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Host a Pet Carnival at Home

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 [...]

By |2020-09-20T08:47:23-06:00September 17, 2020|

Have a Pet Picnic

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 [...]

By |2020-09-18T12:55:26-06:00September 17, 2020|

Spending Time Safely Outdoors With Your Pet

September 18th, 2020 Top Reasons To Get Outdoors With Your Pet! Exploring the outdoors isn’t just for dogs – you can do it with your other pets too! Why should you get outdoors with your pets? Being outdoors can support the mental health of people and pets by reducing boredom, depression, and anxiety. Breath in the fresh air and enjoy the natural sunlight. Being active has numerous health benefits and can help lift our spirits. Rolling around in outside in grass, sidewalks, or patios can help your pet cool off and scratch some itches they may have been unable to reach on their own. Be sure to brush their coat out once before they go back indoors or in your vehicle to keep them from consuming anything they may have rolled in and to keep your indoor space clean. If you are enjoying time outdoors with your pet, the first thing we recommend is to check your local weather and air-quality conditions. We want to make sure everyone stays safe and has a great outdoor experience. Check Your Local Weather Check Your Local Air Quality Here are some other things to keep in mind when outside with your dog, cat or rabbit – the three most common animals we adopt out here at EHS. 10 Outdoor Pet-Cautions: [...]

By |2020-09-20T09:01:29-06:00September 9, 2020|

Notice of Blackbaud Cybersecurity Incident

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 [...]

By |2020-08-07T15:03:26-06:00August 7, 2020|

In Memory of an Extraordinary Volunteer

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 [...]

By |2020-05-06T18:36:37-06:00May 6, 2020|

Thank You EHS Supporters

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. 

By |2020-04-08T11:44:41-06:00April 8, 2020|

COVID-19 Updates

COVID-19 Updates from EHS This page will be updated regularly with information about how EHS is responding to COVID-19 as the situation develops. Please check back regularly. Have questions on how COVID-19 may impact your pets or looking for resources to support them through this pandemic? See COVID-19 Resources for Pet Guardians CURRENT STATUS OF PROGRAMS/SERVICES Status Legend: Modified - program/service is currently running with changes On Hold / Closed - program/service is not yet running Cancelled - program/service will not be running in 2020 For details on our phased re-launch, click here. 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. Adoptions Modified Online adoption process with in-shelter and curbside/contact-less options available. Click here for details. Bingo's Pet Shop Modified Phase 2 Central Bark Off-Leash Dog Park Opened July 1st Become a member here. Cremations Modified By appointment only. Click here for details. Doggie Daycare Opened July 2nd Find out more -> Click here for details. Gift-In-Kind Donations Modified Donations of new or gently used items can now be dropped off in the marked donation bin outside of the shelter [...]

By |2020-09-17T17:54:01-06:00March 13, 2020|

Shelter Opening Delayed Sunday, November 17

IMPORTANT NOTICE: SHELTER OPENING DELAYED TODAY DUE TO POWER OUTAGE Due to a current power outage in our area, the opening of our shelter will be delayed until at least 2 p.m. today, Sunday November 17th. We apologize for any inconvenience. Please check back here for updates. --

By |2019-11-17T11:25:25-07:00November 17, 2019|

Statement from EHS on Recent Cat Seizure

MEDIA STATEMENT FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE EDMONTON HUMANE SOCIETY RESPONSE TO RECENT CAT SEIZURE EDMONTON, AB (October 22, 2019) – We were saddened to learn about the recent animal cruelty case which resulted in 39 cats being euthanized at Animal Care & Control Centre (ACCC). Of the remaining cats, we can confirm that four were transferred into EHS’ care on October 4 and 5. Unfortunately, we had to make the difficult decision to euthanize one of the cats for medical reasons as its condition was not improving. The remaining three cats are well enough for re-homing. We cannot comment on their conditions however and will not be revealing their identities due to the ongoing investigation and for the safety of the cats. We want to express our thanks to our partners at Animal Care & Control Centre (ACCC) and Edmonton Police Service (EPS) for their work on this case. We are grateful that the cats have been removed from this situation so that they can be relieved of their suffering, and that we could be a part of the journey to finding three of them a home where they will be well-loved and cared for. We would like to take this opportunity to remind the community the importance of reporting any concerns for animals who may be neglected or abandoned to the City of Edmonton [...]

By |2019-10-22T12:52:01-06:00October 22, 2019|

News Release: Edmonton Humane Society Unveils Mobile Spay and Neuter Unit

NEWS RELEASE FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE EDMONTON HUMANE SOCIETY UNVEILS MOBILE SPAY AND NEUTER UNIT New mobile program will expand the reach of the Prevent Another Litter Subsidy (PALS) program through removing transport barrier EDMONTON, AB (September 24, 2019) – The Edmonton Humane Society (EHS) is taking its spay and neuter services on the road, introducing a new mobile surgical unit to the community at the Bissell Centre today. The new vehicle will help the Society to make its Prevent Another Litter Subsidy (PALS) spay and neuter program more accessible. “We are very proud to see the dream of having a mobile spay and neuter vehicle realized, and excited for the possibilities it brings for our Prevent Another Litter Subsidy program,” said Liza Sunley, CEO of the Edmonton Humane Society. “This project has been in progress for three years now and was made possible thanks to our generous donors, including the Gordon & Diane Buchanan Family Foundation.” Spay and neuter surgeries will be taking place in the mobile unit today at the Bissell Centre as part of a pilot project for the mobile program, so EHS can plan for a full launch in 2020. EHS is also hoping to connect with community members to raise awareness for the program and discuss the other barriers that exist, so they can continue to make it more accessible. [...]

By |2019-09-24T11:48:20-06:00September 24, 2019|