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Animal cruelty: how to report it

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Show you care about animals and want to ensure your community is a humane one where animal abuse will be reported.

To find out how to get help for instances where animal welfare is being compromised, please click on one of the categories below:

Domestic animal cruelty or neglect
Farm animal cruelty or neglect
Wild animal concerns
Animal injury
Report suspicion of a puppy or kitten mill

Please note that the Canadian Federation of Humane Societies (CFHS…) is not an animal rescue centre nor do we provide rescue services. The CFHS… is a national federation that represents humane societies and SPCA… but we do not have jurisdiction over the societies or their operations. The CFHS… also does not do cruelty inspections.

If you’ve witnessed an act of animal cruelty or neglect, please call your local SPCA… or humane society and speak to the Animal Cruelty Investigations department.

If there is no local SPCA… or humane society where you live, call the provincial SPCA… or contact the police.

If you’ve witnessed an act of animal cruelty or neglect on a farm, please call your local SPCA… or humane society. If your shelter does not attend to farm animal concerns or you live outside your local shelter’s jurisdiction, please contact the provincial SPCA… or the police.

If you’re having conflicts with wild animals on your property or in your neighbourhood, please contact a local wildlife centre or your provincial ministry of natural resources.

If you see any animal in need of emergency care, please find the best animal hospital or local veterinary clinic that could care for that animal.

If your emergency is after hours, call your local animal hospital or veterinary clinic and listen to the instructions for 24 hour emergency services during the recording.

How to recognize a puppy or kitten mill:

  • Loud and constant barking/yelping coming from buildings
  • Animals are rarely brought outside for exercise
  • Malnourished animals
  • Females are constantly being bred for puppies or kittens
  • Animals are kept in unsanitary cages often stacked on top of each other
  • Stalls or cages are caked in excrement
  • Minimal veterinary treatment
  • Large number of dogs in one area
  • Puppies of many different breeds

If these descriptions fit a situation in your neighbourhood, please call your local humane society or SPCA… and explain the situation to the Animal Cruelty Investigations department.

If you live outside of your shelter’s jurisdiction, contact the police for assistance.

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