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Green light for the Capture, Sterilization, Release and Maintenance (CSRM) pilot project in Gatineau

The Ville de Gatineau announced today the launch of a pilot project for the Capture, Sterilization, Release and Maintenance (CSRM) program for stray cats, under the full oversight of the SPCA de l'Outaouais. The City has also confirmed that it will amend its current by-law regarding the care, control and handling of animals on its territory, making the project possible.

The CSRM program includes:

  • Identification and census of stray cat colonies;
  • Capture of stray cats by the volunteer association, under the direction of the SPCA de l'Outaouais;
  • Sterilization by a veterinarian from the SPCA de l'Outaouais, as well as the administration of vaccines and deworming, the insertion of a microchip and the trimming of the tip of the left ear, an international standard for identifying sterilized cats;
  • The release of the animal to its colony, when deemed fit to return to its environment by the SPCA de l'Outaouais veterinarian;
  • The maintenance of the conditions, with the collaboration of the volunteer association which will actively monitor the cats of its community.

"The cats targeted by this CSRM program do not adapt well in shelters and the popularity of 'barn' cats is not high in the region," explains Maxime Daigle, Executive Director of the SPCA de l'Outaouais.

"Furthermore, the public nuisance associated with stray cats can generally be greatly mitigated by sterilization, which reduces urine marking, vocalization, fighting and breeding that leads to overpopulation. This type of CSRM program is a proven and effective long-term humane alternative for managing cat populations. "

For the first year of the program, the SPCA de l'Outaouais aims to sterilize 30 to 50 feral cats in the targeted area – Lambert Street in the Hull sector – and will assume the entire cost.

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Changing of the guard at the SPCA de l'Outaouais

Gatineau le 18 janvier 2021 : Un nouveau directeur général prendra la relève à l’été 2021 

La SPCA de l’Outaouais annonce que madame France Dubois, directrice générale, passera le flambeau à monsieur Maxime Daigle comme nouveau directeur général de l’organisme à compter de l’été 2021. Mme Dubois œuvre à la SPCA de l’Outaouais depuis 30 ans et à titre de directrice générale depuis 11 ans. 


Grâce à sa vision et son dévouement exceptionnel, la SPCA de l’Outaouais est aujourd’hui considéré comme un organisme phare de la région et un leader au Québec en matière de bien-être animal. Sous sa gouverne, le refuge aura grandement raffiné et développé ses services en plus d’avoir accueilli, soigné et fait adopter plus de 35 000 animaux abandonnés sur le territoire de l’Outaouais. 

Par son implication communautaire, Mme Dubois a également assumé un rôle de porte-parole remarquable afin de sensibiliser la population à la cause animale. Son héritage restera à jamais gravé dans l’histoire de l’organisme. 

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Adoption Center closed Saturday-Sunday until further notice! And Easter Monday!

Due to the limited number of animals available for adoption and the current situation where our services are greatly reduced, there will be no adoption on Saturday and Sunday until further notice.

Note that Easter Monday (April 13, 2020) will be a holiday, so no adoption appointment for this date either. Watch our Facebook story from next Tuesday (April 14, 2020) to see the animals available and make an appointment via Facebook messaging.


Services suspended excepted for the Adoption services, by appointment only

The SPCA DE L’OUTAOUAIS suspends its activity, apart from Adoptions, by appointment only.

To see what animals are available for adoption, watch our Stories on our Facebook page and contact us by private message for an appointment.

If you lost or found an animal, on our website go to “Services” and then “Animal Lost and Found” and follow the instructions.

For any animal emergency : contact your local police department.

To contact us, do it by private messaging on Facebook or by email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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Please read carefully ! 

GOALS : Reduce traffic at the shelter, reduce entries, continue the adoption service.

BUSINESS HOURS : Reduced from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. by appointment, until further notice.

ADOPTIONS: Watch our animals in “story” on our social medias, if you have an interest, write us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to make an appointment for a meeting with the animal and an adoption consultation.

LOST / FOUND ANIMAL: Check around and on social media before coming to see or bring him: fill in a lost animal form: Write to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

ABANDONING AN ANIMAL: Can you keep it for a few more days? If not, make an appointment by email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. before bringing the animal to us.



Renewal in Gatineau:




The service is currently suspended.


311 in Gatineau or the police department of your municipality. It is not a drop in quality or level of service, rather a planning of resources to continue to better serve the community and the animals.

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Preventive measures | COVID-19

Precautions are taken at the shelter to ensure the safety of our customers and employees. We remain open, but traffic reduction measures are implemented and we are strengthening our cleaning protocols.

👉🏻 Animals remain available to customers with adoption interest.

👉🏻 The dog walks by the public are suspended for the moment.

We remind you that Covid-19 does not affect and is not transmitted by pets. Respect the recommendations in force and stay at home with your hairy ones! 🐶🐱


Renewal email error

Dear customer,

It appears that an error was made when sending out the renewal reminder for the 2020 animal licences. Rest assured, your confidential data has not been compromised and the matter will be settled shortly. We are very sorry for this inconvenience. Please disregard this email as a corrected email with the correct information will be sent shortly.


The SPCA de l'Outaouais welcomes you on November 16 and 17 with your pet for a magnificent Christmas portrait.

Registration form : Formulaire_Poilus_Final.pdf

In addition to creating memories by immortalizing the holiday magic, you are supporting an on-profit organization. Your family is going to be over the moon.

For only $15 (5X7 format), our photographer will capture this magic moment for you. Other formats are also available as well as Christmas cards that you can offer as a gift to your close ones.

Our furry friends at the shelter and all the staff can not wait to see you at this wonderful family activity. It a rendez-vous on November 16 and 17 from 10am to 4pm at the SPCA de l'Outaouais located at 132, de Varennes Street in Gatineau.

We invite you to download, print and fill out the form to avoid doing so at the time of your visit.



On your birthday, Facebook automatically offers you to organize a fundraiser for your favorite non-profit organization ❤️🐱.

If you choose the Outaouais SPCA, we will send you a superb birthday gift!

How does it work : Create a donation campaign and choose the "Société pour la prévention de la cruauté aux animaux de l'Outaouais" as the recipient.

Then send us the link at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Even if it's NOT your birthday, here's a link to start your own fundraiser:

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Cats 6 months and older at the Outaouais SPCA are now available at $ 75 (+ a voluntary donation) for the next 4 months, including sterilization, microchip.

The regular price for the past few years was $ 195 for cats 6 months and older. This pilot project and this price reduction aims to compete with animal selling sites like Kijiji and to adopt out numerous adult cats that are less popular during summer because of kittens.

At the Outaouais SPCA, a large number of cat entries are cats that have never been sterilized and have been obtained for free or at very low cost. This project aims to have hundreds of cats already sterilized in order to control feline overpopulation in the Outaouais. The adoption prices at the Outaouais SPCA are based on the care received. The price does not vary according to the breed of the animal. Also, the sterilization of a cat in a private clinic can easily reach nearly $ 200, not including microchip, antiparasitic and basic vaccines.



Following a year of field absence on the Ville de Gatineau territory, the SPCA de l’Outaouais (SPCAO) carefully chose a dozen people who will conduct the census operation for cats and dogs between June 10th and October 18th. In fact, the new census agents are mandated to visit the 112,000 doors of the City to make citizens aware of the various roles played by the organization and to ensure compliance with municipal regulations (183-2005) concerning licenses for cats and dogs.

Last year, due to the lack of field agents, only 36,500 animals were registered. However, according to the most recent surveys conducted by the Association of Veterinary Surgeons of Quebec (AMVQ) that date from 2016 and 2017, there are cats in 33% of homes in Quebec and 24% for dogs. In addition, the average is 1.7 cat and 1.2 dog per household. This means that more than 89,000 cats and dogs would be comfortably living in Gatineau homes and at least 50,000 of them would not be registered in accordance with municipal regulations.

The Executive Director of the SPCAO, Mrs. France Dubois, reminds the importance for the owners of animals to comply with the regulations: "The ultimate goal of this service is to find quickly and efficiently the owner of any animal lost or that ran away. The safe return to the house can only be assured if it carries his license to the neck! Also, by fulfilling this obligation, you clearly demonstrate your interest in the safety of your pet. "

Remember that the SPCA de l’Outaouais is a non-profit organization that does not benefit from any government subvention and whose revenues from the sale of licenses represent more than 50% of the annual budget. Without this valuable income, SPCAO could not carry out its mission. Last year, 5,000 animal lives were saved through the organization work. Having experienced some failures in the past, the census operation for cats and dogs has been completely redesigned so that the visit of the agents on the Gatineau territory is a more pleasant and positive experience for the citizens.


We use and recommend ROYAL CANIN !!!

NEWS: the Outaouais SPCA is more than happy to announce its new partnership and offer its animals and its customers, Royal Canin products exclusively ❗️

Visit our beautiful boutique located at 132 rue de Varennes, Gatineau sector. For information on Royal Canin and its products : ❗️


Holidays Hours

Monday, December 24: open from 9am to noon
Tuesday, December 25th: closed to the public
Wednesday 26 December: closed to the public

Thursday, December 27th: open from 9AM to 5:30PM
Friday 28 December: open from 9AM to 5:30PM
Saturday, December 29: open from 10AM to 5PM
Sunday, December 30: open from 10AM to 5PM

Monday, December 31st: open from 9am to noon
Tuesday 1st January: closed to the public
Wednesday, January 2: closed to the public
Thursday, January 3: 9am to 5:30pm (back to normal hours)


The Outaouais SPCA wins the Social economy Excelor !

The Outaouais SPCA wins the Excelor prize in the new Social economy prize at the 2018 Gala de la Chambre de commerce de Gatineau presented by Sun Life.

The Outaouais SPCa would like to thank the Gatineau Chamber of Commerce for creating this new category that recognizes the value and contribution of social economy enterprises on the Outaouais business scene.

We want to highlight the hard work and resilience of our 55 employees and 200 volunteers who work tirelessly to save the most animal lives each year. We must not forget our valuable members of the Board of Directors who volunteer year after year to make our organization flourish.

Thank you also to our partners, donors and all those involved in our mission!

*Note: the video is in French.


A total of 200 cats in foster family for our elite volunteer Gina !

Over the past few years, over 200 cats have had the pleasure of spending time in foster family with our volunteer and coordinator Gina.

The importance of her dedication to the cause and to our organization is without a doubt an inspiration for the employees of the Outaouais SPCA, for the volunteers and for all the foster families who take animals at home week in week out for periods ranging from 1 week to 2 months!

If you are interested in the foster family program, follow this link here:

Thank you Gina!


November 10-11: 13th edition of les Poilus du Père Noël

The Outaouais SPCA invites you to take pictures with your animals and Santa Claus in a holiday setting! Once again this year, there will be a new enchanting background for the pictures! Please print and fill out the inscription form : Inscription_Poilus_2018.pdf

Here are the photo packages available to you:

Photo 5 X 7: $ 15 (additional photo: $ 10)

Photo 8 X 10: $ 20 (additional photo: $ 15)

15 Christmas cards with envelopes: $ 30

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There’s a new vehicle on the roads near the Ottawa-Gatineau border. It’s a state-of-the-art, customized pet transport vehicle owned and operated by the SPCA de l’Outaouais, made possible by a $46,000 grant from PetSmart Charities of Canada and purchased from Dormani Nissan.

The adorable pet-decaled Nissan NV 2500 SV high roof cargo van is a 12-seater van with 10 of the rear seats removed. The back of the van will allow the SPCA de l’Outaouais to transport and keep shelter pets safe, confortable and secure while they make their way to adoption centres across Gatineau and into the Ottawa area.

Four of those adoption centres are located inside Ottawa-area PetSmart stores. The SPCA de L’Outaouais is an approved PetSmart Charities of Canada adoption partner and, as such, is invited to bring adoptable shelter pets into PetSmart stores where they have the very best chance possible of being adopted into a loving home. 

“This year alone, through our partnership with PetSmart Charities of Canada and the PetSmart stores in the Ottawa area, we’ve helped more than 500 pets from our shelter to be adopted” says France Dubois, Executive Director at the SPCA de L’Outaouais. “Now, with this customized pet transport vehicle, we’ll be able to have more transports and more animals each time, in a safe and secure way. Ultimately, we’ll be able to rescue, relocate and adopt out even more pets in need.”

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The Outaouais SPCA finalist as social economy organization of the year in Outaouais

The social economy organization category will appear at the Gatineau Chamber of Commerce Excelor Gala in November, and the Outaouais SPCA is pleased to be one of the 3 finalists in this new category.

France Dubois, Executive Director of the SPCA Outaouais is pleased with the arrival of this category, which shows that organizations working for the community do indeed have their place in the business landscape in the Outaouais despite having a unique reality.

The Outaouais SPCA will celebrate its 35th anniversary in 2019 and with more than 55 employees, is a major employer in the region. Its legitimacy has grown over the years and it is with dedication and passion that the members of the team provide services to the local community and animals that come through their doors.

Management wishes to thank its employees, volunteers, donors, business partners and board members, who all greatly contribute to the organization's success over the years.


Cat adoption at 100$ (4th to 8th of October)

The adoption is full, help us make place for the ones waiting for their chance! 


Provincial Elections : The shelter closed to the public from 4pm

Please note that the shelter will be closed to the public from 4pm today Monday, October 1, 2018.

We will be back to our usual hours tomorrow, opening the doors at 9:30 am and adoption at 10am. Thank you for your understanding !