What’s in a name? Defining SPCA’s, humane societies and rescues

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What’s the difference between SPCA’s, humane societies and rescue organizations? It’s a common question that often causes considerable confusion. While they all help animals, they have their own unique focus, missions and programs.

SPCA’s and humane societies offer a variety of services to their communities. While animal adoption might be a key component of what they do, the scope of their reach is much more broad. For example, SPCA’s and humane societies typically focus on humane education programs that are designed to educate the public about animal care and well-being. Many are also licensed to offer additional services that pet owners can access, such as microchipping, vaccination clinics, or spay/neuter procedures. Some may also have programs in place to support community members through pet food banks, emergency boarding services, resources for feral cat caretakers and other outreach initiatives.

Rescues tend to focus on one specialized service, or a select number of services. For example, they may focus on transporting food or providing services to a specific geographic region. Or, they may offer care for a specific breed or type of animal. The Ontario SPCA and Humane Society often relies on the expertise of its rescue partners when specialized resources are needed. Rescues tend to be smaller organizations, but their impact can be mighty!

Together, SPCA’s, humane societies and rescues are changing the lives of animals across Ontario, Canada and abroad. We may all have different missions, values and expertise, but we are united by the desire to help animals.

Speaking for the ones who can’t speak for themselves

Keep up the good work speaking for the ones who can’t speak for themselves. A society who cares for their animals is a better society.  Thanks for your good work!

-Suzali