Our Core Values


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


We show compassion when dealing with animals and people in distress.


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


We recognize the responsibility of humans to ensure the well being of animals in their care and to protect all animals from distress.


We are stewards of the reputation and resources of the Alberta SPCA.  We strive to balance available resources with realistic outcomes for the animals we attend.


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


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

Our Core Beliefs

We believe

  • All animals should have their basic needs met which includes:
  • Freedom from thirst and hunger
  • Freedom from discomfort
  • Freedom from pain, injury and disease
  • Freedom to express normal behaviour
  • Freedom from distress
  • That individuals have an ethical, moral and legal duty to care for animals.
  • That standards of animal care should be based on sound science and societal values.
  • People and animals are interdependent.
  • People who mistreat or neglect animals must be held accountable.
  • In providing leadership in the humane care and protection of animals.
  • Our decisions should be based on the best available knowledge, which we gather by study, research, investigation, observation or experience.
  • That humane education fosters empathy and respect for all living things.
  • In developing and delivering methods of education and communication that increases 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 prevent animal cruelty and neglect.
  • Legislation in the form of the Animal Protection Act is intended to protect animals in the province of Alberta from abuse or neglect.
  • In ongoing review and the continuous improvement of animal welfare legislation that reflects evolving beliefs about the value of animals within our society.