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 the animals 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.
The following documents are available for download:
Canadian Standards of Care in Animal Shelters - English
Canadian Standards of Care in Animal Shelters - French
What's the difference between a humane society/SPCA, rescue, municipal pound and satellite adoption centre?
Humane Canada™, also known as the Canadian Federation of Humane Societies, is looking to partner with dynamic and innovative organizations that share our values and commitment to animal welfare and wish to promote a thriving animal welfare sector in Canada. Our partners include private businesses, industry groups and municipalities.
Does your organization:
- Support a strong animal welfare sector and recognize the role of humane societies and SPCAs in building a humane Canada?
- Offer expertise in areas that help strengthen the humane movement?
- Provide socially-responsible products and services to animal welfare agencies and the public?
- Seek an easy way to communicate with animal welfare agencies in every corner of the country?
If this sounds like your organization, then we would like to hear from you. Let’s discuss partnership opportunities and how can work together! You can contact Derek deLouche, Director of Resource Development and Member Services at Humane Canada™ at 1-888-678-2347 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Senator Frederic A. McGrand’s life was guided by a deep passion and commitment to animal welfare. As a founding director and past president of Humane Canada™, Senator McGrand left an important philosophical legacy to Canada’s animal welfare movement. Before his death in 1988, he established a charitable trust to continue his work for animals, which includes an endowment to support SPCAs and humane societies in Atlantic Canada and a lifetime achievement award to acknowledge significant contributions to animal welfare in Canada.
Who can apply?
Organizations must be located in Atlantic Canada and must be a member of Humane Canada™ to apply for the grant. Learn more about becoming a Humane Canada™ member.
Preference will be given to organizations that are incorporated and registered charities.
What programs are eligible for a McGrand Trust Grant?
Senator Frederic A. McGrand’s principal interest was humane education; therefore, applications must focus on projects or programs in this area. The definition of humane education includes any activity that instructs, or aids instruction, with the purpose of fostering compassion and respect towards animals and so can include, but is not limited to, the following:
- Production of fact sheets or brochures on animal welfare issues (i.e.: spay/neuter, cruelty, pet care)
- Preparation of lesson guides for teaching
- Humane education for school-age children
- School visitation programs
- Newsletters with humane education as their theme
- Humane education displays (posters, pictures, etc.)
- Purchase or development of humane education materials/videos
Grants will not be awarded for any capital project or shelter operating cost.
Although the size and scope of operation and budget are not primary factors in the committee’s decisions, we request a detailed project description, information on your most recent financial statements and budget, and information on other relevant shelter programs.
It is extremely important to the committee that the application form be filled out in full and that detailed information is given on the uses to which any grant will be put. Incomplete applications will not be accepted.
The completed application must include information on the need for the project (i.e.: to improve humane education in local schools), outline of the protocol for the project, target audiences, how the project will be evaluated and the budget and timeline for completion. The qualifications of the person directing the project should also be provided. Please review the Grant Checklist document to ensure that you have submitted all relevant information.
Applications will be judged by a number of criteria, including originality, potential impact on animal welfare and number of animals affected, time frame, the need for the program and public engagement.
Organizations receiving grants will be asked to submit a report showing specifically how the funds were spent. Any changes in expenditure that were not in the original application must be noted. Grantees should provide evidence of accomplishment of the funded project. A satisfactory financial statement showing how the past grant was used must also be submitted.
McGrand Trust Grants have been awarded as education scholarships to the organizations below to allow them to attend the National Animal Welfare Conference.
Recipients have included these Humane Canada™ member societies:
- Fredericton SPCA
- Greater Moncton SPCA
- Nova Scotia SPCA
- SPCA St. John’s
For further information, please contact:
(The Canadian Federation of Humane Societies)
102-30 Concourse Gate
Ottawa, ON K2E 7V7
Telephone: 1-888-678-2347 / (613) 224-8072 ext. 20
Fax: (613) 723-0252
Capacity for Care Case Studies
Capacity for Care (C4C) is an operations and management model that helps shelters better meet the needs of the animals in their facility. It creates the conditions necessary to provide shelter animals with the Five Freedoms, thereby improving the welfare of individual animals. Read about our three-year pilot project (2014-2017), in which we implemented C4C in six animal shelters across Canada, by downloading our final report for the program.
Accessible Spay/Neuter Toolkit
The Humane Canada™ report, The Case for Accessible Spay/Neuter in Canada, lays out the evidence for the benefits and savings of implementing spay/neuter programs and provides examples of successful initiatives that can be modeled in other communities. The report also makes recommendations for animal welfare organizations, the veterinary community, and governments to advance accessible spay/neuter. The extensive toolkit that accompanies the report includes educational webinars, additional case studies, implementation tools, funding guidance, advocacy advice and examples of promotional videos on spay/neuter initiatives.
Humane Canada's™ work to help improve the lives of animals across Canada would not be possible without the generous support of our sponsors and partners.
We are pleased to recognize the following foundations and organizations for their support.
Sponsors and Partners
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Chair: Linda Barber
Linda Barber is a retired federal public service executive who also served as a senior director in the Ottawa not-for-profit sector for seven years. She graduated from Queen’s with a B.A. in 1975 and, in 2017, attained a Master’s Degree in Philanthropy and Nonprofit Leadership from Carleton University. During a long public service career, Linda served in many capacities. As the first Executive Director of Health Canada’s Office of Pediatric Initiatives, she focused on health and food product safety for children as well as pregnant and nursing mothers. Prior to retirement from the public service, she served as Director General of Human Resources and Transition Management, helping staff fulfill commitments to survivors under the Indian Residential Schools Settlement Agreement. From 2009 to 2016, Linda served as a Senior Director at United Way Ottawa, where she was responsible for the government’s annual workplace charitable campaign that sees federal employees and retirees generously donate more than $30 million every year to improve lives in their communities. Linda is also a dedicated volunteer, striving to improve animal protection and welfare. She served on the Board of the Ottawa Humane Society (OHS) for seven years and chaired the OHS Board from 2012-2014. She now teaches humane education classes for OHS in elementary schools. Linda became the Humane Canada™ Board Chair in May of 2015 and proudly represents OHS on the Board. Linda has been a devoted mom to five shelter dogs. Gully, Willow, and most recently, tiny terror Jax, continue to animate and enrich her and her husband’s lives.
Vice Chair: Miranda Jordan-Smith
As President & CEO of the Glenrose Rehabilitation Hospital Foundation, Miranda Jordan-Smith champions the Glenrose for its world-class rehabilitative care that transforms the lives of 80,000 people annually through cutting-edge research, education and the most advanced and innovative quality care. In her current role, Miranda is focused on a renewed vision, mission and strategic plan that will serve as the foundation for lasting change and position the Glenrose as the most advanced rehabilitative centre in North America. Building strong relationships with internal and external stakeholders and creating a culture of compassion and philanthropy in the community is Miranda’s passion. In her previous role as Chief Executive Officer of the Edmonton Humane Society, she drove tangible results, including the expansion of humane education programming and aggregation across the animal welfare sector. Miranda has an extensive background in communications and business operations management that spans two decades. Her credentials include a public relations diploma from MacEwan University, a BA from the University of Alberta and an MBA from the University of Liverpool. She also holds a post-graduate certificate in non-profit management from Harvard University. She is currently pursuing her Certified Fund Raising Executive (CFRE) designation, which denotes excellence in fundraising practice. Advancement is at the core of Miranda’s vision. She has a long-dedicated and proven track record for driving results in the social sector. Her ability to transform organizations and advance social causes led to her being named one of Avenue Magazine’s Top 40 Under 40 (class of 2015) and led to two honourable features in Distinctive Women magazine for Women for Humane Canada, the national leadership philanthropy group Miranda co-founded in 2016. Miranda currently serves as Vice Chair for Women for Humane Canada, as well as Humane Canada.
Secretary: Cindy Soules
Cindy has a strong background and knowledge of animal welfare as a long-term volunteer with the BC SPCA. As past President and Board member of the BC SPCA, Cindy has a proven track record in board leadership and governance. She chaired the Governance Review Committee and the Advocacy Committee and is particularly proud of that group’s successful End Animal Cruelty campaign, which ultimately saw increased protection for abused and neglected animals through new cruelty legislation enacted by the BC government. Cindy’s background also includes leadership roles in corporate and non-profit settings, with strength in implementing strategic plans and programs and building collaborative relationships with various stakeholder groups. She currently works with the Michael Smith Foundation for Health Research, where she manages provincial research initiatives aimed at improving health and the health system. Cindy is a dedicated champion for homeless cats, recognizing that there is still much work to do in educating society about the value of the cat as an animal companion.
Treasurer: Nadine Atkinson, CA
Nadine Atkinson is a Chartered Accountant and an Assurance and Advisory Manager at BDO Canada LLP in Ottawa. She has seven years of experience in public accounting and specializes in audit and compliance engagements for non-profit organizations. In her role at BDO, Nadine works closely with several national associations to analyze and improve internal controls and to develop efficient financial processes. Her role in public accounting has led to industry experience in a breadth of areas, including professional firms, retail and manufacturing companies, mortgage and insurance brokerages and investment corporations. Nadine graduated from the University of Waterloo with a Bachelor of Accounting and Financial Management and a Master's of Accounting with a specialization in tax. She officially obtained her Chartered Accounting designation in 2012. Nadine has always taken an active role in her community, including environmental conservation, grant application reviews for a local foundation and contributing to tax publications. She is currently organizing an office-wide community contribution endeavour to share her fondness of volunteering with others.
Lynn Cadigan (Director-at-large)
Lynn Cadigan is the Animal Welfare Consultant with the Government of Newfoundland and Labrador, working under the direction of the province’s Chief Veterinary Officer in the Department of Natural Resources. She is primarily responsible for managing the enforcement of the provincial Animal Health and Protection Act. Prior to taking this position in 2012, Lynn spent 12 years with the SPCA Newfoundland and Labrador, in various positions, including Executive Board Member, Financial Director, President and Executive Director. She has also served on a number of provincial and national animal welfare committees. Lynn began her career in accounting and finance. She has a Bachelor of Commerce from Memorial University and worked in business management for eleven years before directing her attention to the animal welfare movement. The animal welfare journey has been a very rewarding one that continues to be a significant part of her life.
Dr. Alice Crook (Director-at-large)
Following graduation in 1982 from the Ontario Veterinary College (OVC) at the University of Guelph, Dr. Alice Crook worked in small animal practice and then as an anesthetist at OVC, followed by the Atlantic Veterinary College (AVC) at the University of Prince Edward Island. Since 1995, Dr. Crook’s main focus has been animal welfare through her position as Coordinator of the Sir James Dunn Animal Welfare Centre at AVC. She is the immediate past-president of the Board of the Animal Welfare Foundation of Canada. She has been affiliated with the Animal Welfare Committee of the Canadian Veterinary Medical Association (CVMA) since the mid-nineties, including three years as Chair of the Committee. Her particular interests are pain management in companion and farm animals, animal cruelty legislation, feral cat welfare and effective veterinary response to animal abuse. Dr. Crook wrote a bi-monthly column for many years on issues of animal health and welfare in the Canadian magazine Chatelaine. She has won several awards for her work to improve the welfare of animals, including the 2002 CVMA Humane Award, a Queen’s Golden Jubilee Medal in 2003, the 2004 Frederic A. McGrand Award for Lifetime Leadership in Animal Welfare from Humane Canada™, the 2009 CVMA President’s Award, the 2013 PEIVMA Leadership Award and a 2018 World Veterinary Association Animal Welfare Award.
Tara Hellewell (Member Director, Central Alberta Humane Society)
Tara was appointed to the role of Executive Director for the Central Alberta Humane Society (CAHS), formerly the Red Deer & District SPCA, in August 2011. This position saw her come full circle after a volunteer position on the Central Alberta Humane Society Board of Directors in 2001 led to a subsequent career in Fund Development. Tara could see that her sales and marketing background combined with her outspoken passion would be a benefit to the charitable sector and would offer her a very rewarding career choice. For more than 14 years, Tara has contributed to the fundraising success of three charities in her community. Tara continues to provide focused leadership to the CAHS as it grows into its new $4 million, 12,000 square foot facility, completed in 2010. An aggressive strategy to enhance the profile of the shelter, along with the introduction of community outreach programs – such as the K9 Companion Pet Therapy Program, which supports volunteer therapeutic visits to hospitals, long-term care homes and seniors' homes – have truly established a new connection to the community. This type of people-focused programming has opened opportunities for increased funding and given the CAHS an enviable reputation as a leader in both human and animal services. Tara hopes that her support of Humane Canada™ at a board level will help to bring the voice of Albertans to the table and equally bring awareness of important issues to the communities in that province – in particular, the issues of farm animal and companion animal welfare. Tara lives in Sylvan Lake, Alberta with Jaret and her two dogs, Harlee and Bandit. She enjoys spending any spare time constructing their off-grid log cabin on the shores of Kootenay Lake outside of Nelson, BC, where they can enjoy the freedom of nature and the wildlife that frequently visit the property.
Adrienne McBride (Member Director, Guelph Humane Society)
Adrienne McBride is the Executive Director of the Guelph Humane Society (GHS). She is a lawyer whose passion for animals led her to a career path in animal sheltering and advocacy. She brings more than 10 years of experience in animal welfare to the role, as well as a keen understanding of the not-for-profit sector and community partnerships. Adrienne joined the GHS during a transitioning phase – a time when employee morale was low and shelter productivity was down. Her can-do attitude and unique approach to motivating her team has been crucial to the GHS’ continued success – building a better, brighter future for both the staff and the animals in their community. Adrienne thoroughly enjoys animal advocacy and believes strongly that we can create policies and partnerships that benefit both animals and people alike. Adrienne completed an Honours degree in Media Studies and a diploma in Journalism through the University of Guelph-Humber, graduating with distinction. She earned her law degree (LL.B.) at the University of Ottawa in 2010. While studying law, she held internships with the Ontario Racing Commission and Humane Canada™ and was called to the Bar in Ontario in 2011. Prior to joining the Guelph Humane Society, Adrienne worked for Smith Valeriote Law Firm in Guelph. Originally from Toronto, she, along with her husband, their 2 children, 2 dogs and 2 cats, now call Fergus, Ontario home.
Marcie Moriarty (Member Director, BC SPCA)
Marcie Moriarty is the Chief Prevention and Enforcement Officer with the BC SPCA. After obtaining degrees in Animal Biology and Law from the University of British Columbia, Marcie was called the bar in 2003. Her passion for animal welfare and advocacy led her to a career with the BC SPCA starting in 2005.
In her current role, Marcie leads a department that combines cruelty investigations, stakeholder relations and scientific programs. Some of the BC SPCA Prevention and Enforcement Department successes she is most proud of are the strengthening of the provincial animal cruelty laws, including increasing penalties and the incorporation of various codes of practice.
Marcie was also a key contributor to the creation of the National Centre for the Prosecution of Animal Cruelty. In recognition of her work with NCPAC, she was presented with a 2016 Animal Welfare Leadership and Innovation Award by Humane Canada in 2016.
Dave Rogers (Member Director, Greater Moncton SPCA)
Dave Rogers has always had a passion for animals from the time he was a child. After working as a manager for NAV Canada and Transport Canada for 30 years, he retired early and took a part-time job as an Animal Control Officer at the Greater Moncton SPCA as a way to give back. While lying in the mud under a shed one day, trying to convince a rain-soaked, scared cat that he only wanted to help, it hit him that life is about giving to others and animals need our help the most. When the position of Executive Director of Greater Moncton SPCA became available, he applied and the board hired him to run the shelter.
Since then, he has made changes to the operation to better serve the community. He has set up an animal control system that is affordable to small communities and provides them with much-needed, trained Animal Control Officers. Under his direction, the adoption procedure has changed to shorten the time required to adopt a pet, with the goal of improving the flow of animals through the shelter. Dave served for two years as a shelter representative on the board of the New Brunswick SPCA and most recently joined the board at Humane Canada.
Rob Rosenfeld (Director-at-large)
Rob Rosenfeld is the Vice President, National Capital Region, for Morneau Shepell. He works with a wide variety of clients to help increase the quality of mental health and wellness support offered to their employees. Prior to joining Morneau Shepell, he worked for the Government of Canada, where he held senior posts in the offices of the Ministers of Science and Veterans Affairs. He has years of experience working in advocacy and public affairs, including on behalf of research universities, the International Fund for Animal Welfare and telecommunications and high-tech firms. Rob is passionate about working to improve understanding and support for those impacted by mental health issues and is proud to work with Humane Canada on the intersection between animal welfare and mental health.
Anne Sutherland (Director-at-large)
Anne Sutherland is a strategist, team facilitator and thinking skills instructor. She started her career in advertising, where she discovered her passion for human behaviour. Her 30 years in research and strategy were driven by her curiosity to uncover insights and make them actionable for companies like Bell Canada, lavalife, Unilever, Hudson’s Bay Companies, and Volkswagen. Anne taught Creative Problem Solving, Strategy and Innovation for 13 years at OCAD University. In 2014, she founded the independent school Thinking U – the critical thinking and creative problem solving studio where you learn to put best practices into practice. Whether through her consulting on new thinking or her volunteer work, Anne’s life passion is to help people and organizations imagine and then work towards a better world. She co-founded a movement called Citizen Capitalism that inspires individuals to do their part to change the world by living their values and acting on them every day. She supports Evergreen’s goal of creating a sustainable world by enabling flourishing cities. Her love of animals led to becoming a Board Member with Humane Canada™ in 2015. Anne lives in Toronto with her three best friends: husband Andy, son Garrett and golden retriever Finn.
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Communications and Marketing Manager
(The Canadian Federation of Humane Societies)
(613) 224-8072 ext. 12
Humane Canada™ is the national voice for Humane Societies and SPCAs in Canada. Humane Societies and SPCAs are a Canadian institution – most of which have been around for a hundred years or more. They’re the organizations that Canadians trust to care for and protect the animals we love and rely on.
The Humane Society of Canada is not a member of Humane Canada™, nor are we affiliated in any way.
Since 1957, Humane Canada™ has been the national organization that represents humane societies and SPCAs all across Canada. We work to address the critical issues facing animals on the national level including legislation, policy and public education.
Staff and members of Humane Canada™ are an invaluable resource to the media, offering information and commentary on a wide range of animal welfare issues, including (but not limited to):
- Federal and provincial animal cruelty legislation & related loopholes
- Puppy mills
- Cat welfare and overpopulation
- Responsible pet ownership
- Dog bite prevention
- Breed specific legislation
- Intensive confinement of farm animals
- Livestock transportation issues
- Municipal animal control bylaws
- Animal sheltering best practices
- Animal shelter statistics and trends
- Wildlife welfare and cruelty cases
- Marine mammal captivity
Introducing the Humane Canada team
An award-winning leader in animal welfare, conservation and education, Barbara Cartwright has extensive experience in developing and facilitating relationships with governments, corporations and NGOs. She has established community-based companion animal welfare programs, created BC’s first grizzly bear rehabilitation program and contributed to the protection of the endangered right whale. Barbara has drafted, consulted on and secured amendments to provincial and federal legislation, including updates to the Criminal Code, the Migratory Bird Act and the Canadian Environmental Protection Act. Barbara has advised some of the top organizations in the world on animal welfare policy and is consulted by all political parties on animal welfare issues. As the CEO of Humane Canada™, also known as the Canadian Federation of Humane Societies, Barbara convenes and represents the largest animal welfare community in Canada, working to end animal cruelty, improve animal protection and promote the humane treatment of all animals. Since taking on this role in 2011, Barbara has launched the annual National Animal Welfare Conference and the National Centre for the Prosecution of Animal Cruelty and spearheaded the first empirical sector-wide research project on humane societies and SPCAs in Canada.
Derek deLouche has devoted his career to making positive change in the world in the area of children and youth and, now, animal welfare. He is a Certified Fundraising Executive (CFRE) and is the immediate Past-President of the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP), Ottawa Chapter. He has received multiple awards during his professional career, including the United Way Ottawa Community Builder Award in 2016 and AFP’s Outstanding Fundraising Executive Award in 2004. Derek’s personal passions include volunteering and social media, and he has a love of dining out. Originally from Newfoundland and Labrador, Derek and his husband Brad moved to Ottawa in 2010, and they live in Barrhaven with their rescue dog Turbo. Derek volunteers as a presenter with United Way Ottawa’s Community Builder Awards and is a past board member of the Youville Centre and the Ten Oaks Project.
Toolika Rastogi leads the Humane Canada™ research program, including the national shelter statistics program and various animal welfare research projects. She also provides policy analysis and represents Humane Canada™ on the National Farm Animal Care Council (NFACC) and the Canadian Council on Animal Care (CCAC). Toolika holds a PhD in Molecular and Medical Genetics, a postdoctoral certificate in Conservation Genetics and a Master’s in Ecological Economics and Sustainable Development Policy. Prior to joining Humane Canada™, she worked in the areas of biodiversity conservation and environmental safety, both internationally with the OECD, and in Canada with Environment Canada and the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA). Her policy work in these areas has allowed her to contribute to the development of international environmental agreements and drafting of federal legislation for environmental protection.
Mallory Lloyd has a strong interest in animal welfare in Canada and internationally and has spent the last 15 years working or volunteering in the animal welfare and environmental sectors. She is a skilled event manager with almost ten years of experience planning events, specializing in conferences, award dinners, galas and other special events for non-profits. Mallory holds an advanced diploma in business with a major in finance from Algonquin College and is in the process of completing her Bachelor's in Environmental Practice and Sustainability with Royal Roads University. She has focused much of her research on endangered species in the Arctic and other critical ecosystems around the world. Mallory enjoys travelling, back country camping, spending time outdoors, reading and spending time with her family and two rescue dogs, Dakota and Murphy.
Elizabeth has just recently joined Humane Canada to help provide service to our donors and to work on the National Animal Welfare Conference and our other events during the year.