Programs & Services

Educational Outreach

Through our Educational Outreach we want to introduce human service professionals to topics that are critical to supporting their clients. 41% of Canadian households have at least one dog and 38% of Canadian households have at least one cat. Those statistics are comparable for other pet species as well. These numbers show that a large proportion of clients accessing human service supports will have pets, even if they do not disclose it.  

It is up to the human service professional to ask the right questions. Many pet owners in crisis are unable to focus on their own needs until the needs of their pets are met. Our goal is to build knowledge and empathy through in-person presentations or through resources so that pet owners in crisis are given access to appropriate support.  

Programs & Services

The One Family Welfare department provides various services to pet owners in crisis, including but not limited to:

    • Pet Safekeeping Program
    • Crisis Care Program
    • Safety Planning
    • Crisis Intervention
    • Community Resources and Referrals
    • Animal Protection Service Collaboration
    • Community Outreach Education
    • Confidential Support

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Cruelty Connection


When people are at risk, animals are at risk.
When animals are at risk, people are at risk.

  • It is important for ALL human service professionals to know about the connections between animal welfare and human welfare.
  • Cruelty to pets within a home is an example of domestic violence, and is often accompanied by other forms of violence and abuse – such as child abuse, spousal abuse and elder abuse.

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Responsible Pet Ownership


Owning a pet is a privilege that comes with many responsibilities. 

Developing a sense of responsibility is a critical component of character and citizenship education. We have an obligation to be responsible for animals in our care. The more we learn about animals, what they need to be healthy, how they feel safe, what they like or dislike, etc., the better we are at providing for them.

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