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

Waverley Underpass Temporary Weekend Closure – August 16-19

What is happening? In order to complete the final construction work to open the Waverley Underpass, a temporary weekend closure of the project area is necessary that will affect staff, volunteers and visitors to the Winnipeg Humane Society. See the attached Waverley Underpass Construction Update  -Temporary Weekend Closure Map for the closure boundaries. When is the closure happening? The closure will begin Friday, August 16, 2019 at 5:30PM and end Monday, August 19, 2019 at 6:00AM. During this time the closure area will be closed to all vehicles, and property owners will have access via other routes and access points. … Continued

Image Credit: Dreena Burton

Meatless Monday: Sweet Potato Chocolate Cake

When I first started transitioning to a Plant Based lifestyle, I thought that I had to eliminate a lot of my favourite foods; including dessert! The truth is, all you have to do is make some adjustments and you can find alternatives to just about everything…even chocolate cake! I first enjoyed this amazing dessert from blogger Dreena Burton when Michelle, our “Plant Based Living Winnipeg” Group Leader brought it to our Monthly Whole Food Plant Based Oil Free Potluck Dinner. She now has to bake 3 whole cakes to make sure we all get to enjoy this rich, moist, nutrient … Continued

CEO Blog: Undercover Boss (not really) Series – Episode 4: Animal Care

Imagine that you are lost, all by yourself. You don’t have a cell phone, or a wallet. It is dark, and frankly quite scary. You are hungry, you are thirsty, and increasingly agitated. All of the sudden, an alien looking giant picks you up and puts you in box big enough to hold you. Next thing you know, you are in a place that is warm. You see people smile. You are asked how you are doing; you are given food and made sure you are okay. This is not a science-fiction. What I just described is what most animals … Continued

Adoptable dog Axel stays cool on a hot day.

4 Sizzling Summer Pet Safety Tips

As the summer hits its peak season, the Investigations and Emergency Response Department begin to reach our highest call volume for concerns of dogs being left outside. While we understand that dogs like to be outside (and we love seeing them spend time out there!), it’s important to ensure that your animal has everything they need. When an animal is going to be left outside for longer periods, they must have access to fresh water at all times. We ask that you make sure that the water is being kept in a nice shady spot to prevent it from over … Continued