We are a network of animal shelter professionals committed to educating, networking and sharing resources to advance the animal care, control and welfare professions.
We envision a unified network of respected animal care, control and welfare professionals who achieve the highest quality of life for the animals and citizens in the communities they serve.
Forty years of improving animal welfare.
Founded in 1981 as the Association for Animal Shelter Administrators of Ontario, a group of animal welfare professionals came together with the goal of advancing high standards and professionalism in their industry.
Over the last 40 years, the association has acted as the voice for animal care, control and welfare professionals across the province. Our members consist of shelter administrators, supervisors, registered veterinary technicians, frontline staff, as well as associate members from government, pet-related industries and businesses.
Fast forward to 2023 - we have adopted a new name that reflects the advancement of professionalism in our field and represents all active members equally: Animal Shelter Professionals of Ontario (ASPO).
Our members come from a wide variety of municipal shelters, humane societies, SPCA's and other pet-related businesses in Ontario. These are just a few who are proud to be a part of the ASPO network!