Companion Animal Welfare Initiative (CAWI)

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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.


Member Organization Website
Dr. Alice Crook Sir James Dunn Animal Welfare Centre,
Atlantic Veterinary College

Marla Somersall

PEI Humane Society
Dr. Kathy Ling PEI Veterinary Medical Association

Judy Gallant

Cat Action Team
Doug Shackell (Chair) Spay Aid PEI
Brian Matheson
Dwight Thompson
Dian Ling (Recording Secretary)
PEI Department of Agriculture and Land

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

Brian Matheson,  Director
Policy and Agriculture Resources Division
PEI Department of Agriculture & Land
Phone: (902) 368-5087

Date de publication : 
le 30 Janvier 2020
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