See you Sunday for the Stryker K-9 Care Fund Launch

 

Stryker PosterSunday, June 7th is the new date for the official launch of the Stryker K-9 Care Fund for retired police dogs.

Join us for this free public event, 2-4 p.m., outdoors at the Saskatoon Police Service Headquarters (facing Ontario Ave.).

You’ll have a chance to meet members of canine units from around the province and see demonstrations of their work. Hot dogs, drinks and cookies available by donation.

As well, tours are available of the Saskatoon Police Service headquarters as part of the Doors Open event.

Please note:  For safety reasons, pets are not allowed at this event.

The Stryker K-9 Care Fund is one of the first of its kind in Canada. The fund was established by the Saskatchewan SPCA to help with the cost of emergency and routine veterinary care for retired police dogs.

For info, call 1.306.382.7722.

A special thank you to our BBQ Sponsor:

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New Era in Animal Welfare in Saskatchewan

There are now two provincial agencies devoted to animal welfare in Saskatchewan. The Saskatchewan SPCA is working to prevent animal cruelty, while the newly created Animal Protection Services will focus on the enforcement of animal protection legislation.

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.

The Saskatchewan SPCA has worked hard over the years to develop a quality enforcement program, devoting considerable time, effort and money to the provision of that service. While proud of the growth of our enforcement program, we were also keenly aware that there was more we could be doing to prevent animal cruelty.

In January 2015, the Saskatchewan SPCA 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.

We now have the opportunity to devote all of our resources to education and the prevention of animal cruelty.

We welcome the creation of the new agency, Animal Protection Services of Saskatchewan (APSS). Four former members of our Saskatchewan SPCA staff will be working with APSS. Executive Director Kaley Pugh will lead an experienced team that includes APOs Ashley Detillieux and Stacey Greke, along with Operations Associate Laura Vany. We will miss working with these talented women and wish them all the best in their new roles.

Looking to the future, the Saskatchewan SPCA and Animal Protection Services will each be working in our own separate ways to make Saskatchewan a safer and more humane place for animals.

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.

Reporting Animal Cruelty

A new organization has been established to provide enforcement of The Animal Protection Act in areas previously served by the Saskatchewan SPCA.

Animal Protection Services of Saskatchewan (APSS) has been contracted by the Ministry of Agriculture to investigate reports of animal neglect and abuse in the province. The Ministry will provide funding in the amount of $610,000 per year to the new organization.

To report suspected animal cruelty, please contact Animal Protection Services of Saskatchewan:

1-844-382-0002

www.animalprotectionservices.ca

info@animalprotectionservices.ca

Executive Director Frances Wach Nominated for YWCA Women of Distinction Award

 

Executive Director Frances Wach

Executive Director Frances Wach

The Saskatchewan SPCA is proud to report that Executive Director Frances Wach has been nominated for a YWCA Women of Distinction Award. Frances has been nominated under the category of “Leadership & Professions Award” which recognizes leaders, professionals, and managers who inspire positive change, and who are role models in their profession and community involvement. Here is a copy of what was printed in the Friday April 10, 2015 Saskatoon Star Phoenix:

Executive Director of the Saskatchewan SPCA, Frances Wach has guided the Society through 20 years of growth. She worked for more than a decade as a social worker before becoming involved with animal welfare, and understands the correlation between animal cruelty and interpersonal violence. She has been involved in initiatives related to cat overpopulation, feral horses, care for animals in need, and retired working dogs. She is leading efforts to find ways to provide care for pets and livestock owned by  women who need to escape domestic violence. Frances is involved with the STOPS to Violence Task Committee and the Immigrant Access Fund.

Congratulations Frances Wach on your nomination for a YWCA Women of Distinction Award.

Holiday Hours at Saskatchewan SPCA

Office hours at the Saskatchewan SPCA during the holidays:

Tuesday, Dec. 23:  open 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Wednesday, Dec. 24:  open 8 a.m. to noon

Thursday, Dec. 25:  closed

Friday, Dec. 26:  closed

Monday, Dec 29:  open 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Tuesday, Dec 30:  open 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Wednesday, Dec 31:  8 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Thursday Jan 1:  closed

Friday, Jan. 2:  open 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

In case of emergency please contact your local city police or RCMP

Meet Bentley the St. John Ambulance Therapy Dog

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The Saskatchewan SPCA is happy to be the sponsor of a second St. John Ambulance Therapy Dog Team. Bentley, a Pekingese-Terrier, and his owner, Allison Matice, are one of the few therapy dog teams active in Prince Albert.

Allison Matice adopted Bentley from the Prince Albert SPCA in 2011. Bentley was certified in the spring of 2013 for pet therapy and since then has been spreading joy and alleviating stress throughout Prince Albert. He has visited special care facilities where he has brought smiles to the faces of the seniors. He has gone to Saskatchewan Polytechnic (formerly SIAST) in Prince Albert during exam time and library week to help lower the stress levels of the students.

Therapy dogs have gone through an evaluation process with St. John Ambulance and visit those whose lives can be improved by the therapeutic benefits of contact with animals. Therapy dogs visit places such as hospitals and nursing homes. The Saskatchewan SPCA is also the proud sponsor of Lucy, a three-year-old Great Dane who is owned by Melissa Gieni in Saskatoon. If you are interested in the St. John Ambulance Therapy Dog Program and would like to know more, please visit the St. John Ambulance website at www.sja.ca.