The Winnipeg Humane Society Thu, 26 May 2016 21:13:48 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Safety a priority between dogs and toddlers in WHS workshop Thu, 12 May 2016 19:44:48 +0000 Continued]]> While a dog and toddler create opportunity for plenty of photos, precautions must be taken to keep both safe. The Winnipeg Humane Society is offering a workshop to teach parents how their dog and child can live in harmony and avoid injury.

The Dogs & Toddlers program teaches parents how to help both canine and child adjust to rapid changes

in the household. Dogs adjust to a child that is becoming more interactive and mobile, while the toddler learns how to respect the pet’s boundaries.

“Dogs communicate with us all the time through body language. It is important that parents learn what their dog is trying to say, especially around young children,” Dogs & Toddlers instructor Dr. Renee Will says. “Any dog, even those that have behaved well to this point, can become confused when a baby turns into an interactive toddler. This may lead to fear, which could become a dangerous situation.”

The workshop, for humans only, teaches parents how to introduce their kids to the family dog and properly pet and treat them. Participants also gain insight into making their dog feel comfortable around their growing child and why it’s important to provide the dog with a safe spot away from the toddler.

Dr. Will, a Certified Professional Dog Trainer, will lead the workshop at The WHS classroom on May 26 at 7 p.m.

Learn more


Book a spot in Dogs & Toddlers

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10 Ways to be Kind to your Pets Thu, 05 May 2016 21:20:08 +0000 Continued]]> Header

Animals are kind to us. They’re selfless and loving companions, a source of camaraderie, and fill our lives with joy. It’s our duty and privilege to give them the respect, care, and kindness they deserve. That’s why we celebrate Be Kind to Animals Week from May 1-7.

While it’s important to be kind to animals year-round, the Be Kind to Animals Week campaign is a long-standing tradition that reminds us of all the ways we can be kind to our furry compadres. Being kind doesn’t necessarily mean committing to adopting an animal. There are many ways you can indirectly benefit animals and make them feel welcomed, cared for, and fulfilled.

We have a wonderful community of animal lovers, so we wanted to share some ways that you can be kind to an animal not only this week, but for the weeks (and months and years) to come!

1. Be kind by speaking for those who have no voice

Do you see an animal that looks to be in distress? If you’re inside the City of Winnipeg give our Animal Protection Officers a call at 204-982-2020 and let them know. If you live outside of Winnipeg and want to report an animal in distress, call the Provincial Vet’s Office at 204-945-8000.

2. Adopt…when you’re ready

Commit to adopting a pet from an animal shelter! Animals at The WHS are up to date with shots, spayed/neutered, and you’ll receive behaviour support from our knowledgeable staff along the way. If you feel prepared and ready for a pet, adopt one this week during Be Kind to Animals Week. If you aren’t quite ready, that’s okay! We want to make sure every adopter is prepared before making their commitment.

3. Your donations put smiles on animals faces

Donate! The majority of The WHS’s expenses in 2015 were dedicated to the WHS Clinic and Animal Care. You can be kind to an animal by donating either money or supplies that will help the animals feel cared for and loved.

4. Donate your time…as a volunteer

Donate your time….as a volunteer! The WHS has over 700 volunteers at any given time. Last year they committed over 42,000 hours of volunteer work in a variety of ways. We have cat cuddlers, dog walkers, clinic volunteers, animal care volunteers….even our administration area benefits from volunteers who help with a variety of critical tasks. When you’re a WHS volunteer, you are directly impacting and helping animals and they truly appreciate seeing you around the shelter. If you love animals, but can’t have one in your life, volunteering could be right for you.

5. Spay or neuter your pet to prevent unwanted litters

Our clinic performs hundreds of subsidized spay and neuter surgeries every month. It’s one of the most effective ways to combat cat overpopulation and prevents unwanted litters. Fewer unwanted animals on the streets of Winnipeg keeps our current pets safer and prevents more causalities and injuries in veterinarian offices.  If you already have a spayed or neutered pet, that’s great! Encourage your family and friends to do the same thing.

6. Play time is fun for you and your pet

Spend some time with your pet! They’re social creatures that love to play and interact. Get exercise with your dog by going for a walk or playing some catch. Cats love to play too. Find some interactive toys like cat wands or laser pointers that result in hours of enjoyment for the both of you.

7. Proper identification results in feel good stories

Identification is a very kind thing to do for your pet. It’s unfortunate, but sometimes animals do get lost. In order for your pet to have the best chance of returning home, make sure they have a tattoo ID number, a City of Winnipeg license, and even a microchip. If you move with your best friend, it’s critical to update your pet’s address too. That way we know where to contact you if your pet finds their way to the Winnipeg Humane Society.

8. Join in on the celebration of animals

Take part in the celebration of pets in June! The Fairmont Winnipeg Paws in Motion is Manitoba’s largest celebration of pets. Join animal lovers from all over the city for a pet-friendly walk-a-thon, booths, displays, live entertainment, and tons of activities for both you and your pet.

9. In the name of farm animals…eat humanely

Manitoba has a variety of humane foods, producers, and restaurants. Because many of the farms are independently owned and smaller, the supply is not always as consistent as large producers, but you can rest easy knowing what’s on your plate is humane. Shop for free run/organic eggs or opt to visit a local restaurant that uses local food in many of their menus items.

Meatless Monday is a global movement aimed at reducing meat consumption and benefits farm animals, impacts global warming, and your health! You’re not only being kind to animals, but also to the environment and yourself.

10. Bond with your dog over classes

Dog classes are an outstanding way for your and family to bond with your pet. They teach your pet discipline and other skills that will make them the perfect pet. They also love having a dedicated time of the week to hang out with their family and interact. The WHS offers a variety of classes from basic and advanced family dog classes, specialized reactive dog classes, and even a tricks and game class. Your dog will love you forever for this.

Happy Be Kind to Animals Week!

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By: Jim Harvey

I’ve been volunteering at the Winnipeg Humane Society for some time, working with the dogs once a week. I often mention to people I meet that I volunteer at the Winnipeg Humane Society and a very common response is, “Oh, I could not do that. I’d want to take all the dogs home with me.”

I often think to myself that if that were to happen, us folks who volunteer would have very crowded homes! But I understand the comment. They are saying they feel for the dogs and their situations and would like to take a dog home and give it stability and love so the dog can feel happy and secure.


While every dog is different, I find the dogs that I work with generally seem to fall into one of two types. The first types are the dogs who jump with excitement when I come near. They can hardly wait for that door to open, to be able get out, and have some contact with me.

The second type of dog that I encounter are more hesitant. Sometimes you open the door and they go to the back of the kennel to get as far away from me as possible. They are unsure and require patience and time to gain their trust. Sometimes, it takes a few attempts. But after turning the corner and gaining that trust, it feels like we can be friends forever.

It is always a gratifying feeling once the connection is made and the trust is granted. It is in this moment that I never cease to be amazed. Some dogs find the shelter very stressful. I think some must be confused about the situation they find themselves in. Others that I have met over the years have been chewed up by life. Yet there they are. Ready and willing to start fresh again with anyone who will take the time to make the connection.

It has struck me in the last while, that I treat each dog at the WHS in a very similar way that I treat my dog at home. I’ll squat down to their level and let them scooch right in so they can get in nice and close. Often as I’m squatting down I’ll say to the dog, “you tell me all about what’s going on”. I pet, scratch, and talk to them just as I do my own dog. I imagine what my life would be like with each dog at my side, what adventures we’d go on, the games we’d play, and the life we’d share.

And if dogs live in the moment, hopefully it is these moments that everything else that is going on around the two of us melts away. That the dog is able to put the stress of the shelter aside, feel the security of friendship, the warmth of some love, and just for those moments, feel like they are at home.

There is the saying, “home is where the heart is.” I’d like to make a change to this saying to read “home is within the heart.” All the dogs that I work with at the WHS are welcome.  I take them all home.

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WHS Annual General Meeting – Wednesday, May 4 Tue, 05 Apr 2016 14:37:57 +0000

WHS 2015 Annual General Meeting

WHERE: 45 Hurst Way

WHEN: Wednesday, May 4, 2016

7 p.m 


Welcome and Introductions

Approval of Minutes From 2014 Annual Meeting

 2015 Year in Review

By-law Review

 Approval of the Audited Year-End Financial Statements and Appointment of Auditors

Report from the Nominating Committee

Departing Board Member Recognition 

Award Presentations

Question & Comments


Fiscal Year Amendment section 52 Change

Click here to view the 2014 Annual General Report.

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The WHS thanks YOU with 30 Days of Gratitude Fri, 01 Apr 2016 14:37:09 +0000 Continued]]>

WHS CEO Javier Schwersensky and his cat Spencer thank you for all of your contributions!

April is a very special time at The WHS: it is our 30 Days of Gratitude month. As a community-supported organization, there are so many humbling moments, so much passion and dedication to saving lives and advocating for the humane treatment of all animals, that taking time to say thank-you is not only appropriate, but very much an honour.

Personally, I am grateful for the opportunity that I have to lead The Winnipeg Humane Society. Only a handful of individuals have had this honour since 1894, so I take this responsibility very seriously and I simply couldn’t do my job without the encouragement and support of our board, staff, volunteers and the many rescues and individuals that spend their time and money every day saving animals or advocating for their welfare. To all our partners, “thank you.” Today we announce a new partnership with the Winnipeg Missing and Found Watch Facebook group. And we hope to announce many more partnerships in the coming months.

We are also very grateful to the thousands of donors and financial supporters of The WHS. Close to 70% of our budget is supported through donations. We are deeply grateful for this support and we are and will remain careful stewards of the contributions we receive. Our volunteers, over 700 of them, also deserve our deepest gratitude: without them, our shelter would not be able to operate.

And last but certainly not least, I need to say thank you to the dedicated, professional and caring staff that are part of The WHS team. Every single staff member is committed to the organization and provides compassion, love and care to over 6,500 animals each year in our shelter, and many thousand more that we support through our clinic and the admirable work of our Animal Protection and Humane Officers. They are in the front-line of animal welfare, they save lives every single day.

So while every day we see neglected animals and it breaks our hearts, we also see happy individuals and families adopting their new furry family member. And the transformation between that scared and sick dog or cat and the happy, tail-wagging (or purring) animal ready for a new life is probably the biggest source of gratitude that anyone could possibly have.

Thank you for caring. Thank you for contributing. Thank you for working with us. We are humbled by your support and we remain open to learning about what the community needs and expects from us, and how to deliver in our promise to save lives and advance animal welfare.



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WHS begins month of gratitude with social media partnership Fri, 01 Apr 2016 14:21:42 +0000 Continued]]> The Winnipeg Humane Society (WHS) continues to expand its partnerships with local animal welfare groups with the goal of returning more lost cats to their families. The WHS is working with Winnipeg Missing and Found Cat Watch (WMFCW) in an effort to return lost cats to their homes more efficiently.

In 2015, The WHS admitted 6,044 cats – the most since 2010. The cats arrive at The WHS for a variety of reasons; some are stray, others surrendered. Lost cats also spend time at The WHS while they wait to be reunited with owners. Social media groups like WMFCW on Facebook help The WHS by reuniting lost pets with their owners quicker and without the need to bring them to The WHS.

“By working together, we can achieve our goal in bringing even more cats back home.  This is why our partnership with The Winnipeg Humane Society is so important,” says Marnie Singer from Winnipeg Missing and Found Cat Watch.

The WHS recommends for people who either lose or find a cat to post them on the WMFCW Facebook page.

“Social media groups like Winnipeg Missing and Found Cat Watch are a great benefit to our community,” says WHS CEO Javier Schwersensky. “We are always connected with our phones and computers, so naturally they make a great tool to help more lost cats return home. At the same time, it also reduces the strain we sometimes feel with many incoming cats at one time. We sincerely thank Winnipeg Missing and Found Cat Watch for its work in the community.”

Today’s thank you is the first in a month full of appreciation. The campaign – 30 Days of Gratitude – is The WHS’s way to recognize and show appreciation for the groups and individuals who help The WHS raise funds, care for, and support over 8,500 animals each year.  Each day, a thank you will be posted on The WHS’s Facebook and Twitter feeds.

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Cats’ lives saved by Winnipeg Humane Society Thu, 17 Mar 2016 18:14:33 +0000 Continued]]>  

Cats that wander the streets are at an increased risk and danger of serious injury. Whether the cat is a stray from cat overpopulation or owned and allowed to roam outside, the number of cats in need of urgent care never ceases to astound The Winnipeg Humane Society (WHS).

In the last two weeks, three cats brought to The WHS had gaping wounds, skin ripped away and burned, and a variety of broken limbs.


Stix arrived with an extensive section of the skin torn off her tail and burns on the hind legs. Clinic staff needed to remove her tail.


Tree Hugger was found freezing in a tree. She had scabs on her toes and is in need of part of her tail to be removed due to frostbite.


Bowie was discovered with a foot injury and had one of his toes amputated.

The WHS receives around 6,000 cats each year, many requiring urgent medical attention. The shelter is able to provide this care due to its donor support and events like the Liberty Tax Service 1001 Donations, which takes place this Sunday, March 20.

The telethon/radiothon helps raise money for the non-profit organization and benefits cats like Stix, Tree Hugger, and Bowie. The WHS uses the donations in its clinic, to feed and care for animals during their stay at The WHS, to provide supplies for foster families that care for WHS animals, and more.

1001 Donations will air on Shaw TV, QX 104.1, 94.3 The Drive, will stream online on The WHS’s website from 11 a.m. – 8 p.m.

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Lost and then found: Cooper’s story Thu, 10 Mar 2016 21:35:23 +0000 Continued]]> IMG_6103Close your eyes and imagine for a moment that your forever friend is missing. The animal you vowed to care and love for has disappeared. You feel helpless, you feel like you failed them, you have a sinking feeling in your stomach that you can’t ignore. It’s a traumatic feeling for you and your family, but unfortunately it does happen.

Cooper got away from his family and was lost for over 24 hours before being reunited. Cooper was posted on Winnipeg Lost Dog Alert and he along with the group searched for Cooper high and low. Eventually he was sighted on the ice of the Red River alone and two of our emergency responders were called to the scene. Cooper was once in the water, but found his way out and walked along the riverbank. WHS responders followed Coopers tracks for a few minutes and spotted him on a nearby balcony.

Cooper was terrified, and rightfully so. Our responders hung out with Cooper and offered him treats in attempt top calm him down and gain his trust. Eventually they managed to get him on a leash and bring him to The WHS, but he was still quite frightened and shaking. Our staff gave him some breakfast and then got to work finding his family.

Thankfully, the dog had proper identification so locating his family was a breeze. Our intake staff used his City of Winnipeg dog license and rabies tag to contact his family and let them know Cooper was with us. They had been searching high and low for the dog, and the phone call from The WHS came with a big  sigh of relief. Cooper was okay!

They wasted no time coming to the shelter to pick him up. Until that point, Cooper had been hiding in the back of his run and was terrified. It was clear that only the love from his family was going to bring him out of the kennel.

As soon as Cooper saw them, he jumped up for kisses and hugs. His tail was exuberantly wagging back and forth, while his family proudly called out his name “Cooper!!”

We still don’t know who was more excited: his family or the dog. It was probably a tie.

Our WHS staff sometimes encounter tough situations while on the job, and every now and then those stories are IMG_6098heartbreaking. But Cooper’s story fills us with joy and reminds us why we do this work. And we love sharing these stories with you, our supporters.

Cooper is just one of 1001 reasons why you are so important to our cause. When you support the Liberty Tax Service 1001 Donations you support lost dogs like Cooper. You support animals like Mittens and Yazmine in need of medical attention. You give dogs like Summer and cats across Winnipeg second chances, while creating new beginnings for others.

The WHS is only successful because of your support.

Tune into 1001 Donations on March 20 (Shaw TV, streaming online, QX 104.1, or 94.3 The Drive) to hear more about the success stories you were a part of and donate.

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Star Wars invades WHS’s annual 1001 Donations Thu, 10 Mar 2016 14:48:07 +0000 Continued]]>

Photo courtesy of “The Winnipeg Members of the 501st Canadian Garrison & friends.

The Winnipeg Humane Society will use the power of the Dark Side to raise funds for animals in its care. The 501st Legion, an Imperial Star Wars costuming club, will help the shelter raise funds at its annual Liberty Tax Service 1001 Donations Radio and Telethon on Sunday, March 20.

Stormtroopers, Darth Vader, bounty hunters, and more will be at the annual event aiming to raise money to support Manitoba’s largest animal shelter. The 501st Legion offers Star Wars fans a chance to interact with the intergalactic villains and take part in a blaster range contest in exchange for donations to The WHS. The Star Wars group has over 8,000 members with organizations that span across 20 countries, all aiming to support charities around the world.

“The bad guys will do some good for The WHS at the 1001 Donations Radio and Telethon,” says WHS Event Manager Jill Voth. “It’s going to be a great opportunity for Stars Wars fans to get up close and personal with characters from the Star Wars series and see how detailed the costumes are.”

The Liberty Tax Service 1001 Donations gives people 1001 reasons to support The WHS. Join Shaw TV, QX 104.1, 94.3 The Drive, or stream online on The WHS’s website from 11 a.m. – 8 p.m. for a day that is all about the animals. Hear about their hardships and struggles, and how The WHS staff and volunteers helped them recover from issues like broken bones to behavioural issues.

The event, in its ninth annual year, is produced by Red River College’s Creative Communications students, and will feature guests from the Galactic Empire, along with more down-to-earth guests like Winnipeg Blue Bombers players, the K-9 Unit, and more.

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WHS to amputate leg: Removing severely injured leg gives dog new quality of life Wed, 02 Mar 2016 14:58:59 +0000 Continued]]>
Yazmine, a one-year-old Husky Shepherd, broke her front right leg and received no medical attention. The fracture incorrectly healed and now she’s been left with a significant limp and visibly deformed leg. Yazmine is now at The Winnipeg Humane Society and will receive treatment.

WHS Director of Animal Health Dr. Erika Anseeuw will amputate the leg giving Yazmine the best opportunity to live a fulfilling life, uninhibited by her leg. Yazmine received her behavioural assessment and will have her amputation, along with a spay surgery, on Thursday, March 3.Yazmine Close-upweb2

“There’s a possibility Yazmine’s leg could have been mended had she received care shortly after the injury. Unfortunately that was not the case, but Yazmine will be better off as a three-legged dog than one with a leg that caused such an obstruction,” says Dr. Anseeuw.

Dogs with three legs do not experience any detriment in their quality of life and adjust quickly to having three legs. Yazmine will find her balance while in foster care and recover from the surgery. Afterwards she’ll be available for adoption and capable of living an active and full life, just like any other four-legged canine.

Yazmine arrived at The WHS through the Save a Dog Network.

Her care and treatment is only made possible with the support of generous donors. Yazmine, along with thousands of other abused, neglected, and abandoned animals at The WHS this year will benefit from the annual Liberty Tax Service 1001 Donations telethon/radiothon on March 20 at The WHS.

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