The Mae Bachur Animal Shelter opened in 1998, and has remained in operation since
thanks to our benefactors (more information can be found in our BENEFACTORS page). The Yukon Humane Society is run by a board of directors, and are
in charge of various things to help the shelter, including fundraising, maintainace, and long-term goals
for animal welfare in the Yukon (for more information see our BOARD OF DIRECTORS page). Day-to-day operations at the shelter are made by the shelter
manager. To see our position on spay/neuter and other issues please check out our OUR COMMENTS page. The shelter also releases a newsletter four times a year.
To see back-issues or to sign-up, please visit our NEWSLETTER page.
Programs and Services
The shelter has 18 dog kennels, 2 open cat rooms, and small communal areas to allow
social interaction between the residents, and potential adoptive parents. Here are some of the services we
We find loving homes for every adoptable pet no matter how long it may take. Every
animal that arrives at the shelter receives veterinary care, food, and lots of love until a permanent home
can be found.
The shelter has a "no kill" policy for adoptable pets. This means we are often faced
with too many pets and not enough space for them. We have a foster home network that provides care for our
over-flow of animals, and those animals that may need special care. We are always in need of foster
We have a grooming room that can be rented by the hour, where people can bathe and
groom their pets in relative ease. If you are not the adventurous sort, once a month the shelter offers a Dog
Wash, where for a small fee, volunteers will wash your dog while you remain dry.
Our Origins/Reasons for Being Here
- Humane Society Yukon was founded in 1987 as a direct
result of a local Yukon 'big game' outfitter allowing his horses to starve to death.
- The organization originally had no physical facilities
except for a fenced-in dog area on the rural acreage property of Andrea and Florian Lemphers, and a second
telephone line in the home.
- Humane Society Yukon was officially registered as a
non-profit society in Yukon in 1989.
- The shelter employs 6 staff.
- The operating budget is approximately $400,000 per
- The number of animals taken in by the shelter in the
most recent year is 881.
- All these animals have been placed with adoptive
The first government funding ever for the shelter was announced by YTG on November
5, 2003 and will end April 2009. The existence of the shelter has had a beneficial economic impact on all
retail animal feed and supply outlets, animal trainers, as well as local veterinary practices in Yukon. All
adopted animals are either neutered or spayed and thereafter become long term clients of local veterinarians
and animal feed and supply outlets.
The City of Whitehorse Animal Pound has been able to decrease its operating hours
since the shelter was built, resulting in a cost reduction to the City, a burden which falls directly on the
shelter. Also, the number of animals being euthanized have decreased as adoptable animals are being brought
to the Shelter to find homes instead.
Shelter costs are currently met through fund raising sources such as operating a
weekly bingo, cash and food/pet supply donations, animal surrender and adoption fees.
Humane Society Yukon has a charitable tax number and issues income tax receipts for
donations. All Donations are Tax Deductible
- The Pet Report, featured on Whitehorse radio stations as
well as in local newspapers was one of the first programs initiated by the Humane
- Involvement in the investigation of referrals from City
of Whitehorse Bylaw and the RCMP with regard to animal cruelty cases.
- Community outreach programs such as having educational
talks with school children about humane treatment of animals.
- Extensive lobbying efforts were undertaken to get the
Yukon Animal Protection Act changed. Although the Act was amended to include an offense section, there is an
ongoing need to lobby politicians for more substantial penalties for perpetrators of animal cruelty and
- A decision was made in 1997 to build an animal shelter
Humane Society Yukon Animal Shelter Project
The Mae Bachur Animal Shelter officially opened its doors on November 4th, 1998. It
was the first permanent animal shelter built in Canada, north of the 60th parallel.
Major funding for the shelter came from the following sources:
- The $50,000 preliminary cost to build the shelter (such
as architectural design, feasibility studies, etc.) was paid for from donations to the
- The Estate of Mae Bachur, of Whitehorse -
- Yukon Government Community Development Fund - $200,000.
(one time donation only)
- Government of Yukon donated the land that the shelter is
situated on under a lease agreement.
- The city of Whitehorse donates the yearly
- Individual donations and fundraising of
- Countless hours of donated volunteer hours, and
Initiatives: Past and Present
- In October 2000, Humane Society Yukon organized The
Tangled Web of Abuse conference, the first public education seminar in Yukon, concerning the critical issue of
the link between family violence and animal abuse. A subsequent follow up workshop was conducted by the Yukon
Territorial Government in June 2002. The society received formal support from Kaushee's Place Women's Shelter,
Yukon Employees' Union, Yukon Teachers' Association, Victoria Faulkner Women's Centre, and the Yukon Women's
Regional Committee in the Yukon Government.
- Working on influencing changes to Yukon Housing
Corporation policy that will allow senior citizens to keep their pets when they move into seniors'
- Lobbying efforts to combine all animal legislation in
the Territory into one comprehensive legal document, the Animal Protection Act.
- Lobby efforts to have a Territorial position of Official
Animal Protection Officer created. This position will have authority to investigate and prosecute animal
neglect and abuse throughout the Yukon.
- To secure social funding to ensure that the Shelter will remain