The provincial voice on animal welfare
The Saskatchewan Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (Saskatchewan SPCA) is a registered charity working to promote the humane treatment of animals through education and prevention programs. We promote empathy, compassion and respect for all living animals.
Making a difference for animals
As the provincial voice on animal welfare, Saskatchewan SPCA is working in cooperation with our stakeholders to make a real and lasting difference in the welfare of companion animals and livestock in Saskatchewan.
- We are working with our stakeholders to create a new certification and registration program for animal rescue groups in Saskatchewan.
- We’ve recently completed a research project to explore how concern for the safety of pets and livestock acts as a barrier to individuals leaving situations of interpersonal violence and abuse in Saskatchewan. Results from this project will be announced later this year.
- We are working with human service agencies and animal welfare organizations in order to help raise awareness of the link between interpersonal violence and animal abuse.
- Our Animal Welfare Conference — open to the public — offers a chance to learn more about the care of animals and current animal welfare issues.
- Our Stryker K-9 Care Fund helps with the veterinary costs for retired police dogs.
Learn more about how we are making a difference for animals.
New directions in animal welfare
Animal welfare is and always has been the primary concern of the Saskatchewan SPCA, dating back to when our organization was first established in 1928.
For the past forty years, we handled the investigation of reports of animal cruelty in rural and small town Saskatchewan. While proud of our role in enforcement, we were also keenly aware that there was more we could be doing to prevent animal cruelty. In January 2015, we announced our decision to not renew our contract to handle enforcement. Our Board felt the time was right to focus on areas where we can have the greatest impact on animal welfare.
Starting April 1, 2015, Animal Protection Services of Saskatchewan (APSS) now handles the enforcement of animal protection legislation. We now can focus our resources in the areas of education and the prevention of animal cruelty.
The Saskatchewan SPCA is committed to working with APSS as well as local SPCAs and Humane Societies, rescue groups, veterinarians, industry, government, producers and pet owners. We all have a role to play in animal welfare. Working together, we can share ideas and develop workable solutions to the challenging task of ensuring that all animals are treated humanely, throughout their lives.
- To ensure the humane treatment of animals.
- To be the provincial voice on animal welfare.
Our Guiding Principles:
The Saskatchewan SPCA …
- Accepts the use of animals by humans.
- Generates public awareness to prevent animal suffering.
- Promotes the mutually beneficial relationship between animals and humans.
- Believes that animal welfare should be considered in terms of the Five Freedoms.
- Takes a collaborative approach to achieve its mission and vision.
- Is a transparent organization that is respected for its innovation, integrity and passion.
More about the Saskatchewan SPCA:
- Is a charitable organization.
- Is an Animal Welfare Organization, not an Animal Rights Organization.
- Does not operate an animal shelter.
- Is based in Saskatoon.
- Is directed by a volunteer Board.
- Operates independently of all other SPCAs and Humane Societies.
- Has a constitution and bylaws.
- Has developed position statements on animal care and issues.
- Is a member of the Canadian Federation of Humane Societies.