These national standards for Canadian animal shelters provide guidance on recommended practices for all aspects of care to ensure that the needs of animals in shelter settings will be met and that they will be treated humanely.
In 2013, Humane Canada™ brought together animal shelter thought leaders and stakeholders from across the country to establish Canadian shelter standards. The group accepted the principles of the Association of Shelter Veterinarians' (ASV) Guidelines for Standards of Care in Animal Shelters as a foundational document and contextualized the document for use in Canada. Note that the Canadian document must always be read as a companion to the ASV Shelter Standards document.
The following documents are available for download:
Canadian Standards of Care for Animal Shelters
ASV Guidelines for Standards of Care in American Animal Shelters
The ASPCA's ASV Checklist