Canadian Federation of Humane Societies
|Purpose||A humane Canada|
|Services||Animal welfare advocacy|
|Methods||Advocate, educate, network|
|Barbara Cartwright (CEO)|
|$535,000 (2013): 11|
Humane Canada is the largest national animal welfare organization in Canada, representing humane societies, SPCAs, and animal rescue organizations. Humane Canada aims to speak with a strong national voice, promoting the welfare and humane treatment of animals and working to end animal cruelty.
Based in Ottawa, Humane Canada is a not-for-profit organization founded in 1957. Some of its founders were Richard Taylor, president of the Ottawa Humane Society; Alne Cameron, former Veterinary Director General for Canada and president of the Ottawa Humane Society; Senator Frederic McGrand; and former lawyer Gord Gunn, who had witnessed the suffering of horses in World War I.
Currently, the organization is led by Chief Executive Officer Barbara Cartwright, who joined Humane Canada in July 2011. Recent prior CEOs include: Steve Carrol (2006-2011) and Robert Van Tongerloo (2000-2005).
In 2018 the organization rebranded its name to Humane Canada, though its legal name remains the Canadian Federation of Humane Societies.
Humane Canada's program work focuses on companion animals, livestock and legislation. The organization works to improve legislation to improve the prosecution of some animal abusers. The Federation works with the Canadian livestock sector to improve standards of care for animals on farm, as well as in transit and at slaughter. As a founding member of the National Companion Animal Coalition, Humane Canada has been involved in setting the standard for microchip identification for pets, and has worked on such issues as dog bite prevention, puppy mills and municipal bylaws for dogs and cats. Humane Canada is also a member of the Animal Welfare Committee of the Canadian Veterinary Medical Association.: 3
National Animal Welfare Conference
The organization holds national animal welfare conferences. The 2014 conference included presentations by Jane Goodall, veterinarian Michelle Lem on a Community Veterinary Outreach Program in Ontario, and a discussion of trap-neuter-return to humanely reduce community cat populations. Animal testing was also discussed.
Humane Canada is governed by a volunteer-based Board of Directors. Board members may be employed by member societies. The members of the Board meet four times each year (two face-to-face, two conference calls), while both the Executive and Finance Committees meet monthly. The CFHS website maintains a current list of directors.
- Animal Welfare in Focus is the organization's newsletter. Past issues are available online. A monthly e-newsletter is also available for subscription.
- In February 2014, in conjunction with World Spay Day, the CFHS published The Case for Accessible Spay/Neuter in Canada, which "illuminates the lack of accessible spay/neuter in communities across the country and what can be done about it."
- Cats in Canada: A comprehensive Report on the Cat Overpopulation crisis was published in 2012.
- Position statements have been published on numerous issues, such as animals in entertainment, euthanasia of companion animals, and surgical mutilation.
- "Who we are", CFHS, accessed Oct. 5, 2014.
- "Our Team". Canadian Federation of Humane Societies. Retrieved 2017-07-21.
- "Improving the lives of animals: CFHS 2013 Annual Report", available for download at link, accessed Oct. 5, 2014, at p. 11.
- "About Humane Canada: Over 50 years of animal welfare" Archived 2009-02-07 at the Wayback Machine, Humane Canada, accessed Oct. 5, 2014.
- "About the CFHS: Meet some of our founders" Archived 2007-10-16 at the Wayback Machine, CFHS, accessed Oct. 5, 2014.
- "Animal Welfare in Focus: Winter 2011" Archived 2009-01-29 at the Wayback Machine, available for download at link provided, Canadian Federation of Humane Societies, accessed Oct. 5, 2014.
- "A date with a legend", Rene Francoeur, Red Deer Advocate, April 30, 2014.
- "Canadian Federation of Humane Societies Conference 2014" Archived 2014-10-06 at the Wayback Machine, Jennifer White, Nature Conservancy of Canada, August 7, 2014.
- "National Animal Welfare Conference" Archived 2013-07-06 at the Wayback Machine, CFHS, accessed Oct. 5, 2014.
- "Who we are: Board of Directors" Archived 2007-10-13 at the Wayback Machine, CFHS, accessed Oct. 3, 2014.
- "Animal Welfare in Focus" Archived 2009-01-29 at the Wayback Machine, Canadian Federation of Humane Societies, accessed Oct. 5, 2014.
- "About the CFHS: Publications", CFHS, accessed Oct. 5, 2014.
- "Canada’s celebrity cats speak out: It’s World Spay Day, and they want YOU to spay/neuter!" Archived 2014-07-27 at the Wayback Machine, Canadian Federation of Humane Societies, February 25, 2014; report is available for download here: "Accessible Spay/Neuter" Archived 2014-02-24 at the Wayback Machine.
- Cats in Canada: A comprehensive Report on the Cat Overpopulation crisis Archived 2014-10-06 at the Wayback Machine, CFHS, 2012.
- "Position statements" Archived 2007-02-09 at the Wayback Machine, CFHS, accessed Oct. 5, 2014.