Pets in the Park, held at the Kiwanis Memorial Park on Spadina Crescent in Saskatoon, was held on July 8, 2012 and was a great success. There were so many families there with their pets in support of the event that raises awareness and money for the Saskatoon SPCA, New Hope Dog Rescue and SCAT Street Cat Rescue Program. This is the only time during the year that the City of Saskatoon allows on leash pets in this park. It is a well treed park that banks the South Saskatchewan River offering fantastic views. We enjoyed taking pictures and video of all the furry friends and their families.
From their website at http://www.petsinthepark.ca/
Saskatoon Pets in the Park Inc. (PIP) is a registered charity founded in 2006 and dedicated to raising funds to provide care for sick, injured, neo-natal and homeless animals from Saskatoon. Members of the PIP Committee include members from three local animal welfare agencies, New Hope Dog Rescue, the Saskatoon SPCA, and SCAT Street Cat Rescue Program, as well as some very dedicated animal lovers from the Saskatoon community.
Pets in the Park (PIP) is one of Saskatoon’s popular summer events which combines fun for the entire family with fundraising for a great cause. Families can bring their leashed pets to the park and enjoy a wonderful day together. It is held every year on the weekend of July just following the Jazz Festival.
This is the only day of the year that City Council generously grants permission to allow on leash pets to accompany their human families in one of Saskatoon’s most picturesque downtown parks – Kiwanis Memorial Park.
Good music by local musicians and guests is heard on the Showmobile. Demonstrations abound with such activies as dog agility and/or flyball, City of Saskatoon Police K-9 services and dog training show how much we depend on our canine pets and how we can spend quality time with them.
The Saskatoon SPCA holds their hugely successful walkathon every year in conjunction with the PIP event. There always a good chance to see the UofS Huskies during the walk, as well as local dignitaries such as Mayor Don Atchison and the Honourary Chairperson, Mardele Atchison. If you keep a sharp eye, you may even see some visiting celebrities.
The food concession offers a great selection of tasty BBQ as well as treats such as popcorn and sno-cones. There are even doggie sno-cones. At the baking table there are wonderful, homemade goodies right beside the free coffee. Water is provided on site, both for humans and animals. And the dogs get a chance to cool off in the doggie pools.
The Silent Auction has a myriad of outstanding items. The right bid lets you take the prize home. Don’t forget, please be generous with your bids. It’s all for the animals.
The Trade Booth area is expanding rapidly with every year. Pet-related businesses and other non-profit organizations are invited to showcase their products and services to the animal lovers of Saskatoon.
Sponsors, such as Pizza Hut Saskatoon, and participants, like you, help to make this event a truly sensational event and one that neither you, nor your pet, want to miss.
It’s a great opportunity for pets to socialize with other pets, and for pet parents to show off their furry children, all the while, benefiting the animals in need.
We welcome visitors from all over Western Canada to this amazing day.
For more info on the event visit http://www.petsinthepark.ca/
For more info on The Saskatoon SPCA visit http://www.saskatoonspca.com/
For more info on New Hope Dog Rescue visit http://www.newhoperescue.org/
For more info on SCAT Street Cat Rescue Program visit http://www.streetcat.ca/
For more info on Paws in Motion – Saskatoon SPCA Walkathon visit http://paws-in-motion.ca/
To view our great Saskatoon SPCA success story visit http://saskatoonupclose.com/2011/a-successful-saskatoon-spca-story/
This video is a highlight of the Animal Welfare Conference put on by the Saskatchewan SPCA in the fall of 2011. It was a great conference discussing the link between family abuse in people and animal abuse in the community as well as customer service in the animal welfare industry. In addition to these lectures there was some clicker training for dogs and cat training. This video highlights the two lectures.
The first lecture highlighted was:
Women’s Best Friend: Implications of Animal Abuse in Domestic Violence and Innovative Strategies to Help all the Victims
Presenter: Phil Arkow
The second lecture highlighted was:
Customer Smart: People Skills for Animal Welfare People
Presenter: Kit Jenkins, PetSmart Charities
Other topics of discussion:
- Body Conditoin Scoring Small Animals
- Service Dogs for Veterans
- Reducing Stress for Cats in Shelters and Foster Homes
- Health Assessment of Dogs and Cats
- Clicker Training for Shelter Dogs
- Caring for Reptiles (Creepy Crawlies for Dummies)
The 2011 Animal Welfare Conference was sponsored by:
- PetSmart Charities
- Saskatchewan Ministry of Agriculture
- Evolution Presentation Technologies
- Saskatchewan Veterinary Medical Association
- Fastprint Saskatoon
- Balcarres Animal Hospital
The Saskatchewan SPCA, with headquarters in Saskatoon, is a charitable organization dedicated to the welfare of animals across the province of Saskatchewan. Their head office contact information is:
519 45th Street West
Toll Free: 1-877-382-7722
Executive Directory: Frances Wach
Manager of Animal Protection Services: Kaley Pugh, M.Sc. B.S.A
Project Manager: Sandra Anderson
Animal Protection Assistant: Laura Vany
Administrative Assistant: Crystal Stubbs
Administrative Support: Twyla Polson