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Swift Current Pet Safekeeping program being developed

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Swift Current SPCA and South West Crisis Services are establishing a new pet safekeeping program to assist victims of domestic violence in the Swift Current area.


The program will be open to pets owned by the victims of domestic violence during their stay at the South West Crisis Safe Shelter. A network of specially-trained volunteers will provide home-based foster care for the animals.  
The pet safekeeping program will be operated jointly by South West Crisis Services and the Swift
Current SPCA. The Saskatchewan SPCA is assisting with the planning and development of the
program. 
The need for this type of program is growing, says Heather Lennox, Executive Director of the South West Crisis Services. “When there is violence in the home, both people and pets are at risk. The
abuser may use threats to kill or injure an animal as a way to control the victim.
“The victim may stay in a dangerous situation, rather than leave without their pets,” says Lennox. 
“This program will make it easier for the victim to escape a violent situation, knowing their pets will
have a safe place to go,” says Amy MacLean, Manager of the Swift Current SPCA.   
Animal safekeeping programs such as the one being developed in Swift Current help build safer,
healthier communities, says Leanne Sillers with the Saskatchewan SPCA. As Animal Safekeeping Coordinator, she works with organizations interested in establishing local animal safekeeping programs and services. 
“We are very pleased to be working with the Swift Current SPCA and South West Crisis Services on a program that will benefit both people and animals,” says Sillers.  
A public meeting will be held to provide more information about the Swift Current pet
safekeeping program. The meeting will be held Thursday, Sept. 13, 7 p.m., at the Salvation
Army Chapel, 780 – 1st Ave. NW. 
For further information on the Swift Current Pet Safekeeping Program:
Heather Lennox, Executive Director, South West Crisis Services: 306.778.3386 extension 401
For information on animal safekeeping and the link between all forms of violence:  
Leanne Sillers, BSW, RSW, Animal Safekeeping Coordinator, Saskatchewan SPCA:  306-382-7741.

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