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What is Animal Safekeeping?

Leaving an abusive relationship is not an easy thing to do. For the victims of domestic violence who own animals, the decision to leave can be exceptionally difficult. 

 

Animals may be exposed to and affected by violence in the home. Not only can animals be abused, they can be used as tool for the abuser to control and punish the victim. Pets are seen as part of the family, making it hard for many victims of abuse to leave the home knowing their pet is left behind.

Animal safekeeping programs aims to support the decision making of the victim by providing options to care for pets or livestock that might be in danger. 

What steps can I take to protect my animals?

 

  • Try to remove the animals from the situation as soon as possible.

  • Ask friends or trusted family members to care for your pet/pets temporarily.

  • Gather supplies that might be useful if you have to leave quickly with your pet: a carrier, a collar and leash, medications.

  • If you are planning to stay at an emergency shelter, explain to them you are concerned about your pet's safety. They may be able to assist you in finding a safe place for your animal.

  • Some animal shelters may be able to provide temporary pet care or help arrange for foster care. Talk with your nearest SPCA or Humane Society to see if they can assist.

  • Contact a kennel to make arrangements to have your pet boarded. Kennels will require proof of vaccinations so remember to bring a recent veterinary invoice with you. (Your veterinarian may be able to supply a full vaccination record directly to the boarding kennel, upon request.)

  • If your animal is being threatened or harmed, keep any evidence you may have (such as photos, emails, or voice mail messages) to hand over to police.

  • Any receipts or paperwork you have related to the purchase or care of your pet can be useful if you have to prove ownership. 

  • Report animal abuse to the proper authorities. They will investigate the situation and take appropriate action. You can make an anonymous complaint.

What can I do if my pet has been abused?​

 

Report animal abuse to one of the organizations listed on the "resources" page or to your local RCMP or municipal police. They will investigate the situation and take appropriate action. You can make an anonymous complaint.

The Animal Protection Act, 2018 makes it illegal for a person to cause or allow an animal to continue to be in “distress.” An animal is in distress if it is:

(a) deprived of:

(i) food or water sufficient to maintain the animal in a state of good health;
(ii) care or shelter; or
(iii) veterinary care or medical attention;

 

(b) in need of reasonable protection from injurious heat or cold;

 

(c) wounded, ill, in pain, suffering, abused or neglected;

 

(d) kept in conditions that:

(i) are unsanitary;
(ii) will significantly impair the animal’s health or well-being over time;
(iii) cause the animal extreme anxiety or suffering; or
(iv) contravene the prescribed standards, codes of practice or guidelines;

 

or

 

(e) abandoned by its owner or by a person responsible for the animal in a manner that causes, or is likely to cause, distress resulting from any or all of the factors listed in this section.

Please visit If Your Animals Are In Danger for information on how to report abuse or neglect of animals.

 
Resources for People

National

Kids Help Phone | 1-800-668-6868

Kids Help Phone is a 24/7 counselling service for youth throughout the country. The hotline provides the opportunity for kids to connect to a counselor and discuss anything and everything without judgement. The service is completely anonymous and is offered in both French and English. Recently, the program has been expanded beyond a phone service, and youth can now connect to a counselor through the program via a live chat in their web browser or by downloading a free app. For more information, visit their website here.

Provincial

211 Saskatchewan

211 Saskatchewan is a free, confidential, and searchable website of human services in Saskatchewan, with over 6,000 listings of social, community, non-clinical health, and government services across the province. The categories of listings include, but are not limited to, mental health and addictions, homelessness, income support, health care, food security and community programs. For more information, please call or text 211, or click here.

Farm Stress Line | 1-800-667-4442

Farm Stress Line is a 24/7, anonymous crisis counselling service that seeks to provide support and information to rural individuals and their families. They provide non-judgmental support while working diligently to address your specific needs and concerns. For more information, please contact them directly at 1-800-667-4442. 

HealthLine 811811

HealthLine 811 is a 24/7 provincial health and support telephone service.  Staffed by specifically trained individuals and healthcare professionals, HealthLine is a free and confidential service for those seeking healthcare advice. For more information, click here, or call them directly at 811 or 1-877-800-0002. 

Provincial Association of Transition Houses and Services of Saskatchewan (PATHS) | 306-522-3515

PATHS is the member association for 21 domestic violence shelters and services across Saskatchewan. Contact information for these agencies can be found on the PATHS website.

 

Fact sheets and information on intimate partner violence, promising practices for working with survivors of violence, and more can be found on the PATHS website at www.pathssk.org or by phoning 306-522-3515.

Ministry of Social Services | 1-866-221-5200

The Ministry of Social Services strives to aid citizens in areas of financial support, affordable housing, family and child programs, and services for persons with disabilities. There are a numerous centres across the provinces that can provide a wide range of programs and support. For more information, click here, or phone 1-866-221-5200.

Victim Services

The Victim Services program works closely with police and assist victims in the immediate aftermath of a crime or tragedy and throughout the criminal justice process. 

 

Services offered, provided by staff and volunteers, include:

  • crisis intervention

  • information

  • support

  • referrals to other specialized programs and services

Municipal

Family Service Regina306-757-6675

 

Family Service Regina can provide individuals with a wide range of services that include, but are not limited to, counselling, safety planning, help finding a shelter, and support groups. For more information, please contact them directly at 306-757-6675.

Regina Mobile Crisis Services | 306-757-0127

Regina Mobile Crisis Services is a 24/7 emergency service that provides domestic violence aid to individuals within Regina and throughout rural Saskatchewan. The staff can assist with emergency intervention orders, counselling for either party, arranging shelter, developing a safety plan, transportation, and referrals to other organizations among other services. For more information, please contact them directly at 306-757-0127.

Family Service Saskatoon | 306-244-0127

Family Service Saskatoon is an organization devoted to helping individuals and families build and maintain healthy relationships. They offer a wide variety of individual and group counselling sessions as well as support programs, with many focused specifically on domestic violence issues. For more information, please contact them directly at 306-244-0127. 

Saskatoon Crisis Intervention Services | 306-933-6200

Saskatoon Crisis Intervention Services offers a 24/7 mobile crisis service within the city of Saskatoon. Their staff can aid individuals with a variety of needs based on an individualized risk assessment. For more information, please contact them directly at ​306-933-6200. 

 
 
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Emergency Shelters in Saskatchewan

Fort Qu'Appelle

Qu’Appelle Haven Safe Shelter

(306) 332-6881

La Ronge


Piwapan Women’s Centre
(306) 425-3900

Lloydminster (AB)


Lloydminster Interval Home

(780) 875-0966

Meadow Lake


Waskoosis Safe Shelter
(306) 236-5570

Melfort


Northeast Outreach & Support Services
(800)-611-6349
(306)-752-9464

 

Moose Jaw


Moose Jaw Transition House
(306) 693-6511

North Battleford


Battlefords Interval House
(306) 445-2742

Prince Albert


Prince Albert Safe Shelter for Women
(306) 764-7233

YWCA Prince Albert
(306) 763-8571

Regina


Regina Transition House
(306) 569-2292

Wichihik Iskwewak Safe House (WISH)
(306) 543-0493

YWCA Isabel Johnson Shelter
(306) 543-0493

Saskatoon


Saskatoon Interval House
(306) 244-0185

YWCA of Saskatoon
(306) 244-2844

Swift Current


Southwest Crisis Services
(306) 778-3386

Yorkton


Project Safe Haven
(306) 778-3386

Shelwin House
(306) 783-7233

Second stage shelters in Saskatchewan

Prince Albert


Prince Albert Safe Shelter for Women
(306) 764-7233

Regina


SOFIA House
(306) 565-2537

Wichihik Iskwewak Safe House (WISH)
306) 543-0493

Saskatoon


Adelle House
(306) 668-2761

Swift Current


Southwest Crisis Services
(306) 778-3386

Counselling & Support Centres in Saskatchewan

Carlyle


Envision Counselling & Support Centre
(306) 453-2405

Estevan


Envision Counselling & Support Centre
(800) 214-7083
(306) 637-4004

Hudson Bay


Hudson Bay Family and Support Centre
(306) 865-3064

Humboldt


PARTNERS Family Services
(306) 682-4135

Melfort


North East Outreach and Support Services
(800) 611-6349
(306) 752-9464

Oxbow


Envision Counselling & Support Centre
(306) 483-5555

Prince Albert


Prince Albert Safe Shelter for Women
(306) 764-7233

Regina


Family Service Regina
(306) 757-6675

Saskatoon


Family Service Saskatoon
(306) 244-0127

Swift Current


Southwest Crisis Services
(306) 778-3386

Weyburn


Envision Counselling & Support Centre
(306) 842-8821

Yorkton


Society for the Involvement of Good Neighbours (SIGN)

(306) 783-9409

If You Are in Danger​

 

There are a variety of services available for those in need. If you require assistance, contact a shelter in your area.

If you are in immediate danger, contact 911 immediately.

To report abused or neglected pets:
 

Contact an Animal Protection Agency in your area.

In Regina:


Regina Humane Society
306-543-6363

 

In Saskatoon:


Saskatoon SPCA
306-374-7387

Elsewhere in Saskatchewan:

Animal Protection Services of Saskatchewan

1-844-382-0002 | info@animalprotectionservices.ca

If your concern is an emergency or after normal business hours:


Please contact your local city police or RCMP detachment.

​​Estevan Police Service

306-634-4767

 

File Hills First Nations Police Service

306-334-3222

 

Moose Jaw Police Service

306-694-7600

 

Prince Albert Police Service

306-953-4222

 

Regina Police Service

306-777-6500

 

Saskatoon Police Service

306-975-8300

 

Weyburn Police Service

306-848-3250

Click here to find an RCMP detachment in Saskatchewan

 

For all other concerns involving suspected cruelty to pets or livestock contact: 

 

Animal Protection Services of Saskatchewan
1-844-382-0002 | info@animalprotectionservices.ca

 
If Your Animals Are in Danger: Reporting Animal Abuse

 

If you suspect an animal is being abused or neglected, please report it to the proper authorities immediately.​

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