 50 cats from an unsafe and unsanitary home. It took just under two weeks to safely remove all the cats from the home. This is Animal Cruelty Awareness Month, will … 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