Open Admission and No-Kill Shelters

Open Admission and Limited Admission (“No Kill”) Shelters:

Parts of a Lifesaving Community

The Regina Humane Society (RHS) is a unique animal welfare organization that integrates many animal services under one roof to provide holistic care for homeless and abused animals:

  • As a non-profit organization, the RHS runs the province’s largest Open Admission Animal Shelter and provides countless preventative programs such as subsidized spay/neuter, outreach and education programs.
  • As the municipal impound facility for the City of Regina, RHS collects and cares for animals that become lost within the City of Regina.
  • As an approved Humane Society for the Province of Saskatchewan, the RHS is one of five organizations in the province with the authority to enforce The Animal Protection Act of Saskatchewan.

Open Admission means the Society accepts animals into its care regardless of health, age, breed, behavior or available space. Many of these animals are healthy, good-natured pets who are placed for adoption and there are no time limits on how long they can remain for adoption.

Limited Admission shelters, commonly referred to as “No Kill”, can turn away animals if they are full or if animals are too sick, injured or dangerous to be re-homed.  While “No Kill” is a popular phrase in today’s animal welfare environment, it is a misleading term.  Branding a shelter “No Kill” does not mean it does not practice euthanasia. In Saskatchewan and many other jurisdictions, for example, it is a crime to keep a severely sick or injured animal alive and suffering. An organization that is truly “no kill” may allow animals to suffer inhumanely and illegally.  Limited Admission/No Kill shelters minimize euthanasia by being selective about the animals they accept. 

Limited Admission shelters have a valuable role to play in the animal welfare community, but without Open Admission shelters like the Regina Humane Society accepting them, animals turned away by Limited Admission shelters would have nowhere to go and would face unbearable suffering.

We want to be very clear to our community what our choices are and how our decisions are made.

The Regina Humane Society has the care capacity, veterinary resources and behavior modification expertise to deal with most animals it receives. Some animals accepted by the Regina Humane Society Open Admission shelter, however, may be too sick, injured or aggressive to be treated or rehabilitated, making humane euthanasia necessary to prevent prolonged suffering or to ensure the health and safety of the shelter population and/or the public.

The Regina Humane Society is committed to saving as many animal lives as possible and practices each step of a lifesaving equation including:

  • Rescue and Transfer Partnerships
  • In Shelter Behavioural and Environmental Enrichment Programs
  • Community Foster Care Programs
  • Accessible Adoptions including incentive events/promotions, satellite/mobile venues and feral cat placement
  • Medical and Behavioural Rehabilitation and Prevention
  • Pet Identification Services
  • Community Education, Outreach and Pet Retention Programs
  • Public Relations and Community Involvement
  • Proactive Lost Pet Return to Owner Initiatives
  • High Volume Subsidized Spay and Neuter
  • Animal Protection Investigation and Enforcement

Working in partnership with the community, the Regina Humane Society continues to enhance programs and services which reach beyond the walls of our shelter to help resolve animal welfare issues and provide support to pet owners.  Animal lives are changed, peoples’ lives are enriched and communities are transformed because of a caring community working together to create solutions.