About Us

Our Core Values

Respect

We respect the intrinsic value of animals, people and the environment.  We respect organizations with which we interact and strive to demonstrate respect in all our actions.

Compassion

We show compassion when dealing with animals and people at all times, especially when they are in distress.

Collaboration

We work cooperatively in a spirit of collaboration with individuals and organizations to protect, promote and enhance the well-being of animals, people and the environment.

Responsibility

We stress the responsibility of humans to ensure the welfare of all animals, especially those in their care.

Stewardship

We ensure stewardship of the reputation and resources of the Alberta SPCA. We strive to balance available resources with realistic and positive outcomes for animals, people and the environment.

Progressive

We are progressive, seeking innovative ways to promote and improve the well-being of animals, people and the environment.

Trustworthiness

We demonstrate trustworthiness by honouring our commitments and developing our competencies. We conduct ourselves with integrity when dealing with animals, people and the environment.  

Our 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. 

Alberta SPCA News

Death of Dogs from Ukraine a Concern for All

June 24, 2020 The Alberta SPCA was saddened to learn dozens of puppies died while on route to Canada from Ukraine as part of a shipment of approximately 500 dogs last week, and we are pleased to hear an investigation is underway to determine what happened and to ensure a tragedy like this is not

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Dan Kobe

Foal Fun – Sharing #Pawsitivty

Spring is a time of new beginnings. A number of horses that came into our care this spring were pregnant and this means our herd is growing. And the babies are so incredibly cute! However, while we enjoy watching little ones like this having fun, we would prefer owners take steps to ensure we do

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Dan Kobe

Separation Anxiety in Dogs

What Happens When Your New Dog Stays Home Alone? One of the good news stories during the COVID-19 crisis has been the overwhelming number of people offering to foster or adopt pets. It seems many had wanted to include an animal in their family and decided that since they were home most of the time,

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The vision of the Alberta SPCA is that every animal in Alberta be treated humanely.

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