The Comfort of Love

Lynne arrived at the Regina Humane Society (RHS) as a stray in early May. She was ravenous and in need of medical care to treat a terrible case of ear mites. It was obvious she was both exhausted and relieved, falling into a deep slumber knowing she was finally safe. With some extra attention and a little time in shelter care, she improved quickly, and was soon ready to search for a forever home. Due to her sweet personality and willingness to love, the dream of finding a caring family came true in no time.

The RHS is able to provide medical care for animals just like Lynne because of your continued generosity. Thanks to you, Lynne now looks forward to a lifetime of cat naps, knowing she’s protected and loved.

The Tale of Her Tail


It was just a few days after New Year’s Day when Extravaganza arrived at the Regina Humane Society (RHS) from an area in northeast Regina. While this two-year-old Husky cross looked a little thin and ragged, Shelter staff members were more concerned with her tail, which had suffered a severe injury. After examination by RHS veterinarians, the decision was made that about half of her tail would need to be amputated to ensure her long-term health.

Following her successful surgery, Extravaganza spent some time with one of our dedicated foster families while she healed and got accustomed to life without all of her once beautiful tail. But as she recovered, she realized that life would go on, and she was just as gorgeous as she ever was. Her cheery personality and good nature helped her over-come her, shall we say, “short-comings”.

Once healed, Extravaganza traveled back to the Shelter and quickly became a staff favourite as she waited to find her new family. As the days passed, staff and volunteers ensured that she didn’t miss her walks and time in the play yard, as well as ample chin rubs and encouragement that she would go home soon.

Happily that day arrived in late February, when that one special someone walked through the door in search of a life-long friend. That friend turned out to be Extravaganza.

When the time came to leave, this special pup couldn’t leave without stopping to say “thanks” to some of our staff who had gathered to see her off.

We will never know what happened to Extravaganza before she arrived at the RHS and what lead to her injury, but we are grateful for your support so that the Society could be there when she needed it. Now, with ear to ear smiles, she is off with her new dad in search of new adventures and journeys in the sunshine.

“He has left his paw print on us forever!”

We recently received a letter from a family who adopted a yellow lab named Howard from the RHS over seven years ago. They wanted to let us know how he was doing. It was such a touching message that we wanted to share it with you…

Hi, my name is Deidre Soderberg. My husband Drew and I adopted a giant yellow lab named Howard in September of 2011. Howard was featured on the RHS telethon that year as well. I just wanted to write and say how fortunate we were to come across Howard that day. We weren’t looking for anything specific, but he just stole my heart that day!

We have since moved back to BC from Regina and we still have Howard! He was 5.5 years old when we got him so that means he is in his 14th year now! He is on multiple meds to help with joint pain and other things but he is so happy and still thriving. He enriched our world so much. He has been an incredibly amazing dog from the get go! He has been the comedian of our fur babies. Never an active lab but boy has he been a very hilariously scheming boy who always had us in stitches and belly laughs in his younger years! He also has been the absolute kindest, snuggliest, thoughtful, sensitive heart of gold boy.

Always loving everyone that comes his way. He has also left quite the imprint on family, friends and lots of strangers! He really should have been a therapy dog. He has been a wonderful little brother for quite some time as well as being the oldest brother now.

We know our time is limited with Howard as he is 14!!! But I just wanted to share that he is still here and he has been so much loved by us and all around us. Watching our family grow always keen and happy to adhere with the changes. He truly is one of the best things we did for ourselves. And we are sure we were the best thing for him too! Such a beautiful gentle soul who we will always fondly cherish.

Unknown-14-300x225From the bottom of our hearts a sincere thank you to you guys for allowing us to meet Howard that day! He has left his paw print on us forever!

A Very Lonely Welcome to the World

Late one cold November evening, a cat arrived at the RHS in while in labour. Later that night tiny Toothless was born. But, by morning, his mother had rejected him. Suddenly, at only a few minutes old, it seemed that this new and precious life was alone. But he wasn’t.

Sensing that the new mom just wasn’t able to accept her young one, two RHS staff members stepped up to care for the abandoned kitten and act as his surrogate moms, providing bottle feedings and stimulation every two hours. Their efforts paid off, as their young charge began to show signs of response and grew more resilient and thriving under their devoted care. At two-and-a-half-weeks-old, another miracle presented itself…a nursing cat arrived at the Shelter. Shelter caregivers carefully placed Toothless near her and her already growing litter, in hopes that they might accept little Toothless as one of their own. Only moments later there were smiles everywhere as Toothless inched his way closer to the mom and her kittens and eventually right among them where she allowed him to suckle – and enjoy his first much needed “momma meal”! Now a full-fledged member of his new feline foster family, Toothless joined them as they moved into a human foster family’s home where the mom could care for her brood in the quiet and peace as they grew big and strong so they all could find their permanent homes.

Without so many helping hands, little Toothless may not be where he is today. Fortunately, the RHS is built of a community of caring staff, volunteers and supporters – who together help animals like Toothless flourish and find happy forever homes.

We are very happy to add that Toothless went home for good in early January!

All Healed for the Holidays

In late October, Georgina, a beautiful three-year-old orange tabby arrived at the Regina Humane Society (RHS) appearing very pregnant, but also terribly thin. She was immediately fed, to which she happily demolished her meal and looked up with gratitude for more. Soon after Georgina was sent to the RHS veterinarian team for further examination, where they worried the bulge wasn’t a pregnancy at all, but possibly a large tumour. Fearing the worst, an exploratory surgery was performed to confirm the cause of the bulge.

To everyone’s surprise the problem was more than a little hairy… it was a gigantic hairball weighing 0.21 kg! Georgina weighed just 2.98 kg, so the hairball was taking up a lot of stomach space and needed to be surgically removed. After a successful operation, Georgina went into foster care to recover, gain weight and receive the love and adoration she needed and deserved.

Now, fully recovered – we’re happy to say, Georgina found her permanent home in time for the holidays!

From Forgotten to Forever

It was a pretty exciting day for Gertrude yesterday. Why? Read on.

RHS Animals Protection Officers brought her to the safety of the Shelter after being found lashed to a fence and abandoned. No one to care for her. No one to feed her or provide water. It goes without saying that in this situation, she could not even fend for herself if she wanted to – and she most certainly would need to try if no one came to her aid. As if that wasn’t enough, she lives with a congenital abnormality in one of her eyes, that left it very clouded looking and blind. She was in dire need of grooming and looked like she had been through a war zone. We can only guess at what her life may have been like prior to being cast off and forgotten.

But thankfully, that is where her life took a turn for the better. Once at the shelter, she received the warmth and food that she needed and a check with RHS Veterinarians. Happily, she seemed to be in good shape despite her ordeal, and was soon given the go ahead to put her past behind her and be put up for adoption. Still, it was uncertain what affect her unusual look may have.

It is said there is someone for everyone, and staff were thrilled when after only a few days, her saviour walked through our door with a promise of blue skies, happy times and peaceful nights for the rest of her days.

We think this little girl has earned that. Way to go Gertrude!

It’s thanks to our community of support that stories like Gertrude’s have a happily ever after. Generous donations help fund our Animal Protection Services, vet care, shelter stays and so much more. Thank you for your continued support.

Purrs for Kindness

When people demonstrate compassion and patience, amazing things happen.

It was a bitter April morning when two young men spotted a stray cat alone in the street struggling to walk. They became even more concerned when they saw a large bulge on the cats back leg. Knowing the animal was in desperate need of help, the citizens sprang into action. Armed with patience and a lot of treats, they were able to build trust with the frightened feline and persuade her to allow them to help. As soon as they were able, they rushed the cat to the Regina Humane Society for some much-needed medical treatment.

Her constant gentle purr, despite having an uncomfortable mango sized growth on her leg, earned her the name Purrsia. Sadly, upon examination and tests by the RHS veterinary team, it was determined that the lump was cancerous and Purrsia’s best chance for survival would be to have her leg amputated.

After surgery, Purrsia moved in with a loving foster family to recover and adjust. She adapted quickly to having three legs and became even more sweet than before. Being the happy cat she is, Purrsia fit in perfectly with her foster family. Together they enjoyed one another’s company and frequent naps on the couch.

Fully recovered and ready for adoption, it didn’t take long for a Shelter visitor to see (and hear!) all the love Purrsia had to offer. We’re happy to report that she is onto her next chapter in a permanent and loving home. Working together with our community of supporters,  we are rewriting the heartbreaking stories of so many animals in need to become tales of happily ever after. . .

A Cold Start Leads to a Warm New Beginning 

During a relentless and frigid cold snap in January, Regina Humane Society (RHS) Animal Protection Officers were called to a very sad discovery – a little kitten outside, alone and so cold he was barely clinging to life. The kitten, Luca, was rushed to the RHS and the caring hands of Shelter veterinarians.

When Luca arrived at the Shelter he was carefully wrapped in blankets and held by staff to slowly warm his tiny and fragile body. It was still unknown how badly he was hurt or even if he would survive.

Once warmed, the RHS veterinary team began treating their pint-sized patient for severe frostbite to his paws that caused them to swell to almost twice their regular size. While it was confirmed that amputation of his tail was necessary to remove the damaged and dead tissue caused by the ravaging cold, it was a long wait to determine whether the soft tissue on his little feet would survive, leaving his life hanging in the balance. Having endured so much already, it was no surprise that our little fighter was not about to give up! Daily, he surprised everyone by his progress, greeting his caregivers with loud purrs as they treated his wounds during his recovery in the RHS hospital.

Following a successful surgery to remove a portion of his tail, Luca was off to a loving foster family where he would heal and rest while enjoying lots cuddling too! After several weeks of recovery, we are thrilled that he is now a healed and healthy boy that has been adopted by a new family that will keep him safe, warm and loved always.

This unfortunate tale could have had a much different and tragic outcome. But, thanks to your support, Luca will live a long and happy life with his painful memories fading with each passing day. It is also a stark reminder of the risks faced by cats that do not have shelter during extreme weather. Outdoor cats are in constant danger from other animals, vehicles, weather conditions, toxins, and in some cases, people. It’s very fortunate this kitten’s story has a warm ending, but the heart-breaking reality is that many are not so fortunate.

To offer your support and help ensure the RHS is there for the next “Luca” who arrives, please click here.

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!



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!