Focus Areas

The Canadian Federation of Humane Societies is the national voice of member humane societies and SPCAs, which serve animals in communities large and small, urban and rural, English and French, in every province across Canada. We bring together those who work with and care for animals to promote respect and humane treatment toward all animals – in the home, on the farm, in the lab and in the wild.

Our work is focused in four areas:

Policy and Research

CFHS regularly consults and collaborates with representatives from government, industry and the non-profit sector to address key animal welfare challenges in Canada. Read our reports and publications here.

Animals and the Law

CFHS promotes the enactment of federal, provincial and municipal legislation that protects animals from cruelty and provides a framework to ensure animals are treated humanely and with respect.

Farm Animals

CFHS plays a crucial role in farm animal welfare in Canada. As a founding member of the National Farm Animal Care Council (NFACC), CFHS advocates for continual improvements to the standards for farm animal care that are included in Canada’s voluntary codes of practice. CFHS also campaigns for improvements to various regulations that cover the treatment of farm animals. 

Companion Animals

CFHS advocates on behalf of companion animals and promotes key companion animal welfare issues to the animal industry, government, and public. CFHS regularly conducts research on companion animal welfare issues like overpopulation and homelessness, promotes programs that save the lives of sheltered companion animals like Capacity for Care, and sits on various committees that enhance the health and well-being of companion animals like The National Companion Animal Coalition and the Canadian Veterinary Medicine Association Animal Welfare Committee

CFHS brings together those who work and care for animals – in the home, on the farm, in the lab and in the wild.
Focus Areas