November 9th, 2020 An Introduction To Clicker Training Clicker training is an easy and effective way to train your pet so we wanted to share some helpful tips to help you get started. A clicker is a wonderful tool used to train all types of animals! Used in training basic obedience, tricks, and behavioural modification. The clicker creates a sharp sound that marks the precise moment when your dog does something correctly. Because the sound of the clicker is so distinct, it makes it easy for a dog to recognize exactly what they did right. The clicker sound replaces words like, “good dog!” If a dog is startled by the clicker sound, you can use a softer clicker or use a verbal marker, such as saying the word “yes.” For deaf dogs, you can use a hand signal or flashlight. Loading the Clicker The clicker works because it is paired with food. The clicker itself is a neutral object until the dog learns (with repetition) that the clicker sound is quickly followed by a yummy treat! This is called classical conditioning. When the dog hears the click, they know food is coming! To get your dog to understand what the click means, take a handful of treats or kibble. Click the clicker (avoid clicking next to your dog’s ears) and drop a treat for your dog. Make sure the click comes before the food, and not after! Repeat this until you’ve finished the handful of treats or [...]
September 20th, 2020 Host a Pet Carnival at Home! Since we can’t host the Canine Carnival at Pets in the Park this year, we’re bringing three of our most popular games home to you and your pet! These games aren’t just for our canine companions either – you can customize them for your other pets too. Playing games with your pets has many benefits, from the physical and mental exercise to helping strengthen your bond, and even learning new skills. While we may not be at Hawrelak Park this year, there are still prizes up for grabs! Here's how to participate: Record a video of you and your pet playing one of the games we provide the instructions for below. Post your video on Instagram, Twitter, or on in the comments our Tricks-For-Treats post the EHS Facebook page. Be sure to tag us @edmontonhumane and use hashtag #PetsInThePark. Two winners will be selected at random from the entries posted on September 20th to receive a treat bag for you and your pets. Download the Pet Carnival Game Guides below. We can’t wait to see your best tricks! Fetch It! Talent Show! Shell Hound! If you’re looking for fun ways to Connect with Pets at home, check out our Humane Education at Home page. Learn How to Make [...]
September 18th, 2020 Plan a Pet Picnic! Some have said the quickest way to another’s heart is through the stomach and we think many pets would agree. Part of caring for our companion animals is ensuring they have a healthy nutritious diet of food that supports their physical and mental wellbeing. Treats are a fantastic way to incentivize our pets to learn new skills, improve upon behavioural concerns, or reward them for exceptional behaviour and new milestones like birthdays. While we can’t picnic at the park this year for Pets in the Park, you can plan your own pet picnic at home indoors or outdoors, whatever is best suited for you and your pet. Below are a few helpful tips for you to plan your picnic from wherever you are during this year’s Pets in the Park: Neighbourhood Edition. Recommended Supplies: Picnic blanket for you and your pet to share in your home, yard, or at a local park Picnic basket or small tote to keep items clean and organized (great for easy set-up and clean-up) A few of yours’ and your pets’ favorite foods and treats Plenty of fresh water for you and your pet Food and water dish Any plates or cutlery you may need Napkins and pet safe wet wipes to clean up any messes A few [...]
NOTICE OF BLACKBAUD CYBERSECURITY INCIDENT August 7, 2020 On July 16, 2020 the Edmonton Humane Society (EHS) was advised of a data security incident that may have involved the personal information of our supporters. EHS takes the protection and proper use of your donor information very seriously and in the interest of transparency, we are committed to providing details of the incident. What Happened We were notified by Blackbaud, the third-party service provider who hosts the database used in managing EHS’ fundraising activities, of a security incident. At this time, we understand Blackbaud discovered and stopped a ransomware attack. After discovering the attack, Blackbaud’s Cyber Security team—together with independent forensics experts and law enforcement— successfully prevented the cybercriminal from blocking their system access and fully encrypting files and ultimately expelled them from their system. Prior to locking the cybercriminal out, the cybercriminal removed a copy of the EHS backup file containing personal information of our supporters. This occurred at some point beginning on February 7, 2020 and access could have incurred intermittently until May 20, 2020. Because protecting customers’ data is their top priority, our third-party service provider, Blackbaud, paid the cybercriminal’s demand with confirmation that the copy they removed containing EHS’ data had been destroyed. Based on the nature of the incident, Blackbaud’s research, and third party (including law enforcement) investigation, Blackbaud has [...]
In Memory of an Extraordinary Volunteer Sean Beech November 17, 1974 to April 18, 2020 It is with a heavy heart and great sadness that we share that last week, we received the news that long-time Edmonton Humane Society (EHS) volunteer Sean Beech passed away on April 18, 2020. Sean was a regular--nearly daily--volunteer at EHS. He was with us for over 15 years and helped in every area of the shelter, from transporting animals to be featured on our weekly segments at Global News, to photographing adoptable cats, walking dogs and assisting at play group, conducting tours, participating in enrichment programs for every type of animal we take in, supporting adoptions as a gallery host, and being involved in major events and fundraisers like Pets in the Park each year. Sean’s involvement with EHS goes so far back that we don’t even have a record of all his volunteer hours anymore, but it’s safe to say that he donated at least an average of 500 hours each year and was a daily fixture at the shelter. He was willing to help in any way he could and jumped at every new opportunity. His contribution was truly astounding. Always smiling, Sean brought positivity everywhere he went – along with his giant Tim Hortons coffee mug in hand. He had a profound and touching impact [...]
April 8, 2020 Dear EHS Supporters, Over the past weeks we’ve been humbled by the continued generosity we’ve received from our community. While we are facing our own challenges, we know that all of you are too. Yet every day, we continue to see support through our lottery, monetary gifts, fostering, kind messages, and more. So on behalf of everyone at EHS and our animals in shelter, we send our heartfelt thanks to all of you for continuing to make our work possible. To read our full updates on how we're responding to COVID-19, please visit edmontonhumanesociety.com/covid.
COVID-19 Updates from EHS This page is updated regularly with information about how EHS is responding to COVID-19 as the situation develops. To review our most up-to-date program statuses and updates, see below: February 15, 2022 - Message From our CEO liza sunley Have questions on how COVID-19 may impact pets? Check Out Our COVID-19 Resources for Pet Guardians CURRENT STATUS OF PROGRAMS/SERVICES Status Legend: Modified - program/service is currently running with changes On Hold / Temporarily Closed - program/service is not running at this time Cancelled - program/service will not be running in 2022 Program or Service Current Status Expected Opening Admitting Modified Limited intake of animals by appointment dependent on availability, including: emergencies, surrenders, and healthy stray dogs and small animals (found outside Edmonton). For information on surrendering a pet, click here. For emergencies or strays found outside Edmonton, call 780-491-3522. Drop-off and pick-up may be done curbside. Adoptions Modified Adoption requests are to be submitted online. Following submission of request, an in-person meet-and-greet by appointment will be scheduled. Click here for details on how to adopt. Limited in-person browsing of the Adoption Gallery is also available. To book your appointment, call 780-491-3500 or email [email protected]. Bingo's Pet Shop Modified In-person shopping available by appointment, click here to email or call 780-491-3510 Online ordering with curbside pick-up remains available. For [...]