Companion Animals

Position

The Alberta SPCA accepts the keeping of companion animals by responsible owners who provide a standard of care that ensures the welfare and well-being of their animals throughout all stages of life, including death.

Rationale

The Alberta SPCA believes keeping companion animals can benefit both animals and humans.

Alberta SPCA believes responsible animal ownership, including surgical sterilization and compliance with animal control bylaws, benefits both animals and the community.

The Alberta SPCA, as one of its core beliefs, believes all animals should have their basic needs met, as outlined in the Five Freedoms of Animal Welfare developed in 1979 by the UK Farm Animal Welfare Council. The Five Freedoms of Animal Welfare can be found in the Alberta SPCA Core Beliefs document.