The Winnipeg Humane Society has adopted an approach to sheltering called “Capacity for Care”. This model was implemented in shelters across the United States and Canada and is recognized for its success in increasing live outcomes for dogs and cats in those shelters. Capacity for Care reduces the overcrowding that results in stress and illness in shelter animals and promotes their adoptability. In the Capacity for Care model, a shelter takes in only as many animals as it has resources (space, staff, supplies, medical care) to accommodate.
The Winnipeg Humane Society Intake Department, Clinic, Behaviour, and Foster Departments are working together to provide alternatives to surrendering cats and dogs to the shelter. Pets do not belong in shelters. They belong in homes.
Did you find a healthy and friendly cat out for a walk in your neighborhood?
Is the area safe, not too much traffic?
Is the weather warm enough?
We recommend that you leave the cat where found. Cats have more than double the chance of finding their way home if left in the neighbourhood. It is usual for a cat to travel a three to five block area and eat at multiple houses that put out food. Check with your neighbors and put up posters. Does the cat have a tattoo? Call the Winnipeg Humane Society so we can trace the owner. Space in the shelter is limited and bringing in a cat with a home to the shelter reduces the chances it will be reunited with their family and takes a spot from a cat that might need our help.
Have you lost your pet?
Call the Winnipeg Humane Society Intake Department and file a lost report. Search our website Lost/Found pages for your pet. If it is a lost dog, also call the City of Winnipeg Animal Services, city stray dogs are held there.
For more information, please call Animal Intake at 204-982-2025 weekdays 11 – 6; Saturday 10-5; Sunday 12 – 5.