Give back to your community with AIR MILES!

 

Photo courtesy Corbin Fraser

Photo courtesy Corbin Fraser

We are pleased to announce that AIR MILES Collectors can now use their Cash Miles to donate to the Saskatchewan SPCA or any other registered Canadian charity. To learn more or to donate, please visit www.airmiles.ca/donate.

You can find us listed under our full name:  “Saskatchewan Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals.”

Donations can be made in increments of $10 and Collectors have the flexibility of spreading their donation across multiple charities.

 

Saskatchewan SPCA Stryker K-9 Care Fund Launch

Thank you to everyone who joined us for the June 7th (2015) official launch of the Saskatchewan SPCA Stryker K-9 Care Fund. The fund is one of the first of its kind in Canada, providing assistance with the cost of veterinary care for retired police dogs. The Saskatchewan SPCA has committed $10,000 for the first year of operation of the fund.

Canine units from the RCMP and the Saskatoon and Prince Albert police services were on hand to entertain the crowds with demonstrations of their amazing skills.

Our thanks to everyone at Saskatoon Police Service for hosting the event with an extra special thank you to Sgt. Lorne Ingram for all this hard work.

Media Release: New Date for Public Launch of Stryker K-9 Care Fund

The public event to celebrate the launch of the Saskatchewan SPCA’s Stryker K-9 Care Fund was delayed due to bad weather in April. A new event date has been set for June 7th.

The free event will be held:

  • Date: Sunday, June 7
  • Time: 2-4 p.m. (rain or shine)
  • Place: Saskatoon Police Service headquarters (76 – 25th Street East) – outdoors at the east side of the building

A short ceremony to official launch the Stryker K-9 Care Fund will begin at 2:30 p.m. Canine units from a number of police forces will provide demonstrations throughout the afternoon.

Hot dogs and hamburgers will be available. Our thanks to our BBQ sponsor, SaskEnergy for their support of the event.

The Stryker K-9 Care Fund provides owners with assistance for the costs of routine and emergency veterinary care for retired police dogs. Funding of up to $1,000 a year is available for dogs that have retired from active service with the RCMP or a municipal police service in the province. Further details at:  http://sspca.ca/protecting-welfare-animals/

“The Stryker K-9 Care Fund is one of the first of its kind in Canada,” says Frances Wach, Executive Director of the Saskatchewan SPCA.

Law enforcement agencies are responsible for the cost to purchase, train and provide veterinary care for police dogs while on the job. However, once the dog has retired from service, the owner is responsible for all costs related to the care of the dog.

“The Stryker K-9 Care Fund celebrates the valuable work performed by these special members of the law enforcement team,” says Wach.

The fund is named in honour of a long-serving member of the Saskatoon Police Service Canine Unit. Two years after his retirement, Stryker developed a life threatening condition commonly known as “stomach torsion.” He underwent three surgeries in an unsuccessful attempt to save his life.

About the Saskatchewan SPCA

The Saskatchewan Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals is a registered charity dedicated to the humane treatment of animals. Our focus is on the prevention of animal cruelty through education. In collaboration with our partners and stakeholders, we continue to work to ensure that every animal is treated humanely throughout its life.

For more information, please contact:

  • Frances Wach, Executive Director
  • Saskatchewan SPCA
  • Phone: 306.382.2419
  • Email: info@sspca.ca
  • www.sspca.ca

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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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Let the Winning Begin!

2015 summer lotteryLet the fun (and the winning) begin … the 2015 Saskatchewan SPCA Summer Cash Lottery is back!

Grand prize:  $15,000.  Early bird draw for $2,000 on June 21.  Huge Supporter Draw for $5,000 on July 31.

DAILY cash prize draws in July. And each ticket is entered for all daily cash draws — you can win more than once!

Funds raised in the Summer Cash Lottery are used to help provide programs and services for the benefit of animals here in Saskatchewan.

Details:  Summer Cash Lottery brochure

Get your tickets today:

For more info call 1.877.382.7722.

Thank you for your support, Saskatchewan!

Lottery licences #RR15-0095 / LR15-0006

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.