Companion Animal Welfare Initiative (CAWI)

What is the purpose of CAWI?

To share information, resources, and expertise for the purpose of collaboration to improve the welfare of companion animals in Prince Edward Island. This includes, but is not limited to, developing and implementing educational strategies to raise public awareness about good companion animal care practices.

New Directions for Animal Welfare on PEI

  • Did you know it is illegal to travel with dogs unsecured in the back of a pickup truck?
  • Are you aware that any form of cosmetic surgery on animals (tail, docking, ear cropping, etc.) is prohibited?

These regulations —and more—are part of the new PEI Animal Welfare Act, passed into law in 2017. 

A presentation on the new Animal Welfare Act took place on November 20, 2018 at the Atlantic Veterinary College, to talk about how the Act impacts Islanders and their animals.

Guest speakers were:

  • Dr. Alice Crook, Coordinator of the Sir James Dunn Animal Welfare Centre at AVC, provided a “big picture” about animal welfare and the evolution of a distress-based model to a standard of care model in the Act.
  • Mr. Dwight Thompson, PEI Department of Agriculture and Fisheries, spoke about the rights and responsibilities of owners.
  • Mr. Mike Gilbertson, PEI Humane Society, focused on the role of the PEIHS and how the Society handles animal welfare complaints.

Public Awareness radio interviews and news articles

Pets & People
CBC's Island Morning monthly feature. Listen to interviews with Dr. Marti Hopson, PEI Veterinary Medical Association.

Animal Talk
Guardian newspaper monthly articles


For more information

Animal Welfare Enquiries
Animal Health, Regulatory and Analytical Laboratories
PEI Department of Agriculture & Land
Phone: (902) 368-4880

Published date: 
January 30, 2020
Agriculture and Land

General Inquiries

Department of Agriculture and Land
5th Floor, Jones Building
11 Kent Street,
P.O. Box 2000,
Charlottetown, PEI C1A 7N8

Phone: 902-368-4880
Fax: 902-368-4857

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Agriculture Information Desk
1-866-PEI FARM (734-3276)