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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 

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

COVID-19 Updates

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: June 4, 2021 - 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 2021 Program or ServiceCurrent StatusExpected OpeningAdmittingModifiedLimited 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.AdoptionsModifiedOnline adoption process with meet-and-greet by appointment. Cats & Small Animals – virtual meet-and-greet and curbside pick-up. Dogs – outdoor meet-and-greet (masks required). *Meet-and-greets to resume indoors, by appointment, as of July 5. Click here for details. Bingo's Pet ShopModifiedOpen for special order or by appointment as of Monday, July 5Book yours today! Click here to email, or call 780-491-3510Central Bark Off-Leash Dog ParkTemporarily ClosedClosed as of Wednesday, November 24.  Will re-open as of Monday, July 5.  CremationsModifiedBy appointment only. Click here for details.Gift-In-Kind DonationsModifiedFor the safety of EHS staff, we are currently only able [...]

By |2021-07-13T09:46:53-06:00March 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|

News Release: Dogs & Puppies From Recent Animal Protection Case Places In Quarantine As A Precaution

NEWS RELEASE FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE DOGS AND PUPPIES FROM RECENT ANIMAL PROTECTION CASE PLACED IN QUARANTINE AS A PRECAUTION EDMONTON, AB (August 16, 2019) – The Edmonton Humane Society (EHS) has placed the Havanese dogs and puppies who were involved in a recent animal protection case in quarantine. The decision comes after EHS was notified on Wednesday that one of the dogs from the case, who had been transferred to another organization, has been showing symptoms of canine distemper. “We have the dogs in quarantine out of an abundance of caution” said Catherine Stevenson, Director of Operations at the Edmonton Humane Society. “At this time we have no reason to believe the dogs in our care are ill, and this precautionary step will allow our medical team to closely monitor the dogs for any symptoms and prevent the potential spread of disease.” The first group of dogs were transferred to EHS last Friday from the City of Edmonton’s Animal Care & Control Centre (ACCC). EHS has taken in 30 dogs and puppies from the case so far. Seven of the 30 dogs had been medically cleared for adoption on Wednesday morning, and EHS received the news of the possible distemper case after the dogs became available. All seven dogs already have families interested in them, however the adoptions in progress have been paused while [...]

By |2019-08-16T12:09:12-06:00August 16, 2019|

News Release: Dogs & Puppies From Recent Animal Protection Case Begin Transfer to EHS

NEWS RELEASE FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE DOGS AND PUPPIES FROM RECENT ANIMAL PROTECTION CASE BEGIN TRANSFER TO EDMONTON HUMANE SOCIETY The transfer is the next step towards new homes for the 72 dogs and puppies seized. EDMONTON, AB (August 9, 2019) – The Edmonton Humane Society (EHS) has started accepting dogs and puppies who were a part of the large seizure conducted by the City of Edmonton’s Animal Care & Control Centre (ACCC) last week. The transfer is the next step for the dogs on their way to eventually be re-homed.  “We are thankful to our partners at Animal Care & Control Centre for bringing these dogs to safety and are glad that we can be a part of their journey to their new lives” said Catherine Stevenson, Director of Operations at the Edmonton Humane Society. “The dogs will first undergo exams by our medical team and we will determine the next steps from there. Most of them will be placed in foster homes until they are ready for their spay and neuter surgeries.” The 72 dogs and puppies were seized from a rural property in northeast Edmonton by Animal Care & Control Officers and Edmonton Police Service, after they received a complaint on July 26. Gloria Sears has been charged under both the Animal Protection Act and Criminal Code of Canada in connection with [...]

By |2019-08-09T14:33:55-06:00August 9, 2019|

Adoption Update: Dakota the Dog

Adopting a shelter or rescue pet can have its challenges, especially when their history is unknown. However, the rewards can be more than we ever imagined. Recently we received this incredible update from the family of EHS pet Dakota, who was adopted from us six years ago... "For anyone on the fence about adopting listen up... now I really liked the idea of adopting a dog, but was not really up for it. The wife and kids really wanted a dog and kinda suckered me into going down to the Edmonton Humane Society to take a look around. There she was - a one-year-old Anatolian Shepard named Dakota. She was big but real quiet. The kids loved her and she cuddled up to me and well... yup she’s in the van on the way home. Now the first while was a challenge. She wasn’t completely house broken and loved to chew. Like all my hats, a cell phone, an e-reader, etc. I had just about had it till... One night the dog came up the stairs and into our room, now that was completely out of her character. She must have been abused, she cowered a lot and normally wouldn’t dare go on the stairs or upstairs. So when she came upstairs to wake us I knew there was something wrong. I raced down [...]

By |2019-06-07T16:59:40-06:00June 7, 2019|

Update: Edmonton Humane Society (EHS) Remains Prepared

EDMONTON, AB (June 3, 2019) – EHS remains prepared and on alert to mobilize in response to wildfire evacuations in Northern Alberta. EHS remains committed to playing a role in supporting individuals and their companion animals as well as animals displaced by the crisis should the need arise. “We are grateful that a full scale evacuation has not been called,” says Catherine Stevenson, Director of Shelter Operations. “Our concern is always the impact on the community and animals in care as well as those that may be displaced. We will continue to monitor the situation and stay in touch with our partners in the community to assess risk and response.” EHS’ Shelter will remain positioned to accept stray animals affected by the wildfires and to provide supplies to individuals who are evacuating to Edmonton as well as to rescue organizations who mobilize in affected areas. Individuals and organizations requiring assistance can contact EHS at our main number 780-471-1774, Admissions Desk 780-491-3522, or Adoptions Desk 780-491-3500 for more information. Individuals wishing to provide volunteer support for animals affected by the northern wildfires can contact EHS’ foster program at to inquire about opportunities for fostering animals who may come under our care. Inquiries regarding general volunteer opportunities can be directed to Animal care supplies can be dropped off to the Edmonton Humane Society. High-need [...]

By |2019-06-03T11:39:55-06:00June 3, 2019|