Canadian Federation of Humane Societies

Canadian Federation of Humane Societies

January 28, 2014 12:36 ET

Canadians Encouraged to "Tie One On" to Support Animal Adoption

National Animal welfare organization distributes "Choose Adoption" ribbons to reduce numbers in shelters

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwired - Jan. 28, 2014) - The Canadian Federation of Humane Societies (CFHS) launched a teal Choose Adoption ribbon designed to elevate the concept of animal adoption across the country today.

"By tying a teal Choose Adoption ribbon on your dog's leash or collar you are identifying them as an adopted animal and raising awareness about the value of giving a home to a shelter dog," says Barbara Cartwright CEO of the Canadian Federation of Humane Societies. "Right now there are thousands of wonderful animals in shelters and rescues waiting for the right person to adopt them."

Many dogs sold in Canada come from puppy mills, which are horrible breeding operations where dogs are kept in cramped, filthy cages their whole lives, deprived of adequate food, attention, and veterinary care, and forced to give birth to litter after litter of puppies.

"Adopting a dog from a shelter or rescue group helps save lives, and guarantees you aren't unknowingly buying from a cruel puppy mill," says Ms. Cartwright. "I'd love to go to my neighbourhood dog park soon and see every dog wearing a teal Choose Adoption ribbon."

A dog may end up in a shelter for many reasons including an unexpected move, allergies or issues with a landlord; most have nothing to do with the dog itself.

All reputable humane societies, SPCAs, and rescue groups conduct temperament tests on the dogs to ensure they are safe to be adopted out and are able to match up adopters with the dog whose personality will best fit their lifestyle and preferences.

Choose Adoption ribbons can be purchased directly from the Federation in packages of 10 or more. For more information visit

Dogs are for life. Think carefully; choose wisely; love deeply.

About the CFHS

The Canadian Federation of Humane Societies is a national organization representing humane societies and SPCAs in Canada. Founded in 1957, the CFHS works toward positive, progressive change to end animal cruelty, improve animal protection and promote the humane treatment of all animals

Contact Information

  • Canadian Federation of Humane Societies
    Kim Elmslie
    Communications and Advocacy Manager
    613-224-8072 ex. 12