The Gimli Humane Society (formerly the Gimli Animal Shelter) was created in 2004 by an animal control officer who decided that euthanizing unclaimed dogs was wrong. He formed an organization dedicated to animal welfare and started finding homes for the many unclaimed dogs in this community.
In 2005 he secured enough funding to purchase the materials to build the current shelter.
It took 8 months and hundreds of hours of volunteering but he managed to realize his dream.The current shelter is a 1600 square foot facility that can house 13 dogs and as many cats. Since its inception the Gimli Humane Society has found homes for over 1000 cats and dogs that otherwise risked being humanely euthanized. We are a medium sized shelter in a small community and struggle financially. Expensive veterinary procedures such as orthopedic and dental surgeries over and above spaying/neutering, vaccinating and tatooing can become a drain on our limited resources. Add to this the fact that we operate at full capacity year round and you can appreciate our need for your help. We only feed our cats and dogs the highest quality food available. It's not cheap! You cannot save as many lives as we do on love alone. Our ability to continue doing the very important work that we do truly depends on you.
The truth about your Shelter...
Here at the Gimli Humane Society, we are often asked if the shelter is a No-Kill organization. Our answer to this is:
The Gimli Humane Society will NOT euthanize ANY pet - unless the animal is terminally ill, has a fatal and un-treatable disease that may infect others (and it is more compassionate to end the suffering), or the animal is aggressive or has serious behavioral problems.
Your humane society cannot and will not place ANY animal that shows aggressive behavior for ANY REASON. We would never knowingly adopt out an aggressive animal for concern and safety of family members or family pets. Aggression in any animal is NOT acceptable here in the shelter. If we deem a pet UN-adoptable for any reason, the animal is humanely euthanized by a veterinarian. It is not our intention to ever adopt out any animal that shows aggression to other animals or humans.
Any animal, with the above exceptions, will stay at the Gimli Humane Society until a home is found, barring terminal illness or aggression. With NO time limits.
However, no animal rescue organization, including this one, ever has enough shelter space or foster homes. As a result, no organization, including those that provide life-long care for animals, is able to accept every animal for whom help is requested. And all of us realize there is a reasonable chance those animals we cannot accept will be taken to one of the shelters that euthanizes.
To combat this sad reality, The Gimli Humane Society strongly promotes and support the spay/neuter of pets. Your donations allow us to provide spays/neuters for animals that otherwise would not have this important care. As long as your humane society is asked to accept or receive more unwanted animals than we can keep humanely or place for adoption, the issue is much larger than whether any organization does or does not euthanize.
Only individual actions, including the actions we can encourage others to take, can change this dependence on shelters as the final option for unwanted pets, and unwanted litters.
So, in addition to your financial support of The Gimli Humane Society, please act locally when you can. Offer to volunteer, adopt, or whatever it takes to get a spay/neuter for that pet you know about who has no chance of being fixed unless you step up and do it.
Remember, you are doing this for the cat or dog, who simply cannot arrange this sort of thing for him or herself! And although it may not seem to be convenient or easy, please consider making room in your home and heart to adopt a cat or dog from an animal shelter.
There are never enough homes to give these animals the chance they deserve. And you will be rewarded many times over for your compassion.
We're YOUR Local Humane Society...
There's a place in your community where the hungry are fed, the homeless are sheltered, and the abandoned are given care. Its your local humane society, right here in Gimli. Where we provide comfort and care for our community's unwanted animals. We offer many other services too, for pets and their people. To do all this, we rely on the support of people like you. Here are a few ways you can help animals, especially those in our care...
Give a little bit... Donate food or towels or old blankets and other needed supplies to us. Lend a hand and become a volunteer. Find that special someone here waiting for a home - ADOPT! Help spread the word about our program. Be a responsible pet owner. Vote for the animals. Support legislation that protects animals. Report animal cruelty. Teach your children respect for animals.
Rene Granger - Shelter Manager
Dr. Michele Matter - Director
Graham P Harrison - Director
Tanya Johnson - Director
Peter McClure - Director
Sheila Drouin - Director
Website by Rene