WHS Tours and Field Trips

DYK: The Winnipeg Humane Society is not just a shelter. From a full clinic to a pet shop, so much more goes into supporting the animals in our care and community. Our Community Outreach Department is pleased to offer shelter tours and field trips for children, youth, and community groups to learn more about the work that makes the WHS what it is and how it helps. Only have an hour? A shelter tour is just for you! For $65 your group gets to experience a detailed shelter tour. Learn all about the different departments, facts about our animals, and … Continued

Monthly Volunteer Profile: Justin Marucci

The old adage says, “Moss don’t grow on a rolling stone.” The author of this could easily be talking about Winnipeg Humane Society volunteer Justin Marucci, who certainly keeps himself busy. Justin, unlike this writer and many of the MVPs I’ve profiled in this role over seven years, is neither retired nor a student. He works full time as an executive with Thor Plumbing and Heating Ltd. On Saturdays, he spends three hours volunteering in the WHS intake department, a position he’s held since last September. In his spare time, he coached soccer four times a week (until the season … Continued

Winnipeg Humane Society Collaborates with Bear Clan Patrol and Feed the Fur Babies Canada on Second Mobile Pet Food Bank

May 9, 2024 For Immediate Release Winnipeg, Manitoba – Tomorrow (Friday, May 10), the Winnipeg Humane Society (WHS), Bear Clan Patrol, and Feed the Furbabies Canada will host a second mobile pet food bank offering free dog and cat food to help ease some of the increased costs of owning a pet – from vet care to food – that has put so much pressure on the community. “The response to our first mobile food bank in November 2023 was overwhelming. We ran out of roughly 800 pounds of food within an hour,” says Meghan Irwin, Director of Behaviour and … Continued

10 Reasons to Adopt a Shelter Pet

If you are considering adding a member to your family, a shelter animal could be the perfect fit! Our shelter is at capacity, and we need your help to find our animals homes to make room for new ones.   There are many reasons why a dog or cat might end up in a shelter, and it doesn’t mean they are “bad” or have behaviour issues. Some animals are strays or from families who couldn’t take care of them anymore for financial, medical, or other reasons out of their control. All these animals are equally deserving of finding their forever home, … Continued

Meet the Distinguished 100 Club

Roan, Landon, and Axel are our three pups in the Distinguished 100 Club, meaning they have been at the Winnipeg Humane Society for over 100 days. They are MORE than ready to cancel their membership and find their forever home. Read their profiles to see if you could be their paw-fect match!        Meet Roan!   Roan is a handsome six-year-old boy. Don’t be fooled by his age though, as he is still young at heart.    Roan is a staff and volunteer favourite, and if you meet him, you will see why.    Roan loves to make people laugh with … Continued


Everyone who volunteers at the Winnipeg Humane Society gives of their time because they care for animals, but Daniel Phillips has probably never met a cat he didn’t like. Daniel, a Feline Enrichment volunteer, cares for cats so much that he comes in three times a week for a couple of hours to spend time with cats in Kitty Cat Way, and the Cat Condos. “I pet the cats,” he said, perhaps simplifying his duties at the shelter. “The idea is to get the cats more used to the presence of people, so that when visitors come in, they’ll react … Continued


The Winnipeg Humane Society (WHS) has received a grant from PetSmart Charities® in the amount of $150,000 over three years to address challenges in accessing veterinary care in South Indian Lake, a remote Northern community in Manitoba. Rising costs combined with geographical and cultural barriers have left many communities out of the veterinary care system altogether. This grant program supports innovative and culturally relevant veterinary programs. Early in 2023, PetSmart Charities, the top funder of animal welfare in the U.S., announced a $100 million commitment over the next five years toward improving access to veterinary care. One of these visionary … Continued


The Manitoba government is strengthening Manitoba Agriculture’s Animal Health and Welfare branch with the creation of a new provincial veterinarian position focused on animal welfare, launching the Northern and Remote Veterinary Care Initiative and contributing $200,000 to the Winnipeg Humane Society for the expansion of its One Health Program and support the efforts of Feed the Furbabies Canada, Agriculture Minister Ron Kostyshyn and Indigenous Economic Development Minister Ian Bushie announced on March 28, 2024. “Our government is committed to working with communities and pet owners to provide more opportunities to access veterinary services and help address the need for more … Continued

Monthly Volunteer Profile: Cynthia Stewart

Cynthia Stewart volunteers at the Winnipeg Humane Society as a Food Bank Delivery Driver, a position she has held since April 2023. She is one of many drivers who deliver dog and cat food on a bi-weekly basis to people with low income or who have mobility issues. Cynthia began volunteering at the WHS in 2007 and has mostly worked at special events, such as Paws in Motion, the Bow Wow Ball, Bark in the Park, the Book Sale, WHS Telethon, and dog walking at the old shelter on Nairn Avenue. Now her efforts are mainly dedicated to pet food … Continued

Trade in Your Trap

The Winnipeg Humane Society (WHS) is launching the Trade in Your Trap campaign, which urges people to turn in their lethal animal traps to the WHS to prevent injuries and deaths of not only wildlife but non-target victims such as dogs and cats. Winslow, a two-year-old cat, was brought to the shelter’s clinic with severe injuries after being caught in an illegal trap in a Winnipeg neighbourhood. He is recovering well, but for others, the outcome has been fatal. “Traps don’t discriminate. They show no mercy to wildlife or beloved pets. All animals suffer immensely when they fall victim to … Continued