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50 Years of Animal Welfare

In 2007, the Canadian Federation of Humane Societies celebrated 50 years of speaking for those who cannot speak for themselves. Our quest to become the national voice of humane societies and SPCAs has not been an easy one. We have, however, overcome these obstacles and worked diligently over the years to earn our solid reputation as a key player in animal welfare issues. Join us as we take a look back on the foundation’s beginnings, the pioneers who helped the CFHS become what it is today and some of our achievements.

50 years ago

When the Canadian Federation of Humane Societies was established in 1957, it faced many organizational challenges. Societies and individuals from across Canada were coming together for the first time to collectively improve the welfare of animals in our country, and it was no easy task. There were regional biases, with different societies each insisting that their issues were more urgent than the next organization’s. There were also great debates over the structure of the Federation. The CFHS faced many difficulties along the way but it was able to successfully overcome these challenges to become the national voice for animal welfare in Canada. As we celebrate our 50th anniversary, the CFHS still has a variety of members that it must serve but the diversity of our membership is our strength. One of our challenges as we move forward will be to continue to meet our member societies needs and to support them in fulfilling their mandates to help animals across Canada.

Celebrate our 50th anniversary with us! Click on the pages below to read more about our history, and keep checking in as we continue our crucial work to help Canadians help animals in the future!

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