Keeping People and Pets Warm This Winter

(SASKATOON, SK – November 4, 2019) Today the Saskatchewan SPCA announces the launch of Warming Hearts & Paws, a campaign aimed at helping pet owners in our communities who are struggling with homelessness prepare for the winter weather.

In response to the extreme cold in February 2019, the Saskatchewan SPCA initiated the Emergency Pet Care Collection Blitz. This campaign saw local businesses collect donations of new and gently used pet care items and accessories, including winter coats, boots, collars, leashes, and beds. Pet food donations were also accepted. The Saskatchewan SPCA worked with human service agencies in our communities to distribute the donated items to pets and people in need.

Based on the positive response received to last February’s Blitz, the Saskatchewan SPCA has worked with human service agencies and animal welfare organizations to expand the program beyond Saskatoon and will now include Prince Albert and North Battleford.

“We encourage folks to consider donating new and gently used winter pet care accessories and pet food. In an ideal world, people and their pets would never be left out in the cold. While we recognize this as a temporary solution, we’re pleased to see so many people that are willing to help pets and their people,” explains Josh Hourie, the Society’s community relations coordinator.

Donations will be accepted from November 4 through December 15 and will be distributed through local organizations in each community. Monetary donations will also be accepted online. For a full list of donation drop off locations and distribution centres, and to make an online donation, please visit

Businesses and organizations interested in participating in this year’s Warming Hearts & Paws campaign can contact Josh Hourie by phone at 306-382-7726 or email

A representative from the Saskatchewan SPCA will be available to answer questions at the time and location below:

Warming Hearts & Paws Media Availability:

Monday, November 4, 2019 • 1:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.

Critters Pet Store • #90B – 220 Betts Avenue, Saskatoon


For more information, please contact:

Josh Hourie, Community Relations Coordinator

Saskatchewan SPCA

Phone: 306-382-7726