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Our Vision & Mission

At the Bow Valley SPCA, everything we do from animal care, to fundraising, to event planning, to our day-to-day operations is based around our vision and our mission. So what are they?

Our Vision

Make A Difference, Change Lives.
Adopt. Love.

Our Mission

Provide our community with an adoption Centre following a no-kill, no-cage philosophy to shelter, care for and re-home stray and abandoned dogs and cats and promote humane attitudes and responsible pet companionship through educational programs and community leadership.

What is a No-Kill, No-Cage Philosophy?


The Carla Cumming Sojonky Adoption Centre's design is based on the organization's no-kill philosophy: saving both adoptable (healthy and free of serious behavioural problems) and treatable (medical treatment or behavioural training) dogs and cats, regardless of age or disability.

Euthanasia is considered only as a last resort for dogs and cats that are terminally ill or suffering intractable pain. Similarly, euthanasia is considered as a last resort for dogs proven dangerous to people or other dogs. The Adoption Centre Manager with the agreement of a veterinarian will make the final decision about euthanasia for medical reasons. Euthanasia for behavioural reasons can only be implemented with a recommendation by the Behaviour Committee and/or the Adoption Centre Manager and subsequent approval by the Board of Directors.


All dogs and cats are housed in rooms rather than cages or kennel runs. This reduces the stress of being housed in an adoption centre, however, it also decreases the number of animals that can be housed in our facility.

Mission + Vision

The Five Freedoms

The Five Freedoms outline five aspects of animal welfare under human control. The Five Freedoms have been adopted by professional groups including veterinarians and most organizations committed to the humane treatment of animals. Here at the BVSPCA, we are committed to ensuring that every animal under our care receives all of the Five Freedoms.

Click each Freedom below to learn how we provide for our resident animals: