Canadian Federation of Human Societies

Happy World Animal Day -- Let's Stop Puppy Mills!

Barbara Cartwright | Posted 12.04.2014 | Canada Impact
Barbara Cartwright

October 4 is World Animal Day, a global event celebrating animals big and small, from coast to coast and sea to sea around the world. Here in Canada, almost 30 per cent of households have a dog. They provide companionship, happiness and even therapy to their owners. But we still face a dark problem when choosing where to get our next dog -- puppy mills.

Three Things To Do For Someone Who's About To Lose a Pet

Barbara Cartwright | Posted 06.07.2014 | Canada Living
Barbara Cartwright

The underlying sentiment is that our dog is going to die anyway so why not relieve ourselves of the discomfort and inconvenience. I have worked with animals and people for decades -- it is both my passion and my career -- so I was caught off-guard when I felt that subtle pressure from mainstream society to put my dog down and move on with life.

It's "Kitten Season" And That's Not a Good Thing

Barbara Cartwright | Posted 05.23.2014 | Canada Impact
Barbara Cartwright

Unfortunately, right now animal shelters across Canada are preparing for what has become known as "kitten season." Unwanted litters of kittens being dumped at humane societies, SPCAs or even in the street or woods has joined April showers and red robins as harbingers of spring. In fact, thousands and thousands of cats and dogs are ending up in Canadian animal shelters every year!

Kindness and Cruelty: An Animal Welfare Year in Review

Barbara Cartwright | Posted 02.19.2014 | Canada Impact
Barbara Cartwright

Are things getting better or worse for animals in Canada? Here's a list, created by the Canadian Federation of Humane Societies, of animal welfare advances, setbacks, and issues that just made us shake our heads in sorrow in 2013.

The Good, The Bad And The Ugly: How Were Animals Treated In 2012?

The Huffington Post Canada | Maya Hamovitch | Posted 04.09.2013 | Canada Impact

Animals enhance our lives — they're loyal, offer comfort and companionship, and ask for little in return. But they too have needs and wants, and ...

This Holiday Season Boycott Puppy Mills

Barbara Cartwright | Posted 02.19.2012 | Canada
Barbara Cartwright