Provincial conference highlights the importance of the human-animal bond

(SASKATOON: September 12, 2019) The Saskatchewan SPCA explores the many ways that animals improve the lives of human beings in a one-day conference to be held September 24th in Saskatoon.

Presentations will focus on the latest scientific research, innovative new programs, and

heartwarming stories about the human-animal bond.

Keynote speakers Dr. Colleen Dell and Dr. Darlene Chalmers will share the results of their research on canine-assisted learning at Drumheller Institution in Alberta. The PAWSitive Support program brings together dogs and inmates, with the goal of promoting the personal growth and overall mental health of inmates.

Sherbrooke Community Centre will share stories about the amazing difference companion animals make in the lives of Elders at Sherbrooke.

There will be a discussion on the link between violence to animals and people, with a focus on the work of New Hope Dog Rescue in establishing their own animal safekeeping program.

A growing body of research points to the impact of the human-animal bond on both the

individual and the community. “Animals contribute to our emotional, social, and physical health and well-being,” says conference organizer Sandra Anderson.

The conference is open to the public and gets underway at 9 a.m. at the Sheraton Cavalier. Registration is open until Sept. 20th. For more information:


For more information, please contact:

Sandra Anderson, Program Director

Saskatchewan Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (Saskatchewan SPCA)

Phone: 306.382.2419


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