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Below you will find a variety of downloadable resource pamphlets and guides.

Please feel free to print and distribute to your networks and clients.

Pet Friendly Shelter Viability Report

Pets are members of the family. However, like other members of the family, they can be at risk in a violent home.

The SaskSPCA continues to work with STOPS to Violence and the Provincial Association of Transition Houses and Services of Saskatchewan (PATHS) to develop resources to assist both the human and the animal victims of violence.

This 90-page document offers a detailed roadmap for domestic violence shelters interested in caring for animals on-site.

The report offers advice on how to safely house pets along with survivors. Topics include dealing with pet allergies, calculating start up and ongoing costs, addressing potential legal concerns, and ensuring animal health care needs.


Developing an Animal Safekeeping Program: A Resource Guide

This Guide provides guidance, foundational knowledge, and context behind the 'why' and 'how' an animal safekeeping program may work within an animal welfare organization, such as a shelter, boarding facility, veterinary clinic, or foster-based setting.

We hope to offer knowledge sharing and support to organizations in Saskatchewan, including in rural and remote communities, on how to initiate and sustain animal safekeeping programs to support survivors of Gender-Based Violence.  


The complete Guide is available upon request by emailing

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Pet Care Kits for IPV Shelters

In partnership with PATHS and STOPS To Violence, the SaskSPCA is pleased to provide pet care kits to emergency shelters and transition houses in Saskatchewan who wish to co-shelter dogs and cats with survivors. 

Each kit includes the basics to care for either a dog or a cat.


If you are a human service professional, find out how to access pet care kits by clicking here to view the brochure.

If you are a member of the general public wishing to learn more or how to donate towards helping a Saskatchewan family, click here to view the brochure.

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Getting Out Guide & Safety Planner​

The Getting Out Guide will help you identify the signs of an abusive relationship and how to leave a dangerous situation.

The Safety Planner offers guidance on what to take with you, where you can go, and who you can contact for help.

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Animal Abuse: A Form of Family Violence Informational Brochure

The SaskSPCA has developed a brochure outlining how animal abuse is linked to family violence, along with considerations for pet safety planning and how to recognize and report abuse.

Click here to view the brochure.

Protecting the Victims of Domestic Violence and their Animals Through the Use of Protective Orders

Ownership of animals is a barrier for many victims of interpersonal violence and abuse when seeking assistance at domestic violence shelters or transition houses. While many pet owners view their animals as members of the family, the Canadian legal system views animals as a form of “property.” Only two Canadian provinces include the terms “pets” or “animals” under their respective family violence legislation. 

Safe Places For People & Their Pets 
3-Part Webinar Series


SaskSPCA and PATHS partnered to present a 3-part webinar series. Part 1 featured Sheltering Animals & Families Together (SAF-T)® Founder/CEO Attorney Allie Phillips who has led to movement to create on-site pet housing across the globe.


In this presentation viewers will understand the research supporting the need for pet-friendly housing, how preserving the human-animal bond can help survivors with resiliency and healing, 4 different SAF-T housing models, and how to overcome common concerns such as allergies, fear of pets and lack of space.

Find parts 2 and 3 of the webinar series on SaskSPCA's YouTube channel by clicking here

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