The SPCA was the first humane society founded in Canada in 1869, and it was originally known as the CSPCA (The Canadian Society
for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals). The society was formed under the a provincial charter of Quebec with the mission of preventing cruelty to animals throughout Canada.
In the early years of its life the CSPCA focused on helping mistreated work horses that were beaten,
starved, and overworked. They later began helping dogs, roosters that were used in cock-fights, and wild birds. The CSPCA’s
first shelter was open in 1914, and since then many shelters have been built across Canada.