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Winnipeg Humane Society freezes intake due to ongoing capacity crisis

Winnipeg Humane Society freezes intake due to ongoing capacity crisis
Winnipeg Humane Society freezes intake due to ongoing capacity crisis


There is talk of a capacity crisis, with over 250 animals in the shelter and over 260 in care, meaning the Winnipeg Humane Society can no longer take in any more animals until numbers come down.

The shelter will continue to take in sick or injured animals, however, they say that taking in these animals will only lead to more problems since they are already busy.

“It’s putting a strain on pretty much every department of ours,” said Audrey Barnabe, manager of intake and animal care at the Winnipeg Humane Society.

“Just to give all these extra animals the care that they need, the behavioral care that they need, the medical care that they need, it’s overwhelming for everyone.”

According to the shelter, the crisis is due to the rising cost of living.

“People just can’t afford to keep their animals. Some bring them here, some want to bring them here, but we don’t have space, all the shelters are full,” Barnabe said.

While help is needed primarily in the community when it comes to foster care and adoption, Barnabe says this is a problem across Canada.

“Municipalities that do not have animal protection often call us for help. We also help when we can, but that may not be feasible for much longer.”

The animal shelter is lowering adoption fees in the hope that the animals will find new homes.

“We need adopters, we need foster homes, we need donations of whatever people can afford, small amounts, large amounts, money for food.”