Winnipeg Humane Society Shelter. Welfare. Dignity. Thu, 08 Dec 2016 22:11:48 +0000 en-US hourly 1 WHS removes puppy’s leg after hunting trap incident Wed, 07 Dec 2016 20:24:31 +0000 Continued]]> fleece2

It was the worst day of Fleece’s young life. The 12-week-old Shepherd puppy stepped on a hunting trap causing some large wounds on his front left leg. He was in intense pain and all alone until he was found and brought to us at the Winnipeg Humane Society. But because of your help, Fleece’s worst days are behind him. Together we’ll make sure Fleece gets all of the love and care he deserves.

Fleece4When he arrived at our clinic we treated him for lice and took a closer look at his leg. The injury was old and gruesome. We don’t know how long Fleece was in this state, but it was clear he had been managing it alone for a while. The only way to free Fleece from his pain was by amputating his leg.

The one-hour surgery was a success and we noticed a huge difference afterward. Fleece laid down in his kennel comfortably, greeting the staff that saved him with a wagging tail. Despite everything Fleece had been through, he was still friendly and trusting, something we see every day at the WHS.

Fleece is now happily recovering from his surgery in foster care. He is finally living the safe life he deserves and can be as playful and energetic as he wants to be. He no longer worries about protecting himself from the elements, or fears of stepping into a trap again.

Fleece was saved by many people. By the people he came across on his way to the WHS, by WHS staff, by his foster family, by you. Everyone is giving Fleece this opportunity to life pain-free and recover from the gruesome injury he sustained.

When animals are in their greatest time of need, we are there. And we are there because your generosity supports the work of the WHS. The WHS needs to raise $35,000 by the end of the year. Your donation can make a world of a difference for a puppy like Fleece.

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or Text RESCUE to 41010.

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Cat Purr-Motion Wed, 07 Dec 2016 18:10:13 +0000 The Winnipeg Humane Society wants to reward you at the WHS Gift Shop from now until December 18th! Follow these easy steps:

Step 1: Adopt a cat from the Winnipeg Humane Society;
Step 2: Leave an additional donation;
Step 3: Save big at the WHS Gift Shop! (details in poster below)

Cat adoption fees, until December 18th, 2016:

Adult cats (6 months+): $20
Adult cats in Kitty Kat Way A, B or C: Monetary donation of your choice (minimum $5)
Kittens: $100

Visit us at 45 Hurst Way today!



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Saying “Thank You” is not enough: Here’s how you helped the WHS this year Fri, 02 Dec 2016 19:07:34 +0000 Continued]]>
“Extremely gentle, medium size dog. Intact male. Stabbed a few weeks ago. Viciously attacked yesterday by a giant breed dog. Limping badly and there is concern he will become a target again with his injury.” Can you help?
“I just got an eviction notice and I cannot pay for the special food my diabetic cat needs.” Can you help?
“We just got a dog that is heartworm positive but our rescue cannot afford the treatment.” Can you help?


These are real messages from real people that my office receives daily from all over our province. They come in the morning, in the evening, sometimes in the middle of the night. The WHS tries hard to help and we do it because we are always here for the animals. But, also for another critical reason: YOU.

Some days in the shelter are tough, but I tell anyone who may want to hear me that I have the best and most inspiring job in the world. It is easy to see why.

You, dear reader, support us. You believe in our work. You donate your money and your time volunteering. You put your trust in our team to help over 8,500 animals each year. In 2016 you have helped us spay and neuter over 6,250 animals in our community (and counting), which is already more than last year’s total of 6,032. So far this year you have helped us find homes for over 4,000 deserving animals.

As 2016 is ending, I am pleased to tell you we have worked extremely hard to deliver on these areas that you felt were important:

  • We have signed partnership agreements and clinic use agreements with over 25 different animal rescues across Manitoba.
  • We are now giving cats with active signs of Upper Respiratory Infection a chance to recover and be adopted.
  • Venture Dogs and Trial to Adopt programs are innovative adoption programs that are helping dogs that require extra training the chance to find humans willing to rescue them.
  • We have quietly introduced the new Care to Adopt program for individuals who find a stray cat. This program is designed to both reduce the number of incoming cats and help them find homes as quickly as possible.
  • Our Board has approved a humane meat policy; only humanely raised meat will be served at our events.
  • We have pledged to support the work of our Farm Animal Compassion Committee and created new educational programs about the need to give every animal (wild, farm, domestic) the freedom to express their natural behaviors.


Saying “thank you” is important, and your support is truly humbling. You have the commitment of our Board, Staff and Volunteers that we will strive to make the Winnipeg Humane Society the most progressive, efficient and caring animal shelter we can be. And I know we will achieve these lofty goals because we have something truly special: your support and constant encouragement.

I would be remiss not to mention a very important fact: the staff and volunteers at the Winnipeg Humane Society are simply phenomenal and inspiring. It is humbling to lead such an amazing team and I thank them for their commitment to animals in our community.

If you would like to receive more information, share an idea or provide any feedback I will be happy to talk to you in person, over the phone or via email. You can call my direct line at 204-982-2037 or email me:

Again, thank you. We are ready to continue our journey of saving more animals than ever before, and we look forward to working in partnership with the wonderful animal welfare community of Manitoba, including yourself.

In service,



P.S. I personally invite you to join us for Paws for the Season Craft and Bake Sale, presented by Liberty Tax Service on Sunday, December 4 from 12 – 4 p.m. I hope to see you there and begin the holiday season with us.

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November 2016 MVP: Nikki Zloty Wed, 30 Nov 2016 21:21:53 +0000 Continued]]> 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 ( and tell us why you think they should be an MVP!

MVP is a volunteer-driven project with articles by Brian Kozak/Glen Dawkins and pictures by Jim Harvey.

Check out our previous MVP’s.

November 2016 MVP: Nikki Zloty

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When Nikki Zloty retired after 33 years working with the Hudson’s Bay Company in 2007, she decided she needed something to keep herself occupied. With the Winnipeg Humane Society facility just 10 minutes away from her home, volunteering there seemed like a perfect fit.

“Even though I retired, my brain didn’t stop working,” she said. “I needed something to keep me busy.”

Nikki started volunteering in 2008. In the beginning, she worked one Monday a week as a cat cuddler and one Thursday a month with the pet visitation program.

Later, they were looking for volunteers for the gift shop and with her background in human resources and retail, Nikki thought that would be a good fit for her.

“I thought that might be another fun thing as well as helping in the shelter,” she said.Nikki Zloty-1web

Since then, her volunteer experience has expanded to include working in the Meet Your Match program performing cat assessments as well as helping with the Bow Wow Ball and Paws in Motion fundraisers. In all, she has amassed over 3,400 hours of service.

Of all her jobs, Nikki has found her work as a cat assessor to be particularly satisfying.

“(The process) puts them into a category so that when people are coming for adoptions it gives them a little insight into what the cat’s behaviour might be when they take them home,” she said. “I think that program has really helped in settling the animals into their new homes and cut back on people bringing cats back when they thought this was a really friendly cat and (now) it wants to stay under my bed all day long.

“I really enjoyed that part of my involvement here. You feel like you’re getting the cat on the first step to its fur-ever home.”

Continuing her work in the gift shop has the added benefit of allowing her to see a cat from assessment all the way to being adopted.

“If I happen to be in the gift shop the day that cat is being adopted, you feel proud that you’ve been part of this cat’s journey through the shelter process,” she said. “You see them go home with this family with excited kids. It’s really rewarding. You feel that you’re contributing in a big way.”

In the gift shop, Nikki finds that people love to talk about their pets, sharing the happy stories as well as the sad ones and sharing the tears.

“You want to let them talk and maybe you’ll see them again when they decided it’s time to bring home another animal,” she said.

Her work as a cat assessor has also helped her better understand her own two cats – both adopted from the Humane Society – giving her insights into animal behaviour.

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“She is always positive, will help wherever and whenever you need her to (even coming in at 8 a.m. to help with inventory), and brightens the day of everyone she meets,” said gift shop staff member Rebecca Marcoux in nominating Nikki as an MVP.

Through her various volunteer duties, Nikki estimates she’s at the Humane Society for four shifts a week for a few hours a day.

“It’s become a new part-time job for me,” she joked. “There’s just no pay involved.”

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Showing heart for dogs with heartworm on Giving Tuesday Tue, 29 Nov 2016 16:03:23 +0000 Continued]]>

When you give to the WHS on Giving Tuesday, you help Harvey recover from heartworm.

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 heart where they can grow up to 12 inches long and cause heart distress and failure. Once a dog with heartworm is treated with medication it needs on average about one and a half months of careful monitoring under the care of the WHS.

The WHS has spent over $31,000 on heartworm treatments and care this year. There have been 33 cases and counting of heartworm at the WHS in 2016, compared to only 15 in 2015. Medication for the treatment of heartworm costs an average of $535.

Today is Giving Tuesday a national day of giving. The WHS is raising money on Giving Tuesday to help offset some of the costs of care and treatment for dogs with heartworm.

Please help us raise $10,000 to support the treatment and care for a dog with heartworm – like Nigel.

Donate today and let us know by using #WHSGivingTuesday.

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You saved Bailey from her reality Wed, 23 Nov 2016 17:10:18 +0000 Continued]]> “Hi, my name is Bailey. Today I want to share my story. When you look at the photos you can see I was in terrible pain, but the Winnipeg Humane Society changed that.

Life with my family started well. I wore this thing around my neck that jingles when I walk around. I like the jingling because it tells mom and dad I’m nearby.

And, as I grow, my neck starts to hurt. Suddenly the thing around my neck (I think it’s called a collar) started cutting into me. My neck was in lots of pain. I try to tell my family but they don’t pay any attention to me anymore.


Eventually, the Winnipeg Humane Society took me in. I went from being in pain and forgotten to healed and loved. YOU saved me from my reality. Will you help save others from their reality?”

Every animal that comes into the Winnipeg Humane Society experiences their own journey. Without you, they wouldn’t find safe and loving homes. This holiday season we need your help. We need to make sure animals like Bailey have their wounds healed and hearts filled with love.


Only you can save an animal from their reality. Please help us reach our goal of raising $35,000 before the end of the year. In return, we promise to do everything we can for animals like Bailey.

Donate Today

or Text RESCUE to 41010.

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Spay and neuter clinics set up in northern Manitoba Thu, 03 Nov 2016 15:03:47 +0000 Continued]]> IMG_7889

Stella is a dog that has a better life after being rescued by Norway House Animal Rescue and treated by the WHS. Together the two animal welfare organizations will make a difference by hosting spay and neuter clinics in Norway House and Cross Lake.

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 be good pet owners, but depending on which community they live in, the nearest veterinary service might be hundreds of kilometers away,” says Dr. Erika Anseeuw, Director of Animal Health, who will lead the clinic team. “Norway House and Cross Lake are communities with no veterinary clinics so it’s crucial these services are offered.”

There will be around 15-20 spay and neuter surgeries performed in each community, which helps reduce the number of unwanted litters and stray animals. In addition to spay and neuter surgeries the WHS clinic team offers a general wellness clinic.

These clinics are only possible due to the support and hard work of Norway House Animal Rescue and local communities. Norway House Animal Rescue makes the connections within the communities with local officials and volunteers.

In addition to medical services, pet owners will receive information about pet care which continues to improve animal welfare in the communities.


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October 2016 MVP: Adele Walker Fri, 28 Oct 2016 15:32:58 +0000 Continued]]> 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 ( and tell us why you think they should be an MVP!

MVP is a volunteer-driven project with articles by Brian Kozak and pictures by Jim Harvey.

Check out our previous MVP’s.

October 2016 MVP: Adele Walker

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If you’ve been involved with the Winnipeg Humane Society, chances are you’ve crossed paths with Adele Walker. Since joining the WHS as a volunteer 18 years ago, there’s not much she hasn’t done.

“When I retired I thought ‘What am I going to do now? I’ve worked full-time all my life,’” said the former nurse. “I thought about the Humane Society – what better place to come?”

Adele got her start at the Humane Society by taking puppies to local nursing homes and matchmaking pets and families. She hasn’t let up these days – she still juggles multiple duties any given week.

Currently, she spends part of her time volunteering with the Education Department with the See Spot Read program. Twice a week she acts as an animal handler for the WHS website photographers.

“See Spot Read is a program for seven and eight-year-old children,” Adele explained. “They come to a library (or the Humane Society) and once a week for 10 weeks and they read to the dogs, which helps relax the dogs and lets them hear different people’s voices.

“I help with the program Tuesday afternoons at the St. John’s Library and it’s a lot of fun,” she pointed out. “The kids end up loving the dogs because they read to the same dog for 10 weeks and they get really attached.”

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In addition to three regular volunteer shifts a week, Adele occasionally does remote canine handling. She takes dogs to WHS satellite adoption locations for adoption events. If they aren’t adopted, the dogs come back to the shelter with her at the end of the day. Adele works at most of the special events organized by the Humane Society each year, such as Paws in Motion, Used DVD & Book sale, 1001 Donations Telethon and more.

She’s also been involved with the Quit Stalling program ever since it started. “I go out into the community with a display and talk to the people about atrocities in factory farming, ” she explained.

What attracted Adele to the WHS after she retired from nursing? “I’ve always loved animals. I had a dog through my childhood and I’ve always liked dogs. I thought ‘there’ll be lots of dogs here.’ I got to know other animals and liked them too. And the staff and volunteers are wonderful as well.

While Adele has been a dog person for most of her life, there was a certain feline that grabbed her attention while she was volunteering.

“Over the years I got to know and enjoy cats and about five years ago I adopted Stormy,” said Adele. Stormy served as a WHS behaviour assessment cat and helped the behaviour staff and volunteers determine if dogs going up for adoption interacted well with cats. Stormy filled that role because of his laid-back nature.

“I’d always had a dog and when I brought Stormy home my dog Simon was fine with him,” she laughed. “He came over and sniffed the cage and that was it. There was no messing about. They were fine with each other and have been best buddies ever since.“

Adele’s dedication and pleasant attitude are appreciated by her fellow WHS volunteers. “Adele dedicates so many hours to volunteering for the WHS,” said Marilyn Piniuta.  “I admire her – wish I could do the same!”

“Adele has been at every event that I volunteer at, is always so helpful, knowledgeable and cheerful,” added volunteer Gail Holm. “I know she is a regular and puts in many hours during the week but is still at all the special events. She is always a pleasure to work beside.”

With all her experience as a WHS volunteer Adele also talks to new volunteers at orientation sessions. She lets them know what jobs are available and what each position involved. There’s no one better for the role – at one point in time over her 18 years, she’s happily done most of them.

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Animal rights leader Jo-Anne McArthur shares worldwide animal stories in Winnipeg Thu, 20 Oct 2016 15:15:16 +0000 Continued]]> joanne3

Photo courtesy of Jo-Anne McArthur

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 animal welfare leaders who inspire and help usher in an age of empathy.

“We must widen our circle of compassion to include all animals. I want to inspire people to care about animals and get active when it comes to helping because they are in dire need of our help,” says McArthur.

The Toronto-based animal welfare leader’s presentation is the latest in the WHS’s Farm Animal Compassion Committee Speaker Series and first to be held at The Park Theatre. Tickets can be purchased for $10 in advance at the WHS Gift Shop, online, or at the door. There will also be a vegan bake sale and silent auction on site in support of the WHS Farm Animal Compassion Committee.

McArthur’s book We Animals compiles a selection of her photos and stories from around the world and showcases the difficult human-animal relationships in today’s society. We Animals was also featured in the critically-acclaimed documentary The Ghosts in our Machine. The documentary follows McArthur’s travels as she explores how animals are used in food, fashion, entertainment and research.

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The Ghosts in Our Machine examples our relationship with animals Fri, 14 Oct 2016 21:41:59 +0000 The following article is from the Fall 2013 Winnipeg Humane Society Newsletter. It features author, photojournalist, and animal welfare activist Jo-Anne McArthur. McArthur is featured in the documentary ‘The Ghosts in Our Machine’ as she travels the world documenting and sharing her experiences documenting animals living in abusive situations.

The Winnipeg Humane Society Farm Animal Compassion Committee presents McArthur’s speaking event ‘We Animals: Stories of Love and Liberation’ on October 25 at The Park Theatre. 

Buy your ticket today


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