SPCA

Swift Current

Upcoming events

  • February 24, 2018 11:00 amSPCA at Co-op Wheatland Mall
  • February 24, 2018 12:00 pmCupcake Day Pre-sale
  • February 26, 2018National Cupcake Day
  • March 3, 2018 11:00 amSPCA at Co-op Wheatland Mall
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Our Annual Appeal is under way!

The Swift Current SPCA’s $18 for ’18 Annual Appeal is underway! Your community-funded animal shelter needs your help – as little as $18 can make a huge difference for our pets!

The Swift Current SPCA is not funded by the provincial or federal governments and does not receive funding from the Sask SPCA.

It costs about $25,000 EACH MONTH to keep the shelter in operation.

In 2017 we served over 350 pets, and the need continues.

Please support stray and homeless pets in your region with a donation of $18 or more for 2018 today. You can donate in person at the SPCA Bookstore or Shelter, by mail to Box 1163 Swift Current, Sk S9H 3X3 , at our table at any of our community events, or online here

Help pets find their happily-ever-afters and families find a new best friend by helping your Swift Current SPCA.!

Feb 26 is National Cupcake Day!

The sweetest way to support the SPCA! Save the date Feb 26 for this year’s National Cupcake Day bake sale in support of homeless pets. Plan your own school, office or group cupcake sale that day or support us by buying treats at a sale location.

Confirmed sales locations to date include:

  • SPCA Cupcake Day Pre-sale – Feb 24 at SC Mall from 12-5pm
  • Altus Geomatics – Feb 26
  • Canadian Mental Health Association – Feb 26
  • Grand Coteau- Shaunavon – Feb 27 10am-2pm
  • New Family Chiropractic Clinic – Feb 26
  • Pet Valu (people and pet cupcakes) – Feb 26
  • SPCA Bookstore – Feb 26
  • Standard Motors – Feb 26
  • W.W. Smith Insurance – Feb 26

Is Your Pet Paws-itively Photogenic?

We are now accepting photo submissions for our 2019 Calendar! The Calendar has been a great success in past years, and here’s your opportunity to get in on 2019’s for as little as $5! Click here for the online entry form

Keep your pets safe in cold weather

Extremely low temperatures outside are as dangerous for pets as the are for people. Limit your pets’ outside activities to short potty breaks only.

Make sure your companion animal has a warm place to sleep, off the floor and away from all drafts. A cozy dog or cat bed with a warm blanket or pillow is perfect.

Don’t forget to clean off your pets legs and stomach when they come in. Antifreeze, Salt and other potentially dangerous chemicals can be ingested as your pet licks their paws. Also check paw pads for splits and rawness from snow or ice.

Puppies do not tolerate the cold as well as adult dogs, and may be difficult to housebreak during the winter. If your puppy appears to be sensitive to the weather, you may opt to paper-train him inside. If your dog is sensitive to the cold due to age, illness or breed type, take him outdoors only to relieve himself.

During the winter, outdoor cats sometimes sleep under the hoods of cars. When the motor is started, the cat can be injured or killed by the fan belt. If there are outdoor cats in your area, bang loudly on the car hood before starting the engine to give the cat a chance to escape.

Never shave your dog down to the skin in the winter, as a longer coat will be needed to provide warmth. When you bathe your dog in the colder months, be sure to completely dry him before taking him out for a walk. Own a short-haired breed? Consider getting him a coat or sweater with a high collar or turtleneck with coverage from the base of the tail to the belly.

Come and rescue yourself…

Caring for a pet has many benefits – including reducing your stress levels! Studies also found that:

  • Pet owners are less likely to suffer from depression than those without pets.
  • People with pets have lower blood pressure in stressful situations than those without pets.
  • Playing with a pet can elevate levels of serotonin and dopamine, which calm and relax.
  • Pet owners have lower triglyceride and cholesterol levels (indicators of heart disease) than those without pets.
  • Heart attack patients with pets survive longer than those without.
  • Pet owners over age 65 make 30 percent fewer visits to their doctors than those without pets.

Pets can ease loneliness, reduce stress, promote social interaction, encourage exercise and playfulness, and provide unconditional love and affection. Caring for a pet may even help you live longer!
A Shelter animal could be just what the Doctor ordered!

We need you!

SPCA Bookstore Positions Open!
If you love books and people and can volunteer some time to help this important fundraiser for the SPCA, we would love to talk to you about the following opportunities at the Bookstore:

Volunteer Bookstore Manager:
– Takes one 2-hour shift per week in store and becomes familiar with inventory and operations
– Manages 20+ volunteers, arranges scheduling and holds semi-annual volunteer meetings
– May maintain Bookstore Facebook page
– Reports monthly to SPCA Board of Directors
Bookstore Volunteers:
– 2 hour shifts available from Monday to Saturday; sorting and stocking books, customer
inquiries, cash handling. Training provided.

If interested, please leave your name and contact information at the SPCA Bookstore – 37 1 st Ave NE or call Anne at 306-773- 2462.

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Did you know…

  • The five most common dog names: Male: Bailey, Max, Charlie, Buddy and Rocky
    Female: Bella, Lucy, Molly, Daisy and Maggie
  • The ten most popular dogs (AKC, 2015) are in order: Labrador Retriever, German Shepherd, Golden Retriever, Bulldog, Beagle, French Bulldog, Yorkshire Terrier, Poodle, Rottweiler and Boxer
  • A famous Beagle you might have heard about is Snoopy the dog. He was a character from the Peanuts comic strip. Everyone loved the adorable Beagle named Snoopy that was in the newspaper since 1950.
  • Dachshunds were bred to fight badgers in their dens.
  • Chicken or steak bones leftover from dinner can choke your dog or break and cause damage to the inside of her body. Visit your favorite pet store to find special bones that are safe for your dog to chew.
  • Some dogs have coats with two layers: the beautiful hair you can see, and a hidden, second coat called an undercoat. This undercoat helps a dog stay warm and dry in cold weather and it protects his skin from the hot sun, too.
  • A puppy is born without teeth. When the pup is three to four weeks old, 28 teeth will break through the gums so the puppy will be able to eat solid food.
  • Dalmatian puppies are pure white when they are born and develop their spots as they mature and grow older.
Why cats and kittens make great pets

Image courtesy of Gualberto107 / FreeDigitalPhotos.netIf you’re already a “cat person”, you don’t need to be convinced that a cat or kitten makes a great pet! But anyone can learn to love cats, and for modern lifestyles, choosing to adopt a cat or kitten is a relatively low maintenance pet choice, particularly if you do not have a large outdoor area.

Cats and kittens are easy to care for!
Cats look after themselves much of the time. Of course they need daily feeding and lots of love, but they’re also capable of being very independent creatures. Cats are particularly good for owners who don’t have the time or the physical capability to take daily walks.

Cats and kittens are the perfect pets for indoors or outdoors!
Cats and kittens are very adaptable to any living environment. As long as they get plenty of sun & cozy sleep time, they can live indoors or outdoors. That makes them the perfect pet for apartment dwellers. (Just check with your landlord first!)

Cats and kittens have real personality!
Cats have as much personality as humans! Every cat is different, and part of the adventure of being a cat owner is finding out your cat’s quirks – its favourite place to stretch out, where it likes to be rubbed, what puts it in a good or bad mood.

Grown-up or not, cats and kittens are always happy to have a loving human companion. And they don’t care how old, young, messy or presentable you are – so don’t hold back! Come and find your fur-buddy today!

Why that “Free” pet isn’t really free…

Adopting a pet from a Shelter – any Shelter – is a great step in the right direction. But why should you spend money on adoption fees when your “friend” has free animals to give away? Sounds like a deal until you think about it. Just like getting a car is not the end of the costs, all pets require some on-going expenditure to keep them healthy and safe. Our adoption fees cover initial health check, spay or neuter and vaccinations – all of which, as a responsible pet owner, you would be responsible for if you get that free pet. These veterinary costs alone could be as much as $600.00 – when you adopt from us, it’s all included! Not only would you save money by adopting from us, you would be giving a loving home to a deserving animal!

C.S.I. your D.O.G.!

If you’ve ever been curious about your dog’s origins, you might be interested to know that we are partnering with a leading laboratory to offer simple and cost effective DNA testing for your pooch! We raise $10 for every swab kit sold at the Shelter, with the remaining processing fee going to the laboratory.

“What breed is your dog?” is often the #1 question owners of mixed breed dogs get asked. And most are never sure how to answer. A DNA test will serve to answer the question and satisfy the most curious of dog owners.

Adopt a Senior Cat or Dog!

Many people automatically think of a puppy or kitten when they are considering adopting a pet. They’re warm and cuddly, and everyone wants to hold and pet them. But puppies and kittens demand patience and energy to help them become wonderful family members and companions. Older dogs or cats, however, can be as cute and lovable, and they often come with many wonderful qualities that youngsters take years to grow into.

Maybe you are reluctant to adopt a senior pet because you fear that your time with your new best friend will be short, bringing that painful time of loss closer. But the privilege of loving a senior dog or cat makes every single day special, as you and your companion share love, friendship, and a special relationship that grows stronger with the knowledge that you have given this fine old feller a second chance at life. The love that grows from this knowledge is stronger than the pain of eventual separation.
So spread the word! Adopting a senior dog or cat is a wonderful experience for you both. You will gain a faithful companion. You will save a life. And don’t forget, senior dogs or cats and senior people bring out the best in each other. They make great friends!

  • When senior pets are adopted, they seem to understand that they’ve been rescued, and are all the more thankful for it.
  • A senior pet’s personality has already developed, so you’ll know if he or she is a good fit for your family.
  • A senior pet may very well already know basic household etiquette!
  • Senior cats are often already litter trained and are less likely to “forget” where the box is.
  • Senior dogs know that great outdoors is for eliminating and the house is for relaxing. Your carpet will last longer with a senior dog.
  • A senior pet won’t grow any larger, so you’ll know exactly how big an animal you’re getting!
  • Speaking of relaxing, senior pets make great napping buddies.
  • Senior animals are some of the hardest to find homes for — so when you adopt a senior cat or dog, you’re truly saving a life.

There is also a substantial reduction in the adoption fee for any of our senior cats and dogs

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Missing a cat or dog?

We completely understand that having your pet go missing is worrying – and you’re anxious to get the word out there to try and find it. Unfortunately, we regularly get texts or emails with the minimum of information “I’ve lost my dog – if you find him let me know”
If you contact us about your missing pet, we’re more than happy to try and help – but, please, make sure you give us as much information as possible. This should include your contact info, your pet’s name and description, where and when the animal went missing (this is important!) and if it’s wearing a collar/tag/is microchipped. We get lots of calls from all over the southwest, and it is important we have the information needed to try and reunite pets with their humans. Thanks!

A Test Drive?

Let’s face it, not every animal would be a good fit for you. But we’ve also seen some unexpected matches of the most unlikely pets and people. Hence our Test Drive program. Ok, so you don’t actually drive them, but we think you know what we mean – take your potential pet home and see how things work out. Give it a fair go – don’t expect too much too soon. And if it doesn’t work out, bring them back to us with no hard feelings – we want them to go to the right home, both for the animal and the humans. So if you’re looking for a furry Ferrari or a purring Porsche, we have several racey models on the lot now. Why not drop by for a test drive?

SPCA Swift Current is a local organization dedicated to finding responsible caring life-long homes for lost, abandoned or unwanted animals. This includes preventing unwanted litters by incorporating spaying and neutering in all of our animals’ adoption fees. We are not funded by the provincial or federal government, nor are we connected or affiliated to any other shelter. We are a no-kill facility. We do not euthanize animals solely for space – only in rare cases of severe medical issues or aggression.

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