Humane Canada (previously the Canadian Federation of Humane Societies)
Humane Canada is Canada’s only national association for animal shelters. The organization is a strong advocate for improving animal welfare and promoting the humane treatment of animals. It represents the interests of animal to government, policy makers, industry and the public.
In recent years, Humane Canada has generated important data about animal issues in Canada. This kind of information is essential for focused and strategic sheltering. Studies and reports include:
- The Cats in Canada study – a report on the feline overpopulation crisis in Canada
- Canadian Shelter Statistics – data on the number of animals entering shelters and the numbers adopted, returned to their owners or euthanized
- The Case for Accessible Spay/Neuter – a report outlining the evidence for the benefits of spay and neuter and the types of initiatives that communities can emulate. The report also “makes recommendations for animal welfare organizations, the veterinary community, and governments to advance accessible spay/neuter”.
- Canadian Capacity For Care (C4C) case studies
The CFHS hosts an annual conference, the National Animal Welfare Conference, that brings together animal welfare advocates from across Canada and provides an essential forum for networking and education. This is held in different parts of the country each year. It’s an excellent conference and a wonderful networking opportunity.
Association of Animal Shelter Administrators of Ontario
The AASAO is a group of shelter administration professionals “committed to excellence in the management and operation of animal care, control and welfare organizations”.
“Through the active participation of our members the AASAO provides the knowledge base, resources and solutions to assist members to grow as professionals, achieve the goals of their organizations and collectively, advance the animal care, control and welfare profession.”
The AASAO’s goals include advancing professional and progressive sheltering , providing education, sharing knowledge and promoting animal welfare.
Animal Cruelty and Neglect Investigations
Animal cruelty investigations are now carried out through a provincial agency under the PAWS (Provincial Animal Welfare Services) Act.
For information on how to contact an investigator and more about the Act, visit the Ontario Animal Welfare page on the Ministry of the Solicitor General’s website.
Call 1-833-9-ANIMAL (264625) to report animal cruelty or neglect.
PetSmart Charities of Canada
PetSmart Charities works to save the lives of homeless pets through funding and promoting spay/neuter and adoption programs. According to their website, in 2014, in Ontario, their intervention has saved over 13,000 animals and funded over 5,000 surgeries, with donations and investments of more than $1 million. Click here for information about what types of organizations and programs they will fund and for information about available grants.
Toronto Feral Cat TNR Coalition
The Feral Cat Coalition includes Toronto Street Cats, Toronto Animal Services, Toronto Humane Society, Community Cats, Animal Alliance of Canada, Ontario SPCA, Toronto Cat Rescue and Annex Cat Rescue.
The Coalition protects and saves feral cats through trap-neuter-return (TNR) spay/neuter programs, training volunteers and community members to build shelters and care for community cats, and lobbying for better legislation and bylaws.
Ontario Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals
The OSPCA has changed its role and focus and is no longer the primary agency that investigates and prosecutes animal cruelty in Ontario.
According to its website, the organization “educates on humane and appropriate animal care, reduces pet overpopulation through Spay/Neuter Services, raises awareness about unacceptable practices that harm animals, rescues animals in distress and provides care to all animals in need”.
The OSPCA’s annual conference conference focuses on animal welfare, investigations and leadership.
The OSPCA has website for shelter health professionals, Shelter Health Pro. This helpful resource covers essential topics including health and safety, intake procedures, animal transport, infectious disease management and control, biosecurity and zoonoses.
British Columbia Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals
The BC SPCA is one of the largest animal welfare organizations of its kind in North America. It is a leading animal welfare organization in Canada. It has 36 branches throughout the province. Services include sheltering and adoptions, cruelty investigations, humane education, advocacy and wildlife rehabilitation.
Animal Justice is a Canadian legal advocacy organization that lobbies for better laws to protect animals. “Our lawyers work to pass strong new animal protection legislation, push for the prosecution of animal abusers, and fight for animals in court.”