WHS 2021 Holiday Closure | Winnipeg Humane Society
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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 a new loving home or to a foster home.

We want to thank everyone for your continued support this year, and wish everyone a happy holiday! We cannot do what we do without our #WHSHeroes community. If you’d like to show your support with a donation, please visit www.winnipeghumanesociety.ca.


Holiday Closure Phone Numbers and FAQs

For Animal Emergencies within the City of Winnipeg, call 204-982-2020
To report an Animal Welfare Concern within the City of Winnipeg, call 204-982-2028
To reach our Intake Department, call 204-982-2025 option #5 (only available on days the shelter is open)
To report an Animal Welfare Concern outside of Winnipeg, call the Animal Care Line at 204-945-8000 or toll free 1-888-945-8001
To report Winnipeg Bylaw concerns (stray dogs, barking complaints), contact 311


What if I need to surrender an animal?

We encourage you to call us when the shelter reopens on December 27th. In the mean time please follow the link https://www.winnipeghumanesociety.ca/your-family-pet/surrendering-your-pet/ and submit a surrender profile for your pet.

What if I have a pet emergency?

We have identified alternative resources for pet owners seeking medical and other services during the holiday closure.

  • If your pet needs immediate veterinary care, contact one of the emergency vet clinics:
    • Pembina Veterinary Hospital (204) 452-9427
    • Bridgwater Veterinary Hospital (204) 452-0911
  • If you are experiencing behaviour challenges, check out our online pet behaviour resources. (https://www.winnipeghumanesociety.ca/yourfamily-pet/behaviour-help/)

What if I find a stray animal?

If you find a stray cat in the community and it appears healthy, cared for and not in danger, the WHS recommends you leave the cat alone. The cat might live in the area and has a better chance of finding its way home when not removed.

If you find a stray dog, please call 311 (https://www.winnipeg.ca/cms/animal/) and file a found report with us here: https://www.winnipeghumanesociety.ca/found-animal-report/

If the animal appears to be sick or injured, please call our Animal Emergency line at 204-982-2020 for further direction.

For healthy cats, we asked you to file a found report (https://www.winnipeghumanesociety.ca/found-animal-report/) and care for the cat while the WHS tries to locate the owner. The email account will be monitored to ensure lost animals can be returned to their owners.

Please also post adds on the following Facebook/Websites, to help find the owner:


Winnipeg Lost Cat Alert and Winnipeg Missing and Found Cat Watch, Kijiji


Winnipeg Lost Dog Alert, Kijiji

What if I lost my animal?

Please read the information we have provided for you on our webpage and file a lost report with us. https://www.winnipeghumanesociety.ca/found-animal-report/ Hold periods will be extended to accommodate the holiday closure.