October 25, 2011, VANCOUVER – Halloween is a lot of fun for children, but it can be a terrifying time, and even a dangerous one, for many pets says The Humane Society of Canada (HSC). The national animal charity is asking that people ensure that their animal companions don't suffer during Halloween.
The Humane Society of Canada would like to thank the Cathedral Church of St James for their invitation to attend their annual Blessing of the Animals ceremony. Held on the first saturday of the month, close to the feast of St. Francis of Assissi, the Blessing of the Animals celebrates the importance of pets in people's lives, and remembers the lessons of St Francis.
It was a bright, crisp morning as the ceremony was held on the lawn of the church; after the service, owners were encouraged to bring their pets up to receive a blessing by the Minister.
The Humane Society of Canada has written to the Mayor of the City of Canmore concerning the fate of the Canmore Bunnies.
Let us speak plainly in saying that the matter of the Canmore rabbits is not one of public health or safety; instead it is one of politics. Like all political
solutions applied to challenges facing interactions between animals and people they result in a miserable failure because they are intended to solve a political problem and not an animal welfare issue.
The suggestion by the current administration that the rabbits could be killed and then fed to other animals is pure sophistry inflaming the debate, rather than offering up any meaningful solutions. No matter how hard you try, you will not succeed in eliminating all the rabbits; in the end it will have the effect of stimulating the surviving population and producing even more rabbits.
In closing, we are willing to work with the people of Canmore to do whatever we can to implement a proactive humane long term solution for the rabbits and the people who care about them.
Please read the letter here.
As we remember 9/11 we need to renew our faith in humanity and remember that we are not in this struggle alone," says Michael O'Sullivan, Chairman & CEO of The Humane Society of Canada. In honouring all of those fallen, as well as the brave men and women working as part of the rescue teams at Ground Zero, The Humane Society of Canada also honours the search and rescue dogs.
Aug 17, 2011 - The CEO of the Humane Society of Canada says it's good business for pet stores to not sell puppies saying it's good for the dogs because local animal shelters and rescue groups were faced with the burden of unwanted pets and now the responsibility is back on the owners.
In an effort to help you protect your pet's health, this page contains information from the Canadian Food Inspection Agency, the US FDA, and companies on current recalls and alerts on pet foods and products.
April 2, 2011 Toronto Star - McMaster University researchers have developed a vaccine that treats the roughly 10 per cent of the population with allergies to cats. To read the article click here.
The Humane Society of Canada would like to congratulate the Nova Scotia Vet Medical Association for its decision to end the practice of docking and cropping dog's ears for purely cosmetic purposes. Starting April 1, 2010, Nova Scotia joins New Brunswick, PEI and Newfoundland and Labrador in banning such surgical practices.
USA Today - October 28, 2009 - Looking for the latest medical advice on pets? WebMD has launched a new extension of their site devoted to pet health, covering a wide range of topics.
To read the full article, click here.
The Humane Society of Canada is urging the city of Duncan, BC to join other cities in British Columbia, Victoria, New Westminster and Nanaimo who no longer use CO2 as a means of euthanasia for stray cats.
To read our original letter click here.
This was our response from the city of Duncan.
Read our reply to the Mayor of Duncan's letter.