Prince George Humane Society

Prince George Humane Society


Relinquishment of family pets is a major contributor to shelter intake, and remains a area of focus for intervention as animal welfare professionals aim to reduce euthanasia of adoptable pets. Relinquishment occurs for several reasons - most commonly due to behavioral issues. There is evidence that pets can be beneficial to the health and well-being of their owners in certain circumstances, however, there is also evidence that negative or ambivalent relationships between owners and pets can be a detriment to owner well-being, as well as a risk for shelter relinquishment.  Owners often struggle with managing problem behavior and our goal is to intervene before they are at their wits-end and decide to relinquish their pet.

Relinquishment is part of the life story of many companion animals, the reasons for which might be complicated and personal. Feelings of guilt, shame, or embarrassment can plague people who have surrendered a pet. Because of these strong bonds and  the common regard of pets as family members, owners can experience considerable distress. Upon permanent separation from their pet children may be especially vulnerable to psychological trauma due to animal relinquishment as they are rarely involved in the decision making but may be highly attached to the pet.

Our program is designed to support and where possible to help avoid the owners of having to relinquish their pets to animal shelters.


25 Years of History

Because of the work of a few, many Prince George charities have benefited by the creation of the Prince George Community Foundation. More than 25 years ago the Foundation was just a dream. Today it has granted back over $4.89 million and we're just getting started. We are proud to release this video in honor of those who came before us and worked so tirelessly to create a Foundation that will benefit all Prince George residents. Please enjoy. 

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