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Core Beliefs

We believe...

All animals should have their basic needs met, which include:

  • Freedom from thirst and hunger
  • Freedom from discomfort
  • Freedom from pain, injury and disease
  • Freedom to express normal behaviour
  • Freedom from distress*

The Five Freedoms of Animal Welfare are supported by the Five Domains:

  • Nutrition
  • Environment
  • Health
  • Behaviour
  • Mental State**
  • Animals are sentient beings that can experience distress, including pain and sickness.
  • Individuals have an ethical, moral and legal duty to care for animals.
  • Standards of animal care and welfare should be based on sound science as well as societal values.
  • The well-being of animals, people and the environment are inter-related.
  • People who mistreat or neglect animals must be held accountable.
  • In providing leadership in positive animal welfare and protection of animals.
  • Our decisions should be based on the best available knowledge, which we gather by study, research, investigation, observation and/or experience.
  • Humane education fosters empathy and respect for all living things.
  • In developing and delivering methods of education and communication that   increase people’s understanding of their responsibility for the welfare of animals.
  • Educating animal owners of their responsibility for the health and wellness of animals is an effective means to promote positive animal welfare.
  • Legislation in the form of the Animal Protection Act is intended to protect animals in Alberta from abuse or neglect.
  • Legislation in the form of the Criminal Code of Canada is in place to address human behaviour in regards to animal welfare.
  • In ongoing review and the continuous improvement of animal welfare legislation that reflects evolving beliefs about the value of animals within our society.

*These are the Five Freedoms of Animal Welfare, developed by the UK Farm Animal Welfare Council.

**The Five Domains Model, developed by David J Mellor and CSW Reid.

Alberta SPCA News

Dan Kobe

Summer Safety Message

We know to buckle up when getting into a vehicle, but what about our four-legged friends? The Alberta RCMP and Alberta SPCA remind motorists that properly restraining pets while driving is important for both their safety and yours. Improperly restrained animals can compromise the safe operation of a motor vehicle. If a pet-passenger is forcing

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Dan Kobe

On the 5 Year Anniversary of the Fort McMurray Fire, be Pet Prepared.

May is Emergency Preparedness Month The Fort McMurray Wildfire in 2016 and the Southern Alberta Flood in 2013 remind us that disaster can strike in Alberta and residents need to be prepared. An emergency plan needs to include your pets, both for evacuation purposes and for reunification should you become separated. During the Fort McMurray

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Dan Kobe

Alberta SPCA Launches Podcast

AnimalChat is our new Alberta SPCA podcast where we explore issues, from animal behaviour to animal welfare, and of course, animal protection. Our guests are experts on animals, from our own Alberta SPCA staff to trusted and experienced people who work with animals every day. Our topics are geared toward providing you information to help

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