The Alaska SPCA's mission is to reduce the suffering of Alaska's companion animals.
The Alaska SPCA's vision is for Alaska to be a state where all companion animals experience emotional, physical, and environmental health and lifelong wellness.
Animal Welfare Standards - The 5 Freedoms
The welfare of an animal includes its physical and mental state and the Alaska SPCA believes that good animal welfare implies both fitness and a sense of well-being. Any animal kept by a person, must at least, be protected from unnecessary suffering. The Alaska SPCA adheres to the 5 fundamental freedoms to which every animal is entitled to as a standard.
Freedom from Hunger and Thirst
by ready access to fresh water and diet to maintain health and vigor.
Freedom from Discomfort
by providing an appropriate environment including shelter and a comfortable resting area.
Freedom from Pain, Injury or Disease
by prevention or rapid diagnosis and treatment.
Freedom to Express Normal Behavior
by providing sufficient space, proper facilities and company of the animal’s own kind.
Freedom from Fear and Distress
by ensuring conditions and treatment which avoid mental suffering.
**The Five Freedoms were first articulated by the Farm Animal Welfare Council, but they apply to every type of animal in every type of setting, including shelters, rescues and even private homes.