Building Relationships Between Shelters and Municipalities


Ron Gabruck, Director, Animal Care & Control Centre, City of Edmonton
Jamey Blair, Manager, Animal Health & Protection, Edmonton Humane Society

Collaborating with your local municipality makes it easier to provide both quality care for companion animals and superior service to the community and adopters. In this session, you will learn how the City of Edmonton’s Animal Care & Control Centre (ACCC) and the Edmonton Humane Society (EHS) have been working together to help care for homeless, neglected and abused companion animals from within the city as well as the surrounding area.


  1. Working with and managing relationships with rescue groups and other stakeholders in a consistent manner.
  2. Developing programs, such as low-cost spay/neuter, trap-neuter-return and co-lead adoption/community engagement events.
  3. Managing intake with the best interests of companion animals in mind.


Ron Gabruck is the Director of the Animal Care & Control Centre for the City of Edmonton. He is a retired police officer and has held a variety of operational and administrative roles during his 35-year career with the City of Edmonton. He is a firm believer in the value of trusted relationships, and the leveraging of mutually beneficial partnerships in the interests of animal welfare.

Jamey Blair has more than five years’ experience in the animal welfare industry and more than ten years of leadership experience. She has previously worked for BC SPCA in the position of Branch Manager in a northern community before joining the EHS Operations team. She currently holds the position of Manager, Animal Health & Protection, leading the animal health, animal protection and animal behaviour departments of the Edmonton Humane Society.