WHS Education Corner: We’re ready to go ‘back to school’

It’s that time of year again, when our focus changes to all things “back to school.”  Did you know about the engaging presentations offered through the Education department at the Winnipeg Humane Society? The WHS education program has been created by qualified teachers and an animal welfare committee. Our educators visit your classroom and provide and engaging and interactive presentation to foster animal safety, responsible pet care and animal welfare.  It’s a chance to connect with the next generation of humane leaders and nurture a responsible, empathetic attitude towards animals. There a variety of presentations geared to your classroom’s age … Continued

CEO Blog: Share your voice with our 2019 Community Consultation Survey

As summer comes to a close and we return to our daily routines, it is also the time of the year in which we pause at your Winnipeg Humane Society to ask you, our friends and supporters, three very important questions as part of our 2019 Community Consultation: How are we doing? How do we prioritize our current goals? What new activities or actions you think the WHS should tackle? This consultation includes our donors, volunteers and staff, as well as our supporters in various social media platforms. You care about animals. You care about the role of charities in … Continued

Meatless Mondays: Roasted Cauliflower Salad

Roasted cauliflower has long been one of my go-to side dishes, and now that the days are a bit cooler I am ready to turn on the oven. Typically I use this recipe by Orangette and it’s delicious (I use vegan parmesan or just omit it). But I came across a recipe for a salad that had a different spin on my favourite veg and decided to give it a try – and am so glad I did! Although it caught my eye due to the roasted cauliflower, I was further intrigued when I saw what it used for greens: … Continued

CEO Blog: Animal Welfare and the Manitoba Election: Your voice matters

Dear WHS friends and supporters,   With advanced voting concluded and the Manitoba election set to occur on Tuesday September 10th, we would like to share with you the results of our election platform consultation and the priorities that you, our supporters and donors, expressed as key for a more humane and compassionate Manitoba.  We can all play a role by asking every political party participating in this election to support a more Humane Manitoba, and specifically to commit to the issues you care about the most, based on our consultation with the community.  The Winnipeg Humane Society is a non-partisan charity. … Continued

How to Transport Cats Safely

With Summer being the busy season of stray animals coming into the Winnipeg Humane Society, the Investigations and Emergency Response department has noticed an alarming increase in animals being improperly transported, especially cats/ kittens over the last few months. The I/ER department would like to go over the proper way to transport animals, in order to ensure the safety of both the animal and our staff. If you are transporting a cat/ kitten, using a carrier or kennel specifically designed for animals is the best way to transport the animal. However, we understand that not everyone has access to a … Continued

CEO Blog: Undercover Boss (not really) Series – Episode 8: Education

“All good things must come to an end”…wrote Chaucer many centuries ago. I could not help but think of his poem, as I completed my self-imposed challenge to do as many front-line jobs as possible throughout the summer of 2019. I started with a severe case of “Ivory Tower Syndrome”, and now at every turn I see our team members going about their jobs and I am so proud to say that I have a pretty good idea of what they entail and how critical they are. My final stop was the WHS Education Team, and more specifically our Summer … Continued

CEO Blog: Undercover Boss (not really) Series – Episode 7: Dog Walking

As I was making my way through as many jobs as possible this summer, Gerry a 5-year dog walker volunteer, saw me in the hallway and said: “You should walk dogs with me”. I took her up on the spot, and we scheduled a time to job shadow her. You may think anyone can walk a shelter dog. Well, it is not that simple. In our shelter we have “green” dogs, who are easy-peasy Fidos, we have “yellow” dogs, which can be a bit more challenging to walk and need an expert hand to make sure they are successful in … Continued

July MVP Volunteer Profile: David Blanchette

David Blanchette has a volunteer position at the Winnipeg Humane Society that’s not necessarily for the squeamish – assisting with surgeries at the WHS Clinic. “My journey to the WHS was quite long,” he explains. “I was medically released by the military and I’m on disability for 24 months and I needed something to do.” “When I first started volunteering here (in early 2018) I wanted to become a veterinary technician and to do that at Red River College you needed 80 hours of volunteer work,” he continues. “Back then they only allowed you to volunteer in the clinic if … Continued

CEO Blog: Undercover Boss (not really) Series – Episode 6: Behaviour and Community Support

Thanks to spending time working in each department this summer, I’m now able to receive animals and print their first information card. I can help with dental surgeries in our clinic without fainting and I can assist in transporting ill animals to our shelter and swab to do a quick test. I am able to clean an entire cat condo in 16 minutes and I’ve learned how to give pills to cats humanely and safely. In short: this project is AWESOME. Not only I am learning a lot, but more importantly I have the privilege of spending time with some … Continued

CEO Blog: Undercover Boss (not really) Series – Episode 5: Adoptions

The next destination, as I do as many jobs as possible, was the Adoptions and Retail Department. In our shelter, every time we hear “Available adoption counsellor to the front desk, please; available adoption counsellor to the front desk” our hearts beat a little faster, because it means someone has filled out the initial adoption form and is ready to learn more about an adoptable animal. But how exactly does the process work? I was eager to learn all about it. The day I became an adoption counsellor trainee, Reception was managed by Rachel and volunteer Carla. They are both … Continued