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

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 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

National Pet Obesity Awareness Day sparks the question: Is your pet a healthy weight?

How much your pet is fed on a daily basis can be a perplexing question to answer as it depends on your pet’s breed, size and exercise routine. Oct. 12 is National Pet Obesity Awareness Day and a day of celebration for Kristie Bailey and Nala, her English Bulldog. Nala was obese when adopted from the Winnipeg Humane Society (WHS) and Bailey helped her seven-year-old dog lose over 20 pounds through proper diet and exercise. Nala’s exercise plan has increased her life span and relieved pressure on her joints and spine. Obese pets are more likely to live shorter lives, … Continued

WHS’s grass-fed gala beef sets new farm animal welfare standard

For the first time in the 23-year history of the Bow Wow Ball gala, the Winnipeg Humane Society (WHS) will serve grass-fed, humanely raised beef. The landmark decision means this year’s event – Phantom of the Pawpera – on Oct. 15, sets a new standard of food sourcing at WHS events. “People are becoming more aware of how animals used for food are treated and the health benefits associated with humanely farmed meat,” says WHS CEO Javier Schwersensky. “Offering humanely raised beef from a local Manitoba farm is a momentous occasion for the WHS and promotes animal welfare within our … Continued

Winnipeg Humane Society joins pledge to save 1 million cats

The Winnipeg Humane Society (WHS) and shelters across North America aim to save the lives of one million cats by 2019 with the Million Cat Challenge. Reduced adoption fees, changes to intake procedures and adjustments to shelter operations will help the WHS increase cat adoptions and manage the number of incoming cats. “Our animal welfare community wants to save more cats and as a grassroots organization it is our duty to meet those expectations,” says WHS CEO Javier Schwersensky. “We must work together and use proactive approaches in order to give every cat a fair chance.” In July the WHS … Continued