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 is 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
- 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:
- 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 the 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.
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Board 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 thousands of people annually through cutting-edge research, education, and the most advanced and innovative quality care. In her 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 establishment of social enterprise and the expansion of humane education programming. Her legacy there was the creation of new partnerships and the advancement of 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, as well as, a strategy certificate from Queen’s 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 is past Vice Chair of Women for Humane Canada, and is the current Board Chair of Humane Canada. She is proud to serve Humane Canada and lead the humane movement.
Vice Chair: Marcie Moriarty
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 to 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 (NCPAC). In recognition of her work with NCPAC, she was presented with a 2016 Animal Welfare Leadership and Innovation Award by Humane Canada in 2016.
A firm believer in the change-making power that a group of committed, talented and diverse women can have, Marcie is pleased to join Women for Humane Canada. It is her hope that her experience being a vocal advocate for animal issues will be an asset to the group and will help secure lasting and impactful improvements for animals in Canada.
Samantha Gillespie (Treasurer)
Samantha Gillespie is a CPA, CA and a senior manager at BDO Canada specializing in accounting and assurance for small and medium enterprises and not-for profit enterprises in Ottawa. Samantha has over 10 years of experience in public accounting and has worked in both Montreal and Ottawa with organizations and entities of all sizes. Prior to joining BDO in 2017, Samantha worked for a mid-size accounting firm in Montreal where she developed a passion for professional standards and for working with her community.
Originally from Montreal, Samantha attended McGill University where she obtained both a Bachelor of Commerce in Accounting and a Graduate Diploma in Public Accounting. Samantha wrote her chartered accountancy exams in 2010 and successfully obtained her Chartered Accountant designation in 2011 and Chartered Professional Accountant designation in 2012.
Samantha grew up always having rescued dogs and cats and is a proud pet parent to a dog, Jessy and a cat, Charlie, both of whom were adopted from rescues in Montreal. She has always had a passion for animals and for encouraging those in her life to adopt animals in need of a home. She has also been involved in fund raising activities for various not-for profit organization in both Montreal and Ottawa.
Dr. Alice Crook (Board Secretary)
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.
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.
France Dubois (Member Director, SPCA de l’Outaouais)
France Dubois is the Executive Director at the SPCA de l’Outaouais (SPCAO) since 2010. She has dedicated her entire professional career to this non-profit organisation. In fact, she started as a volunteer in 1991, and turned her passion for animal welfare into the position she currently holds.
Notwithstanding all the challenges involved in running a charity, Ms. Dubois's passion still drives her. Today, she is responsible for more than 55 employees and 200 volunteers. The SPCAO serves more than 30 municipalities in the greater Outaouais region. Her efforts have also been recognized by the Chamber of Commerce of Gatineau as they were awarded the Social economy organization of the year, 2018.
Ms. Dubois is the face of the organization and is known for her great knowledge of the industry which is reflected by the quality of her media interventions. In fact, she’s been collaborating for the past 10 years with numerous television and radio shows. She has demonstrated the capacity for developing and maintaining strong working relationships with various levels of government and enterprises.
In addition, France served on several committees and sits on the board of directors of a provincial animal welfare organization (L’Association Québécoise des SPA-SPCA). She has also discovered a passion for mentorship. She is currently an accredited Réseau M mentor and executive member of the Gatineau Chamber of Commerce mentorship program.
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.
Karen McGeean (Member Director, Fredericton SPCA)
Karen McGeean is the Director of Marketing & Development for the Fredericton SPCA in Fredericton, NB. Karen has known since she was young that animals were her passion, and after graduating from University with a degree in Psychology and Sociology, she pursued her love of animals by volunteering and being employed in the Animal Welfare community for over 28 years. Her roles ranged from fundraising, newsletter writing, volunteering, Board experience, fostering and being an adoptive mom to a variety of special needs cats.
Karen has served as a Board member on two animal welfare organizations in the capacity of Vice-President, which allowed her to see both sides of the animal business. She has also worked in the customer service industry for over 30 years, including working as the Deployment Co-ordinator at the Military Family Resource Center in Toronto where she led programs that helped families of deployed members with the separation and stresses of a military lifestyle.
Currently, she is working to increase awareness of companion animal issues and cat overpopulation, while seeking out new creative ways to raise money in a tight economy in Atlantic Canada. Karen lives outside of Fredericton, New Brunswick with her husband Steve and a plethora of special needs cats on their rural property where they enjoy the wildlife that visits their backyard.
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.
Cindy Soules (Director at Large)
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. Cindy recently retired and lives in Nanaimo with her two cats Lily and Jasper. She volunteers with the Nanaimo BC SPCA on their fundraising committee. 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.
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.
Kevin Toyne (Director At Large)
Kevin is an experienced civil litigation lawyer at Hill Sokalski Walsh LLP in Winnipeg. He has practiced law in Ontario and Manitoba for over 15 years and his practice includes the growing field of animal law. In 2012 and 2013, Kevin successfully represented the Story Book Farm Primate Sanctuary pro bono before the Ontario Superior Court of Justice in proceedings involving “Darwin the IKEA Monkey”.
He served as the Vice-Chair of the Animal Law Section of the Ontario Bar Association in 2014-2015 and regularly appears as a media commentator on animal law issues. He is the Chair of the Winnipeg Humane Society’s Animal Protection Committee and serves on the Board of Directors. Kevin teaches Civil Procedure at Robson Hall Law School at the University of Manitoba and is a Presiding Member of Manitoba’s Co-operative Housing Appeal Tribunal.
In 2017, he obtained his Master of Laws from Osgoode Hall at York University. Each November, Kevin volunteers at Isla Animal’s Rancho Viejo Spay and Neuter Clinic in Isla Mujeres, Mexico. Most importantly, he is the proud father of two vegan toddlers.
For media inquiries, please contact:
(The Canadian Federation of Humane Societies)
(613) 224-8072 ext. 22
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 has two degrees, one in Business with a major in Finance and the second in Environmental Practice with a focus on sustainability. She has focused much of her academic 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.
Liz Wheeler is passionate about improving the lives of animals both in her community and on a national level. She has worked on the ground level of animal welfare in shelter work and clinical practice for several years before joining the team at Humane Canada. Liz has a keen interest in neonatal kitten care and feline behaviour and has fostered over 150 cats in the past five years. She volunteers as the Logistics Manager with Ottawa Paw Pantry and also as the Fundraising Coordinator with The Avery Foundation. When she’s not out helping animals in the community, she enjoys playing board games and reading at home with her husband and cats.
Dayna has been a life-long animal lover and advocate. She believes in a humane Canada. Her life has been dedicated to working with animals in numerous capacities. She began working with animals by fostering for rescues in 2009. In 2012 she opened a pet sitting company focused on providing the highest standards of care to all animals in the Ottawa area. Shortly after that, she began an apprenticeship studying canine behaviour science in a more hands-on approach. While making great personal accomplishments in those fields, she also completed courses from Duke University in Canine Emotion Cognition as well as from the University of Edinburgh in Animal Welfare and Behaviour.
2013 sparked the beginning of Dayna's involvement with SafePet Ottawa, where she sat on the board as their Vice President for 3 years before being voted in as their President in 2017. It was through this young non-profit organization that she learned more about the link between domestic violence and animal abuse. It became apparent to her that more needed to be done to raise attention and awareness to the link between domestic violence and animal abuse.