Our History

Humane Society Yukon was founded in 1987 out of dire necessity from reports and incidents of unwanted and neglected animals in the Yukon with no existing facility or organization to help them. The organization originally consisted of nothing more than a fenced-in dog area on rural acreage and a telephone line set up by caring community members. In 1989, Humane Society Yukon was officially registered as a non-profit society in the Yukon. 

Our name derives from a generous animal lover, Mae Bachur, who left her legacy fund to construct our building which is still in operation today. Humane Society Yukon takes cats and dogs from communities across the Yukon by staff who are dedicated to the professional care of their physical needs and emotional well-being. We consider ourselves the little shelter that could, with a little help from our friends. We depend on our generous community and donors to help us with vet care, housing, pet food, and amenities and we are immensely grateful for all their loving and kind support. We are committed to assisting the community in any way we can for the continued health and welfare of animals in the Yukon. 

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Our Mission

Our mission is to be a community leader in modeling, educating, and providing for the safety and well-being of animals. 

Our four core pillars are to:

  • foster and model a caring, compassionate atmosphere 
  • to promote animal welfare, protection, and safety 
  • to promote a humane ethic and responsible pet ownership
  • to operate one or more animal shelters for the protection and safety of neglected and surrendered cats and dogs 

Our Vision

A compassionate and caring community where the safety and well-being of animals are valued and protected. 

Our Core Values

Respect & Inclusivity 

  • Respect requires empathy, consideration, and a willingness to help. 
  • We treat all persons with dignity and respect in a non-judgemental manner. 
  • The general public, internal team, volunteers, and community stakeholders are all viewed as our partners in improving animal welfare.
  • We respect the life of each individual animal without compromising the welfare of staff, the community, and the animal population as a whole.
  • We listen to others and acknowledge their needs.
  • We are patient and honest with ourselves and with others.
  • We demonstrate care and understanding with all animals in our shelter.


  • Compassion means temporarily suspending our judgment so that we can appreciate others' perspectives or situations when they are different from our own.
  • We value the compassionate care of animals and animal owners.
  • We are genuinely concerned about the other's needs.


  • We are honest, transparent, and committed to doing what’s best for the general public, staff members, volunteers, and animals.
  • We openly collaborate and learn in pursuit of the truth.
  • We have strong moral principles that unify us.
  • Every conversation and every learning opportunity is met with honesty and the desire to do what is right.
  • We act honorably, even when no one is watching.
  • We are trustworthy and strive to do the right thing. 

Read our Constitution and Bylaws. Minutes and financials are available upon request. 

Board of Directors & Management 

President: Barbara Hancock

Vice-President: Colleen Wirth

Secretary: Trina Noble

Treasurer: Pat Wiens

Directors: Michael Lydon

Executive Director: Marie Rowe 

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