From Shelter Dog to K9 Unit: Jester’s Story

Before Jester arrived at the Winnipeg Humane Society (WHS), some of his diet consisted of oatmeal and Kraft Dinner. Now the two-year-old Labrador Retriever/Border Collie mix is fed a high-quality dog food that’s fit for a police dog. It’s appropriate considering this rescued dog went from a neglectful situation to a member of the Winnipeg Police K9 Unit. Jester is a bomb detector. He’s trained to recognize 14 common explosive scents. Based on all combinations of those scents, Jester can detect around 22,000 manufactured explosives. It’s an enormous task that requires a lot of training but Sgt. Wally Antoniuk, Jester’s … Continued

Broken bones, amputations and a new life: Octavian’s Story

Octavian was found as a stray and brought to the WHS in December. His tail was hanging limp and he wasn’t able to use it. He also walked oddly on his back leg. Both injuries were caused by old fractures that didn’t heal properly. He also needed extensive dental work. Octavian clearly had to push through pain to survive on his own. In order for Octavian to live a pain-free life, he had his full tail amputated, his leg amputated, and most of his teeth removed. Octavian’s surgeries and care cost just under $3,000. He is just ONE example of … Continued

National Pet Obesity Awareness Day sparks the question: Is your pet a healthy weight?

How much your pet is fed on a daily basis can be a perplexing question to answer as it depends on your pet’s breed, size and exercise routine. Oct. 12 is National Pet Obesity Awareness Day and a day of celebration for Kristie Bailey and Nala, her English Bulldog. Nala was obese when adopted from the Winnipeg Humane Society (WHS) and Bailey helped her seven-year-old dog lose over 20 pounds through proper diet and exercise. Nala’s exercise plan has increased her life span and relieved pressure on her joints and spine. Obese pets are more likely to live shorter lives, … Continued

From Shelter Dog to Beloved Family Member: Duke’s Story

Scott and Alexa’s lives have changed a lot since adopting Duke from The WHS last April. There have been good times and not-so-good times, but the couple couldn’t be happier with their forever friend. Read about Duke’s story below, accompanied by photos from The WHS volunteer Jim Harvey. Nobody believed Scott and Alexa were serious when they first showed off pictures of their new dog, Duke. It was April Fools Day, so everyone thought the big news of their adoption was a prank. But Duke is very much real.   Scott and Alexa weren’t thinking of adopting a dog when … Continued