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The Outaouais S.P.C.A. was founded in Gatineau in 1982. It was formed by a group of concerned citizens worried about the fate of animals in their municipality. At the time there were no animal shelters, which meant that all abandoned or unwanted animals were condemned to a certain death. On May 5, 1984 the Outaouais S.P.C.A. received the status of non-profit-group and was registered as such with the Canada Revenue Agency.

Since the founding of the organization, nearly 125,000 animals have been housed at the shelter. Close to 16,000 complaints of poor treatment have been dealt with and our emergency services have rescued more than 32,500 stray animals in need of help. The Outaouais Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals is a non-profit organization whose main goal is to ensure the protection of all animals in the region.


​Our mission is based on humanitarian principles. Its goal is to protect animals from negligence, abuse and exploitation. It also aims to ensure animals' well-being and to promote awareness in the community and compassion for all living beings.

The Outaouais S.P.C.A. makes it its duty to help citizens who are having problems with an animal (whether it be their own or a stray) and to act according to the shelter's capacity. It is also interested in preventing an overpopulation of animals in Quebec by sensitizing and educating the public.