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Preparing Your Pet for Fireworks Celebrations

Updated: December 29, 2022 Prepping Pets for Fireworks Celebrations Celebrations that involve fireworks can be very stressful for our pets, since they experience the world differently than we do. For an animal, fireworks are unexpected and unpredictable, and the noise and physical sensations fireworks create can cause a lot of stress. Here are some helpful tips and strategies to help make fireworks less scary and keep your pets safe. Before the event 1. Seek Veterinary Advice: If you have concerns, speak with your vet before the event. Your vet may be able to prescribe medication or treatments to help your pet feel more comfortable during the fireworks. Contacting your vet ahead of time will give you time to try the medication and make sure it’s right for your pet. Pheromone devices like Adaptil and Feliway plug ins or collars may be useful for calming some pets. 2. Practice - If there is a holiday where fireworks are typically set off, help your pet learn to associate loud noises with good things. Practise by carrying treats with you and any time your pet hears a loud noise, like something being dropped on the ground, or a loud car passing by, give your pet plenty of treats. Desensitizing your pet in a positive way, can help them better cope. 3. Set Up Your Space - Make [...]

By |2022-12-29T17:13:56-07:00December 29, 2022|

EHS Statement on EPS’ Investigation Into Horrific Killing of Cat

MEDIA STATEMENT FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE EDMONTON HUMANE SOCIETY STATEMENT ON EPS’ INVESTIGATION INTO HORRIFIC KILLING OF CAT EDMONTON, AB (December 22, 2022) – The Edmonton Humane Society (EHS) is deeply saddened and concerned about the recent incident in which a cat was killed by five teenage boys. “This is a horrific act of cruelty, and our hearts go out to the family of the cat as well as those who witnessed the assault. We are thankful that Edmonton has a dedicated Animal Cruelty Investigation Unit (ACIU) who is taking this investigation seriously,” says CEO Liza Sunley. EHS urges anyone with information about this crime to come forward and contact Edmonton Police Service. “We also encourage parents, educators, and community leaders to use this tragedy as an opportunity to teach young people about the importance of respecting the animals we share our world with,” added Sunley. “There is a well-established link between violence against animals and violence against humans, and it is crucial that we work together to prevent both.” As part of their efforts to foster the humane treatment of all animals, EHS offers Humane Education programming for kids and youth including camps and presentations for schools and groups. Research has shown that Humane Education can reduce and prevent violence towards people and animals through developing compassion and empathy. If you would like to [...]

By |2022-12-22T08:24:13-07:00December 22, 2022|

Sam and Sophie’s Legacy

Sam and Sophie left more than a permanent paw print on their guardians’ hearts when they passed away -- they left a legacy supporting thousands of animals in need at the Edmonton Humane Society. About Sam and Sophie Sam, the smart and cuddly Pekingese/poodle cross, was always up for an adventure. Whether it be by foot or car, he was in! Exploring the world through his nose on walks was his favourite activity, but there was nothing Sam loved more than cuddling and relaxing in the evenings with his guardians and friend Sophie. Sophie was Sam’s complimentary opposite. Joining the family two years after Sam, Sophie - the shih-tzu/ poodle/cocker spaniel mix - enjoyed the comforts of home and the company of her people. She preferred to leave meeting new people, travel and adventuring to her friend Sam. Instead, Sophie took pride in protecting her home and ensuring her guardians knew how loved each of them were by her. Both Sam and Sophie enriched the lives of their guardians daily and were deeply loved. They also shared a special bond with each other. In 2020, Sam passed away at the age of 16 and twelve days later, Sophie followed. Their Unique Legacy “The loss of Sam and Sophie was more difficult for us than we [...]

By |2022-12-17T11:05:08-07:00December 6, 2022|

Holiday Hazards for Pets & Top Gift Suggestions

UPDATED: December 1, 2022 Every year we get the opportunity to celebrate many holidays with our pets, which includes lots of food, gifts, and the excitement of gathering with loved ones. With all this activity, it's important to ensure we’re taking some extra precautions for the paws underfoot. To give you some peace of mind when preparing for holiday festivities with your pet, we’re sharing some of our top tips on how to keep pets safe, plus a few gift ideas when your shopping for a special cat or dog in your life. Mind the Decorations From hanging ornaments to lit candles, both the appearance and presence of your favorite decorations might lead your pet to think of them as toys or things to be chewed on. Here are some common items to watch for: Wrapping, ribbons, tinsel, lights, and small ornaments: If consumed, these may cause your pet to choke or have an internal blockage. Glass and metal hooks: Put delicate items up high to avoid breaks as these items could cause a nasty scratch or puncture to your pet. Electrical wires: Many animals are prone to chewing on cords which can lead to electrical shock, burns, and blockages if ingested. Christmas trees and standing displays: Curious pets, especially those prone to climbing, can knock over these [...]

By |2022-12-12T16:46:59-07:00December 1, 2022|