Who Ya Gonna Call? The Differences Between Calgary Humane Society, Alberta SPCA and Animal Services

Calgary Humane Society is proud to be entrusted with protecting the animals in our city. It is no secret that our Protection and Investigations department is a busy team! In 2013 alone our officers responded to 1,290 phone calls and seized 314 animals from situations of cruelty, abuse, neglect and abandonment. In addition to calls regarding animals within the city, Calgary Humane Society also receives many calls that are outside of our geographical jurisdiction and legislated mandate. Today on the blog, we bring you the inside scoop on the differences between Calgary Humane Society, City of Calgary Animal Services and the Alberta SPCA.

Who ya gonna call

Calgary Humane Society’s Protection and Investigations Department is appointed by the Province of Alberta to enforce the Animal Protection Act of Alberta. Our mandate at CHS is to protect animals from people. This means that Calgary Humane Society responds to calls where animals are alleged to be suffering cruelty, abuse, neglect or abandonment but does not handle ‘nuisance animal’ issues like strays, barking or dog bites. Calgary Humane Society’s jurisdiction covers animals within the Calgary city limits, though we do occasionally offer support, in a non-enforcement capacity, outside of the city limits when requested by another agency. Calgary Humane Society Protection and Investigations officers may also respond to areas near Calgary after natural disasters, for example, our officers attended High River to help rescue animals trapped in homes after the flood.


CHS Alum, Patch

Patch joined our family in February after 217 long days of waiting. He has fit right into our family and is the friendliest, happiest dog. He loves to keep us company whenever he can, and especially loves car rides, camping, canoeing, and leading the way on hikes! We are so lucky to get to share our lives with such an awesome guy.

Patch’s Papa

CHS Alum, Cash

Just wanted to give you an update on Cash, who came home with us in September last year. He has settled in nicely at our home. He runs about 5 km everyday and has grown bigger and stronger because of it. He is so smart and everyone who meets him tells us how lucky we are to have him! And we agree and think that Cash likes having us as his people!!

Cash’s Mama

CHS Alum, Temari

Temari is one of our five budgies, all of whom we have adopted from the Humane Society. She and her brother, Shika, were found in a box in an apartment garbage room. We adore all of our little feathered friends. Thank you for letting us give them a forever home!!

Temari’s Mama

CHS Alum, Alex

We adopted her 4 years ago in December 2010. We put a lot of time, effort, and TLC into Alex. She was crazy hyper and had food aggression. She was an quick learner and loves to try new things. One of her favourite things to do I go hiking/ scrambling in the mountains! We love her to pieces and are so glad we were able to adopt her!

Alex’s Mommy

CHS Alum, Lilly

She has been with us since February 2014. She is 100% part of the family and we all adore her. In fact I wonder at times if any cat has ever been loved so much! We will be moving to a new home soon and she is looking forward to having way more room to run around in. Thank you again so much for completing our family.

Lilly’s Mommy

CHS Alum, Kobe

This is Kobe… the man that changed my life forever! On May 10, 2008 I adopted Kobe who was so scared and shy. Needless to say we needed each other… he is no longer shy, he now loves to play. Every day I fall more in love with him  Thank you for all you guys do and helping me find my lil man.

Kobe’s Mom

CHS Alum, Ash

This is our 2 year old boy Ash that we got as a kitten from the CHS. He’s a little chubby (20 lbs) and weighs just as much as one of our dogs. His absolute favorite thing is running around outside in his little pink harness. He’s a bundle of energy and we are so glad that the Humane Society gave us the opportunity to bring him into our family. Thank you for everything you guys do.

Ash’s Mom

CHS Alum, Kipper

Kipper just wants to say hello to his old friends at Calgary Humane Society and let them know he is a happy bun!! We adopted him back in October 2013 and he is the most snuggley sweetie and we love him so much! Thank you for rescuing him CHS!

Kipper’s Mom

Tom bombay tabby

Cat ipsum dolor sit amet, siberian. Siberian grimalkin ocelot. Russian blue. Cougar jaguar leopard for tiger for ragdoll russian blue, bengal. Egyptian mau bobcat tabby, singapura but malkin grimalkin siberian. Tom cheetah ocicat. Grimalkin thai scottish fold. Panther kitty but siberian ocicat. Tom cornish rex devonshire rex for ragdoll munchkin tiger. Siberian persian lion. Havana brown.

Maine coon abyssinian . Ocicat tomcat. Bengal tabby or cheetah savannah, for balinese . Lynx burmese and kitten american shorthair but tabby. Grimalkin russian blue or siberian cheetah abyssinian tiger. Egyptian mau burmese munchkin for donskoy lion kitten. Singapura savannah so british shorthair. Siberian mouser and cheetah, so balinese tomcat. Cornish rex malkin thai savannah and norwegian forest but maine coon. Kitty persian, and cheetah munchkin cornish rex bengal or kitten. Burmese american shorthair leopard for siberian bengal panther or ragdoll. Scottish fold grimalkin, havana brown and ocelot or bengal yet panther. Egyptian mau siberian lion so devonshire rex for british shorthair. Tabby grimalkin balinese for persian yet tiger but egyptian mau and panther. Cheetah russian blue, tiger. Scottish fold malkin. Siberian tiger and leopard, and british shorthair. Ragdoll himalayan, tabby so mouser grimalkin or kitten so siberian. Birman devonshire rex american bobtail or tabby. Russian blue ocelot or thai so tom savannah but british shorthair. Himalayan. Havana brown. Malkin american bobtail or maine coon or devonshire rex but turkish angora. Munchkin savannah for tomcat.

Singapura leopard or american shorthair or ocelot yet american shorthair. Mouser siamese but himalayan but panther, and bobcat cougar bengal. Himalayan russian blue so abyssinian , tom for cornish rex. Balinese cornish rex and jaguar. Panther birman. Turkish angora sphynx. Norwegian forest havana brown bombay burmese savannah. Bobcat. Ragdoll.