January Volunteer Profile: Don Bowles

January MVP: Don Bowles A retired social worker, Don Bowles’ background has made him a perfect fit for volunteering in pet loss and grief counseling at the Winnipeg Humane Society (WHS). “I do a number of roles here but it’s mainly the pet loss grief and Dog Enrichment work,” he explained. “In my three years here I’ve also assisted in obedience training and Cans for Critters, among other things.” Giving back through volunteering is very important to Don in his retirement years. In addition to the WHS, he has several other volunteer positions – both in Winnipeg and at the … Continued

CEO Blog: It is time for Canada Goose to stop using real fur

CEO Blog: It is time for Canada Goose to stop using real fur Would you wear a garment knowing that it contains fur from animals that agonized for hours and suffered horribly before dying? It seems that thousands of people are saying “yes” to this tragic situation; and they are Canada Goose customers. You may not know this, but the producer of one of the most expensive and sought-after winter jackets uses fur from several different animals like coyotes, which are killed in gruesome and inhumane ways. Canada Goose makes a big deal out of the fact that they use … Continued

Meatless Mondays: Vegetarian Chili

Meatless Mondays: Homemade Vegetarian Chili Okay, the past couple of weeks have been beyond COLD for us Manitobans! What better way to warm up our hands and bellies than with an awesome bowl of chilli?! When I was looking for recipes ideas for a potluck I attended recently, I knew I wanted to make something warm and comforting. That is when I came upon this delicious Homemade Vegetarian Chili recipe by blogger Cookies and Kate. This chili is full of fibre-rich beans, which are being widely promoted on the revised Canadian food guide. The new Canada’s Food Guide was released … Continued

CEO Blog: Breakfast Club Nourishes WHS Staff and Volunteers

CEO Blog: Breakfast Club Nourishes WHS Staff and Volunteers The WHS is fortunate to have an incredible team of staff and volunteers who tirelessly care for over 7,000 animals that come into our shelter every year and help thousands more in our surrounding community. Each pet gets a fair chance at a better life and we make every single effort to save as many animals as we can. But we have staff and volunteers who are giving everything they have to care for animals, but are struggling to make ends meet. Many WHS team members choose to work here even … Continued

CEO Blog: Advocating for all animals: our stance on farming

CEO Blog: Advocating for all animals: our stance on farming If you ask some of our friends and supporters, it seems the Winnipeg Humane Society (WHS) is at the same time giving farmers a hard time while not defending farm animals strongly enough. Given the passionate debates the issue of animal welfare generates, let me try to provide more insights into what we are really trying to do. As part of our commitment to animal welfare, the WHS denounces the cruel, unsustainable and damaging practices that large-scale factory farming has brought to hundreds of thousands of animals. There is considerable … Continued

WHS selects Petsecure as Exclusive Provider of Trial Pet Health Insurance for Adopters

WHS selects Petsecure as Exclusive Provider of Trial Pet Health Insurance for Adopters The Winnipeg Humane Society and Petsecure, a Canadian owned and operated pet insurance company, are proud to announce that they have an agreement to make Petsecure’s Adoptsecure program the exclusive provider of pet health insurance for Winnipeg Humane Society’s pet adopters. The Adoptsecure program delivers a six-week complimentary trial insurance policy that provides pet owners with initial pet health insurance coverage valued at up to $500 after they adopt a dog or cat from participating shelters. Shelters also receive onsite support from a designated Petsecure Territory Manager. “The … Continued

WHS Education Corner: Teaching Kids to Speak Dog

WHS Education Corner: Teaching Kids to Speak Dog By: Richard Milbourne, Assistant Manager in Education Children, by their very nature, are curious and inquisitive beings. They want to know about the world around them, they want to explore, they want to learn. What is this? How does that work? What does that mean? They are asking questions all the time, trying to expand their knowledge. That curiosity is especially evident around animals. Children want to touch animals, they want to handle them and play with them. This, clearly, is an area where education is essential. Here at the Winnipeg Humane … Continued

Neuterama 2019 Surpasses Goal

Neuterama 2019 Surpasses Goal Hey everyone! Jessica Thompson, Community Cat Coordinator for the Winnipeg Humane Society and Director of CARE Cat Community Outreach here, wanting to share an update about this past weekend’s Neuterama 2019 event. This year’s event was held on Sunday, January 27th at Machray Animal Hospital. But first up, what exactly is a “Neuterama?” For the last 7 years, my CARE Cat program has recruited veterinary professionals from within our community to volunteer their vital time and skills to spay and neuter cats in need. Without our team of inspiring veterinarians, veterinary technicians, veterinary assistants and students … Continued

Winnipeg Humane Society supports proposal to ban cat declawing in Manitoba

Winnipeg Humane Society supports proposal to ban cat declawing in Manitoba The Winnipeg Humane Society (WHS) supports the upcoming proposal by the Manitoba Veterinary Medical Association (MVMA) council to amend their current bylaw to restrict declawing from being performed by Manitoban veterinarians. Veterinarians licensed to practice in Manitoba will be voting on whether to ban the procedure in early 2019. “Declawing a cat is a cruel practice and a declawed cat will experience pain and suffering for the rest of its life,” says WHS CEO Javier Schwersensky. “Irrespective of the declawing method -being it surgical or laser beam- the procedure … Continued

December Volunteer Profile: Pam Rempel

December MVP: Pam Rempel Many words can be used to describe characteristics of the volunteers of the Winnipeg Humane Society: dedication, commitment, determination, to name just a few. Volunteer Pam Rempel of the Education team embodies all these and more. “Almost eight years ago, my husband, our cat and I realized we had a dog-sized hole in our family,” Pam recalled. “We knew we were interested in having a dog, but I had never had one before.” They started looking at resources for a small-breed adult dog and were soon overwhelmed by the sheer volume of rescue organizations and animals … Continued