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.


Employment Opportunity: Program Coordinator

Program Coordinator (Part-time, term)

The Saskatchewan Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (Saskatchewan SPCA) is working to raise awareness of the human-animal bond and promote the humane treatment of animals.

Saskatchewan Towards Offering Partnership Solutions (STOPS) to Violence is a province-wide partnership that promotes healthy relationships and strong, safe, violence free communities.

PATHS (Provincial Association of Transition Houses and Services) of Saskatchewan is a provincial association for 21 women’s shelters and domestic violence counselling agencies.

The three organizations collaborate on initiatives aimed at supporting the growth of strong and healthy communities through improved access to resources for the victims of interpersonal violence and abuse. A joint research study completed in the spring of 2016 explored how concerns about animal safety impact the decision making of individuals leaving situations involving interpersonal violence. Building on this study, the new Animal Safekeeping Program aims to help improve the safety of persons fleeing interpersonal violence and abuse in Saskatchewan, and their animals.

The position:

The Program Coordinator will play a key role in the research and planning required for the successful launch of this program. The ability to work both independently and as part of a team is essential.

Responsibilities include:

  • develop education and training materials for the staffs of human service and animal welfare organizations;
  • deliver regional educational sessions on the link between interpersonal violence and animal abuse;
  • create a database of animal safekeeping resources to assist the victims of interpersonal violence and abuse;
  • assist in the planning and staging of a provincial conference;
  • help grow the number of organizations providing animal safekeeping services and supports in Saskatchewan;
  • explore new options for emergency and longer-term animal safekeeping services and supports; and
  • promote cooperation and collaboration between the human services and the animal welfare sectors.

The Program Coordinator will be based in Saskatoon. The successful candidate will be able to travel periodically, and work weekends and evenings, as required. A valid Saskatchewan driver’s license and reliable transportation are required. Related travel expenses will be reimbursed.

The candidate: 

This position will appeal to individuals with an undergraduate degree or other education/experience in the areas of social work, the humanities, education, veterinary medicine, or veterinary technology.

The successful candidate will also possess:

  • Excellent written and interpersonal communication skills
  • Good research skills
  • Strong problem solving capabilities
  • Excellent organizational and time management skills
  • Familiarity with the use of MS Access or other database program


Dependent upon experience

This is a part-time, term position, with possibility of extension.

Term:  February 15, 2017 to November 30, 2017

¾ time:  30 hours per week

To apply: 

Applicants should send a resume and cover letter outlining how they meet the specific requirements of the position to by January 14, 2017.

While we sincerely appreciate all applications, only those candidates selected for interview will be contacted.

Please note the successful candidate will be required to provide a criminal records check.

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. 

Holiday Hours

Season’s greetings from all of us at the Saskatchewan SPCA.


  • Friday, December 23
    8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
  • Saturday, December 24 to Monday, January 2
  • Tuesday, January 3
    8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

If you are calling to report suspected animal cruelty, please see the following for information about which agency to contact:  Reporting suspected animal neglect or abuse

Saskatoon Police Service K-9 2017 Calendar

For the second year in a row, the Saskatoon Police Service’s K-9 unit has put together a calendar with proceeds supporting the Stryker K-9 Care Fund for retired police dogs.

This fund is one of the first of its kind in Canada. The Stryker K-9 Care Fund was established by the Saskatchewan SPCA to help owners with the cost of emergency and routine veterinary care for retired police dogs. The program is open to police dogs that have retired from active service with the RCMP or a municipal police force in Saskatchewan.

The calendars can be purchased for $10 at the following Saskatoon locations:

  • Saskatoon Police Service headquarters (76 25th St. E.)
  • Saskatchewan SPCA offices (519 45th St. W.)
  • Early’s Farm and Garden Centre (51st St. & Lorne Ave. locations)
  • Arlington Animal Hospital (3010-B Arlington Ave.)

For more information on the Stryker K-9 Care Fund, click here.

Keeping Your Pet Safe During the Holidays

With Christmas right around the corner, it’s important to keep in mind that some of the holiday cheer that we enjoy could be harmful, and potentially fatal, for the furry friends in our lives.

When celebrating the season, remember that foods like chocolate and things sweetened with xylitol (gum, some peanut butters, baked goods,  etc.), grapes, and raisins can cause your cat or dog to fall ill. Other foods like macadamia nuts, onions, garlic, and chives, and salty snack foods could also result in a traumatic health situation for your pet. Alcoholic beverages can lead to health problems, including coma and possible death. Avoid feeding Fluffy or Fido the leftover turkey bones as these bones could become a choking hazard or do damage to internal organs.

When it comes to Christmas decorations, remember to properly secure your Christmas tree to avoid any injuries that may result from a falling evergreen. Eating plants like mistletoe and holly may cause your pet to experience nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea. Keep electrical cords out of reach of cats, dogs, and other fuzzy companions that like to chew on loose hanging and easy-to-reach dangling wires. Batteries should also be kept in a secure and safe place. If you choose to bring out a special candle, make sure to use the appropriate candle holders and place the candles in a location that is inaccessible to your animals. If you leave the room, properly extinguish the candles to avoid any burns or unwanted destruction caused by fire.

If you would like to give your pet a special holiday treat or gift, remember that there are many healthy treats and durable toys that are available all year long. Though these items may not be as festive, we know that they are safe for our companions, and at this time of the year, all we really want is to ensure the health and well-being of our loved ones – furry or not.

2016 Christmas Lottery Winners


Congratulations to everyone who won with 2016 Saskatchewan SPCA Christmas Cash Lottery.

On behalf of the Board and staff of the Saskatchewan SPCA, thank you to everyone who supported the Society through this season’s lottery!

Draw Date: Winner’s Name City: Amount: Ticket:
November 12
Early Bird Draw 1
Syanne Hilbig Wadena $1,000  10368
November 19
Early Bird Draw 2
Dale Johnston Wynyard $1,000  12251
November 23
Early Bird Draw 3
Shelley Duxbury Shaunavon $1,000  22509
December 1 Alice Porter Conquest $100  21254
December 2
Festive Friday
Chris Harold Saskatoon $500  16080
December 3 John Gunn Brock $100  06150
December 4 Marcia Green Saskatoon $100  09644
December 5 Ruth L. Nergard Bengough $100  02239
December 6 Tonalee Rusnak Melville $100  02272
December 7 Charles Simpson Saskatoon $100  00767
December 8 Veronica Nontell Dinsmore $100  22124
December 9
Festive Friday
Larry & Lucy
Unity $500  12536
December 10 Joan Fallis Estevan $100  06995
December 11 Clint & Nadia
Kamsack $100  01430
December 12 Leslie Hicks Outlook $100  01542
December 13 Blanche White Nipawin $100  19323
December 14 Donelda Gorniak Wolseley $100  04672
December 15 Darcelle Lemaire Canora $100  15771
December 16
Festive Friday
Linda Schopfer Marsden $500  08760
December 17 Ron Vick Weyburn $100  22589
December 18 Marcus Koeberlin Prince Albert $100  04938
December 19 Doreen Richaud Forget $100  11811
December 20 Robert Solie Regina $100  04598
December 21 Viola Illingworth North Battleford $100  14961
December 22 Carmen Thompson  Saskatoon $100  12813
December 23
Festive Friday
Julien & June Prevost  Archerwill $500  02693
December 24 Ken Dresser  Unity $100  18379
December 25 Wendy Schlamp  Grenfell $100  20257
December 26 Brad & Karen Beutler  Wapella $100  17523
December 27 Judy Hogg  Saskatoon $100  02324
December 28 Carol Minty  St. Walburg $100  05275
December 29 Verol F. Smith  Abbey $100  20619
December 30
Festive Friday
Charlene Goodwin  Christopher Lake $500  17586
December 31
Grand Prize
Nicole Rewuski  Saskatoon $25,000  23978
December 31
Huge Supporter
Rob & Chris Hopkins  Elrose $10,000  18359
December 31
50/50 Kitty Pool
Richard & Eileen Sword  Unity $27,462.50  013988

Notice of Annual General Meeting

The Saskatchewan SPCA Annual General Meeting will be held:

Saturday, September 24, 2016 at 5:00 p.m.
Concorde Room, Travelodge Hotel, 106 Circle Drive West, Saskatoon

Everyone is welcome. The AGM is open to the public.

If you have questions or comments, please contact us at 1-877-382-7722 or email