History & Mission

Our Vision

Be a regional leader in inspiring communities to value and treat animals with respect while participating in initiatives that reduce indifference towards, suffering of and overpopulation of animals.

Our Mission

Leading and educating communities in animal welfare by providing pets in need with shelter, rehabilitation, training and opportunity, and supporting people in responsible pet care – saving and changing lives.


What We’re All About

The Cochrane & Area Humane Society provides food, shelter, medical care and the opportunity for adoption; to unwanted, surrendered, lost and unclaimed animals while promoting responsible pet ownership through its educational programs, rural spay/neuter programs, and public fundraising events.

The Cochrane & Area Humane Society was founded in 1998 as a collaboration between Charlene Ruttle, the Town of Cochrane Animal Control Officer, and Tracy Keith, our Executive Director. The Society incorporated on March 10, 1998, received charitable status February 1999 and currently consists of an executive board of directors, a variety of skilled full-time and part-time employees and many dedicated volunteers.

The Cochrane & Area Humane Society staff and volunteers strive to find loving homes for all of the animals that come into their care. They work hard at socializing the shelter animals, offering playtime for the cats on a daily basis and even teaching the dogs basic obedience and manners so that the transition into a new home is easy for everyone. The staff knows that when a well-socialized animal is placed in a good home, the result is a successful and permanent adoption. Learn more about how we work in our Philosophy Statement.

The Cochrane community continues to demonstrate their strong support of the Society through volunteerism, sponsorship, memberships and donations of cash, food and supplies. On behalf of the animals, the shelter staff and volunteers – a warm thank you to all who have supported the Society over the years.

River

Adopted 2017

We changed Chloe’s name to River! She responded to it from the moment we’ve called her that and her recall is coming along so well! It helps that she is very food motivated. She’s learned to shake both paws and give a high 10, spin, sit, wait, and lay down. Her favourite thing to do is run, and man is she fast! Her second favourite thing to do is play with her sister Ellie Mae! They tucker each other out every day! On walks, Ellie’s bloodhound nose points out all the best smells and River always wants to sniff it too. We think she is very happy here in her new home she certainly looks it! Thanks so much for helping us add River to our family!

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