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Humane Society seeks help

Record number of animal seizures has put the shelter over capacity

This year was record breaking in the amount of animal seizures for the Calgary Humane Society, putting the shelter consistently over capacity.

In the last two weeks of October, the Humane Society seized 35 cats and 27 birds from just two Calgary homes.

Fortunately, the animals are well adjusted and will make good house pets once they are fit to be adopted.

“When seizures like this happen, it’s all hands on deck,” said Phil Fulton, manager of community outreach at the Calgary Humane Society.

“We have to get creative with space and reach out to the community for help.”

When the Humane Society needs to create space, some animals are placed in temporary foster homes and others might be sent to other organizations such as the Cochrane Humane Society.

During the month of November, the Calgary Humane Society offered reduced adoption fees on cats at least seven months old and on some birds.

The Humane Society also has a strong social media presence with over 30,000 followers on Facebook alone, which they use to their advantage.

Their social media accounts are typically used to showcase animals in need of homes, advertise events, and share successful adoption stories.

“We are constantly trying to promote the positive work that we do,” said Fulton.

“It’s a common misconception that shelters are horrible and depressing, but animals are getting adopted, they are getting help, and they are getting homes.” Fulton hopes that the shared success stories of adopted animals will inspire people to offer support to the Humane Society.

“If it’s all bad news then nobody is going to listen,” he said.

The Humane Society also holds events throughout the year to highlight different animals and encourage people to consider adoption, such as Senior Pet Month in November.

The Christmas Party for the Animals will be held on Dec. 5., which will feature holiday pet photos, crafts, a bake sale, and special adoption fees.

This year, the Humane Society hopes to fill one of the dog pads in the adoption area from floor to ceiling with donations.

The funds raised at the event will go towards running the Humane Society, since it is a non-profit organization entirely funded by donors.

“The adoption fees don’t cover the money put into an animal,” said Fulton.

For instance, the cost to adopt a puppy is $479, but the price of food, medical care, and training classes greatly exceeds that.

To help the Humane Society, Fulton asked that people share their posts on Facebook, consider adopting a pet, or donate toys, treats, and gently used linens. Visit www.calgaryhumane.ca/donate/wishlist to see the full list of their most needed items.

Alternatively, Fulton said the Humane Society is always looking for people to donate their time to walk dogs, clean cages, and play with other animals.

“We would not be able to do what we do without our volunteers.”

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