Mae Bacher Animal Shelter
Spay and Neuter
At the Humane Society Yukon, we firmly believe that domestic animals must be spayed
or neutered by duly licensed veterinarians.
- We see spay and neuter as a necessary requirement for
- Spaying and neutering increases both quality and length
of life for dogs and cats while reducing the number of unwanted animals.
An effective spay and neuter program should include:
- A public education component which discourages breeding
and describes the benefits of spay/neutering;
- Travelling veterinary services to communities which do
not have resident vets;
- Grants or subsidies to support the altering of dogs and
cats which are in the care of individuals who need financial assistance;
- Mandated spay/neutering of all animals which are
collected by animal control officers;
- Heavy licence fees for individuals who choose to keep
their dogs or cats unaltered;
- Effective spay and neuter legislation at the municipal
or territorial level.
Dog Care Standards
At Humane Society Yukon, we firmly believe that the same standards should apply to
the care of ALL dogs. These standards include adequate food and shelter, minimal tethering, lifelong
commitment by animal owners, and safe, secure transportation when dogs must ride in motor
All animals are entitled to a minimum of basic care. There is no difference between
the needs of a pet dog and those of a working dog.
- All dogs require adequate shelter that provides
protection from excessive heat, cold, wind, rain, snow and other adverse weather conditions. For dogs that live
predominantly indoors, this shelter may be the house of the person they live with. For outdoor dogs, an
adequately sized, insulated and clean dog kennel is required.
- No dog should be kept on a tether except on a short term
basis (i.e. a few hours at a time). Long-term tethering of dogs restricts freedom of movement, and can result
in physical health problems as well as behavioural problems such as aggression. Instead of tethering, dogs
should be provided with secure yards or pens in which they can run, play, interact with other animals, and
defecate away from their living and eating areas.
- Dog owners have a lifelong commitment to provide care
for the animals that live with them. Dogs should be provided with veterinary care as needed, quality food on a
daily basis, fresh water at all times, and regular attention so that health problems are identified early. Dogs
should not be disposed of when they are no longer considered useful, regardless of whether they are considered
to be pets or working animals.
- When dogs must be transported in a vehicle, they should
be inside a secure part of the vehicle, such as the inside of a car, the cab of a truck, or a carrying kennel
which is anchored to the back of a pick-up truck. Under no circumstances should dogs be transported loose in
the back of a pick-up truck.