FAQ

What does the SPCA stand for?

Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals

Does the Saskatoon SPCA operate independently from all other SPCA’s?

The Saskatoon SPCA is autonomous, however, we often work in partnership with other organizations in animal welfare.

What is the difference between the Saskatoon SPCA and the Saskatchewan SPCA?

The Saskatchewan SPCA is an education-based organization that provides materials for the public and other welfare agencies to help better the treatment of animals in Saskatchewan. They do not have a shelter to house animals and do not do cruelty and neglect enforcement.

The Saskatoon SPCA is a shelter, has education programs, has Animal Protection Officers who provide cruelty and neglect enforcement for the City of Saskatoon.

Does the Saskatoon SPCA receive government funding?

No. We currently do not receive ongoing resources of funding from any level of government. We rely on donations, grants, and the support of the community to continue supporting local animals in need. The cost of running the Saskatoon SPCA is over $1 million per year. 

How long can an animal stay at the Saskatoon SPCA?

We do not assign our animals a "time limit". As long as an animal remains physically and mentally healthy, he or she will remain in the adoption centre until a happy home is found.

If an animal ends up at the SPCA, and it's old, won't you just "put it down"?

We do not euthanize healthy, behaviourally sound animals, nor do we euthanize animals for being elderly. We have over an 80% live-release rate for our animals. 

Why doesn’t the Saskatoon SPCA give animals away or charge a smaller adoption fee?

The Saskatoon SPCA takes in over 4,000 animals a year. Many of these animals require medical attention, and some remain in our care for up to 6 months. We can not afford to give animals away, and need to ensure that our animals are valued. Our adoption fee includes responsible pet-owner perks, such as spay/neuter surgery, which provide adopters a wonderful deal in the long-run.

When I adopt what do I get?

Besides the satisfaction of knowing that you’re helping an animal in need, your adoption fee includes: spay/neuter surgery, a complimentary veterinary health examination at a local participating clinic of your choice, microchip procedure, 4 weeks of Petplan Insurance, up-to-date vaccinations, deworming, and any medication or medical procedure required prior to adoption. 

Why is having my pet spayed or neutered so important?

The Saskatoon SPCA believes in responsible pet ownership, and that a crucial step in being a responsible pet owner is doing what you can to help stop pet overpopulation. It is mandatory for all animals adopted from the Saskatoon SPCA be spayed or neutered prior to adoption. 

Why does the Saskatoon SPCA request an Owner Surrender Fee when someone needs to give up his/her pet?

The owner surrender fee covers a small portion of what it costs us to care for each animal that stays at our facility. The costs to care for animals add up very quickly when each animal receives: a health assessment, a veterinary examination (if there are medical concerns), vaccinations, deworming, feeding, care, cleaning, and promotion for adoption. It should be noted, however, that the Saskatoon SPCA is a full admission shelter, which means we never turn away an animal in need regardless of the ability to pay a fee or not. 

Should I contact the Saskatoon SPCA if my pet has gone missing?

Yes! Our staff will be able to check the City of Saskatoon’s pound for your beloved pet, as well as cross check any animal that comes through our doors, or is called in by a member of the public as “found”. We will continue this service for 3 days, and if you still have not found your pet we can keep your report for up to 1 year for a small fee. 

Who should I contact if I suspect an animal is being abused or neglected?

If you think that an animal is deprived of adequate food, water, shelter, or veterinary care within the City of Saskatoon please call the Saskatoon SPCA at 306-374-7387. An online Animal Protection Cruelty Complaint Form is also available on our website. 

If you feel that an animal is in imminent danger of death or injury and you cannot reach a Saskatoon SPCA Animal Protection Officer, please call the Saskatoon Police Service.

How can I volunteer at the Saskatoon SPCA?

You can fill out an online form on our website and our Volunteer Coordinator will contact you afterwards.

What items are best for me to donate to the Saskatoon SPCA?

We are always looking for non-clumping cat litter, wet cat/kitten food, dry kitten and puppy food, bleach, and laundry detergent.  

 

 

FAQ
What does the SPCA stand for?
Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals
Does the Saskatoon SPCA operate independently from all other SPCA’s?
The Saskatoon SPCA is autonomous, however we d work in partnership with other organizations in animal welfare.
What is the difference between the Saskatoon SPCA and the Saskatchewan SPCA?
The Saskatchewan SPCA is an education-based organization that provides materials for the public and other welfare agencies to help better the treatment of animals in Saskatchewan. They do not have a shelter to house animals, and do not do cruelty and neglect enforcement.
The Saskatoon SPCA is a shelter, has education programs, has Animal Protection Officers who provide cruelty and neglect enforcement for the City of Saskatoon.
Does the Saskatoon SPCA receive government funding?
No. We currently do not receive ongoing resources of funding from any level of government. We rely on donations, grants, and the support of the community to continue supporting local animals in need. The cost of running the Saskatoon SPCA is over $1 million per year. 
How long can an animal stay at the Saskatoon SPCA?
We do not assign our animals a time limit. As long as an animal remains physically and mentally healthy, he or she will remain in the adoption centre until a happy home is found.
Why doesn’t the Saskatoon SPCA give animals away or charge a smaller adoption fee?
The Saskatoon SPCA takes in over 4,000 animals a year. Many of these animals require medical attention, and some remain in our care for up to 6 months. We can not afford to give animals away, and need to ensure that our animals are valued. Our adoption fee includes responsible pet-owner perks, such as spay/neuter surgery, which provide adopters a wonderful deal in the long-run.
When I adopt what do I get?
Besides the satisfaction of knowing that you’re helping an animal in need, your adoption fee includes: spay/neuter surgery, a complimentary veterinary health examination at a local participating clinic of your choice, microchip procedure, 4 weeks of Petplan Insurance, up-to-date vaccinations, deworming, and any medication or medical procedure required prior to adoption. 
Why is having my pet spayed or neutered so important?
The Saskatoon SPCA believes in responsible pet ownership, and that a crucial step in being a responsible pet owner is doing what you can to help stop pet overpopulation. It is mandatory for all animals adopted from the Saskatoon SPCA be spayed or neutered prior to adoption. 
Why does the Saskatoon SPCA request an Owner Surrender Fee when someone needs to give up his/her pet?
The owner surrender fee covers a small portion of what it costs us to care for each animal that stays at our facility. The costs to care for animals add up very quickly when each animal receives: a health assessment, a veterinary examination (if there are medical concerns), vaccinations, deworming, feeding, care, cleaning, and promotion for adoption. It should be noted, however, that the Saskatoon SPCA is a full admission shelter, which means we never turn away an animal in need regardless of the ability to pay a fee or not. 
Should I contact the Saskatoon SPCA if my pet has gone missing?
Yes! Our staff will be able to check the City of Saskatoon’s pound for your beloved pet, as well as cross check any animal that comes through our doors, or is called in by a member of the public as “found”. We will continue this service for 3 days, and if you still have not found your pet we can keep your report for up to 1 year for a small fee. 
Who should I contact if I suspect an animal is being abused or neglected?
If you think that an animal is deprived of adequate food, water, shelter, or veterinary care within the City of Saskatoon please call the Saskatoon SPCA at 306-374-PETS (7387). An online Animal Protection Cruelty Complaint Form is also available on our website. 
If you feel that an animal is in imminent danger of death or injury and you cannot reach a Saskatoon SPCA Animal Protection Officer, please call the Saskatoon Police Service.
How can I volunteer at the Saskatoon SPCA?
You can fill out an online form on our website and our Volunteer Coordinator will contact you afterwards.
What items are best for me to donate to the Saskatoon SPCA?
We are always looking for non-clumping cat litter, wet cat/kitten food, dry kitten and puppy food, bleach, and laundry detergent.