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NEWS RELEASE: Adoption Fees Reduced for ‘Adorable Adopt-a-thon’

NEWS RELEASE FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE ADOPTION FEES REDUCED FOR ‘ADORABLE ADOPT-A-THON’ Edmonton Humane Society encouraging pet adoptions with reduced fees until Sunday, June 5 Edmonton, AB (May 31, 2022) – Those who have been thinking of adding a new furry or feathered family member may wish to do so this week. For the first time since January 2020, the Edmonton Humane Society (EHS) is reducing the adoption fees for all their animals during the ‘Adorable Adopt-a-thon’ until this Sunday, June 5. “We currently have over 60 animals – including dogs, puppies, cats, kittens, rabbits and guinea pigs - in search of new, loving families, and approximately 200 in our care,” said Liza Sunley, CEO of the Edmonton Humane Society. “Our hope is that the reduced fees will nudge people who have been thinking of getting a new pet to come meet these adorable adoptable animals.” The animal shelter recently re-opened their doors to walk-in visitors after operating by appointment since the onset of the pandemic. Potential adopters can now view animals and initiate the adoption process either in-person or online. After submitting an adoption request, a consultation and meet-and-greet is set up to review the animal’s behaviour and medical history, and lifestyle needs, ensuring the adoption is a match for both the people and pet. “The companionship and unconditional love of a pet – [...]

By |2022-05-31T11:01:34-06:00May 31, 2022|

NEWS RELEASE: EHS Re-opens to Walk-in Visitors

NEWS RELEASE FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE EDMONTON HUMANE SOCIETY ANNOUNCES RE-OPENING Animal shelter now open to walk-in adoptions after two years of operating by appointment Edmonton, AB (May 20, 2022) – In advance of the May long weekend, the Edmonton Humane Society (EHS) has announced it is re-opening its doors, after operating by appointment for the past two years. Services including animal adoptions, Bingo’s Pet Shop, and the Muddy Paws dog wash will now be available on a walk-in basis as of today at 12 p.m. “Our incredible community has been so understanding and supportive through our service changes as we’ve navigated the pandemic with the rest of the world,” said Liza Sunley, CEO of the Edmonton Humane Society. “These changes were invaluable to keeping our staff, volunteers, and greater community safe while maintaining our vital services for animals in need.” “While safety remains of the utmost importance with COVID-19 still a reality, we are thrilled we can now open the doors and welcome the community into our beautiful facility too.” The animal shelter was forced to close its doors in March 2020 with the uncertainty of the pandemic. Over time, programs and services were re-launched virtually or by-appointment, including animal adoptions. While potential adopters will now be able to view animals and initiate the adoption process in-person at the animal shelter, the option to [...]

By |2022-05-31T11:13:54-06:00May 20, 2022|

Holiday Hazards for Pets & Top Gift Suggestions

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 centerpieces and injure themselves as well as [...]

By |2021-12-19T19:30:05-07:00December 15, 2021|

Triple Your Impact This #GivingTuesday

Join Us This #GivingTuesday UPDATE: This #GivingTuesdayCA we asked you to help us raise $30,000 for animals in need, and thanks to you, we more than TRIPLED our goal! With your support, and the help of our friends at Champion Petfoods and the Edmonton Community Foundation, we raised over $105,000. Incredible! Your support on #GivingTuesday - and every day - helps keep homeless animals safe and warm, brings joy to the families who adopt them, and supports the human-animal bond. We are incredibly grateful for your generosity and kindness. THANK YOU! This upcoming Tuesday, November 30, the Edmonton Humane Society is joining the global #GivingTuesday movement. On this day only, your gift will have triple the impact, thanks to generous matching donations from our friends at Champion Petfoods and the Edmonton Community Foundation (ECF). Every $1 donated on Tuesday, November 30 will become $3, with both Champion Petfoods and ECF matching all gifts up to $10,000. That means your $10 becomes $30, $100 becomes $300, and $500 becomes $1,500... ...we can raise $30,000 in a single day to enrich the lives of people and pets! Each and every day homeless, neglected and abandoned companion animals enter our doors in need of a warm, safe space and compassionate care [...]

By |2021-12-10T17:01:43-07:00November 24, 2021|

EHS Supports EPS’ Announcement of Animal Cruelty Investigation Unit

MEDIA STATEMENT FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE EDMONTON HUMANE SOCIETY SUPPORTS EPS’ ANNOUNCEMENT OF ANIMAL CRUELTY INVESTIGATION UNIT EDMONTON, AB (November 23, 2021) – The Edmonton Humane Society (EHS) is thrilled to learn today that the Edmonton Police Service (EPS) has launched an Animal Cruelty Investigation Unit. EHS wholeheartedly supports the move by EPS to have a dedicated unit for investigating concerns of animal cruelty. Animal abuse persists in our community, and we see first-hand in our work caring for animals the unfortunate lasting effects that it can have on the those involved. It is critical that these cases be attended to by law enforcement professionals both for the protection of animals as well as people. The evidence of the violence link between harm towards animals and people is undeniable, and with focused, timely attention on these cases by EPS the lives of both animals and people will be saved. We are proud to be in a community with a police service that recognizes the importance of the violence link and applaud EPS for their steps to address it with this new investigation unit. We look forward to continuing working with Const. Ilka Cunningham, Const. Ted Dyck, the newly formed ACIU team, as well as our partners at the City of Edmonton’s Animal Care & Control Centre to provide our services in whatever way we can [...]

By |2021-11-24T21:09:21-07:00November 23, 2021|

New Partnership Aims to Prevent Surrenders of Sick & Injured Pets

New Partnership Aims to Prevent Surrenders of Sick & Injured Pets Edmonton Humane Society and Tails of Help Launch Pilot Project to Keep Pets with their Families We're thrilled to announce today that we have joined forces with Tails of Help, another local charity, to launch a new pilot project that aims to reduce surrenders of sick and injured pets when their guardians face financial hardship. The goal during this pilot is to help one family per month receive essential veterinary care for their pet due to unexpected, one-time incidents so that they can keep their pet in their home. “We’ve all faced tough times in life where one unexpected bill – such as for a sick or injured pet – forces us to make an impossible choice,” said Liza Sunley, CEO of the Edmonton Humane Society. “It’s a heartbreaking decision for someone to have to surrender or euthanize their pet because they cannot afford the necessary veterinary care. With this program, Tails of Help and EHS can help them get through these challenges and maintain that human-animal bond.” Of the nearly 500 companion animals who were surrendered into EHS’ care in the past 18 months, just over 10% of them were due to financial hardship or pet health-related reasons. This is consistent with the rate that was seen in 2019, [...]

By |2021-08-12T12:10:22-06:00August 12, 2021|

Emergency Pet Preparedness

In Case of Emergency: Being Prepared with Your Pet Unexpected trouble can unfortunately strike at any time. While it’s not something we like to think about, being prepared for an emergency in advanced will give you peace of mind that both you and your pets will have what you need if a crisis occurs. June marks National Pet Preparedness Month, so we’re sharing recommendations to build your own pet emergency kits. You can also download this list as a PDF to print at the bottom of this post to be kept as part of your emergency kit. Step 1: Prepare Your Supplies, Including... Food & Water: Non-perishable foods are best and should be kept in airtight, waterproof containers. Also ensure you have enough water for yourself, family, and pets. We recommend having 10-14 days of consumables for all members of your pack.  Medication & Medical Records: Important medications and health records should be kept in a waterproof container. Prepare a document that outlines the feeding and medication instructions for your pet. Include copies of up-to-date vaccination records, in case your pet needs to be housed at a boarding facility temporarily. First Aid Kit: Work with your veterinarian to determine what these supplies may include for your pet. Standard kits often include: cotton bandage rolls, bandage tape and scissors, antibiotic ointment, flea and tick prevention, [...]

By |2021-11-24T00:06:13-07:00June 16, 2021|

Introducing Our New Adoption Process

A Better Adoption Experience for People & Pets EHS Becomes First Shelter in Canada to Adopt New Technology, Adōpets The Edmonton Humane Society (EHS) has adopted a new technology, Adōpets, to create a better adoption experience for people and get animals into loving homes faster. The new system launches today, Tuesday June 1, and will help us automate and simplify the adoption process. By doing so, we can spend more time on what matters most: matching people and pets to facilitate happy and successful lifelong bonds. EHS strives to be a model of excellence in animal welfare and sheltering and will be the first animal shelter in Canada to fully launch Adōpets. As the world becomes increasingly digital, it’s important we embrace the latest technology to do our jobs as best as we can now and into the future. A few of the benefits Adōpets will bring for adopters include: The ability to view multiple photos of EHS adoptables. Additional search filters and info on the available animals – such as size – helping you find your perfect pet. Your own adopter account to save your info and favourite pets. You no longer have to restart the whole process every time you find a pet you’re interested in. No more daily limits on adoption requests. We can accept your [...]

By |2021-06-03T14:52:14-06:00June 1, 2021|

Celebrating Be Kind to Animals Week

Be Kind to Animals Week You don’t need a special day or week to celebrate the human-animal bond by being kind to animals big and small in your community. This year's Be Kind to Animals Week is celebrated from May 3-7, 2021 and we are sharing five simple ways you can make a paws-itive impact on the lives of companion animals. 1. Get Your Pet from a Reputable Source Check your local animal shelter first if you or someone you know is thinking about expanding the family to accept a new pet. There are always homeless animals in shelters in need of a loving home, and pets adopted from reputable shelters, such as EHS, will have essential health checks, up-to-date vaccinations, and are spayed or neutered to prevent unwanted litters. Shelters like EHS also help ensure that the people and the pets are a good match for one another. If your are unable to find a suitable pet for your family at a shelter, do your research to find a responsible breeder. A responsible breeder will: provide information on the animal’s pedigree, let you see where the animals are being raised and let you meet at least one of the parents, and have health certificates and records of veterinary visits. Humane Canada offers a complete checklist of the essential questions [...]

By |2021-05-03T12:59:53-06:00May 3, 2021|

Caring For Canines During Covid

Behaviour During COVID 5 Canine Considerations There is no denying that 2020 caused a major disruption in our lives. It has also caused a lot of change for our canine companions. Some changes to our routine or schedule may benefit our pets, but others can cause stress. Below we've assembled a few tips and resources to help prevent behavioural issues from developing while we move through 2021 with our best furr-iends. 1. Socialize Your New Puppy Socialization promotes healthy development and that can prevent future behavioural issues. During times of social distancing and gathering restrictions, it has made it difficult to get young puppies the appropriate socialization they need to thrive. Puppies undergo a sensitive developmental period until about 3-4 months of age, where they learn about their world and develop important memories. If a puppy is inadequately socialized or has negative experiences during this period, it can cause them to develop fearful behaviour. That is why it is essential that your puppy is introduced to various experiences during that time. We've developed a free printable resource on basic Puppy Socialization, which you can find along with others on our Behaviour Resources page. Socialization activities may need to be modified to follow public health measures, so we're sharing some strategies which allow for social distancing: Bring your puppy outside in [...]

By |2021-03-28T17:01:09-06:00March 23, 2021|