Animal Shelter Statistics Report

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.

The Canadian Federation of Humane Societies (CFHS) gathers data on the number of animals entering humane society and SPCA shelters and the numbers adopted, returned to their owners or euthanized. This information provides a national picture of the important role shelters play in their communities.

Note that the 2016 Animal Shelter Statistics were published in our most recent Cats in Canada report, which you can find here.

The CFHS Animal Shelter Statistics represent the best available information about companion animals in Canadian shelters. Reports from 2015 and earlier are available for download, along with a year-by-year comparison document that shows sheltering trends over time.

Click on the images below to download a copy:

2015 Animal Shelter Statistics Report



2014 Animal Shelter Statistics Report


2013 Animal Shelter Statistics Report


2012 Animal Shelter Statistics Report


Download this yearly comparison document to see upward and downward trends in sheltering outcomes for cats and dogs over the years. 


2011 Animal Shelter Statistics Report available in the CFHS Cats in Canada Report

2010 Animal Shelter Statistics Summary

2008 Animal Shelter Statistics Summary

2007 Animal Shelter Statistics Summary

2004 Animal Shelter Statistics Summary

Canadian Shelter Statistics Report: Result of the 2015 survey of humane societies and SPCAs about companion animals.
Animal Shelter Statistics Report