A Danger for Dogs: Q&A on Parvovirus

A Danger for Dogs: Q&A on Parvovirus With the snow finally melted, it is the time of year when the Investigations & Emergency Response Department (I/ER) begins to receive numerous calls about Parvovirus in dogs. This fatal disease can be transmitted as easily as a visit to the dog park, so prevention is the best protection. What is Parvovirus? Parvovirus (Parvo) is an infection that targets the gastrointestinal tract and can cause the white blood cell levels to fail in dogs. Parvo most often targets puppies, but any unvaccinated dog is at risk. Some breeds have a higher risk of … Continued

How to Keep Your Pet Safe for Tick Season

How to Keep Your Pet Safe for Tick Season Tick season is upon us and if you haven’t already, you may start finding these eight-legged insects on your pet. Ticks are small, brown and round and although they may look fairly harmless these critters that feed on blood can cause some serious problems. They can transmit diseases like Lyme Disease which can make both pets and people sick. As well they can be carriers of the far less common disease Anaplasmosis. There are several kinds of ticks found in Manitoba. Although Wood Ticks are bigger, puffy and more common, they do not … Continued

CEO Blog: Introducing our 2019-2020 Operational Plan

CEO Blog: Introducing our 2019-2020 Operational Plan Dear WHS friends and supporters, On behalf of the entire WHS team, we are pleased to present to you our 2019-2020 operational plan. This is a very special year for your Humane Society, since we are turning 125 years old since first incorporated as a charitable organization. The operational plan sets the stage for important changes in the way we see our shelter and work on behalf of animals in need. As we were consulting with you and discussing key issues with our Board, staff and volunteers, it was difficult to forget the … Continued

Get a ‘helping paw’ from the Working Cat Program

Get a ‘helping paw’ from the Working Cat Program Springtime brings the inevitability of critters resurfacing who have been dormant all winter, some who can wreak havoc on your barns or warehouses. The Winnipeg Humane Society’s Working Cat program is a way for cats who aren’t suited as household pets to still find a safe home. Our Barn Buddies and Warehouse Cats (as we call them), are a great opportunity for you to give a cat a place to live and at the same time receive a “helping paw” with some pest control. So, what makes a WHS cat better suited … Continued

Meatless Monday Recipe: Avocado Corn Salad with Lime Almond Dressing

Meatless Monday Recipe: Avocado Corn Salad with Lime Almond Dressing By: Lynne Bereza With spring finally in the air I am finding myself ready for salads again. I’m talking about big, hearty, meal-size salads that have plenty of flavour and can be thrown together in minutes. This one is the latest I’ve tried from Deryn Macey’s Running on Real Food blog. Deryn is a Vancouver blogger I started following shortly after starting my vegan journey and her recipes have been a lifesaver. Her salad recipes are especially delicious, but this one is definitely a new favourite. The combination of greens, … Continued

WHS Education Corner: Go Behind the Scenes with a Shelter Tour

WHS Education Corner: Go Behind the Scenes with a Shelter Tour By: Richard Milbourne, Assistant Manager, Education It is one thing hearing about the work that is done at a non-profit organization, it’s another thing seeing it in first hand. The Winnipeg Humane Society Tours & Field Trips give schools and community groups the opportunity to tour the facility with an educational guide. This gives them the opportunity to hear stories about the animals, find out what happens to our animals from when they enter our care until they leave with their forever families, and a chance to ask questions to … Continued

March Volunteer Profile: Gerry Briggs

March Volunteer Profile: Gerry Briggs Many of the thousands of animals adopted from the Winnipeg Humane Society owe volunteer Gerry Briggs a big ‘thank you’ for helping show them off in the best possible light and, perhaps, helping get them adopted sooner. Gerry comes in Fridays and cleans the windows of the animals’ condos, so that visitors have a clearer view of their next furry companion. “I started doing cat cuddling eight years ago,” Gerry explained, “and I enjoyed it. But I discovered I had an allergy and was getting plugged up.  So I changed to window washing.” While he doesn’t have … Continued

Dental care is critical to your pet’s health

Dental care is critical to your pet’s health An animal’s mouth is not much different than a person’s; they require upkeep to prevent problems from occurring further down the road. The Investigations/Emergency Response (I/ER) team often attend calls of concern that involve dental problems, and many times the owners are not aware of what is going on in their pets’ mouth. Animals tend to act stoic and try not to show that they’re in pain, so it’s up to the owner to make sure that they are staying on top of their pet’s wellbeing. A healthy mouth should be free of … Continued

Val Poulton and Lucy

WHS looks to bring more resources for pet owners in the community

WHS looks to bring more resources for pet owners in the community Animals do not belong in shelters. We do what we can to provide the best care we can, but the shelter will never be a home. The process of surrendering a pet can be traumatizing and we don’t want this for pets or their owners. This is why the WHS Behaviour Department is working to further our community outreach, meeting people where they are with the resources they need. We talked to Val Poulton, the head of our Behaviour Department with over 20 years of animal behavioural experience, about … Continued

Honouring our Essential WHS Volunteers

Honouring our Essential WHS Volunteers It is National Volunteer Week and we wanted to take the opportunity to thank all our wonderful volunteers and shine a spotlight on the work they do. Our volunteers are the heart of what we do, and we can’t thank them enough. They are passionate about the work they do at the WHS, and we couldn’t do what we do to help the animals without them. More than 700 volunteers put in over 40,000 hours this last year to help the WHS. There are so many different kinds of volunteers at the WHS, from fosters, to … Continued