Winnipeg Humane Society

For information on dog/puppy vacination, intake/transporting pet and the Winnipeg Humane Society visit their website:

Transporting an Animal For Adoption

Calm Air International Ltd. will transport an animal for adoption one way (from the north to south) free of charge if space is available to a shelter or to the SPCA. The customer must make arrangements to book space on flights by contacting Calm Air reservations Toll-Free at 1-800-839-2256 or by contacting the local Calm Air agent. As well, the customer is responsible for the drop-off at the terminal and arranging for pick-up at the destination. For information on Dog Kennels, contact the local By-law Officer in Chesterfield Inlet at Ph: (867) 898-9951 or Ph: 898-9787 (By-law Office).

Rabies Information

*** ALL dogs should be vaccinated for rabies. ***

Rabies is a dangerous disease that is carried by foxes, wolves, and wolverines. It can be transmitted to dogs and humans and is untreatable and fatal in humans.

Rabies is usually transmitted by saliva in a bite, but a dog or person does not have to be bitten to get rabies. Saliva on a person’s hands can transfer the disease through the eyes, nose mouth or small cuts, so even licking by an animal that has rabies is dangerous. Not every bite results in rabies, but if a person develops the disease, it is fatal.

Avoid any fox seen in town. Rabies affects the behavior of animals in three ways:

  • An animal may appear aggressive, attacking without warning.
  • An animal may appear very tame and quiet.
  • An animal may appear playful.
Precautions regarding rabies:
  • Teach your children to avoid foxes at all times; and not to play with them. Any fox seen in town should be considered rabid.
  • Children should be taught to tell parents or an adult if they are bitten or licked by a fox. (If a child is licked by a fox, quickly wash hands, arms, face and neck with soap.)
  • Children should not approach a dog they do not know, and should NEVER tease a chained dog.
  • If your child is bitten by a dog or a fox, take him/her to the Health Centre and tell the nurse what has happened. Your child may need shots to prevent rabies from developing. This should be done as soon as you find out about the bite.
For Trappers: Ask the wildlife officer if they are seeing cases of rabies, before beginning the trapping season. If there is a rabies outbreak, take special care when handling trapped animals, even when they are dead. If there is a bite:
  • If your dog is bitten by a fox or an unvaccinated dog, your dog must be quarantined for three to six months and watched for any unusual behavior.
  • If your dog has been vaccinated and is bitten by a fox, take it to the bylaw officer as soon as possible and have it revaccinated.
  • If your dog has not been vaccinated, vaccinating after a bite will not help. An unvaccinated dog that is bitten MUST be quarantined for at least 6 months in a pen where it cannot get to people.

The Bylaw officer, located at the firehall, will vaccinate a dog for you. Ph: (867) 898-9951 or 898-9787 at the By-law Office for more information.

When to vaccinate:

  • Puppies should be vaccinated no earlier than 12 weeks, but during the first 6 months if possible.
  • They should be vaccinated again at one year, and every two years after that.
  • If there is an active rabies outbreak, vaccinate every year. This is especially important for dogs tied up at the edges of town, as they can easily come into contact with foxes.

Other Dog Diseases

If possible, all dogs should also be vaccinated for distemper and parvovirus, which are severe diseases of dogs, but not transmissible to people. If you want to protect your dog against these diseases, call Page Burt or John Hickes at (867) 645-2650 in Rankin for information regarding the vaccines. Parvovirus is a diarrhea disease that can kill a puppy in only a couple days and distemper is a respiratory disease that can spread to the brain and affect a dog’s balance and muscular control. BOTH ARE PREVENTABLE BY VACCINATION. Full protection requires two shots of a combined vaccine. Puppies should be vaccinated at 6 weeks and between 9 and 13 weeks of age. After that, the dog should be vaccinated annually for parvo and distemper.

All puppies are likely infected with roundworms and should be dewormed at about 6-13 weeks. If you feed raw fish to your dog, it likely will become infected by tapeworms and will need deworming twice a year. Page Burt and John Hickes can provide information on this as well.

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