To find out how to get help for animals whose welfare is being compromised, please read the information below.
Please note that the Canadian Federation of Humane Societies (CFHS) is not an animal rescue centre, nor do we provide rescue services. CFHS is a national federation that represents humane societies and SPCAs, but we do not have jurisdiction over these societies or their operations. CFHS also does not do cruelty inspections.
Domestic animal cruelty or neglect
If you’ve witnessed an act of animal cruelty or neglect, please call your local SPCA or humane society and speak to the Animal Cruelty Investigations department. If there is no local SPCA or humane society where you live, call the provincial SPCA, local police or the RCMP.
Farm animal cruelty or neglect
If you’ve witnessed an act of animal cruelty or neglect on a farm, please call your local SPCA or humane society. If your local shelter does not have jurisdiction over farm animal concerns, or you live outside your local shelter’s jurisdiction, call the provincial SPCA, local police or the RCMP.
Wild animal issues
If you’re having conflicts with wild animals on your property or in your neighbourhood, please contact a local wildlife centre or your provincial ministry of natural resources.
If you see any animal in need of emergency care, please find the best animal hospital or local veterinary clinic that has the capacity and expertise to care for that animal.
If your emergency is after hours, call a local animal hospital or veterinary clinic and listen to the recorded instructions for 24-hour emergency services.
Possible puppy or kitten mill
How to recognize a puppy or kitten mill:
- Loud and constant barking/yelping coming from buildings
- Animals are rarely brought outside for exercise
- Malnourished animals
- Females are constantly being bred for puppies or kittens
- Animals are kept in unsanitary cages – often stacked on top of each other
- Stalls or cages are caked in excrement
- Minimal veterinary treatment and, potentially, visible health problems
- Matted fur and/or long, untrimmed nails
- Large number of dogs or cats in one area
- Puppies of many different breeds
If these descriptions fit a situation in your area, please call your local humane society or SPCA and explain the situation to the Animal Cruelty Investigations department. If you live outside of your shelter’s jurisdiction, contact the police for assistance.