An Open Letter to Humane Society Supporters and Animal Lovers in our Community The following letter was originally published in the Edmonton Journal on February 9, 2019. When I volunteered to become Chair of the Edmonton Humane Society’s Board of Directors last May, it was an easy decision. As an animal lover myself, I was inspired by the important work the more than 110-year-old not-for-profit does every day, saving lives and giving animals a second chance they may not otherwise have. The recent decision the Edmonton Humane Society Board made with regards to ending enforcement of the Animal Protection Act was not as easy. This decision led to a lot of sleepless nights, and I want to share why with you. I recognize that this change came as a surprise to many in our community. Like you, we wondered if not us, who would ensure that animal protection legislation was enforced? This is the answer we were hoping to confirm before sharing the news with you. As advocates for animal welfare, we believe animal protection is a vital service for our community. We approached both municipal and provincial levels of Government with our concerns and questions, but after decades of voluntarily carrying out this work, it seemed there was no back-up plan. That’s why we were working hard behind-the-scenes, calling, emailing and meeting with various [...]
MEDIA STATEMENT FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE STATEMENT FROM EHS ON CITY OF EDMONTON DECISION TO TAKE OVER ENFORCEMENT OF ANIMAL PROTECTION ACT (APA) EDMONTON, AB (January 30, 2019) – Earlier today, the City of Edmonton made the decision to assume enforcement of the Animal Protection Act (APA) through Animal Care & Control Centre, until a permanent solution can be found. The Edmonton Humane Society (EHS) has been in conversations since last fall with the City of Edmonton and other partner agencies to determine a transition plan, and are pleased that an interim solution will be in place for February 1. The Edmonton Humane Society’s volunteer Board of Directors voted in December to end the enforcement of the Animal Protection Act (APA) as of January 31, 2019. To date, EHS has been voluntarily providing APA enforcement services within Edmonton. The safety of animals and staff members was integral in making this very difficult decision. This transition will allow EHS to focus on its core services and strengths – being a homeless shelter, a veterinary hospital, a rehabilitation centre, an adoption agency, and an organization which advocates and educates for the welfare of animals to address the root cause of animal neglect and abuse. While EHS will no longer be conducting enforcement, our organization will still be here to provide care and a second chance to animals who [...]
MEDIA STATEMENT FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE EDMONTON HUMANE SOCIETY ENDING ENFORCEMENT OF THE ANIMAL PROTECTION (APA) EDMONTON, AB (January 22, 2019) – The Edmonton Humane Society (EHS) can confirm that their volunteer Board of Directors has voted to end the enforcement of the Animal Protection Act (APA) as of January 31, 2019. EHS has voluntarily been providing APA enforcement services within Edmonton. The service was funded primarily through donations and a portion of a City of Edmonton grant, with no provincial government funding. Upcoming policy changes under the provincial Peace Officer Act forced EHS to evaluate the viability of its enforcement program and whether the new requirements could be met. “This decision was made in early December 2018 and was a very difficult one for our organization,” said Summer Bradko, EHS Board Chair. “EHS has been working behind the scenes to help facilitate the transition of this important service to another agency.” EHS has recognized the organization is not an expert in enforcement. This change will allow EHS to re-focus on their areas of expertise, which includes animal welfare and advocacy. EHS will continue to serve abandoned, abused and neglected animals by giving them a safe haven to receive proper care and a second chance through the sheltering services. EHS is currently working with the City of Edmonton and the Government of Alberta’s Ministry of [...]
We have an exciting adoption update to brighten this Blue Monday! Last week, after 179 DAYS in our shelter, Daisy the Labrador / Pit Bull cross finally found her forever home!!! It was bittersweet to say goodbye as many of our team members had developed a strong bond with Daisy after caring for her for nearly six months (and tucking her into bed each night!), but we couldn't be happier to watch her go home. Daisy was just as happy too - look at that big smile as she got ready to leave! Her family has shared with us that she's settling in very well, she loves to go for walks and cuddle, and they cannot wait to take her out on camping adventures in the summer. Congratulations Daisy!!!
News Release: Independent Investigation Recommends Changes at Edmonton Humane Society Following Cat Transport Incident
NEWS RELEASE FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE INDEPENDENT INVESTIGATION RECOMMENDS CHANGES AT EDMONTON HUMANE SOCIETY FOLLOWING CAT TRANSPORT INCIDENT EDMONTON, AB (December 20, 2018) – An independent investigation has found that a combination of unfortunate events, human error and operational shortcomings at the Edmonton Humane Society led to an incident where three cats were accidentally left in a transport van for 22 days last spring. “The Edmonton Humane Society deeply regrets what happened and is committed to learning from this difficult chapter in our more than 110 year history,” said Summer Bradko, Edmonton Humane Society Board Chair. “This third-party investigation has been an important step in identifying what went wrong and what we need to fix at EHS. Although we have already made changes to improve our processes, we still have work to do and will continue to evolve as an organization and to advance animal welfare in our community.” The investigation confirmed that the three male cats - Magic, Chance & Lucky - survived the incident and were later treated for minor injuries and adopted to new families. The Edmonton Humane Society’s Board of Directors commissioned the independent investigation last June in order to determine exactly how the incident happened and make recommendations to improve the non-profit organization’s animal welfare and staff practices and protocols. Former Edmonton City Councillor Kim Krushell volunteered to oversee the investigation, which [...]
NEWS RELEASE FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE EDMONTON HUMANE SOCIETY APPEALING FOR INFORMATION IN NEGLECTED DOG CASE Shih Tzu type dog was brought to the animal shelter after allegedly being left inside a garbage bag enclosed in a cardboard box in a parking lot. EDMONTON, AB (November 26, 2018) – The Edmonton Humane Society’s (EHS) Animal Protection Officers are requesting the public’s assistance in an attempt to identify the owner of a neglected dog brought into their care. The Shih Tzu-type dog was admitted to the animal shelter on November 3, 2018, after a Good Samaritan allegedly found the dog tied inside a garbage bag within a closed cardboard box and left in the northeast corner of the Costco parking lot located at 12450 149 Street NW, Edmonton. The dog is male, black and white in colour, and estimated to be five years of age. “The manner in which the dog was left and his condition upon arrival is extremely concerning,” said Peace Officer Bodnarchuk, Supervisor of Animal Protection Services at EHS. “In the entry exam, our medical team noted that his entire body was covered in dense mats tight to the skin, to the point where they were preventing him from defecating. The mats were also caked in urine and feces. Matting to this extent can cause discomfort and damage to the skin and joints, leading to pain. [...]
IMPORTANT NOTICE: EHS Closed to Adoptions on Saturday, October 27 Due to circumstances beyond our control related to a number of large animal protection cases that have recently come into our care, we have made the decision to close our shelter's adoption gallery on Saturday, October 27, so our team can focus on the care and urgent medical needs of these animals. We will reopen for adoptions on Sunday, October 28, at 12 p.m. As these animal protection cases are still active and ongoing, we cannot release further details at this time. If you are able to help, we are in urgent need of various kinds of wet and dry cat food, including Meow Mix, Fancy Feast, Purina and Whiskas, as well as non-clumping clay litter and cat toys. Donations can be dropped off on the donation shelves inside our Education/Training entrance. All other scheduled programs including birthday parties, training classes, and Humane Education courses will proceed as normal. Parties signed up for these programs can enter through our Education/Training entrance (to the left of our Adoption Gallery doors). We thank you for your understanding and support.
NEWS RELEASE FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE FOREVER HOME FOUND FOR TRIO OF BONDED SAINT BERNARD DOGS Gasket, Gunther and Goliath have now been adopted from the Edmonton Humane Society and are settling in to their new home in Calgary. EDMONTON, AB (October 18, 2018) – The three Saint Bernard dogs who won the hearts of people worldwide are now in the comfort of their forever home with their newly adopted family. Gasket, Gunther and Goliath’s adoption was finalized at the Edmonton Humane Society (EHS) on October 17. Their new family was chosen after EHS received hundreds of inquiries to adopt the dogs, which resulted in a week-long process of reviewing applications to narrow down potential adopters for both phone and in-person interviews. The family chosen is from Calgary and first saw the dogs’ story from a local media outlet online and said they immediately knew they would be a perfect fit. The couple are devoted proponents of adoption, having previously adopted numerous pets as well as one of their two children, who are ages 10 and 16. Gasket, Gunther and Goliath, along with the family’s other dog, will have plenty of room to run and play in their one-acre fenced yard. “We are beyond excited to be giving these three dogs their forever home,” said the family, who wishes to remain anonymous while they adjust to [...]
Media Statement: Update From The Edmonton Humane Society On Trio of Saint Bernard Dogs Looking For Their Forever Home
MEDIA STATEMENT FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE UPDATE FROM THE EDMONTON HUMANE SOCIETY ON TRIO OF SAINT BERNARD DOGS LOOKING FOR THEIR FOREVER HOME EDMONTON, AB (October 10, 2018) – Since putting out the call for help to find a forever home for a trio of bonded Saint Bernard dogs, we have received an incredible response from interested adopters. Over 200 emails have come in so far from people who generously want to open their hearts and homes to these three dogs – including within Alberta, across the country, and even in the United States and Australia. Due to the overwhelming response, we are closing applications for the time being as we review the ones received and begin to schedule adoption interviews. We are hoping to find a suitable home closer to Edmonton as these dogs have been through a lot of change the last few months, and we want to minimize stress as much as possible for them. With the number of applications received, we are confident we will be able to find a forever home nearby for Goliath, Gunther and Gasket that will keep them together. Thanks to the power of social media, we have also had a few people come forward who knew these three pups when they were younger and have been able to share some more details on them. They have confirmed [...]
NEWS RELEASE FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE TRIO OF SAINT BERNARD DOGS LOOKING FOR THEIR FOREVER HOME The Edmonton Humane Society is searching for a family to take in all three brothers, who are bonded with each other. EDMONTON, AB (October 9, 2018) – The Edmonton Humane Society (EHS) is facing a giant adoption challenge – literally. Three adult Saint Bernard dogs are looking for their forever home and must be adopted all together. Goliath, Gunther and Gasket were transferred in to EHS’ care from another animal welfare agency. The dogs are estimated to be approximately two years old. While friendly and playful, their behaviour assessment showed signs of the trio being bonded with each other, including high levels of anxiety, searching, and attempting to escape in order to find each other when separated. As a result, EHS is requiring that they go to the same home. “These three gentle giants have won over the hearts of staff and volunteers – even with the excessive drool,” said Jamey Blair, Manager of Animal Health & Protection at EHS. “While their status as bonded pets creates a unique challenge to find a home that can care for all 350 pounds of them, we are confident that there is a family out there who will give these three dogs their second chance.” “We also wanted to ensure their welfare and [...]