The Outaouais S.P.C.A. was founded in Gatineau in 1982. It was formed by a group of concerned citizens worried about the fate of animals in their municipality. At the time there were no animal shelters, which meant that all abandoned or unwanted animals were condemned to a certain death. On May 5, 1984 the Outaouais S.P.C.A. received the status of non-profit-group and was registered as such with the Canada Revenue Agency.
The Outaouais S.P.C.A.’s first shelter opened its doors on March 12, 1986. In the beginning, it housed 1,800 animals annually. By 2011, the number of animals accommodated had risen to 9,235, not including the many animals rescued from distressing situations.
Since the founding of the organization, nearly 125,000 animals have been housed at the shelter. Close to 16,000 complaints of poor treatment have been dealt with and our emergency services have rescued more than 32,500 stray animals in need of help. The Outaouais Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals is a non-profit organization whose main goal is to ensure the protection of all animals in the region.
Our mission is based on humanitarian principles. Its goal is to protect animals from negligence, abuse and exploitation. It also aims to ensure animals’ well-being and to promote awareness in the community and compassion for all living beings.
The Outaouais S.P.C.A. makes it its duty to help citizens who are having problems with an animal (whether it be their own or a stray) and to act according to the shelter's capacity. It is also interested in preventing an overpopulation of animals in Quebec by sensitizing and educating the public.
The Outaouais S.P.C.A.Philosophy
Our philosophy can be summed up as follows: dedicate our human and financial resources to the advancement and development of animal causes in our region.
Our personnel put this philosophy into practice on a daily basis. Our shelter's directors work diligently to ensure that animal causes are heard by all levels of our community. Our efforts contribute to annual increases in adoptions and partnerships with organizations proud to support our shelter. In addition, citizens are better informed, conscious of the issues and they therefore take more responsibility for their companion animals.
The Value of the Outaouais S.P.C.A.
We are convinced that in channelling strong values in all our employees and partners, we can make a positive difference in our society. Every decision we make is based on our values and a strict code of ethics to address the animal issues of today.
"Sharing our knowledge". Sharing knowledge is essential—even vital—in establishing a strong and solid shelter team. The Outaouais S.P.C.A. feels that sharing information and knowledge with its clients will have a major impact on the success of its mission. As well the Outaouais S.P.C.A. strives to maintain a healthy and secure work environment.
All of the activities of Outaouais S.P.C.A. are motivated by our desire to offer excellent services and be a constant in our community. The services and care we provide are constantly evolving and we strive to improve the quality of our services on a daily basis.
Integrity is the corner stone of our philosophy and of the way we operate. We observe a strict moral code in all our work and activities, which guarantees equality, respect, honesty and absolute transparency. It is important to do so in order to establish a solid and enduring link of confidence with present and future clients.
"It takes a village to raise a child." African Proverb
This proverb also applies to the Outaouais S.P.C.A. Animal-related causes are in their infancy, and are taking their first steps in a world filled with prejudice and injustice, but with helping hands we can elevate our causes and make changes that will improve our community as a whole.
“The greatness of a nation can be judged by the way its animals are treated.” Mahatma Gandhi