Most Canadians would be shocked to know what’s legal when it comes to the transport of animals in this country. That’s because Canada’s outdated transportation regulations set a dangerously low bar, causing the deaths of more than 1.6 million farm animals each year by freezing, dehydration, heat exhaustion, trampling and disease. We must protect the integrity of a process that places reasonable limits on industry – ensuring the regulations that govern the transportation of animals are well-informed, science-driven and not a product of bowing to industry pressure.
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.
In 2012, the Canadian Federation of Humane Societies published a ground-breaking report about the crisis faced by Canadians and our most popular companion animal: cats. The report, Cats in Canada: A Comprehensive Report on the Cat Overpopulation Crisis, raised national awareness about one of the most pressing animal welfare issues in Canada. Five years later we're looking back and asking ourselves, are we overcoming the cat overpopulation crisis? Our Policy and Research Manager, Dr. Toolika Rastogi, takes on this question and discusses how new data can help us reach a more conclusive answer.
Miranda Jordan-Smith, Executive Director of the Edmonton Humane Society, shares the very personal driving force behind her passion for animals, the profound impact women in the humane sector have had over the past 150 years and continue to have on our political, social and economic landscapes and the unique opportunities available to women working and caring for animals who are looking to elevate animal welfare in Canada.
What do we mean when we say the word humane? And what does it mean to be a humane community or nation? In Canada and around the world, the humane movement is about compassion, collaboration, education and action. It was built on the idea that we need to protect the most vulnerable in our society, and it’s focused on minimizing or eliminating the suffering and exploitation of animals. But how do we create a humane Canada when we are so far behind in our laws, policies and practices?
Benefit from the top five lessons that the Fort McMurray SPCA learned while helping to coordinate the on-the-ground response to the wildfires. Our hope is that these tips will help other animal welfare organizations across Canada to be more prepared for potential disasters.
He plays endless games of fetch, takes the dog on hour-long walks in downpours and cleans up after a certain someone in the backyard. There is nothing that a dedicated dog dad won’t do for his canine best friend, and he deserves something fun to celebrate that special relationship – something that helps Canada’s animals at the same time! Check out these 5 unique and thoughtful gift for dog dads on Father's Day!
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.