A big thank you to Mrs. Coates class at Gosfield North Public School who raised $1,106.85 through numerous fundraising initiatives! These students were so dedicated in raising money for the Humane Society they pushed their efforts each and every week. Thank you so much Gosfield North, we appreciate your hard work and dedication!

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There’s no place like home, there’s no place like home, there’s no place like home…

Many adorable kittens who have been staying in foster homes are now here and available for adoption and hoping to find a fur-ever home soon!  And this weekend, we’re working with Petsmart to help lots of cats find their ruby slippers to take them to their new homes by discounting all kitten and cat adoption fees to only $99!  Come meet them at our adoption centre or at either Petsmart location and just try not to fall in love.

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We have reached 15,000 surgeries at the Windsor/Essex County Humane Society! We are excited to know that 15,000 more animals in our community will be able to lead happier and healthier lives now that they’ve been fixed! We would love to have your furry friend be part of our next 15,000 surgeries – call 519-966-1118 to book their appointment.

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This week a video of an incident in a Windsor dog park went viral.  As a result there has been a lot of discussion about both the benefits and potential risks of dog parks.  Dog parks can be a great opportunity to give your dog time off leash and to socialize with other dogs, but safe dog play requires human guidance. Trainer Sue Sternberg, who has spent the last few years videotaping and studying dog parks says, “The subculture in most dog parks is, ‘it’s a dog village, this is their time to be a dog, you don’t interrupt’ – and that is a dangerous subculture.”

6 key points to consider when taking your dog to play at a dog park:

  1. Visit your Veterinarian.  Your dog should be current on vaccinations prior to interacting with other dogs.  This is also a great time to talk to your veterinarian about parasites and other illnesses that your dog may be exposed to in a dog park.
  2. Know Verbal Commands. You need to be able to control your dog with verbal commands if a problematic situation arises.  Your dog should know a verbal “Come”, “Sit”, “Stay”, and “Leave It” – this will help you defuse a situation before it happens.
  3. Find the Right Park. Look for a park that has a double gate for entry.  If you have a small dog it is wise use a park that has a separate area for small dogs.  Visit the park at different times of the day to see who is using the park and if the dogs have similar play styles to your dog.
  4. Be Watchful. Even prior to entering the park observe the dogs who are playing in the park.  Once in the park watch your dog, but also keep an eye on overly excited or aggressive dogs near him.  If your dog starts acting fearful or overwhelmed, use a basic command in an upbeat voice to call him back to you.
  5. Know When To Intervene. Playful dog body language will be soft and curvy with relaxed facial expressions.  Signs of aggression are stiff posture, hard stare, or a closed mouth.  If you see these signs in your dog or another dogs in the park, stay calm and use a basic command to call your dog back to you, or get your dog’s attention and engage them in play.  If a fight does break out, do not grab your dog’s collar – you could get hurt.  Instead try to startle the dogs, throw a coat over their head, or make your leash into a slip lead to lasso your dog.  It is important to stay calm so not to trigger redirected aggression.
  6. Know When To Explore Other Options. It is your job to advocate for your dog and keep them safe.  If you can’t find a park that suits your dog’s needs try exploring other exercise and socializing options.  Visit a nature trail for a leash-walk, explore in a pet supply store, maybe some outdoor window shopping, invest in a group training course, arrange play dates with your family and friends dog, or consider purchasing a membership to the Humane Society’s Happy Tails Dog Park.

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Such a sweet girl Charlotte, she donated $50 to our animal friends! Thank you Charlotte for your support, we know your donation will go a long way 🙂

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A huge thanks to Lakeshore Discovery School, especially Mr. Pickersgill and his Gr. 4 students. These young entrepreneurs made products like bracelets & origami and then sold these items in a flea market-type setting right in their classroom. They raised $575 for the animals! Thanks for making a difference

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