In order to improve the welfare of companion animals, the animal welfare community and the public at large need to know the number of animals in shelters and what the outcome is for these animals after they are admitted.
Humane Canada™, formerly known as the Canadian Federation of Humane Societies, gathers data on the number of animals entering humane society and SPCA shelters as well as the numbers adopted, returned to their owners or euthanized. This information provides a national picture of the important role shelters play in their communities.
Humane Canada's™ Canadian Animal Shelter Statistics represent the best available information about companion animals in Canadian shelters. Reports from 2017 and earlier are available for download below, along with a year-by-year comparison document that shows sheltering trends over time.
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2017 Canadian Animal Shelter Statistics Report
Note that the 2016 Canadian Animal Shelter Statistics were published in our most recent Cats in Canada report, which you can find here. The report includes statistics on both cats and dogs.
2015 Canadian Animal Shelter Statistics Report
2014 Canadian Animal Shelter Statistics Report
2013 Canadian Animal Shelter Statistics Report
2012 Canadian Animal Shelter Statistics Report
Download this yearly comparison document to see upward and downward trends in Canadian sheltering outcomes for cats and dogs over the years.
For most pet owners, a house fire is our worst nightmare – watching first responders do their best to save our precious but helpless companions as smoke billows out the windows.
Big or small, house fires occur every 83 seconds in North America, according to the National Fire Protection Association. Of those house fires, approximately 500,000 affect pets, killing nearly 40,000 animals per year.
This begs the question, are you doing everything you can to prepare for an emergency? Today, on Pet Fire Safety Day, we want to share some tips on how to give your pets the best chance of safely escaping a house fire.
Practice makes perfect
One of the best ways to ensure the safety of every being in your home is to create an exit plan BEFORE an emergency takes place. Routinely practice your escape route with your pets, starting from their most common resting place in the house. The more comfortable your animals are with the plan, the easier it will be to leave together if and when you need to.
Take advantage of free or affordable resources
Some humane societies and SPCAs in Canada offer window decals or wallet cards for free. Fill out the decal or wallet card, leaving the decal in the front window of your home and the wallet card on your person. Update these as needed. They help emergency personnel to identify the number, type and location of pets in your home.
Help emergency personnel help you
When leaving pets alone at home, ensure that they are housed near an exit, whether it be a window or door. The closer pets are to an exit, the easier they are to evacuate. In addition, ensure that your pet is collared and that leashes or leads are located nearby your pets to help emergency personnel safely rescue pets from your home.
Have a plan for what happens next
Most people think of an emergency plan as something that exists to simply carry you through a moment of crisis or evacuation, but you may not be able to return for weeks or months if your home has suffered significant damage.
To ensure you’re not left in a lurch, compile a list of hotels or other accommodations in your area that are pet-friendly, or enlist the help of a trusted person (like a close friend or family member) outside your region who could help you and your pet should there be no suitable, pet-friendly accommodations in your area – or should you need special housing for larger animals.
Be at the ready
Keep a pet emergency kit in an easily accessible place. Include your veterinarian’s contact information, a copy of your pet’s medical and vaccination records, any medication your pet might need, extra collars, harnesses and leashes, as well as pet first aid supplies. Check to see if you can purchase a pet first aid kit from your local humane society or SPCA to ensure you have all the supplies you will need.
Remember! A well-prepared and well-executed emergency plan could save you and your pets’ lives during a house fire and keep the whole family safe and comfortable after an evacuation.
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 email@example.com.
Animal welfare organizations and veterinarians widely agree that a key solution to the crisis of overpopulation and homelessness of companion animals is accessible, affordable spay/neuter surgery. Furthermore, accessible spay/neuter initiatives have positive outcomes for public health and safety, which translates to reduced public spending.
Read the Humane Canada™ position statement on spay/neuter here.
Humane Canada's™ report, The Case for Accessible Spay/Neuter in Canada, lays out the evidence for these benefits and savings, and provides examples of successful initiatives that can be modeled in other communities. The report also makes recommendations for how animal welfare organizations, the veterinary community and governments to advance accessible spay/neuter.
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"The invaluable information gathered in this report provides the foundation for all stakeholders to move forward working together to reduce the number of homeless and stray pets and, ultimately, end the need for euthanasia as a means of population control. By working in partnership, veterinarians, municipalities and animal welfare groups can spearhead efforts through accessible spay/neuter programs to create communities that are safe for everyone – both animals and people.” -Lisa Koch, Executive Director, Regina Humane Society
Take action to advocate for accessible spay/neuter in your community
This section provides tools for you to advocate for accessible spay/neuter initiatives in your community by raising awareness of this critical animal welfare issue with local media and politicians. Key messages for meetings and interviews are provided, along with templates for letters and presentations to decision-makers.
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This section provides tools to help you implement accessible spay/neuter initiatives in your community.
"We experience the reality of pet overpopulation every day at our shelter. We firmly believe the key solution that will end the cycle of shelter overcrowding and unnecessary euthanasia will be providing greater opportunities for more pet owners to spay and neuter their pets. We intend to use this report to help ensure that becomes a reality in our province in the very near future.” - Kelly Mullaly, Former Executive Director, PEI Humane Society
Below are some inspiring public service announcements and documentary videos about spay/neuter.
Alberta Spay/Neuter Task Force
Cote Saint-Luc Cats Committee
Community Collaborations for the Advancement of Accessible Spay/Neuter
Presented by Kathy Innocente, Animal Care Manager, and LeeAnn Sealey, Clinic Director
This session will focus on the challenges and successes that shelters may face in collaborating with community veterinarians and rescue organizations. The webinar will share perspectives from both an animal welfare organization and veterinary point of view. Learn what worked and what didn’t, and what they are still learning today.
The Alberta Spay/Neuter Task Force: A Community-Based Solution for Managing Companion Animal Populations
Presented by: Nancy Larsen, President and Co-founder and R.J. Bailot, Executive Director and Co-founder of the Alberta Spay/Neuter Task Force
The Alberta Spay/Neuter Task Force (ASNTF) is a dedicated and compassionate team of volunteer veterinarians, animal health technologists and general volunteers that provide pro-active, community based pet wellness clinics for areas that are experiencing pet overpopulation issues, including First Nation communities. ASNTF’s primary goal is to improve the health and well-being of the dogs and cats in the community and to reduce human health issues that have resulted from this pet overpopulation. The Task Force has the ability to set up a MASH-type surgical unit in a school gym, community centre or other venue within the community to spay and neuter up to 420 animals over one weekend.
Saving Lives Through Prevention: Getting Serious about Cat Spay/Neuter
Presented by: Amy Morris, Manager, Public Policy and Outreach, BC SPCA
This session for sheltering organizations focuses on making an effective transition to a prevention model, specifically around spaying and neutering. It reviews the importance of partnership, technology and data, and effective messaging to create long-term societal change. The webinar uses concrete examples to help you take your spay/neuter program from feeling like a drop in a bucket towards an empty shelter!
Funding for this project was generously provided by PetSmart Charities of Canada.
Special thanks to Lisa Koch of Regina Humane Society for her extraordinary contribution to this project.
We would also like to thank the following individuals and organizations for their contributions:
AASAO; Airport Animal Hospital, Regina SK; Alberta Animal Services; Alberta Spay/Neuter Task Force; ASPCA; BC SPCA; Dr. Johanna Booth, Toronto Animal Services / Toronto Street Cats; Calgary Humane Society; Kelly Campbell, PetSmart Charities; Lorne Chow, City of Regina; City of Ottawa Spay/Neuter Clinic; City of Regina; Canadian Veterinary Medical Association; Edmonton Humane Society; Sandra Flemming, Nova Scotia SPCA; Fredericton SPCA; Guelph Humane Society; Humane Alliance; Kelly Mullaly; Kitchener-Waterloo Humane Society; Meow Foundation; Montreal SPCA; Newfoundland Department of Natural Resources; Ontario SPCA; Stephanie Rigby, Prince Edward Island Humane Society; Saskatoon SPCA; SpayAid PEI; Spay Day HRM; University of Guelph Library; Winnipeg Humane Society.
Finally, thank you to our celebrity spokescats Tiny (Fredericton SPCA) and Earl Grey (Spay Day HRM).
Project documents were translated by Pierre René de Cotret.
Design work for this project was provided by: Lola Design and Phil Communications.
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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