Call the City of Edmonton (311 in Edmonton, or 780-442-5311 from outside Edmonton). More information is available here.
Or call the Edmonton Police (780-423-4567; #377 from mobile)
Call the Calgary Humane Society (403-205-4455), or report online. More information is available here.
Or call the Calgary Police Service (403-266-1234).
To report suspected (companion and livestock) animal cruelty or neglect outside of Edmonton or Calgary, call the province’s Animal Distress Line (1-800-455-9003) which is housed at the Alberta SPCA.
Investigations & Enforcement
Up until 2019, the Edmonton Humane Society was responsible for animal cruelty protection. Peace officers with the City of Edmonton took over enforcement of the APA in February 2019. There are four full time officers and one sergeant on the animal protection team. General duty officers can provide support if needed (such as for seizures of many animals). The officers are members of the Canadian Union of Public Employees.
In both Edmonton and Calgary, there are dedicated but informal partnerships among law enforcement officers across agencies who have prioritized animal cruelty.
The RCMP, municipal police, and peace officers appointed under the Peace Officer Act can also investigate suspected cruelty and enforce the Animal Protection Act.
An animal-specific team of provincially appointed peace officers is employed by the Calgary Humane Society. The Calgary Humane Society relies on private donations and fundraising, including for the funding of animal cruelty and welfare investigations.
An animal-specific team of provincially appointed peace officers is employed by the Alberta SPCA.
The Alberta SPCA employs twelve peace officers with authority to enforce the Animal Protection Act, serving Alberta outside the major centres of Edmonton and Calgary.
The Alberta SPCA receives an annual grant ($1,133.460.00) from the government of Alberta, through the Ministry of Agriculture & Forestry, in support of its animal protection services. Given the grant does not cover the full cost of the Animal Protection Services (APS) department, the Alberta SPCA relies heavily on fund raising to bridge the gap between the grant received and actual cost of the program, as well as other departments (such as Education and One Family Welfare), in support of its animal welfare mandate.
Data supplied by the Calgary Humane Society
Data supplied by the Alberta SPCA
Data supplied by the City of Edmonton
Gordon Haight - Crown Prosecutor, Alberta (Calgary)
- Developed Alberta’s first animal cruelty portfolio in Calgary more than 20 years ago
- Has presented at forensics and animal welfare conferences over the years
Rosalind Greenwood - Crown Prosecutor, Alberta (Calgary)
- Prosecuting animal cruelty files for nearly 10 years
- Has presented at forensic and National Centre for the Prosecution of Animal Cruelty conferences
Matt Dalidowicz - Crown Prosecutor, Alberta (Calgary)
- Prosecuting animal cruelty files for nearly 10 years
Christian Lim - Crown Prosecutor, Alberta (Edmonton)
- Has worked as a Crown Prosecutor for the Alberta Crown Prosecution Services.
- Has followed Haight’s lead in Calgary and started Edmonton’s Animal Protection Portfolio in 2010. He has worked on a variety of cases including homicide, sexual assaults, domestic violence and animal cruelty prosecutions. He has spoken at the National Centre for the Prosecution of Animal Cruelty multiple times. In 2019, his presentation was titled “Best Practices in Charging Decisions”.
Mandy MacLeod - Family Protection Prosecutor, Alberta Crown Prosecution Service (Edmonton)
Specializes in family protection law including the prosecution of the abuse of intimate partners, children, the elderly, and animals. She has a Ted Talk titled: Protect Pets, Protect Families: Time for Legal Change. She is a frequent presenter at the Canadian Violence Link Coalition Conference and the Canadian Animal Cruelty Prosecution Conference.
Alberta SPCA Prosecutions
Prosecutions occur in the courthouse nearest to where the offense took place. The Alberta SPCA works with multiple Crowns across the province, given the agency’s area of work is outside the major centres of Edmonton and Calgary.
Human-Animal Wellbeing and Supports
The Calgary Humane Society’s ‘Emergency Boarding’ program offers temporary short-term boarding for those experiencing crisis. In addition to daily care, animals also receive preventative veterinary care (i.e., vaccinations, medication, spay/neuter, etc.) upon arrival to program. Clients must be referred by a service agency or professional (e.g. social worker, police officer, EMS).
Calgary Humane Society’s ‘Pet Safekeeping’ Program
Calgary Humane Society’s ‘Pet Safekeeping’ program offers complimentary boarding (see above) for victims fleeing domestic violence. It involves the same referral requirements.
With the help of community partners, the Alberta SPCA’s ‘Help for Animals’ program provides any food to any type of pet to pet owners impacted by COVID-19.
The Alberta SPCA has a ‘One Family Welfare’ program and offers services to ensure the safety of both people and animals in crisis as they identify animal welfare is directly linked to human welfare.
Alberta Helping Animals Society provides no-cost ‘house call’ veterinary services to vulnerable people in Edmonton who are unable to access regular veterinary care. This is a mobile unit, partnered with other stationary veterinary clinics to provide a fuller range of services (i.e., dental care, x-rays, lab analysis, etc.)
‘Tails of Help’ helps seniors, disabled, and low-income individuals care for their companion animals by providing necessary veterinary care. Currently, Tails of Help is running the ‘2020 COVID-19 Relief Program’ where all veterinary clinics in Alberta can access funds to help patients cover veterinary costs during the pandemic.
The Alberta Animal Rescue Crew (AARCS) believes in cooperation to create a more compassionate world for animals. AARCS has assistance programs to help support animal owners care for their pets (i.e., dog food assistance, outdoor pet shelter assistance, etc.).
Alberta Pet Food Banks