6 Benefits of Training Your Dog

January is National Train Your Dog Month! Our Behaviour department offers a variety of training classes right here at the Winnipeg Humane Society. From puppy manners, to basic obedience, to even learning new tricks – there is a class for all dogs in all stages of life. Plus, they run all year long! Here are 6 benefits of training your dog – for both you and your pup! 1. It Builds Up Your Dog’s Confidence When you train your dog using positive reinforcement, it teaches them that making decisions and engaging with you and the environment earns them good things, … Continued

2021 December MVP: Angela Morelli

Many Winnipeg Humane Society volunteers may not know Angela Morelli, but one way or another, we’ve all seen her work. Since early 2020, Angela has been behind the scenes as an administrative support for Volunteer Services. Her duties are varied, depending upon the work that needs to be done on any given day. “I assist Kelle Greene and Amy Brake with admin duties,” Angela said. “Some days it might be mostly scanning and uploading. Other days I may need to also make the volunteers’ name tags.” But Angela has played a big role in turning Volunteer Services into a paperless … Continued

4 #WHSTips Before Bringing Home a New Pet

Bringing home a new pet can be very exciting, but it’s always good to be as prepared as possible before picking them up to keep your new furry friend safe, comfortable and happy in your home. Here are 4 #WHSTips you can do to make sure everyone is ready for the new addition: 1. Pet-proof Your Home It’s important you keep your pet safe: this means putting any dangerous items such as glass ornaments and trinkets out of reach; making sure trashcans and food sources have secure lids or are not where the pet can access them; removing or securing … Continued

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It’s the start of a brand new year, and with it comes an abundance of new opportunities for helping animals and the planet.  We’re kicking off 2022 by compiling a list of four simple ways you can drastically reduce your carbon footprint, while still helping animals: Reduce your animal product consumption. Did you know that more than 88 billion animals are raised for food every year?  According to the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, animal agriculture practices emit up to 90 million tonnes of C02 into the atmosphere annually, through the unsustainable burning of fossil fuels. This … Continued

CEO Blog: Happy New Year!

Happy New Year to All! As I approach the one-year mark of being your WHS CEO and reflect on all that we have accomplished as a team of animal champions coming out of 2021 – the first word that comes to my mind is PREVAIL. The pandemic, the shutdowns, new leadership, and the trials and tribulations that come along with that amount of change and diversion, did not slow us down. We are stronger and as motivated as ever, as we work our way into 2022. This year, we will go through a new strategic planning process, expand our work … Continued

A New Tots & Tails

Earlier in 2021 we introduced our new Tots & Tails Program. We were thrilled to be able to meet a need in our community by providing a safe and animal centered space for parents/caregivers and their toddlers. In response to the feedback from our surveys, talking with participants, and emails, we have decided to make a few changes to provide more of what you have suggested. Tots & Tails will now run for 1-hour from 10:00-11:00, instead of the 1.5 hours. We have done some research and have created crafts that are new and suitable for the youngest of our … Continued

WHS 2021 Holiday Closure

Our 2021 holiday schedule will be as follows: December 24: 11:00am – 3:00pm December 25: CLOSED December 26: CLOSED December 27: 11:00am – 7:00pm December 29: 11:00am – 7:00pm December 30: 11:00am – 7:00pm December 31: 11:00am – 3:00pm January 1: CLOSED We will re-open on January 2nd with regular shelter hours. Rest assured that the animals are always our priority and there will be staff to look after all their needs. There will also be staff onsite to administer emergency care. However, every December we work to ensure every animal has a home for the holidays, whether it’s to … Continued

2021 November MVP: Cam and Claudia Verwey

When PhD student Cam Verwey needed volunteer hours to get his professional designation, the chance to volunteer alongside his wife Claudia and help animals at the Winnipeg Humane Society was the ‘cat’s meow,’ so to speak. “I’m a PhD student in Mechanical Engineering,” Cam explained. “As registration for becoming a professional engineer, there’s a volunteer requirement. To make up those hours, we thought right away about the Winnipeg Humane Society. We knew they always need volunteers and we’ve always loved animals.” Claudia added that the opportunity to spend more time together and help animals was a bonus. “Cam wanted me … Continued

A Holiday Gift Guide from the WHS Pet Shop

Are you looking for the perfect gift for the animal lover in your life? Or maybe you want to add a few more things to your pet’s stockings. We’re here to lend a paw! We’ve put together this gift guide with some of our favourite, most stylish and aww-inducing gifts any pet owner would be thrilled to receive – and they’re all found right here in our WHS Pet Shop!   For the Obsessive Pet Parent: We have brand new apparel in the shop that says it all. Let everyone know there is a pet parent in the room with … Continued

The WHS Pet Shop Goes Digital

Launching Cyber Monday For the first time in Winnipeg Humane Society history, our shelter shop will be hitting the www. and delivering right to your home. Just in time for the holidays! Your donor dollars have double the effect – you and your companion can enjoy goodies from the store, and every dollar you spend goes back to supporting our operation. Of course, you can still come into our store – we are open, but you can also sit in your PJs and shop away, we won’t complain either way. Our new, rebranded and re-merchandised WHS Pet Shop has many … Continued