Canadian Animal Shelter Statistics

In order to improve the welfare of companion animals, the animal welfare community and the public at large need to know the number of animals in shelters and what the outcome is for these animals after they are admitted.

Humane Canada™, formerly known as the Canadian Federation of Humane Societies, gathers data on the number of animals entering humane society and SPCA shelters as well as the numbers adopted, returned to their owners or euthanized. This information provides a national picture of the important role shelters play in their communities.

Humane Canada’s™ Canadian Animal Shelter Statistics represent the best available information about companion animals in Canadian shelters. Reports from 2018 and earlier are available for download below, along with a year-by-year comparison document that shows sheltering trends over time.

Click on the images below to download our reports.

2018 Canadian Animal Shelter Statistics Report

2017 Canadian Animal Shelter Statistics Report

Note that the 2016 Canadian Animal Shelter Statistics were published in our most recent Cats in Canada report, which you can find here. The report includes statistics on both cats and dogs.

2015 Canadian Animal Shelter Statistics Report

2014 Canadian Animal Shelter Statistics Report

2013 Canadian Animal Shelter Statistics Report

2012 Canadian Animal Shelter Statistics Report

Download this yearly comparison document to see upward and downward trends in Canadian sheltering outcomes for cats and dogs over the years.

Archive

2011 Animal Shelter Statistics Report available in the 2012 Cats in Canada Report

2010 Animal Shelter Statistics Report

2008 Animal Shelter Statistics Report

2007 Animal Shelter Statistics Report

2004 Animal Shelter Statistics Report