OTTAWA, April 8, 2019 /CNW/ - Humane Canada is pleased to announce that Montreal SPCA will receive a special award to recognize their role and leadership in the founding of the animal welfare movement in Canada.
"The Montreal SPCA has been a leader and an innovator for other humane societies and SPCAs across the country throughout their 150-year history advocating for animals," says Barbara Cartwright, CEO of Humane Canada.
Montreal SPCA is the largest animal shelter and largest animal protection organization in Quebec. They have been at the forefront of all the major advances for animal welfare in Quebec in the last decades and will continue to fight until the interests of all animals are respected. In the meantime, they are developing a sterilization clinic to spay and neuter more stray cats and animals from low income families, as well as new programs for neonatal kittens and palliative care.
In its early years, the SPCA concentrated their efforts primarily on improving the treatment of working horses, a fight that they have continued up to this day. In June 2018 their legal team achieved an important victory, by working to pass a by-law which will ban the use of horse-drawn carriages as of December 31st, 2019.
The award will be presented at the sixth annual National Animal Welfare Conference, hosted at the Bonaventure Hotel in Montréal April 14-15. This event is the largest and best attended conference of its kind in Canada, bringing together over 300 individuals who work with, care for an advocate for animals.
"The Montreal SPCA has stayed true to their mission of speaking on behalf of animals wherever there is ignorance, cruelty, exploitation or neglect. This mission is echoed and mirrored by many other animal welfare organizations in Canada, including ours," concludes Cartwright.
The award will be presented this weekend at the sixth annual National Animal Welfare Conference, hosted at the Bonaventure Hotel in Montréal. This event is the largest and best attended conference of its kind in Canada, bringing together over 375 individuals who work with, care for and advocate for animals.
ABOUT HUMANE CANADA
Humane Canada is the federation of SPCAs and humane societies, driving positive, progressive change to end animal cruelty, improve animal protection and promote the humane treatment of all animals. To learn more about Humane Canada, please visit humanecanada.ca
ABOUT THE ANIMAL WELFARE LEADERSHIP & INNOVATION AWARDS
Humane Canada's Animal Welfare Leadership & Innovation Awards were launched in 2016 as a way to recognize and celebrate those who are making important contributions to animal welfare in Canada. Other Humane Canada award winners this year include: Dr. Charu Chandrasekera, The Donner Canadian Foundation, Furry Hobos N Hiway Heroes, Zachary's Paws for Healing, Kevin Strooband, the Lincoln County Humane Society, and Dr. Ian Duncan.
SOURCE Humane Canada
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