October 2022 Monthly Volunteer Profile: Amanda and Adam Belaire

Adam and Amanda Belaire have both enjoyed animals all their lives. Now the married couple are recognizing their pets over the years by volunteering together with the Winnipeg Humane Society. Each Saturday they head over to the Hurst Street shelter and load up their Corolla with boxes of food, bags of cat litter and – sometimes – pet toys and treats. The items are delivered to households which have registered with the Winnipeg Humane Society Emergency Food Bank, which is focused on keeping pets and people together by providing relief from the cost of feeding family pets during challenging times. … Continued

CEO Blog: The State of Shelter Life at the Winnipeg Humane Society

Dear Supporters and Friends, As we move into Fall with the leaves in full colour change and the cold breeze moving in, it’s time we give you another update on shelter life at the Winnipeg Humane Society. You’ve likely heard that our surrender calls are on the rise, the shelter has been very full, and we have a waiting list of animals to come in. The ebbs and flows of the economy, war, inflation, and difficulties in staffing across market affects everyone, and when the grip tightens on society, it tightens on us. With that said, we are here and … Continued

Animal Welfare and the 2022 Municipal Election: You Spoke Up and We Listened

Winnipeg’s municipal election is just seven days away and there has never been a better time to engage with your city council and mayoral candidates to discuss the animal welfare issues that matter most to you. We at the Winnipeg Humane Society know first-hand how much Winnipeg residents care about animal welfare. Our organization works tirelessly to support pet owners during every step of their pet ownership journey. For instance, the Winnipeg Humane Society currently assists over 10,000 animals annually through internal and external programs, including our low income spay neuter and clinic services, our foster/adoption/behaviour programs, as well as … Continued

WHS Education Department Ready to go Back to School!

Back to school season is in full swing! Here in the WHS Education Department, we have been eagerly waiting to get back into the classrooms – whether it be in person or virtually! Our team is so excited to be bringing back into schools our Empathy for All Living Things Program! The Empathy for All Living Things Program is an opportunity to teach students to have a responsible, empathetic attitude toward all living things. We achieve this by immersing the students into one of our nine different topics. Each session includes interactive activities and having meaningful conversations. These topics include: … Continued

August 2022 Monthly Volunteer Profile: Jennie Diacos

When Jennie Diacos retired and sold all her businesses in 2021, she knew there were many local organizations that could use her help. But her life-long love of animals drew her to the Winnipeg Humane Society last fall. And she seems to keep finding more ways to help. Among her businesses was a popular Osborne Village restaurant which she owned and managed with her brother. She was used to working seven days a week, so retirement created a need for something to help her wile away the hours. The WHS was a natural for her, and she keeps on volunteering … Continued

Great things come in THREES with One Great Lottery!

Misericordia Health Centre Foundation (MHCF) and Winnipeg Humane Society (WHS) are excited to announce that One Great Lottery is back this Fall! One Great Lottery proceeds allow both organizations to invest in programs that provide outstanding care to hands and paws alike. One Great Lottery is a fun, exciting and rewarding way to support our organizations, while having the chance to win some incredible prizes – featuring not one but THREE Grand Prizes plus so much more! Cash, Car, Cruise! Grand Prize #1 Winner will walk away with half of the 50/50 jackpot that starts with a guaranteed $20,000 and … Continued

Jessica Miller, Desiree Scott, Ace Burpee, Kris Gladwell

Two Great Causes, One Great Lottery is BACK September 15th!

Dear Friends and Supporters, What a year it’s been…summer was a whirlwind at the Winnipeg Humane Society (WHS). As we head into fall, I’m thrilled to share some exciting news with you – and you’re the first to know! In just a few short days, we will once again be launching our One Great Lottery, in partnership with Misericordia Health Centre Foundation (MHCF). This incredible initiative is the second part of our two-part program venture; when we first launched in the spring – you really stepped up! This lottery is a dream come true for me as your WHS CEO, … Continued

World Rabies Day FREE Vaccine Clinic September 28th

This year’s World Rabies Day theme is One Health! Did you know that humans can also contract rabies and that it is fatal once symptoms start to appear? At the Winnipeg Humane Society, we want to make sure that both you and your pet are protected against zoonotic diseases like rabies, by making sure your pet is up-to-date on their vaccines. By protecting your pet against rabies, you are also protecting yourself and your community. We want pets, people, and communities to be healthy, which is why we are so passionate about One Health at the WHS! To celebrate World … Continued

July 2022 Monthly Volunteer Profile: Marcy Kowalchuck

If you look up ‘determination’ or ‘dedication’ in the dictionary, it wouldn’t be wrong to find a picture of Winnipeg Humane Society Marcy Kowalchuk in the definition. She’s a living, breathing testament to those character traits. She’s fiercely loyal to the cats in Kitty Kat Way (whom she lovingly refers to as ‘her babies’) and to the work of the WHS and its employees and volunteers. And she’s not going to let cerebral palsy prevent her from caring for the cats twice a week. She began volunteering with Winnipeg Humane Society in 2008 and has worked with the cats ever … Continued

Bill 62 Keeping Canadians in the Dark On How Farm Animals Raised

Did you know? Last year Bill 62 was passed in Manitoba, making it a criminal offense to document and bear witness to animals who are farmed during production, transport, and slaughter. On May 30 2022, a similar anti-whistleblower Federal Bill (C-275) was introduced to the House of Commons, which threatens to jail animal advocates who expose animal suffering on farms, proposing fines of up to half a million dollars. As with Bill 62 in Manitoba and similar bills in other provinces, ag-gag legislation already exists, making Bill C-275 redundant. Such Bills aim to keep Canadians in the dark regarding how … Continued