Animal Safekeeping Coordinator Helping Victims of Violence

My name is Leanne Sillers and I am the new Animal Safekeeping Coordinator here at the Saskatchewan SPCA. In this newly-established position, I will be working to help improve access to resources for people fleeing interpersonal violence and abuse, and their animals.

Leanne Sillers is the new Animal Safekeeping Coordinator at the Saskatchewan SPCA

I have been a social worker for nine years. I am married and have three step children and four grandchildren. When I am not working I enjoy spending time with family and friends. I recently obtained a golden retriever, Jack, who is certified as a therapy dog.

For the past eight years, I worked at Family Service Saskatoon as a half-time youth exposed to violence coordinator and half-time domestic violence court case worker. In both positions I was assisting individuals who either currently or previously had experienced violence in their lives. And, according to the most recent Statistics Canada report, Saskatchewan’s per capita rate of intimate partner violence is more than double the national rate. This means there is definitely lots of work that needs to be done in this area.

By accepting this position I am able to combine both my passion for working with victims of domestic violence and my love for animals. I am looking forward to being a part of such important work.

Funding for the Animal Safekeeping Program has been provided by the Community Initiatives Fund. The Community Initiatives Fund invests in the quality of life of Saskatchewan residents by offering grants for community projects that help support community development, inclusion, leadership and vitality.