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 (reginahumanesociety.test ) 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.

Save Lives with Cupcakes! National Cupcake Day is Monday February 27

Did you know you could make a huge difference in the lives of animals in need simply by baking cupcakes? Bakers across Saskatchewan are breaking out their aprons and cupcake tins in preparation for the 5th annual National Cupcake Day for SPCA’s and Humane Societies on Monday February 27, 2017 to fight animal homelessness.

Individuals, businesses, schools, community organizations and anyone interested in making a difference in the lives of homeless, abandoned, abused animals, are holding cupcake parties to collect donations in support of the Regina Humane Society (RHS).

Never got the hang of baking? No problem! Join CTV on location by dropping by the Regina Humane Society starting at 6:30 a.m. and pick up some scrumptious cupcakes for your office, generously provided by Sherwood Co-op and I’ve Got Great Buns Baking and Treats!

Global TV News will also be holding a cupcake sale in the Hill Tower 2 downtown starting at 11:30 a.m. so you can enjoy a little dessert with your lunch. All funds raised will go directly towards helping homeless animals in our community when they need it most.

For more information visit reginahumanesociety.test.

The Myths and Facts about Spaying or Neutering Your Pet

Simply put, homeless pets are everywhere.  In just about every community, there are homeless animals.  In our province, too many cats roam our city streets.  In rural areas, homeless dogs wander alongside their feline counterparts. In Regina, 500 more abandoned cats and kittens were brought to the Shelter in 2016 than were in 2015.  Many of these animals had endured starvation, numbing cold or blistering heat.  Others had been injured by vehicles, other animals, predators or even people.  The RHS uses many programs and initiatives to help save the lives of these unwanted souls and was able to find homes for most of them, but it is unfortunately not sustainable long-term. Another year such as last year could be devastating.

The single most effective solution to pet over-population is spaying or neutering your pet. By preventing unwanted litters of puppies and kittens, we spare these animals the suffering that many will endure as they try to live without a home and proper food and care and threatened by disease, the elements and other animals and even people.

While not the only solution to pet over-population, the spay and neutering of pets is the simplest and easiest way to treat the source of the problem, rather than the many ‘band-aid ‘ fixes that only treat the symptoms but do little towards long-term  remedy.

In spite of this, many still choose not to sterilize their pets and for a myriad of reasons.  Some, unfortunately, are fuelled by the many myths that float around the internet and other places.

Here are some truths behind some of the more wide-spread myths regarding sterilizing your pets:

MYTH: It’s better to have one litter before spaying a female pet.
FACT: There is much medical evidence that indicates just the opposite and that females spayed before their first heat are typically healthier. Many veterinarians now sterilize dogs and cats as young as eight weeks of age.

MYTH: My children should experience the miracle of birth so my pet should have a litter.
FACT: The miracle of birth is quickly forgotten when these litters become a burden when no homes can be found for them.  Often they experience unbearable suffering on the streets, abandoned in a field, are run over by vehicles, attacked by other animals or become ill due to lack of proper living conditions, food, and care. Teach children that all life is precious by spaying and neutering your pets. 

MYTH: But I want to breed my pet.
FACT: There are many reputable breeders who breed their animals responsibly.  Most will already have homes for offspring before they are bred.  Sadly, far too many people simply become ‘backyard breeders” and contribute to the number of unwanted animals by breeding animals in hope of a quick profit. Even if you are “absolutely sure” that you will find homes for your pets offspring, you cannot control the decisions of others.  Your pet’s offspring or their offspring’s offspring could easily end up on the streets or in a shelter competing for a new home. 

MYTH: I don’t want my male dog or cat to feel like less of a male.
FACT: Unfortunately, this is more about you than your dog. Dogs do not have any concept of sexuality or ego. Neutering your pet will not change his basic personality or give him some sort of identity crisis. 
 

MYTH: Sterilized pets are lazy, eat more and will get fat.
FACT: The prime reasons that pets get fat is that they are over-fed by their owners and do not get enough exercise.  You can both stay trim and fit by regular walks and play, and watching what and how much your pet eats.  Your veterinarian can help with diet suggestions that may help too.
 

MYTH: A pet’s offspring will be just as cute, well-behaved and special as their parent.
FACT: There is no guarantee that your pet’s offspring will be anything like their parent with respect to behaviour and personality. This is especially true when the other parent is unknown due to an unplanned romp around the neighbourhood without supervision! There are many homeless pets in shelters that are just as sweet, smart and loving as your own.

MYTH: It’s expensive to have a pet spayed or neutered.
FACT: While there may be cost to having the surgery performed, it can be minimal compared to the potential of long-term costs incurred by a non-altered pet, impound fees and increased license fees. 

The most important thing to know about spaying or neutering your pet is it saves lives. And that life saved may even be your own pet’s life. Sterilized pets generally see reduced rates of certain cancers (particularly of the reproductive systems), roam less and thus avoiding the dangers of the streets, are less prone to “marking” and spraying, and they tend to show less aggression and dominance behaviours. 

Each pet adopted at the Regina Humane Society includes spay or neuter surgery so you never have to worry about additional costs or contributing to pet overpopulation.  Our Subsidized Spay/Neuter Program helps ensure that financial constraints are not a barrier for those families who want to be a part of the solution.

Can’t Adopt? Maybe Fostering is for You!

Last year, more than 400 animals were cared for in the RHS Foster Care Program.

These homeless animals were unable to be made available for adoption because they were too young, orphaned, ill or injured. Foster care families provided these animals with the extra special love and care they needed to be able grow and heal in order to find their forever families.

The RHS has an amazing group of Foster Care volunteers. It’s because of them that these animals are now healthy pets with families of their own enjoying long and happy lives.

Spring is coming and with it will be a new influx of orphaned, abandoned and injured animals that will arrive at the Shelter. Our small group of foster families needs more team members! Fostering is an extremely rewarding experience and literally saves lives. Many families become fosters because the time commitment is relatively short compared to the long-term commitment of adopting an animal. They still get to enjoy the rewards of having an animal in their home, but for shorter periods of time. Others simply want to help and open their hearts and homes to animals when they need it most.

Should you decide to become a foster, the RHS will provide all of the training, support and supplies needed. All you supply is your time, caring and love. There are many different components to the program, but the area of greatest need remains those families willing to care for young litters or orphaned kittens and puppies. Fostering can last from a few days to several weeks, however, fosters have complete control on whether they accept an animal for foster based on the requirements of any given animal(s) and the time the foster home has available.

To apply for the Foster Care Program or for more information on how you can help save lives, click here or call the Volunteer Coordinator at (306) 543-6363 ext. 232.

Meet our Volunteer of the Year

The Volunteer of the Year Award is our highest recognition for the tremendous work our volunteers do. For over ten years the award has been presented annually to a volunteer who has demonstrated the Regina Humane Society’s core values such as compassion, professionalism, team work, leadership, care, integrity and honesty through their volunteer work. Recipients also show a commitment to the organization and animals that goes above and beyond what is asked of them. This may include mentoring other volunteers, filling difficult to recruit for roles or showing a consistent level of support.

We’re thrilled to announce that the Regina Humane Society Volunteer of the Year Award for 2016 has been awarded to Jaye Guigon. Jaye helps with numerous RHS volunteer programs including Office Support, Pet Therapy and Events. Jaye is a highly dependable volunteer, and often leaps into action when there’s a last minute volunteer cancelation to ensure the event is still a huge success. Jaye volunteers for multiple Pet Therapy visits each month and goes to great lengths to ensure all visits are a success.  In 2016 alone she logged over 140 volunteer hours at the Shelter. RHS Director of Marketing and Public Relations, Bill Thorn, had the pleasure and honour of presenting Jaye with her award earlier this month.

Every single volunteer is an integral part of the RHS team and we value each and every one of them no matter how many hours they are able to work with us. A legion of volunteers working together makes it possible for the Society to provide and expand lifesaving programs and services to pets in need and our community as a whole. In 2016, Humane Society volunteers collectively donated over 7,112 hours of their time to support homeless animals in need. We are truly thankful for all of the hard work they do.

Thank you to all of our volunteers and congratulations, Jaye, on receiving this most deserved recognition.

What a Night it Was!

The 29th Annual Regina Humane Society Telethon, presented by Access Communications Co-operative, which aired live February 19 from 6 to 10 p.m. on Access7 was an outstanding success. This year’s Telethon raised over $59,000, setting a new record for donations made during the live broadcast!  We are amazed and grateful for how generous people are with their time and their support when it comes to the animals we care for. 

Wade Peterson, Manager of Community Production at Access7, said the while Access airs a number of similar events each year, the response to the RHS Telethon always blows him away, adding that having a good cause makes all the difference.

The evening was full of heart-warming success stories from the past year made possible with your support,  along with visits from adopted shelter animals, behind the scenes looks at the Shelter, pet tips, entertainment and special guests including four-legged friends currently seeking their happily ever after.

We would like to thank everyone who helped to make the night a success:

Our sponsors – Cowtown, Wheaton KIA and Daytona Homes

Our food sponsor – Tumblers Pizza

Grooming sponsors – Green Groom Spaw and Zoom Zoom Groom

Media Partners and hosts – Big Dog 92.7, CTV, Global TV. The Wolf 104.9, Z99, and of course, Rory Allen

Our volunteers for many hours of work leading up to, during and after the broadcast.

Our staff for their hard work putting all the details together for what is a very large undertaking!

Jason Delesoy of Magnetic Image Productions for his expertise and dedication to producing the broadcast for the past 20 years.

Access Communications for their partnership since the first telethon 29 years ago. 

But most of all, we would like to thank you  – the individuals, businesses and other organizations in our community for your continued support of not only the Telethon, but of the programs and services of the RHS every day.  Together, we can truly make a difference.

Thank you so much to everyone for making this year’s Telethon such a success.

Fight Animal Cruelty and Homelessness – with Cupcakes

cupcake17_logoDid you know you could make a huge difference in the lives of animals in need simply by baking cupcakes? Bakers across Saskatchewan are breaking out their aprons and cupcake tins in preparation for the 5th annual National Cupcake Day for SPCA’s and Humane Societies on Monday February 27, 2017.

Individuals, businesses, schools, community organizations and anyone interested in making a difference in the lives of homeless, abandoned, abused and neglected animals, are urged to register to hold a cupcake party and collect donations in support of the Regina Humane Society (RHS).

Last year, Regina’s cupcake aficionados raised over $7,000 – all of which directly benefited homeless pets in Regina and area. This year’s goal is $10,000.

The RHS will also have scrumptious cupcakes for sale at the shelter on National Cupcake day, starting at 6:30am – perfect to take to work. Sherwood Co-op and I’ve Got Great Buns Baking and Treats have graciously donated cupcakes to the RHS in support of the animals.

To register your cupcake sale, get tips on holding your event, or further information on how you can save animals lives with cupcakes, click here.

As It Turns Out, You Can Teach a Cat New Technology!

ipad-for-catsiPads are not just for humans – kitties can enjoy them too! In December 2016, the RHS launched an innovative new program to help our shelter cats engage in some fun time while waiting to be adopted – iPads for Cats.

In recent months, several interactive apps specifically designed for cats have been released that offer entertainment and exercise for felines. The games show fish, insects, mice and other enticing images that move, make sounds, and disappear while the cat eagerly tries to play and capture its prey. They even score points for each ‘catch’ they can achieve!

The games are just one of the many ways we can help keep our feline friends active and mentally stimulated throughout the day. The games also positively reinforce good socialization between the cats in our cat communal rooms, since many cats play at once on the iPad. This valuable added socialization will undoubtedly help cats if they are adopted into a multi-cat household.

The program caught the attention of local media and was featured on CTV Regina and CBC Regina. As attention grew, it was also featured on the CBC national website and later on Huffington Post USA and even People Magazine’s website. People even tweeted it on their Twitter account to the magazine’s over 7 million followers! To top it off, CBC’s This Hour has 22 Minutes even mentioned it on a recent episode!

We are currently using one older generation iPad which was kindly donated last year. If you are planning to upgrade to a new iPad and your old one is still in good working condition, please consider donating it so the program can be expanded. To do so, simply contact our Volunteer Coordinator at [email protected]