Please note: Humane Canada™’s position statements are in the process of being reviewed internally. The revised statements will be added to this page as they are completed.
As Canada’s federation of SPCAs and humane societies, Humane Canada™ drives positive, progressive change to end animal cruelty, improve animal protection and promote the humane treatment of all animals. We are the convener and representative of the largest animal welfare community in Canada, advancing the welfare of animals with a strong national voice by promoting animal welfare interests and concerns to government, policy makers, industry and the public.
- Humane Canada™ believes that each animal possesses intrinsic value, remarkable complexity and inherent dignity and, as such, is deserving of respect and moral concern.
- Humane Canada™ advocates universal humane treatment, care and protection of all animals.
- Humane Canada™ insists that all animals used by humans be provided with high levels of care to ensure their health, comfort and behavioural needs.
- Humane Canada™ advocates habitat protection and enhancement for the well-being of animals in the wild.
HUMANENESS TOWARDS ANIMALS
Humaneness means treatment of an animal in a manner that ensures its welfare and well-being in circumstances where a human is or should be exercising care, custody, control or use of an animal. A person responsible for an animal must provide living conditions, necessities of life and care suitable to the circumstances and in accordance with the normal psychological and physical needs of the animal.
Humane treatment of an animal precludes cruelty and involves every possible effort to avoid or reduce pain, suffering or injury.
A humane death occurs when an animal is killed in a manner whereby it dies instantly without panic or pain or whereby it is rendered instantly unconscious with inevitable subsidence into death without regaining consciousness.
Humaneness involves sensitivity toward all life in compliance with ethical, moral and legal principles. Human members of the animal kingdom have the responsibility to be humane in the ways they act or fail to act with respect to other animals. Humans who have care, custody, control or use of animals must be diligent in exercising this responsibility.
Humane Canada™ has established detailed position statements on the following animal welfare issues:
- Animals as Prizes and Gifts
- Community Cats (Free-roaming abandoned and feral cats)
- Companion Animal Overpopulation
- Dangerous Dogs
- Medically Unnecessary Procedures
- Pet Identification
- Selective Breeding of Companion Animals
- Sources for Acquiring a Pet
- Wild or Exotic Animals as Pets
What's the difference between a humane society/SPCA, rescue, municipal pound and satellite adoption centre?
This ground-breaking report, available in both French and English, provides the first comprehensive analysis of Canada’s sector of humane societies and SPCAs. Using data from a cross-Canada survey and the Canada Revenue Agency’s Registered Charity Information Returns, we look at the sector’s contributions to Canadian society, the volunteer and financial support it receives and some of the challenges it faces.
This report was prepared by Humane Canada (also known as the Canadian Federation of Humane Societies). As the national voice for animal welfare, Humane Canada represents humane societies and SPCAs across Canada, driving positive, progressive change to end animal cruelty, improve animal protection and promote the humane treatment of all animals. Humane Societies and SPCAs in Canada: A comprehensive look at the sector was funded by Humane Canada, as well as a major donor and five of our member societies. We thank Animal Welfare Agency South Central Ontario (AWASCO), BC SPCA, Montreal SPCA, Ottawa Humane Society and Toronto Humane Society in helping to make this report possible.
- Humane Canada estimates that more than 103,000 investigations were carried out by Canada’s humane societies and SPCAs in 2014.
- Overall, 21% of the revenue in our sector came from government funding – the majority coming from municipal sources.
- Less than 50% of the costs of enforcing provincial or federal animal cruelty legislation are covered by government funding despite our mandate to enforce the law.
- 45% of the total sector revenue of $187.8 million comes directly from donations, with 85% of donation revenue coming from individual donors. The result is that the responsibility of protecting animals in Canadian society is falling mainly to individual donors and the charities they support.
- 93% of Canada’s humane societies and SPCAs operate animal shelters. In 2014, these organizations spent an estimated $118.4 million sheltering more than 278,000 animals.
- 67% of responding Humane Societies and SPCAs deliver humane education programs in their communities.
- Public financial support of Canada’s humane societies and SPCAs is on par with public support of arts and culture initiatives or development/housing organizations.
- Canada’s 125 humane societies and SPCAs employ close to 2,000 staff, supported by an estimated 26,000 volunteers.
Go here to download your copy of the report.
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.
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.
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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- 2019-10-29: Humane Canada welcomes the introduction of Ontario's PAWS Act
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