Thursday, December 2, 2010

What is the difference between the Ottawa Humane Society and the Ontario SPCA?

What is the OSPCA?
The OSPCA stands for the Ontario Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals. Under the OSPCA Act, the OSPCA is empowered to investigate animal cruelty in Ontario. It is made up of affiliates and branches.

What is the difference between affiliates and branches of the OSCPA?
Affiliates are independent humane societies with their own boards of directors, staff, budgets, etc. Branches report to the OSPCA directly, have OSPCA staff and are given a budget directly by the OSPCA. Branches generally have community advisory boards.

How is the Ottawa Humane Society (OHS) associated with the OSPCA?
The OHS is an affiliated member of the OSPCA. The OHS pays annual dues of $3,000 and has voting rights as a member.

What does the OSPCA do in Ottawa and for the OHS?
The OSPCA provides basic training and accreditation for our animal cruelty inspectors and agents and is available as a resource for information about animal cruelty investigations. As well, the OHS relies on the OSPCA to address province-wide issues with the provincial government.

Does the OSPCA fund the OHS?
No. Other than the basic investigations training for OHS investigation staff, all other expenses related to investigations of animal cruelty, including salaries, vehicles, care of animals in the case of removals, etc. in OHS jurisdiction is borne by the OHS and our donors. The OSPCA does not provide sheltering or care of animals in Ottawa.

For more information about the OSPCA, please visit their website at

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