Programs

The Saskatchewan SPCA is working to make a difference in your community through initiatives such as these:


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. Each year, a total of 10 dogs are eligible to receive funding to a maximum of $1,000 each.


Work has begun on the development of a voluntary registration and certification program for animal rescue groups. The Saskatchewan SPCA is working on the program with representatives from shelters, rescues, the Ministry of Agriculture, Animal Protection Services of Saskatchewan, and Saskatchewan Veterinary Medical Association.

This registration and certification program is an important step in protecting the welfare of rescued animals. By becoming a certified rescue, the organization is demonstrating that they are working to provide the best possible care for animals.

The first meeting of the Working Group was held in March 2016. The group is developing a code of ethics, best practices and other guidelines for animal care.


The Saskatchewan SPCA and STOPS to Violence worked jointly on a research project to better understand how concerns for the safety of pets and livestock acts as a barrier to individuals leaving situations of interpersonal violence and abuse in Saskatchewan. The goal of this project was to identify potential options to assist both the animal and the human victims of violence.

The final report can be viewed by clicking here.


The Saskatchewan SPCA hosts an annual Animal Welfare Conference in September. The conference brings together people from across Western Canada who love and work with animals. The conference provides an opportunity to learn new skills, develop a deeper appreciation for the human-animal bond and network with others working to promote animal welfare.

New in 2017:  the conference will focus on “the Link” between animal abuse and domestic violence. Everyone is welcome to join us in Regina, Sept. 21-22. Check back for updates on conference speakers, topics and other details.


Be a Tree Dog Bite Prevention Program

The “Be a Tree” program is a dog bite prevention seminar program for school age children. This program focuses on fun and interactive activities to teach children how to read dog body language and how to act safely around their own dog and strange dogs. The Saskatchewan SPCA has teacher kits available for use in classrooms. Call 1.877.382.7722 to arrange to borrow a kit at no charge. To learn more about the Be a Tree program, see http://www.be-a-tree.com/


St. John Ambulance Therapy Dog Program

A growing body of research shows that the human-animal bond can make us healthier and happier. Visiting dogs (and other animals) have been used in a variety of settings, ranging from hospitals and nursing homes to schools and jails. The presence of visiting animals has been shown to help alleviate boredom, provide emotional support, decrease stress and pain levels and assist in recovery.

The Saskatchewan SPCA is proud to sponsor three St. John Ambulance Therapy Dog teams:  one in Saskatoon, one in Prince Albert and one in Moose Jaw.