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Pledge to Protect

The WHS Animal Rescue Team responded to 1542 cruelty/welfare concerns and 952 emergency calls in 2016. April is Animal Cruelty Awareness Month. 365 days a year, the Winnipeg Humane Society is on the ground, rescuing and treating sick, injured and abused animals.

It can take weeks to rescue animals from unsafe or unsanitary conditions. In the case we’re showing you today, the WHS Animal Protection Team was tasked with rescuing over 50 cats from an unsafe and unsanitary home. It took just under two weeks to safely remove all the cats from the home.

This is Animal Cruelty Awareness Month, will you TAKE THE PLEDGE and help us protect animals all year long? The WHS needs your help to raise $20,000 this April towards this critical service.


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“Everyday, I wake up, surrounded by my brothers and sisters. I think there are about 50 of us in this small house. We are always thirsty and hungry. Sometimes we get food, but I don’t get much because my siblings always beat me to it. When I try to use my litter box, it is full of urine and feces. There is a lot of other stuff in there too, so I would rather go somewhere else in the house. Because there are so many of us, we just end up going in other spots but those are piling up.

Our noses sting from the smell of ammonia and it is very cluttered. Some days I feel okay, but most of the time, I feel sick and can’t really climb through the mess, so I generally just lay on the couch.”

With over 1500 cruelty/welfare cases and over 900 emergency cases reported each year to the WHS, this type of situation is more common than one may think. In this particular case, our Emergency Response Team initially didn’t know how many cats were in the house. Knowing they were hungry, the team poured out around 4kg of cat food and took a tally of the cats while they ate. The cats devoured all the food.

Sometimes our Animal Protection Team goes into these types of homes and must wear full Hazmat suits and respirators for their safety. Animal hoarding is widely misunderstood and requires compassion and medical attention for both the human and the animal.