Thank You to Our Wonderful Volunteers

Lacey

As an open admission animal shelter, the Regina Humane Society receives may  animals with variety of health conditions. When Lacey, a somewhat shy and timid dog, arrived at the Shelter she was in desperate need of extensive dental work and was having trouble using one of her hind legs. One of the benefits of having a donor-supported vet team on site is that conditions such as these can be assessed quickly and actions taken to relieve animals of any pain or discomfort they may be experiencing.

The first condition to be treated would be Lacey’s considerable dental work. Three of her teeth had severe periodontal disease that had caused the bone surrounding the tooth roots to decay, leaving the teeth sensitive and painful. One tooth had so much bone loss around it that it had become loose. All would need to be extracted.

From time to time, especially during the  busy seasons of spring and summer when our own veterinary resources are stretched to the limits, the Regina Humane Society is very fortunate to work with area vet clinics which help animals in our care receive needed surgeries and treatments. One such clinic is 24 HR Animal Care Centre, who generously donated their expertise and provided Lacey with the dental work she required to get her ready to meet a new family.

Once the dental work was completed, attention moved to her disabled leg. Lacey would need a femoral head and neck ostectomy, which would remove part of her hip joint but allow her improved use of her leg long-term. Lacey was a true trooper as she made the short trip to Indian Head Animal Clinic to have her surgery.  Once back in the care of the RHS vet team, Lacey was set for some rest and healing with one the Regina Humane Society’s caring foster families.

Following her surgery, it became apparent that Lacey was not putting weight on her repaired leg as was needed to ensure good function. Lakewood Animal Hospital to the rescue!   Their clinic generously provided discounted water therapy sessions to support Lacey’s full recovery.

After several therapy sessions, Lacey was given the green light to start the search for that special family that she could call her own. But, as it turns out, she had already found her family. Over the time Lacey was recovering,  her foster family fell in love with the gentle girl and felt they just could not let her go.

Lacey’s journey of recovery is a shining example of what can be achieved when a community works together.  With many hurdles to overcome, Lacey never gave up and we never gave up on her thanks to your support.

Happy trails Lacey!

Elmer – The Little Dog Who Wouldn’t be Caught

It was something you might see on a TV reality show. A little dog, no bigger than a large cat, running through a busy city, fending for himself and facing dangers at every turn. Concerned people see him, and try to catch him, but to no avail. Soon, his story is shared on social media, with sightings and alerts happening daily. RHS Animal Protection Officers received many calls and tips, however, he continued to elude the public and officers alike.

One calm and quiet morning, the staff at Ledcor Group noticed the now famous runner in their compound and immediately contacted the RHS.  When our Animal Protection Officer arrived, he was sleeping in a secluded area – no doubt exhausted from his ordeal. The Officer quietly approached pooped pooch and was able to at last bring him to the warmth and safety of the RHS.

It quickly became obvious that the little runaway, named Elmer by the Officer, had suffered an injury to one of his legs. Touched by the story of Elmer, the staff at Ledcor immediately offered to assist with the costs of any surgery that might help the pup regain use of his leg and ultimately be placed for adoption.

Upon examination by the RHS Vet Team, it was determined that the injury to his knee was similar to ACL injuries in humans, and would indeed require surgery.

The next day, Ledcor Superintendent Jeff was at the shelter to present a cheque to the RHS to go towards Elmer’s surgery and care on behalf Ledcor and a few of their friends who also wanted to help – McEwen Holdings, the Kwade family, Alison McEwen, and Canadian Bobcat.

In mid-June Elmer had his surgery and was soon put up for adoption. Not surprisingly, Elmer quickley caught the attention of a family who fell in love with him and knew he was the one for them. 

Many thanks to everyone who took action and helped bring Elmer to safety, and especially to those who helped with the costs of his surgery and his new owners who opened their heart and home to this little pup. 

He couldn’t have done it without you!

Pets and Summer Vacations – How to Keep Your Pets Safe

As summer vacation season quickly approaches, The RHS encourages you to plan ahead if taking your pets on that cross-country road trip, or even just to visit some friends at the lake.  Sometimes, leaving your pet with a friend or family member or a local kennel is the best option.  But, if you are heading out with your pet in tow, consider the following tips to ensure a happy and safe vacation for everyone:

  • Consider scheduling a visit to the vet before you leave, to ensure your pet is healthy and able to make the trip.  It is also a great time to pick-up any medications that may be required for an extended time away from home.  It may be a good idea to make a list of vets in the area that you will be vacationing in, just in case.
  • If staying at a hotel or resort, check ahead of time to ensure that the resort allows for your type of pet.  It is also a good idea to check for local laws at your destination that may ban or restrict certain types of animals or specific breeds.  Be sure to know the local laws with respect to where you can and cannot walk with your pet such as parks and beach areas.
  • Pack all of your pets supplies including leash and harness, food and water from home (and a bowl for use while traveling), required medications, vaccination and ownership papers, first aid kit and a couple of favourite toys for comfort.  Be sure to plan plenty of rest stops so your pet can stretch their legs and visit the nearest tree if needed.
  • Pets should always be secured while travelling by car with a properly fitting car harness or in a properly sized carrier or kennel.  Unsecured pets could be severely injured or injure others in case of an accident.
  • Be sure your pet is properly identified with collar tags and microchip and that all of your contact information with your vet and the microchip company are up to date.  Should your pet become separated from you, clear and proper identification could critical in finding your pet.  Whenever possible include your contact information when away from home, such as a cellphone number, so you can easily be reached on the road. 
  • Never leave your pet alone in a hot car, even for a few minutes. Temperatures can rise very quickly to levels that can result in severe injury to your pet or even death. Rolling down the windows or leaving the air conditioning running is not suitable solutions.


    Have a safe and happy vacation!

You Were Part of History

As Regina’s only open admission shelter, accepting any animal despite its injuries, sickness, temperament or age, the Regina Humane Society embraced 4,613 animals who had nowhere else to turn in 2016.  Advances in our animal care, veterinary services, adoption and pet identification initiatives supported a record year for lives saved, adoptions and pets being returned to their families.

By continuing to serve as the safety net for animals in Regina and area, we will be able to ensure that every healthy and treatable animal gets the chance they deserve at health and happiness.

Here are just a few examples of how more animals have been given a second chance under our Life-Saving Strategy:

In 2016, with your help, the RHS achieved:

  • A record breaking number of adoptions at 2,560
  • 212 partner transfers – the most ever in a single year
  • 1,168 animals safely returned to their owners – another record
  • The highest save rate in our history of  79%
  • A record 58% reduction in euthanasia since our strategy was put in place in 2008

All this from just ONE life-saving community! For more success stories and our full annual report, click here.

When it Comes to Wildlife in the City, it is Best to Leave it Be

No one likes to see a young animal or bird alone without its parent. Many concerned people call believing they have found young wild animals or birds that have been abandoned by their parents or are concerned for the safety of the animals. However, it is more likely the parent is out searching for food or people have frightened the parent away.

Unless the parent is found dead nearby, it is most probable that the adult will return to the baby as soon as people are not around. The RHS understands that people are concerned about the animals and bring them into shelter with the best of intentions, however doing so may prove deadly for the young animal once it is separated from its parent. While young birds and animals may be cute, it is best to leave them where they are.

The RHS advises the public who encounter baby wildlife to keep the following in mind:

  • If a young bird has fallen out of the nest, you may return it to the nest if it is immediate danger, but it is best to leave it alone. The mother will not reject the baby because you have touched it and babies usually fall out of the nest as a natural part of learning to fly;
  • If you find a young hare with no obvious injuries, leave it alone or put it back where it was found because the mother is nearby and will return once you leave. She will not reject it because you touched it;
  • Most young wild animals do very poorly in captivity. The best chance for their survival is to be reunited with their mother;
  • It is especially important to avoid contact with young raccoons and skunks because they can be carriers of rabies and parasites;
  • It is against the law to keep a wild animal.

We also receive calls in the spring about geese and other birds nesting in unusual places such as parking lots, fields or alleys. Unless the bird is injured, it is best to leave it be. While the location of the nest may seem unusual to us, they have chosen it based on their natural instincts and will very likely be just fine if left alone.

If you are concerned about a young wild animal and an adult animal has not been seen for several days or the animal is injured, contact your local conservation officer or the Wascana Centre Authority, if within the park, for assistance.

There is almost never a good reason to remove a young wild animal from its natural environment.

Love Seeing Animals Adopted? The New Adoption Counselor Volunteer Program May be for You!

Advances in adoption strategies including fee-waived/reduced adoptions, adoption events, sponsorships, satellite adoption partnerships and transfer programs helped to achieve record breaking adoptions in 2016. Of the 2,560 pets adopted last year, hundreds found their forever families during special three day adoption events. To better serve adopters and increase the effectiveness of these very busy events, we are looking for Adoption Counselor Volunteers to be trained as part of our lifesaving team.

Adoption Counselor Volunteers will work with potential adopters to find the perfect pet by introducing adopters to our felines , answering questions, explaining the adoption procedures and policies, assisting adopters in making informed decisions and gathering information that will help ensure a successful and life-long relationship. Volunteer Adoption Counselors are required to commit to a training program which includes 20 hours of hands-on animal care and socialization in shelter as well as orientation and training in the RHS adoption process. This new volunteer initiative will enable more animals to find loving new homes and help adopters have the best possible experience while at the shelter.

Are you ready to bring new families together? Take the first step by contacting our Volunteer Coordinator at volunteer@reginahumane.ca for more information and to register.

Oracle Goes Home!

Many recall the story of a tiny, blind kitten found outside alone last November.

Oracle, as she was named, was brought to the warmth and safety of the Regina Humane Society. Oracle was lucky to be alive. She was underweight and could not have found food or shelter on her own as the harshness of a Saskatchewan winter quickly approached.

Under the supervision of the RHS Veterinary team, the young waif placed with a foster family so she could grow big and strong to have the surgery needed to remove her non-functioning eyes, which would prevent the constant risk of infection that would have plagued her for all of her life.

Oracle thrived, learning to play and romp with her canine foster companion Indie, until her surgery day arrived last month. After several weeks of recovery she finally was ready to find her forever home.

Oracle was given a second chance at life because of a caring, loving and generous community that rallied together and refused to turn its back on a helpless and abandoned kitten. In late March,  she began the next chapter of her amazing story when she was adopted by a loving family – a tale that almost began as a senseless tragedy, will now live on as a wonderful happy ever after.

Friends, Family and Co-workers – Show Your Team Spirit at the 26th Annual Dog Jog!

It doesn’t get much better than a bright sunny day in the park with your pooch. Why not share the love with others and help homeless animals at the same time Sunday June 11 in Wascana Park?

We’re looking for teams of friends, family and co-workers to pick a theme or don your company colours, raise pledges and join us for a leisurely walk around Wascana Lake plus contest, games and more puppy kisses than you could imagine.

Most importantly, the pledges you raise will help abandoned animals find warmth and shelter at the RHS, feed hungry tummies, heal broken paws and spirits and give homeless pets the chance at a long and happy life with a new family.

Corporate Teams – Be loud and proud that your company champions lost, homeless and abused animals in our community. Besides being the ultimate chance to get to know your coworkers and their dogs, think about how impressed your boss will be – did someone say “promotion”?!?!  Plus, the company may even match your pledges raised!

Kids – Gather a few of your friends at school and build a team. You could dress up as your favourite superheroes (after all, you will be REAL superheroes for helping the animals) or any one of your favourite characters or themes. Think Halloween in the summer! But the real treat is that you will help animals who have no home to find a new one – and that’s a very grown-up thing to do.

Friends – It’s the perfect excuse to do something different on a Sunday! Ditch the usual old routine of getting together over a drink or snacks, and get together over Rover. Think of the problems of the world you can solve as you stroll around beautiful Wascana Lake with your “other best friends” in tow. The animals will love you for it! Oh did we mention there will be prizes for the best costumes… So don’t forget to put a little pizzazz into your get up to show the whole town you can not only do some serious fund-raising, but have a little fun and style doing it.

Registration is easy. You can manage your fundraising and receive pledges online with lots of tips and ideas to make it a great day for both you and the animals. 

Simply click here to register  and get all the info you need to let the fun begin!

Healing Hurts and Hearts – Radley’s Second Chance

It was a cold December day when a young Rottweiler, along with 6 other dogs, was rescued from rural Saskatchewan. At first glance, Radley looked like an ordinary one year old, bouncing with exuberance and beside himself with joy to be near someone to love.  Upon closer examination by RHS veterinarians, a sad story of neglect and abuse unfolded. A puppy collar left on the young dog had embedded itself deep in his neck causing massive skin trauma and infection. The tiny pieces of metal which appeared in his x-ray, also confirmed that his misshapen jawbone and broken teeth, many with nerves painfully exposed, were the result of being shot in the face. It was heartbreaking that the happy smile of this loving dog hid so much pain.

Medical care for abused animals is the crucial first step in the journey of these at-risk animals to heal both physically and emotionally. As the province’s only Animal Shelter Hospital with a veterinary team certified by the Saskatchewan Veterinary Medical Association, Radley began the long process of healing under their care. Delicate specialized surgeries through the Society’s Faith Fund ensured that Radley’s grin, his signature accessory, would brighten each new day with his adoptive family.

As the largest open intake shelter in the province, the RHS continuously seeks advancements in the standards of care for our animals. The Society is committed to providing high quality veterinary care to every homeless animal during their temporary stay at the Shelter.  In 2016, our skilled veterinarians performed 2,432 ill animal medical exams, progressive treatments and rehabilitation services. The RHS Animal Hospital and its dedicated veterinary team are an essential part of the work we do every day to heal hurts and hearts.

The 2017 Dog Jog – Changing Animals’ Lives, One Step at a Time

Dogs, games, entertainment – it’s all part of everyone’s “must do” dog day of summer, with an easy walk around the lake with friends to raise awareness and funds for the lost, abandoned and abused animals that will come to the Regina Humane Society this year.

Lead a team at your workplace and show your company cares (do we hear any corporate challenges?)  or just come with a few friends  and family… you are guaranteed a lifetime of fun-filled memories while you will help homeless animals when they need it most.

There are tons of prizes for raising pledges , costumes and other contests for both two and four legged contestants.  There is even a mini-walk for our tinier and older participants.

Sign up now and be eligible for the Early Bird prize too!

Get all the details, tips on raising pledges and easy online registration by clicking here.

Cat Population Explosion Looms in Regina

Spring showers, red robins and unwanted litters of kittens being left at animal shelters are all tell-tale signs of the arrival of spring. Spaying and neutering is the only humane solution to address the pet homelessness crisis, which impacts every animal shelter in the province of Saskatchewan. The Regina Humane Society’s (RHS) community based solutions, such as its Subsidized Spay and Neuter Program, have targeted the overpopulation crisis supporting a steady decline in unwanted cat numbers over the last 8 years. That is until 2016. Following an unseasonably warm winter and early spring, 2016 became the “Year of the Cat” in Saskatchewan.

Last year, the Regina Humane Society received 500 more cats, mostly kittens, than in any of the previous 8 years. Adding to the total 3,000 felines in need, the cat/kitten influx in 2016 dangerously taxed the organizations resources and capacity to provide care.

As the Society prepares for peak season incoming cats, we are reaching out to the community to become a part of the solution to pet homelessness instead of part of the problem by following these simple steps. 

  • If you see a stray pet, assume it has an owner.  The RHS Lost and Found Department and on-line directory (www.reginahumanesociety.ca ) as well as multiple other on-line forums exist to connect lost pets with owners.  If attempts to find an owner are unsuccessful, deliver lost pets to the Humane Society, or contact RHS Animal Protection Services (306-777-7700) for pick-up, so that unclaimed stray pets can be sterilized and rehomed.
  • Contact RHS Animal Protection Services (306-777-7700) for information on how to bring stray cats to safety.
  • Identify your own pets.  A license, microchip or ID tag is a lost pet’s ticket home.  The RHS offers monthly Microchip Clinics providing this valuable identifier for only $30.
  • Spay or neuter pets that you are caring for inside, or outside, of your home.  Well-meaning community members feeding unsterilized community cats create a healthy breeding environment resulting in hundreds of unwanted kittens who face starvation, injury or death and contribute to the thousands of animals in need filling community shelters and rescues.  Contact your veterinarian to arrange for spay/neuter. If financial assistance is required, apply for the RHS Fully or Partially Subsidized Spay Neuter Program at 306-543-6363.

In spite of record numbers of cats flooding into the RHS in 2016, the Society also saw a record number of adoptions. This, however, is not sustainable. Only through working together as a community will the pet population, particularly cats, be brought under control and unnecessary pain and suffering of companion animals be eradicated.