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Humane Education

At the Bow Valley SPCA, part of our mission is to "promote humane attitudes and practices towards animals throughout our community", so offering humane education is a big part of what we do. Check out our programs.

School Presentations

In-class visits introduce students to the Bow Valley SPCA, discuss the role of SPCAs in communities and promote The Five Freedoms.

Interested in a classroom visit? Fill out a Request Form or email

Centre Tours

Tours can be booked to get a more in-depth perspective of the uniqueness of our Centre and our programs. One-hour tour of facility includes:

Interested in a tour? Fill out a Request Form or email us at

Humane Education for Kids

The Humane Treatment Education Program is aimed at grade school kids. Several modules have been developed by our Education Committee and can be delivered by qualified volunteers. These presentations are approximately 40 minutes in length.

Email us at for more information.

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.

The Five Freedoms as currently expressed are:

  1. Freedom from hunger and thirst by ready access to fresh water and a diet to maintain full health and vigour.
  2. Freedom from discomfort by providing an appropriate environment including shelter and a comfortable resting area.
  3. Freedom from pain, injury or disease by prevention or rapid diagnosis and treatment.
  4. Freedom to express (most) normal behaviour by providing sufficient space, proper facilities and company of the animal's own kind.
  5. Freedom from fear and distress by ensuring conditions and treatment which avoid mental suffering.