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EHS Providing Care to 11 Dogs Seized from Sherwood Park Home

MEDIA STATEMENT FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE EDMONTON HUMANE SOCIETY PROVIDING CARE TO 11 DOGS SEIZED FROM SHERWOOD PARK HOME EDMONTON, AB (February 3, 2023) – The 11 dogs seized by Strathcona County Enforcement Services and Strathcona County RCMP on January 28, 2023 are safely in the care of the Edmonton Humane Society (EHS) and receiving medical treatment. Due to their neglected and malnourished condition, it will take a few weeks before they become available for adoption, as they recover and reach a healthy weight prior to their spay/neuter surgery. The dogs will be placed into foster care in the meantime. We are grateful that, with the support of our community, we can be here to provide a safe haven for animals who come from situations of neglect. We also wish to thank Strathcona County and the RCMP for their work on this case, and to the citizen who reported the concern, so the dogs could be removed from these unacceptable conditions. We cannot release any further details on the dogs at this time, as they are part of an active case. Questions regarding the case can be directed to the Strathcona County RCMP. When the dogs are ready for adoption, they will be on EHS’ website at edmontonhumanesociety.com/adoptables. Those who wish to support the care of these 11 dogs and the many other homeless, neglected [...]

By |2023-02-03T12:07:54-07:00February 3, 2023|

EHS Statement on EPS’ Investigation Into Horrific Killing of Cat

MEDIA STATEMENT FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE EDMONTON HUMANE SOCIETY STATEMENT ON EPS’ INVESTIGATION INTO HORRIFIC KILLING OF CAT EDMONTON, AB (December 22, 2022) – The Edmonton Humane Society (EHS) is deeply saddened and concerned about the recent incident in which a cat was killed by five teenage boys. “This is a horrific act of cruelty, and our hearts go out to the family of the cat as well as those who witnessed the assault. We are thankful that Edmonton has a dedicated Animal Cruelty Investigation Unit (ACIU) who is taking this investigation seriously,” says CEO Liza Sunley. EHS urges anyone with information about this crime to come forward and contact Edmonton Police Service. “We also encourage parents, educators, and community leaders to use this tragedy as an opportunity to teach young people about the importance of respecting the animals we share our world with,” added Sunley. “There is a well-established link between violence against animals and violence against humans, and it is crucial that we work together to prevent both.” As part of their efforts to foster the humane treatment of all animals, EHS offers Humane Education programming for kids and youth including camps and presentations for schools and groups. Research has shown that Humane Education can reduce and prevent violence towards people and animals through developing compassion and empathy. If you would like to [...]

By |2022-12-22T08:24:13-07:00December 22, 2022|

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 |2022-10-12T12:58:08-06:00May 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 |2022-10-12T12:58:08-06:00May 20, 2022|

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|

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|

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|

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: February 15, 2022 - 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 2022 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. Drop-off and pick-up may be done curbside. Adoptions Modified Adoption requests are to be submitted online. Following submission of request, an in-person meet-and-greet by appointment will be scheduled. Click here for details on how to adopt. Limited in-person browsing of the Adoption Gallery is also available. To book your appointment, call 780-491-3500 or email [email protected] Bingo's Pet Shop Modified In-person shopping available by appointment, click here to email or call 780-491-3510 Online ordering with curbside pick-up remains available. For [...]

By |2022-02-22T10:20:12-07:00March 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|