Companion Animals

pexels-photo-192384-min.jpegWhether it be cats, dogs, fish, small animals or birds, companion animals play a huge role in the lives of Canadians. As such, CFHS is dedicated to developing projects, programs and research focused on companion animals and their welfare.

Research and Reports

The Canadian Federation of Humane Societies conducts vital companion animal research, publishing multiple reports on various issues affecting companion animals.

In 2017, CFHS reconvened the National Cat Overpopulation Task Force and completed a comprehensive, multi-stakeholder report on cat overpopulation, which acts as a five-year update on our ground-breaking 2012 analysis of cat welfare in Canada – the first report of its kind. Read more about the Cats in Canada 2017 report here.

In 2016, CFHS released Humane Societies and SPCAs in Canada, the first-ever 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 to look at the sector’s contributions to Canadian society, the volunteer and financial support it receives and some of the challenges it faces. Read more about the Humane Societies and SPCAs in Canada: A Comprehensive Look at the Sector here.

CFHS gathers data on the number of animals entering 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. On an annual basis, we publish this data in the form of the CFHS Animal Shelter Statistics Report. Read the 2015 Animal Shelter Statistics Report here.

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 Canadian document must always be read as a companion to the ASV Shelter Standards. Download both documents here.

Projects and Programs

The Canadian Federation of Humane Societies partnered with UC Davis Koret Shelter Medicine Program to bring Capacity for Care (C4C) to 6 pilot shelters between 2013 and 2016. C4C is an operations and management model that helps shelters better meet the needs of the animals in their facility. 

Programs like C4C are changing the way shelters do business and saving lives in the process. Recent statistics show that, depending on the shelter, we have seen a decrease in the number of sick cats by 87%, decreased cats’ length of stay at the shelter by 51% and decreased euthanasia due to illness by 63%!

Read more about Capacity for Care here.

Committees and Councils

As Canada's trusted voice for animal welfare, CFHS advocates on behalf of animals to the public, industry, and government by sitting on multiple committees and councils.

Canadian Veterinary Medicine Association (CVMA) Animal Welfare Committee

CFHS is an Ex-Officio member of the CVMA Animal Welfare Committee promoting key animal welfare issues within the animal industry, to government and the public. CFHS also advises the CVMA on key animal welfare issues and aids in the development of pertinent position statements.

The National Companion Animal Coalition (NCAC)

Formed in 1996 the NCAC promotes socially responsible pet ownership and enhance the health and well-being of companion animals.

In December 2004 the CFHS was an instrumental part of the NCAC's harmonization of microchip systems for companion animals in Canada. 

Read more about harmonized microchip systems here.


Learn more about the Canadian Federation of Humane Societies work for Companion Animals!
Companion Animals