Pets and the Holidays

The holidays are upon us, and it can be a hectic and exciting time for every family member! With all the holiday bustle, don’t forget that some gifts and holiday treats may pose danger to our beloved pets. Help keep your four-legged family members safe and ensure everyone has a happy and healthy holiday season!

Just like us, they’re very curious about what’s wrapped up and tucked under the tree, cooking in the oven, or set out on the treat tray.

Here is a list of some common holiday hazards for pets to watch out for:

Plants:

  • Poinsettia
  • Christmas cactus
  • Holly

Food & beverages:

  • Chocolate
  • Uncooked poultry
  • Bread dough
  • Fruitcake
  • Alcohol

Other dangerous items:

  • Homemade play dough
  • Salt-dough ornaments
  • Snow globes
  • Tree preservatives

Also, some of your holiday guests may not be used to having pets around so be sure items such as medications are put away and are out of reach of your pets.

Keep your pet’s safe, and enjoy your holiday season!

How Your Generosity Helped Pretty Go Home for the Holidays

You may recall Pretty, a beautiful eight-month-old chocolate lab cross who stole our hearts in early October after arriving at the Regina Humane Society with an awful fracture after being struck by a vehicle. While her injury was severe and would require specialized surgery, she was strong, young and the prognosis was very good for a solid recovery. We put out a call to help our young patient and you responded with flying colours, donating all that was needed to cover the costs of her expensive surgery. With the additional help of the Western College of Veterinary Medicine, Pretty had her surgery where an external fixator was used to hold her leg bones in place while they healed. It also meant several weeks of kennel rest, which is a tall order for an energetic and curious pup!

But, under the guidance of the Society Veterinary Team and in the home of the one of our dedicated foster families, she persevered. An excellent patient, she did everything she was supposed to do and our hopes were high that Pretty would be healed and ready for adoption in time for the holiday season. Her long journey now behind her, we are thrilled to share that she is fully recovered and has gone Home for the Holidays to enjoy the season with her new family.

We cannot express enough our thanks and gratitude to all who helped Pretty to realize her dream, and for your support each and every day. Because of you, this beautiful girl received the medical care she needed and was given the chance to run and play for many years to come.

Despite the happy news about Pretty, we still have 149 animals in our care, half of which are ready to find their new family right now. If an individual or family has carefully considered their decision and the responsibility of a new pet, the holidays can be an optimum time to adopt. If you’re unable to adopt but still want to help a pet, sponsoring a pet’s adoption is the perfect way to help a shelter animal go Home for the Holidays!

There are many ways you can help this holiday season!

Adopt! Click here to see our available shelter pets.

Sponsor! Click here to send a shelter pet Home for the Holidays.

Donate! Click here to help other animals who are in desperate need of lifesaving veterinary care to receive the medical treatment and care they need.

How a Broken Leg Led to a New Home

It was early October when three month-old Georgia (now Finley) arrived at the Regina Humane Society (RHS) in considerable pain. Thankfully, the Society was there to help when the young dog arrived at the Shelter following an unfortunate accident where her leg was broken. Following x-rays and assessment by RHS veterinarians, her leg was set and she was prescribed restricted movement to help her heal. Cage rest for a puppy so full of get up and go is no small order. However, the volunteers of the RHS Foster Care Program are not ones to shy away from a challenge! With regular check-ups by RHS veterinarians, her new foster family ensured that although her body could not be active, her mind was kept busy and her heart was kept full as she recovered from her injury.

It’s no surprise that this cutie pie captured the heart of her new Mom in the blink of an eye. As you can see from her “going home” photo, Finley, as she was newly named, could hardly contain her enthusiasm at being adopted!

It is only because of your support that Finley was able to be treated, heal and go on to a happy home where she will enjoy many years of running and playing as she was always meant to. We thank you – and we know Finley does too!

 

Home for the Holidays

The Regina Humane Society (RHS) is asking you to help make the holidays merry and bright for 170 homeless pets currently waiting to find their special someone in an adoption campaign aiming to send each one Home for the Holidays. The campaign was kicked off November 22 with the release of a special Home for the Holidays video.

 

The promotion is part of a province-wide initiative of the Saskatchewan Federation of Humane Societies, that hopes to not only have families adopt during the holiday season, but also to have those unable to adopt sponsor a homeless pets adoption so it can go home more easily and quickly.

What better gift to give a homeless animal than a caring family and a warm home? If an individual or family has carefully considered their decision and the responsibility of a new pet, the holidays can be an optimum time to adopt. Families are more likely to be off work or school during the holidays and have more time to spend with each other and with their new companion animal.

Pet Promise Certificates for a new companion animal are the perfect way to honour the holiday wishes of someone who has expressed a sustained interest in owning a pet and has the ability to care for it responsibly. Despite the common misconception of pets as gifts, research shows that pets acquired in this manner actually are less likely to be relinquished than pets acquired by the individual themselves. RHS Pet Promise Certificates can be easily downloaded here and printed for holiday gift-giving.

Every RHS adoption includes spay/neuter surgery, vaccinations, tattoo, microchip, complimentary vet exam at an area clinic and 30 days of free pet insurance. Animals available for adoption can be viewed 24/7 here.

Think outside the box – help a shelter pet go Home for the Holidays!

Click here to sponsor a homeless shelter pet’s adoption today!

No Scaredy-Cats (or Dogs!)

While Halloween can be a scary-good-time for kids and families, for pets it can be a nightmare! This year, take the stress and danger out of Halloween by following a few easy steps:

  • Keep treats away from your pets – Halloween treats can be toxic to your dog or cat- especially chocolate, with dark chocolate being the worst. Many can also be a choking hazard due to their size, shape or wrapping.
  • Keep pets away from the door – Besides the possibility that Boots may bolt out the door, pets can be stressed or frightened by costumes and noise from Trick or Treaters. It is best to keep them in a room away from the Halloween action.
  • Avoid leaving pets in the yard – Pets may become agitated if left outside in the middle of Halloween noise and movement. Additionally, by keeping them inside, you avoid excited Halloween’ers who may offer your pet treats that could be harmful or mischief makers who could hurt them.
  • Leave the dog at home – While taking the dog Trick or Treating with the kids may seem like a great opportunity for a walk, your dog could be frightened by all the people, noise and costumes and may react unpredictably towards others.
  • Exercise caution with burn or fire hazards – Decorative candles and electrical cords should be kept out of reach from curious pets.
  • ID’s please – Always make sure that your dog or cat has proper identification. If for any reason your pet escapes or becomes lost, a collar and tags or microchip can be a lifesaver increasing the chances your pet will be returned to you.

Happy Halloween!

$50 or Free Felines Looking for Mummies during Halloween Adoption Event

The number of cats and kittens that continue to flood into the Regina Humane Society shelter is truly frightful and the RHS is appealing to the public for help.

Dill Pickle

To ensure these kitties find their way to new homes, the Society is once again slashing adoption fees to $50 for kittens under 16 weeks and waiving adoption fees for all other cats until October 29 during our “Help Us Find Our Mummies” Adoption Event.

With an adoption package valued at close to $700 including spay/neuter, microchip, tattoo, vaccinations, deworming, 30 days of pet insurance and complimentary veterinary exam, RHS adoption fees offer significant savings to those interested in adding to their pack. However, the provision of shelter, veterinary care, rehoming services and special adoption pricing, is significantly taxing the organizations resources during an on-going cat population crisis in 2016 and 2017.

Among the felines available is Dill Pickle, an eight week old kitten who arrived at the Society with a catastrophic injury to his front leg requiring amputation. Thanks to the efforts of the Society’s veterinary team and foster care program, made possible by community donors and volunteers, Dill Pickle is ready and raring to go home during the October Adoption Event.

If you have ever considered adopting a cat or a kitten, or adding a sibling or two to your current feline family, this week would be an excellent time to do it. If you are unable to adopt, the RHS is in desperate need of the community’s financial help right now to support the hundreds of pets in need that are currently in care and will be over the coming weeks. You can help by sponsoring an adoption, donating supplies or making a one-time or monthly donation to help ensure the RHS is ready when each and every animal needs us.

Thank you.

Animal Well Fair 2017

The RHS annual Animal Well Fair in Regina’s North Central Community celebrates the end of summer and the unique bond we all have with our pets. The Animal Well Fair is the wrap up event of the summer long Pet S.T.O.P. (Pet Supply, Training and Outreach Program) that works with youth teaching them about pet care, safety, empathy and compassion for all living beings. Families from the four corners of the neighbourhood joined RHS staff and volunteers for educational games, food and prizes as part of the wonderful day in the park.

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.