Humane Canada™ is happy to respond to media inquiries and can arrange comment and interviews with our CEO, Barbara Cartwright.

For media inquiries, please contact:

Natalia Hanson
Marketing and Communications Coordinator
Humane Canada™
(613) 262-6233


  • Groundbreaking report shows “building back better” means building back humanely
    October 4, 2020 – On the heels of the recent Throne Speech, Humane Canada™ releases a new report suggesting that in order to create a stronger, more resilient country, Canadians need to prioritize humaneness as they “build back better” in the wake of COVID-19. Read more here.



  • Spaying, neutering and controlling feral cat populations shows compassion
    August 12, 2020
    Assiniboia Times
    “The impacts of this overpopulation are serious and include cats languishing in shelters long term, or worse, succumbing to stress-related illnesses. For cats who remain outdoors, risk of disease transmission, as well as illness, injury and death are daily realities.” Read full story here.

  • Bill 156: Security from trespass or ag-gag?
    July 9, 2020
    The Lawyer’s Daily
    Welfare and treatment of farm animals is one of the focuses of Humane Canada. It recently posted on social media that the fight is not over, “… we will continue to oppose AG Gag Bills that are already being drafted in other provinces.Read full story here.
  • Pets, vets, vaccines and the pandemic: Animal and human health entwined more than ever in COVID times
    July 3, 2020
    Capital Current
    “We expected that there were going to be more animals surrendered to shelters because as people started to lose their jobs, …….we were expecting them to not be able to afford veterinary care, food and medication for their pets.” Read full story here.
  • Former staff, volunteers and adopters allege EJ Rescue hoarded dogs, hid info and failed to supply proper care
    June 29, 2020
    CBC Calgary
    Humane Canada says there needs to be a comprehensive animal welfare law and regulation that governs animals in Canada“. Read full story here.
  • N.B. animals shelters struggle financially amid COVID-19 pandemic
    June 15, 2020
    Global News
    “Animal shelters have been denied local emergency funding for charities because animal welfare isn’t included in the funding criteria and funding shelters is not considered a priority. Read full story here.
  • The New Reality: The appeal of the pandemic puppy
    May 31, 2020
    Global News
    “Humane Canada reports adoption numbers are up between 20 and 60 per cent across the country during ongoing pandemic…..the breeders have also seen an increase in demand, with litters selling out months before conception.Read full story here
  • More pet cats getting abandoned amid housing crunch: Vancouver Orphan Kitten Rescue Association
    May 31, 2020
    Global News
    “Extrapolating the data provided by Humane Canada projected that more than 600,000 homeless cats in Canadian shelters did not find new homes in 2011.” Read full story here.
  • PetSmart Charities of Canada announces $20,000 grant for animal welfare groups
    May 19, 2020
    Franchise Info
    Humane Canada strengthen local support for communities through access to veterinary services, pet food banks, and compassionate boarding for pet owners suffering from COVID-19 or fleeing domestic violence.” Read full story here.
  • Should you adopt a pet during the COVID-19 pandemic?
    April 16, 2020
    Global News
    “We suggest people should have an emergency preparedness plan for their pets during the pandemic……the suggestions include preparing an emergency kit for pets.” Read full story here.
  • Canadians urged to include pets in their emergency plans
    April 8, 2020
    The Globe and Mail
    Humane Canada suggests making sure that their furry friends observe social distancing from other animals and humans because in rare cases the animal can become infected as well.” Read full story here.
  • Canadians must include pets in coronavirus emergency plans, advocates say
    April 8, 2020
    Global News
    “Humane Canada, which represents humane societies and SPCAs across the country urges Canadians to consider their pets as part of their COVID-19 emergency preparedness.” Read full story here.


  • ‘She will reoffend,’ say animal rights advocates after April Irving given lifetime ban in one province
    Dec. 13, 2019
    CBC Saskatchewan
    “It’s very easy for people who hoard or puppy mill operators to be charged and convicted in one province — and move to the next. And we see that very clearly in the April Irving case.” Read full story here.
  • The Pet Expert: New Animal Cruelty Laws Being Introduced in Ontario
    Nov. 7, 2019
    The Meaford Independent
     “Crown prosecutor training is a breakthrough for Ontario in animal welfare….. It will strengthen relationships between enforcement and Crown leading to more convictions for animal abusers.” Read full story here.
  • Ontario to introduce new animal welfare legislation
    Oct. 29, 2019
    CTV News
    “It is important to train prosecutors in animal cruelty cases……as it strengthens relationships between enforcement and Crown leading to more convictions for animal abusers.” Read full story here.
  • Ontario introduces tougher penalties for animal abuse
    Oct. 29, 2019
    The Star
    “The extra training for Crowns was hailed as a “breakthrough in Ontario for animal welfare” by Barbara Cartwright, chief executive of Humane Canada.” Read full story here.
  • Opinion: Why the CFL’s Grey Cup rodeo is a huge marketing blunder
    Sept. 23, 2019
    “Animal welfare organizations including, Humane Canada work towards the ultimate abolition of the rodeo’s narrow cultural appeal.” Read full story here.
  • Humane Canada Applauds Passing of Bill C-84 by Senate of Canada
    June 19, 2019
    Canada Newswire
    “Bill C-84 gives prosecutors the ability to bring charges of animal abuse and sexual assault where in the past, they could not,” says Barbara Cartwright, CEO, Humane Canada.Read full story here.
  • “Chicken Whisperer” Receiving Prestigious National Animal Welfare Award For His Pioneer Research
    April 8, 2019
    Canada Newswire
    “This award, which has been given out since 1985, acknowledges outstanding contributions to animal welfare in Canada…Read full story here.
  • Many animal welfare workers suffer from compassion fatigue: Humane Canada
    March 6, 2019
    Global News
    The people who work hard to help animals in crisis are becoming vulnerable themselves. It comes with sleeplessness, nightmares a general irritability and unhappiness.Read full story here.