Our Values

Policies & Position Statements

Position Statement on Spaying/Neutering of Companion Animals

The most important way to prevent pet overpopulation and reduce the number of abandoned, homeless, and unwanted animals on PEI is through spaying (female) and neutering (male) companion and feral animals. Spaying/neutering is an essential component of responsible pet ownership.

In addition to preventing the birth of unwanted animals, spaying/neutering also provides important health and behavioural benefits including; a reduction in sexual and territorial behaviours (aggression, urine marking, roaming, yowling, etc.) and a reduction in the risk of some diseases (mammary and uterine cancers, prostatic diseases).

All dogs, cats, rabbits and ferrets adopted from the PEI Humane Society will be spayed/neutered by a veterinarian prior to adoption.

PEI Humane Society Position Statement on Humane Training of Companion Animals

The PEI Humane Society advocates the humane treatment and training of companion animals. We rely on science-based research which has conclusively proven that positive (reward and force-free) based training methods are both more humane and more effective than training methods which involve: intimidation, confrontation, violence, reprimands or domination or have the potential to cause physical or mental injury to the animals, causing potential danger to humans.

The Five Freedoms

Freedom from Hunger and Thirst

  • By ready access to fresh water and diet to maintain health and vigor.

Freedom from Discomfort

  • By providing an appropriate environment including shelter and a comfortable resting area.

Freedom from Pain, Injury or Disease

  • By prevention or rapid diagnosis and treatment.

Freedom to Express Normal Behaviour

  • By providing sufficient space, proper facilities and company of the animal’s ownkind.

Freedom from Fear and Distress

  • By ensuring conditions and treatment which avoid mental suffering.