Professional Training

Welcome to the Ontario SPCA Training List for Animal Welfare Organizations!

Thank you for your interest in our Professional Training Sessions. If you would like information on our sessions please contact Monica at

Session Descriptions

Introduction to SAFER™ (two-day training)

The ASPCA's SAFER® is a tool for assessing the probability of future canine aggression. Obtaining SAFER™ training helps ensure you are conducting and scoring assessment items correctly and that you are using SAFER™ scores appropriately to make sound decisions about the dogs you assess.


MYM® – Feline-ality™  (two-day training)

A research-based assessment of a cat’s behaviour and interests that matches adopter preferences with an animal’s behaviour. And the amazing part is that it works —shelters testing the ASPCA’s Meet Your Match® Program (Feline-ality™ is a part of Meet Your Match®) found a 40- to 45-percent increase in adoptions and a 45- to 50-percent decrease in returns and euthanasia. Incredible results and stats-driven!


MYM® – Canine-ality™  (two-day training)

The Meet Your Match (MYM)® Canine-ality™ Adoption Program is a new color coding method for matching shelter dogs, ages six months and older, with adopters.  This program is making it possible for adopters to know a little about a dog’s behaviour before deciding to make him a part of their family. Finding the perfect pooch is a serious undertaking. That is why the Ontario SPCA offers the MYM® program—to help match the colors of an adopter’s personality to their new friend’s Canine-ality™.


Intake Exam Training

This course is designed for staff responsible for conducting Intake Exams, as well as those wishing to further their knowledge in this area. It will provide you with a well-rounded skill set and ability to perform Intake Exams for shelter animals, a key component in managing animal health in the shelter environment. This training is geared specifically to the procedures and protocols performed for the Intake Exam, including safe, low-stress animal handling.


Animal Handling, Restraint & Behaviour

This course will teach you specific and focused best practices you can use to provide for the behavioural needs of the animals in your care.  You will leave with a comprehensive understanding of canine and feline body language, low-stress animal handling, and steps to evaluate your facility for environmental stressors.  We will explain effective recognition of animal behavior, as well as safe and professional animal handling skills including various methods of restraint to prevent staff injuries and reduce stress on animals. This course includes hands on practice of equipment use, tricks of the trade, and live demonstrations.


Infection Control and Zoonosis

The Infection Control and Zoonosis Workshop will enable you to create and maintain a healthy shelter environment for both animals and humans. Preventing and controlling infectious disease is an integral part of humane animal care.  This audience participation and interactive workshop will tackle the basic principles of disease transmission and zoonotic diseases. We will review biosecurity precautions for staff and volunteers, cleaning and disinfection protocols and meeting Health and Safety Standards.


Community Cats: What you need to know

This course has been designed to be a resource for guiding frontline staff in how to deal with inquiries from the public about community cats and how we can better manage any of these cats that do end up in our centres.  A portion of the course will cover topics such as how to determine between feral and frightened, how to best handle and house feral cats in your centre and how to best support our feral cat caretakers out there in the community. We will also go over Neighbourhood Cats’ TNR Handbook and best practices for managing a feral cat colony, including hands-on demonstrations on how to use different live traps.