Canadian Shelter Standards

National standards for animal shelters in Canada provide guidance on recommended practices in all aspects of care to ensure that the needs of animals in shelter settings will be met and that they will be treated humanely.

In 2013, CFHS brought together animal shelter thought leaders and stakeholders from across the country to establish Canadian shelter standards. The group accepted the principles of the Association of Shelter Veterinarians’ (ASV) Guidelines for Standards of Care in Animal Shelters as a foundational document and contextualized the document for use in Canada.

The following documents are available for download:
Canadian Standards of Care for Animal Shelters
ASV Guidelines for Standards of Care in American Animal Shelters
The ASPCA's ASV Checklist

Canadian Shelter Standards
Canadian Shelter Standards