Animal welfare is directly linked to human welfare. When a life crisis affects a pet owner, their companion animal is likely to feel the effects too. Extending compassion to both humans and animals is integral in ensuring that all members of the family stay safe in times of crisis.
A crisis is not just an unexpected disaster such as a house fire, earthquake, or a car accident. In fact, a crisis can take many different forms and occurs when an event or situation affects an individual’s ability to cope.
When in crisis, pet owners are often unable to focus on their own mental and physical wellbeing until they know that their companion animal will be safe.
By helping pet owners navigate crisis situations, the Alberta SPCA’s One Family Welfare department will be able to fill the service gap between the intersection of human social services and animal welfare in Alberta. Thus ensuring Alberta SPCA’s mission to protect, promote, and enhance the well-being of animals in Alberta.
The One Family Welfare department provides various services to pet owners in crisis, including but not limited to:
- Pet Safekeeping Program
- Crisis Care Program
- Safety Planning
- Crisis intervention
- Community Resources and Referrals
- Animal Protection Service Collaboration
- Community Outreach Education
- Confidential Support