The Impact of AWFC Grants

How AWFC Funding Positively Impacts the Lives of Animals

In the dedicated pursuit of our mission, the AWFC allocates funds to support diverse projects that progressively achieve positive impacts on the lives of animals. Below we have summarized by “category” the activities that AWFC grants have supported in recent years, and the impact these projects have had/will have on the lives of animals. We hope this summary will better inform donors of how your contributions help us help animals.

Farm Animals:
The AWFC helped fund a representative of the Canadian Federation of Humane Societies to attend the development committee meetings for the National Farm Animal Codes of Practice. We also supported development of the BCSPCA’s “SPCA Certified” standards and standards for lameness assessment and pain management in cattle and pigs. The AWFC sponsored education seminars for egg farmers about ending the use of battery cages to house egg-laying hens, and contributed to humane education materials for school children. Funding also supported research on the welfare issues that arise in transporting animals to slaughter. A grant to Equine Guelph allowed them to survey horse rescue farms in Ontario to assess the challenges in providing optimal care and welfare for rescued horses. The information gleaned from this survey was used to develop training materials and a guidelines document for farm staff and management and other horse rescue organizations.
Impact: Establish higher levels of animal welfare standards and procedures to care for farm animals, and to implement such standards in shorter timeframes.

Companion Animals:
The AWFC supported initiatives by the Canine Action Project and Lakes Animal Friendship Society to address companion animal care and dog-human issues in indigenous communities. Funding was provided to Paws for Hope to convene 21 animal rescue groups in BC to plan and explore ideas for a new collaborative working environment. The AWFC also supported the Saskatchewan SPCA in their efforts to develop a voluntary registration and certification program for animal rescues in the province. As well, we granted funds to the Canadian Federation of Humane Societies for their Cats in Canada Task Force aimed at reducing cat overpopulation and euthanasia rates. Funding helped Community Veterinary Outreach study the health of companion animals belonging to people in Ontario who are homeless or vulnerably housed. By evaluating and creating a selection of health indicators, the study will aid in policy and program decision making in order to more effectively support the welfare of these animals. We have also supported several K-12 humane education programs by various humane societies across the country.
Impact: Cost-effectively educate more people about dog and cat welfare issues facing indigenous and urban communities, and increase collaboration and standards among animal rescue organizations in order to improve the quality of life for dogs, cats and their guardians.

The AWFC’s support of Sierra Club’s Watch for Wildlife program in Nova Scotia and New Brunswick helped raise awareness of and reduce the impacts of wildlife vehicle collisions on wildlife, people, wildlife rehabilitation organizations, and endangered species. A grant to National Wildlife Centre allows them to distribute informational kits to rehabilitation facilities on how to properly treat emaciated wildlife. AWFC also supported a research and education program for ranchers conducted by Wolf Awareness in order to promote the use of non-lethal management of wolves and coyotes to prevent livestock predation. Funding for Bear Smart enabled them to survey current best practices on mitigating human-bear conflicts across North America, and then share that research with other communities. A grant also enabled South Okanagan Rehabilitation Centre for Owls to create video and radio public service announcements to inform the public on what they should do if they find orphaned or inured birds of prey.
Impact: Reduce the number of human-wildlife conflicts and culling policies, and the harm caused by such interactions.

Exotic and Captive Wild Animals:
Funding by the AWFC helped Zoocheck provide an educational symposium with expert speakers on improving the understanding of animal welfare issues involved in keeping small exotic animal species as pets. The Vancouver Humane Society received a grant to examine and compile the information available on projects and educational materials involving captive cetaceans by aquaria in Canada. The intent of this study was to inform the debate over captive cetaceans and assess whether aquaria meet their stated intention to positively influence the public’s attitudes towards the need for conservation efforts for wild populations of cetaceans.
Impact: Reduce the trade in and confinement of wild and exotic species for entertainment and companionship purposes.

Legislative Issues – All Animals/Multi-Sector:
A grant to Animal Justice Canada helped them develop a Canadian Animal Law Guide to provide a detailed legal overview of all animal law in Canada in order to better inform prosecutions. Similarly, the Cdn Federation of Humane Societies received funding to develop a national training program and resources to support Crown Attorneys in vigorous prosecution of crimes against animals under the Criminal Code of Canada.
Impact: Improve the competence and success rate of attorneys prosecuting animal cruelty cases.

Memorial Grants and Bursaries Supporting Education:
Several smaller memorial grants and bursaries are managed by the AWFC as well. The Carol Morgan Memorial Award provides a $1000 grant each year to practicing veterinarians in good standing to support education and training-related costs in the areas of ethics and/or animal welfare for veterinarians working to increase the application of these subjects within the profession. The Diane Minshall UBC Memorial Award gives $500 each year to anyone within UBC and affiliated research institutions involved in the care and study of research animals and is to be used for education and training-related costs expressly pertaining to the welfare and improvement of conditions for research and laboratory animals. The AWFC also provides a $500 grant to enable an “in-need” animal protection organization to send a staff member to attend the national conference hosted by the Cdn Federation of Humane Societies in order to glean ideas and strategies for their own communities. In addition, we help fund the cost of hosting free, public lectures on various animal welfare topics. Animal Welfare Clubs at Canada’s universities also benefit from our funding which support extra-curricular and educational activities that promote animal welfare aimed at student club members, the greater student population, and, where possible, the general public.
Impact: Broaden society’s understanding of and compassion for the biological, sociological and psychological needs of animals.

For a detailed list of past grant recipients and their projects, see

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