Based in Ottawa, Ontario, the Canadian Federation of Humane Societies (CFHS) is a charitable organization originally founded in 1957 by individual humane societies and SPCAs (Societies for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals) across Canada. Today, we remain a membership-based federation representing more than 50 municipal animal welfare organizations, as well as several provincial humane societies and SPCAs. Our role is to end companion animal overpopulation, end intensive confinement and painful practices for farm animals and improve the legal framework for Canada’s animals. We work to unite and strengthen our member societies, helping them save the lives of more animals in their communities.
Our vision is a humane Canada. As Canada’s voice for Animal Welfare, we drive positive, progressive change to end animal cruelty, improve animal protection and promote the humane treatment of all animals. As the convener and representative of the largest animal welfare community in Canada, we advance the welfare of animals, with a strong national voice promoting animal welfare interests and concerns to government, policy makers, industry and the public.
CFHS works at the national level in Canada, from our office in Ottawa, Ontario.
The CFHS charitable registration number is 11883 0884 RR0001.
Please note CFHS membership is only open to animal welfare organizations; it is not open to individuals. CFHS is happy to welcome new member organizations on a continuous basis. If your animal welfare organization is interested in having CFHS represent you nationally, then you’re invited to apply for membership here.
No. CFHS does not operate an animal care facility. Therefore, we are not equipped to handle pets. Please contact your local humane society or SPCA in order to adopt or surrender an animal. If you don’t have a local facility, please call your provincial animal welfare organization.