Photo Credit: Manitoba Animal Alliance

Helping the Animals of Manitoba’s Wildfires

With over 130 active wildfires burning across the province, Pauingassi, Little Grand Rapids, Berens River, and Bloodvein First Nations have been completely evacuated due to smoke and power outages. Most people were required to leave their pets in their community when they were evacuated; free-roaming community dogs are also left behind. Without guardians, these animals have limited access to food and water, making them especially vulnerable during this time. The Winnipeg Humane Society is working hard to assist in any capacity we can and to fill the gap concerning the much-needed care for these animals during disaster relief efforts by … Continued

2021 June MVP: Heather Tataryn

Like many other volunteers at the Winnipeg Humane Society, Heather Tataryn decided to begin her volunteer role after adopting her cat, Bijou, at the WHS. “In October 2017, I hadn’t owned a pet for a few years because my best friend, whom I’ve known since before elementary school, has allergies to these furry felines,” she explained. “But I had recently looked after a friend of a friend’s cat and after that I knew it was time for me to welcome one into my life!” So Heather came to the WHS and fell in love with every single rescue cat at … Continued

A New Education Department!

There are some changes happening within our Education Department that we are very excited to share with the community! As with any WHS program, we review the success, return on investment, and overall engagement to determine how we move forward. The pandemic has had quite the impact on the Education Department and our ability to deliver in-person programming (such as Birthday Parties, See Spot Read, Tours & Fieldtrips, WHS in Your School, and more). Based on the impact of the pandemic, we sat down to really assess our goals and where we wanted to take our department moving forward. We … Continued

Explaining the Capacity for Care Shelter Model

Did you know the Winnipeg Humane Society has successfully followed a shelter model called Capacity for Care since its implementation in 2018? Educating the public on what we do, how we do it, and the why behind our decision-making, is so important. The Capacity for Care (C4C) shelter model ensures the best live outcome for each animal requiring care, enabling the shelter to find the right outcome, for the right animal, at the right time, in the right way. Despite pre-conceived notions of the best way to help an animal – bringing an animal into the shelter is not always … Continued

How to Keep your Pet Cool in the Summer

After a long Canadian winter, we’re all itching to get outside with our pets. But, just like us, dogs and cats are susceptible to heat-related illnesses like overheating, heatstroke and even skin cancer. Pets with flatter faces (like pugs and Persian cats), elderly cats and dogs, overweight pets, and animals with previous heart or lung conditions are at higher risks of overheating and heatstroke. Here are some tips to help your pet stay healthy, safe and cool in the summer. Heatstroke – what to look for According to the Ontario Veterinary Medical Association (OVMA), watch for the following signs and symptoms … Continued

Captive Snakes: Why Misconceptions Matter

**THE SNAKE HAS SINCE BEEN CAUGHT** An 8 foot long snake is still at large after being spotted in Fort Rouge over the weekend. This is the second instance of a captive snake being spotted in Winnipeg, when a sighting of a python-like snake was reported in August 2020, yet never located by officials.  Many members of the public do not condone roaming animals on their property regardless of species. For others, the thought of accidentally encountering such a large snake is terrifying, regardless of how harmless the snake might be. We at the Winnipeg Humane Society believe that all … Continued

2021 April MVP: WHS Animal Transport Team (Bruce Vokey, David Sain, Theresa Gerelus & Ted Wakefield)

The members of the Winnipeg Humane Society’s Transportation team are a phone call away but the gratitude they receive from the animals for which they care is fair compensation. The team’s four volunteers – Bruce Vokey, David Sain and married couple Theresa Gerelus and Ted Wakefield – pick up rescue dogs from the Winnipeg and St. Andrews airports and deliver them to the WHS clinic for care and, eventually, adoption. “The WHS partners with several remote communities and rescues in Manitoba to identify, transport and provide vet care and shelter to remote pets in need,” explained Dr. Gina Bowen, WHS … Continued

Volunteer Suzanne with a furry WHS friend.

CEO Blog: On Leaving a Legacy…

May is Leave a Legacy Month: this month always feels extra celebratory to me. Over the years we have had many donors leave their legacy in support of our shelter animals – by leaving a gift or bequest to the Winnipeg Humane Society in your will, you are supporting our community of animals, and the people who care for them for generations to come. When I try to imagine what our organization will look like in 10-15 years, how we have advanced and grown the scope of our care, our dreams are limitless – please consider being a part of … Continued

2021 March MVP: Eve Finnbogason, Adoption Team

When lawyer Eve Finnbogason moved back to Winnipeg in late 2008 after retiring, one of the things she wanted to do was sign up to volunteer at the Winnipeg Humane Society. It didn’t take her long. By early 2009 she was volunteering as a Cat Adoption Assistant, where she’s been for over a dozen years. “It was something I always wanted to do but never had the time. It’s been an excellent volunteer gig. I’ve done a lot of volunteer work over my career, but this I’ve done for purely personal reasons, and it’s been great. The best part is … Continued

CEO Blog: Paws In Motion and Highlighting our Programs

Hi All, It’s been just a few months since I have started my new life as your CEO – in some ways everything still feels new, but I am feeling at home, and getting my groove in the new role… I’ll take that as a win! March was a busy month with 1001 Donations, with over $140,000 raised in support of our shelter animals, and we are now gearing up for Paws in Motion – 2021 style. For over 26 years, Paws in Motion has been Manitoba’s largest celebration of pets and the pandemic will not stop it. This year, … Continued