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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

Numerous Large Seizures Strain Alberta SPCA Resources

Latest seizure brings 82 additional animals into the care of the Alberta SPCA On April 23, 2024, the Alberta SPCA was asked to assist the RCMP during an investigation on a property in Mountain View County. Once on site, Alberta SPCA Peace Officers determined the animals on the property were in distress. As a result,

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Dan Kobe

Alberta SPCA to take over answering ALERT Line

March 21, 2024 The Alberta SPCA, in collaboration with the former Alberta Farm Animal Care (AFAC) Board of Directors is pleased to announce plans for the future of the AFAC ALERT Line. With the dissolution of AFAC underway, effective March 21, 2024 calls to the ALERT Line will be answered by the Alberta SPCA. “We

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Dan Kobe

Compassion for Collectors

When the Alberta SPCA Peace Officer arrives at a property to check on the welfare of animals, she is always on the lookout for signs of a bigger problem. Sometimes, it’s a nearby vehicle that is stacked full of clothes or bottled water, or perhaps it’s the home’s windows, with the curtains drawn shut, but

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