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News Release: Edmonton Humane Society Responds to Sentencing in Animal Neglect Case

NEWS RELEASE FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE EDMONTON HUMANE SOCIETY RESPONDS TO SENTENCING IN ANIMAL NEGLECT CASE Justin Iverson pleaded guilty to one charge under the Animal Protection Act after a large number of dogs were seized from a breeding operation by the Edmonton Humane Society EDMONTON, AB (September 12, 2018) – Justin Iverson, 31, of Edmonton was sentenced on Friday, September 7 at the Provincial Court of Alberta after reaching a plea deal to charges laid under the Animal Protection Act of Alberta (APA). He received a $10,000 fine, however, is still able to own up to two dogs, both of which are required to be spayed or neutered. The maximum penalty for charges under the APA is a $20,000 fine and a lifetime ban from having custody of any animal. “In these types of cases we always want to see a lifetime prohibition from owning animals, to prevent the accused from causing harm in the future,” said Miranda Jordan-Smith, CEO of the Edmonton Humane Society (EHS). “We are looking forward to the outcome of the pending criminal case and hope to see a stronger result based on the criminal code.” Iverson was charged with eight counts under the APA in December 2016 by the Edmonton Humane Society’s Animal Protection Officers after they seized 35 dogs from a property in Edmonton on two different dates, and an [...]

By |2019-02-01T12:55:41-06:00September 12, 2018|

News Release: Edmonton Humane Society Charges Pet Store Owner with Animal Abandonment

NEWS RELEASE FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE EDMONTON HUMANE SOCIETY CHARGES PET STORE OWNER WITH ANIMAL ABANDONMENT Charges follow seizure of large number of animals that took place in February 2018 EDMONTON, AB (August 27, 2018) – On Thursday, August 23, the Edmonton Humane Society’s (EHS) Animal Protection Department laid charges in relation to a seizure of a large number of animals from a pet store located in West Edmonton Mall, which took place earlier this year. Minchaw Menan TOM of Sherwood Park is charged with one count of abandoning animals under section 4.1 of the  Animal Protection Act (APA), and one count of permitting or causing an animal to be in distress under section 2.1 of the APA. “This was one of the largest seizures our Animal Protection Officers have conducted,” said Dan Fryer, Director of Animal Health at the Edmonton Humane Society. “Our Officers worked diligently on this investigation, which was unique in that it involved a pet store and a large number and variety of animals, and we are pleased that they have been able to proceed with charges.” EHS Animal Protection Officers seized the animals on February 27 after receiving a concern they had been abandoned. The animals included small mammals, birds, reptiles, amphibians, arachnids and fish. Most of them were adopted at the ‘Clear Our Shelter’ event hosted by EHS in March, which [...]

By |2019-02-01T12:55:59-06:00August 27, 2018|

MADE for PETS is back!

The Edmonton Humane Society and Animal Care & Control Centre - Edmonton are bringing back MADE for PETS, Edmonton’s market exclusively for pets! This one-of-a-kind event brings together some of the city’s best pet and animal-themed vendors, along with tasty food trucks and fun, interactive activities for animal lovers of all ages. Bring the whole family (furry four-legged members included) to the EHS and ACCC shared campus on Sunday, August 12 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. and explore hand-made treats and toys, custom pet wear, hand-crafted animal themed clothing and accessories, and more! Here's a sneak peak at the vendors we are excited to have joining us at MADE for PETS this year: Albino Bee Studio Belle's Biscuits and Doggie Delites CatMan Cat Furniture Clay Essence Claypot Friends by Tara Coco Napoleon Concrete By Us Dear Dog Treats Houdana Koko & Coco L&M Pet Enrichment Macy's Munchies Merika Crochet Mutt Munch My Brown Dog Old Mountain Company Purrs and Waggs Queen of Polos String'd Designs Tangent's Treats U-Pet Wellness Uptown Pup Co. Your Name Counts We'll also have delcious food on hand from these local food trucks! Tangent's Treats The Cranky Ape Rapscallions Ohana Donuterie Interested in joining us as a vendor? Click here to email us and we will send you an application! Deadline to apply is Sunday, July 1st. 

By |2018-08-15T10:33:05-06:00August 3, 2018|

July Adoption Special – All Cats & Kittens By Donation

It's the purrrrfect time to bring home a feline friend! The spring and summer months are always our busiest time of year, as we see an increase in the numbers of kittens and cats coming into care. To help these felines find their forever homes, ALL cats and kittens at our shelter are available to adopt BY DONATION from now until July 31st, and you choose the amount! Please note that potential adopters will still be required to go through EHS’ regular adoption process. The adoption special will apply only to cats available at the shelter, and not those who are at off-site adoption locations. All cats and kittens adopted from EHS come already spayed or neutered, with their first set of vaccinations, a medical check, and one free exam at participating vet clinics within ten days of the adoption. Our adoption gallery is open Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays from 12 to 7 p.m., Wednesdays from 2 to 7 p .m. , and Saturdays and Sundays from 12 to 5 p.m. Click Here To View Adoptable Cats & Kittens Learn More About The Adoption Process

By |2018-08-15T10:34:14-06:00July 13, 2018|

Pick Your Pal Adoption Event

The Edmonton Humane Society (EHS) is hosting a ‘Pick Your Pal’ adoption event on Tuesday and Wednesday until Friday in hopes of helping nearly 150 animals find their forever homes! Over 40 animals have been adopted in the first two days of the event, but we still have over 100 animals waiting for their forever homes, so we have extended the event for two more days! During this time the adoption fees for all animals at the shelter will be by donation - and you choose the amount! The special pricing does not include animals at off-site adoption locations. Potential adopters will still be required to go through EHS’ regular adoption process. Adoptable animals will include dogs, cats, kittens, rabbits, guinea pigs, mice and more. Our adoption gallery is open Tuesday, Thursday and Friday from 12 to 7 p.m., and Wednesday from 2 to 7 p .m. Click Here To View Adoptable Animals Learn About the Adoption Process

By |2018-08-15T10:35:05-06:00June 27, 2018|

News Release: Edmonton Humane Society’s Adoption Event Successful Thanks to Outpouring of Support

NEWS RELEASE FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE EDMONTON HUMANE SOCIETY’S ADOPTION EVENT SUCCESSFUL THANKS TO OUTPOURING OF SUPPORT Nearly all animals find their forever homes in first day of the ‘Clear Our Shelter’ Adoption Event including animals seized from a local pet store in late February. EDMONTON, AB (March 23, 2018) – The Edmonton Humane Society’s (EHS) “Clear Our Shelter” adoption event started today, and was a resounding success with nearly all of the available animals finding forever homes. EHS held the event because of an unusually high number of animals coming up for adoption, due to a recent seizure by their Animal Protection Officers from a local pet store. The animals were seized on February 27, after a concern was brought forward that they had been abandoned. Initially the animals were placed on a mandatory hold. Once the hold was lifted and EHS took legal ownership of the animals, they moved quickly to re-home the animals to ensure their optimal health and welfare. “We have been overwhelmed by the outpouring of support from the community,” said Evan Lawlor, EHS spokesperson. “A constant stream of inquiries about the animals has been coming in since the event was announced Monday. The attention it received led to an increase in traffic at the shelter even before the event officially started.” The increase in traffic benefited animals that were already up [...]

By |2018-08-15T10:38:31-06:00March 23, 2018|

Clear Our Shelter Adoption Event Friday & Saturday: Prepare to Find A New Forever Friend!

Coming to EHS adoption event this Friday and Saturday? Read this first! On Friday, March 23 (from 12 to 7 p.m.) and Saturday, March 24 (from 12 to 5 p.m.), we are hosting a ‘Clear Our Shelter’ adoption event to rehome hundreds of companion animals in need of a second chance! The community has been overwhelmingly supportive of this event and we are appreciative of everyone who wants to help give our shelter animals a loving, forever home. With the popularity of this event so far we are anticipating a very large crowd with many excited soon-to-be pet owners, and wanted to share some tips on how you can prepare! Before You Adopt A pet is a big commitment. Before anyone adopts, we encourage you to take some considerable time to discuss the commitment with your family, and research what type of pet would best fit your home and lifestyle. Some questions we recommend discussing with your family are: What type of pet would best fit our home and lifestyle? How long will this type of pet live? What are this animal’s needs for food, water, shelter, enrichment and veterinary care? Many of these species have specialized care and veterinary needs, which can be expensive. Do we have the space, supplies, time and resources to ensure it gets the care it needs? Will we have the time and resources to care for [...]

By |2018-08-15T10:39:37-06:00March 20, 2018|

News Release: Edmonton Humane Society Seizes Large Number Of Animals From Local Pet Store

NEWS RELEASE FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE EDMONTON HUMANE SOCIETY SEIZES LARGE NUMBER OF ANIMALS FROM LOCAL PET STORE Animal Protection Officers received concern of animals being abandoned EDMONTON, AB (February 28, 2018) – On Tuesday, February 27, the Edmonton Humane Society (EHS) Animal Protection Department seized a large number of animals from a local pet store located in West Edmonton Mall, after a concern was brought forward that the animals had been abandoned. This is a large seizure of animals that includes, but is not limited to, small mammals, birds, reptiles, amphibians and fish. “We received a call from someone concerned that these animals had been abandoned.  Our officers responded and determined that the concern was justified and began the process of seizing the animals and bringing them to EHS for proper care and attention,” said Peace Officer Bodnarchuk, Supervisor of Animal Protection Services. “The animals must undergo a mandatory hold period as outlined by the Animal Protection Act. Once that period has passed, EHS can determine next steps.” The seizure was in accordance with the Animal Protection Act (APA), Sections 3 and 4.1. A peace officer is of the opinion, on reasonable and probable grounds, that the owner or person in charge of the animal is not likely to ensure that the animal’s distress is relieved or to ensure that the animal’s distress will continue to be relieved, or [...]

By |2018-08-15T10:41:02-06:00February 28, 2018|

News Release: Edmonton Humane Society Granted Ownership of Iverson Dogs

NEWS RELEASE FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE EDMONTON HUMANE SOCIETY GRANTED OWNERSHIP OF IVERSON DOGS First civil-suit of its kind by EHS gives full ownership of dogs seized in November 2016 EDMONTON, AB (January 4, 2018) – Earlier today, a judge granted the Edmonton Humane Society (EHS) full ownership of 34 bully-breed dogs seized in November 2016. EHS filed a civil suit against Justin Iverson in April 2017 for ownership of the dogs, which have been in protective custody with the animal shelter for over a year. The dogs were seized by EHS’ Animal Protection Officers in November 2016 after a complaint was received regarding the conditions of the breeding operation where they were being kept. Iverson was charged with eight counts under the Animal Protection Act (APA) in December 2016, including causing or permitting an animal to be in distress, failure to provide adequate food and water, failure to provide adequate care when wounded or ill, and failure to provide adequate shelter, ventilation and space. Additional charges were also laid under the Criminal Code of Canada by Edmonton Police Services. A separate set of charges was later laid against Iverson by RCMP, after an additional nine dogs were seized from a residence outside of Edmonton. “We are pleased with the judge’s ruling to grant EHS ownership of these dogs” said Miranda Jordan-Smith, Chief Executive Officer. “This case [...]

By |2018-08-15T10:42:27-06:00January 4, 2018|

EHS Pet Ruby the Science Dog Receives Her “Dogree”

You may have seen Ruby the Science Dog on Twitter (@SciDogRuby) or around the University of Alberta, but did you know that Ruby is an EHS pet? Found as a stray and transferred to EHS from Animal Care & Control Centre in January 2014, Ruby (then Armani) was found to be a bit shy of new people and could be easily overwhelmed. She came out of her shell when adopted by her new family though, and found not only a new family, but a new career too! Since being adopted, Ruby has been working as a therapy dog at the University of Alberta Faculty of Science, providing support to students through group and individual sessions and work. Her family describes her as "an amazing dog who has a very special ability to support students and especially those with high anxiety." Now in her golden years at the age of 11, she retired this past November and was awarded an honorary "dogree" by the Faculty of Science to thank her for her service! Her family said they wanted to share their story to remind others "how important the humane society can be in both helping animals, but also the community at large." Congratulations Ruby and enjoy your retirement!

By |2018-08-15T10:47:39-06:00November 25, 2017|