At its Annual General Meeting held June 6, 2019 the membership of the Fort McMurray SPCA voted to change the legal name of the organization. The new name is to be The Wood Buffalo Humane Society (WBHS); this change comes as the local SPCA continues to experience regional growth, and as the organization continues to grow its programs and mandate in the education and provision of the humane treatment of animals. The FMSPCA desired to have a name that represented the full scope of its work rather than just the in town scope or a scope that focused on enforcement which is no longer its mandate. However, the WBHS will continue to work closely with Animal Control to assist in the care of animals involved in enforcement as they move through the system to adoption. Our organization has had a long history of working with the rural communities and hopes to grow and expand on this as we move forward into the future. The WBHS believes in slow and sustainable expansion which means that we will begin to seek new and additional ways to partner with the rural communities in their efforts to increase the humane treatment of animals while increasing population control. Rebranding will occur between July 4, 2019 and December 31, 2019 with full implementation by January 1, 2020.
Other items arising from our AGM; a new set of bylaws were adopted increasing our board capacity from 10 to 12, and a new Strategic Plan and Branding were adopted.
The WHBS also adopted a new vision and Mission:
The Wood Buffalo Humane Society is dedicated to ensuring all companion animals in our region achieve the 5 Freedoms through education, advocacy and a second chance for a forever home.
Every animal in our region is treated humanely.
We are excited and proud to refocus our work to the The Five Freedoms state that an animal’s primary welfare needs can be met by safeguarding the following five freedoms:
- Freedom from hunger and thirst by ready access to fresh water and a diet to maintain full health and vigour.
- Freedom from discomfort by providing an appropriate environment, including shelter and a comfortable resting area.
- Freedom from pain, injury or disease by prevention or rapid diagnosis and treatment.
- Freedom to express normal behaviour by providing sufficient space, proper facilities and company of the animal’s own kind.
- Freedom from fear and distress by ensuring conditions and treatment which avoid mental suffering.
Media Contact: Arianna Johnson, Executive Director Fort McMurray SPCA firstname.lastname@example.org 780-743-8997 ext 103