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Field Trip: Winnipeg Humane Society

Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada

Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada

The organization: The Winnipeg Humane Society’s roots reach back to the launch of Winnipeg’s humane movement in the late 19th century—yes, the horse-and-buggy days. “We even have the original minutes,” says executive director Vicki Burns. “It was originally incorporated for the protection of women, children, and animals.”

The mission: “To protect all animals from suffering and to promote their welfare and dignity.”

Date established: 1894

Resources: 100 full- and part-time staff; about 200 active volunteers

Population size served: 700,000 in the city of Winnipeg, plus the rest of the province of Manitoba (a total of 1.1 million)

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