There are various organizations to report cruelty in Saskatchewan, depending on the specifics.

Companion Animals

The Animal Protection Services of Saskatchewan should be contacted at (306)-382-0002 for concerns outside of Regina and Saskatoon. For general inquiries, contact Animal Protection Services via email at Learn more.

To report animal cruelty in the area of Regina, call Regina Humane Society at (306) 777-7700.  Animal protection services are available 7 days a week from 9am – 5pm.  If an incident occurs outside of operating hours, the public should contact Regina City Police at (306) 777-6500.

For animal cruelty concerns in Saskatoon, contact the SPCA Saskatoon by phone at (306) 374-7387.  If the situation is not an emergency, see here.

Farmed Animals

If there is an animal welfare concern with livestock, the public should contact Animal Protection Services of Saskatchewan at (306)-382-0002.


For suspected hunting or trapping violations, members of the public can contact the Saskatchewan Environment (1-800-567-4224 or 1-800-667-7561). The Regina Humane Society states they are not equipped to care for wildlife and to contact a local conservation officer, or wildlife centre if an animal is injured. However, this organization is listed as the contact should there be a welfare or cruelty concern involving a wild animal within the city.

If the animal is injured or abandoned, call any of the following:

Investigations & Enforcement

Animal Protection Services of Saskatchewan

The Animal Protection Services of Saskatchewan (APSS) incorporated as a non-profit charity in 2015 to undertake animal protection work and cruelty investigations outside of Regina and Saskatoon.  There are currently seven full-time animal protection officers employed by APSS. In 2015 the Ministry of Agriculture began funding the investigative services with $610,000. Funding is still provided by the Ministry of Agriculture until March 31, 2021. The central location is based out of Saskatoon, with another office located in Moose Jaw.

The enactment of the Animal Protection Act, 2018 gives policing powers to members of the RCMP and a municipal police officer to enforce the provincial Act around the province.

Regina SPCA

Regina SPCA is an animal charity responsible for investigation animal welfare concerns and suspected animal abuse in the City of Regina. There are three full-time APOs and one full-time Dispatch Coordinator responsible for investigations in the city. Officers investigate an average of 600 complaints annually. Approximately $300,000 is spent to conduct the investigations, care for the animals, and prepare charges. The Regina SPCA does not receive any provincial funding to conduct this work and relies on donations, grants, and self-generated income.

Saskastoon SPCA

The organization has two Animal Protection Officers who respond to over 900 reports annually. The Saskatoon SPCA does not receive government funding and relies on donations, grants, and self-generated income to operate.  In 1973, the Saskatoon SPCA Auxiliary was formed as a separate fundraising section of the SPCA.  In 2018, the city paid an annual grant of $159,540 for Animal Protection and Cruelty Investigation Services. In a 2018 financial report the operating funds of animal care and protection was reported as $371,332, up from $341,708 in 2017.

Saskatchewan Environment (Ministry of Environment)

Saskatchewan Environment, also known as the Ministry of Environment, is responsible for investigating any fishing, wildlife or environmental violations. Conservation officers are responsible for the protection of fish and wildlife.  They have the same legal authority of police officers when enforcing wildlife and environmental laws.  There are 44 field offices, with 19 Sergeants that supervise 94 Conservation Officers.  One inspector manages seven offices. Additionally, there is also a K9 unit, a Training and Education unit and a Special Investigations Unit. The officers are part of the Saskatchewan Association of Conservation Officers.


A table outlines data from Regina's SPCA’s Annual report. 2009. Complaints investigated: 409; 2010. Complaints investigated: 520; 2011. Complaints investigated: 520; 2012. Complaints investigated: 586; 2013. Calls to SPCA: 6744. Complaints investigated: 589; 2014. Complaints investigated: 600; 2015. Complaints investigated: 568; 2016. Complaints investigated: 665. Criminal Files: 17. Convictions: 6; 2017. Calls to SPCA: Approximately 7000. Complaints investigated: 563. Criminal files: 17; 2018. Calls to SPCA: Approximately 4500. Complaints investigated: 748. Criminal files: 5. Convictions: 1; 2019. Calls to SPCA: Approximately 4500. Complaints investigated: 610. Criminal files: 4.

Information compiled from Regina SPCA Annual Reports.

The hyphen does not mean these things did not occur; it means the data is not available publicly. 

A table outlines data from Animal Protection Services.  2011 to 2012. New cases: 666.  2012 to 2013. New cases: 671.  2013 to 2014. New cases: 735. 2014 to 2015. New cases: 623. 2015 to 2016. New cases: 544. Dog complaints: 324. Horse complaints: 138. Cattle complaints: 63. Cat complaints: 56. Sheep/goat complaints: 20. Other: 50.  2016 to 2017. New cases: 570. Dog complaints: 307. Horse complaints: 125. Cattle complaints: 108. Cat complaints: 69. Sheep/goat complaints: 14. Other: 74.  2017 to 2018. New cases: 693. Dog complaints: 397. Horse complaints: 158. Cattle complaints: 102. Cat complaints: 82. Sheep/goat complaints: 27. Other: 84. 2018 to 2019. New cases: 697. Dog complaints: 387. Horse complaints: 151. Cattle complaints: 107. Cat complaints: 93. Sheep/goat complaints: 13. Other: 58.

Information compiled from Animal Protection Services Annual Reports. 

*Other includes bison, sheep/goats, hogs, cervids, camelids, fowl, and other animals. 

A table outlines data from Animal Protection Services. 2015 to 2016. Animals seized: 82. Animals surrendered voluntarily as a result of an investigation: 29. Search warrants obtained: 40. Charges laid: 10. Founded cases: 304. Unfounded cases: 125. Inconclusive cases: 202.  2016 to 2017. Animals seized: 244. Animals surrendered voluntarily as a result of an investigation: 44. Search warrants obtained: 47. Charges laid: 18. Founded cases: 304. Unfounded cases: 167. Inconclusive cases: 212.  2017 to 2018. Animals seized: 169. Animals surrendered voluntarily as a result of an investigation: 72. Search warrants obtained: 38. Charges laid: 13. Founded cases: 344. Unfounded cases: 200. Inconclusive cases: 269.  2018 to 2019. Animals seized: 911. Animals surrendered voluntarily as a result of an investigation: 146. Search warrants obtained: 51. Charges laid: 9. Founded cases: 372. Unfounded cases: 231. Inconclusive cases: 193.

Information compiled from Animal Protection Services Annual Reports.


Founded cases requires follow up. Unfounded cases refer to cases where the officers found no concern and no follow up is required. Inconclusive cases refer to instances when the APO is unable to assess the welfare of the animal. 


Timothy F. Huber – General Counsel

Sits on the Board of Directors for the Regina SPCA as General Counsel.

1100-2002 Victoria Ave.
Regina, Saskatchewan S4P 0R7
Phone: 306-569-8242


David Kim Jones, Senior Crown Prosecutor, Saskatchewan Justice

Sits on the Board of Directors for the Regina SPCA.

Public Prosecutions
910-1801 Hamilton St.
Regina, Saskatchewan S4P 4B4
Phone: 306-787-5444

Human-Animal Wellbeing and Supports

The City of Saskatoon, in partnership with the Saskatoon Academy of Veterinary Practitioners and the Western College of Veterinary Medicine, operates a subsidized Spay and Neuter Program for dogs and cats. Permanent residents of Saskatoon whose income falls under the Low-Income Cut-off are eligible.

The Regina Humane Society operates a mobile spay and neuter clinic to reach low-income individuals and their animals. These services are also made available to animal rescue organizations in Regina.

The Regina Humane Society operates a pet food bank to ensure pets are not surrendered to the shelter because their owners cannot secure pet food.  Households eligible for the program are those facing financial hardship whenever supplies are available.

The Regina Humane Society facilitates the Safe Places program to support victims of domestic violence fleeing abusive situations.  The program ensures animal members have a safe, temporary place to go by placing them in foster homes. The program operates 24 hours a day. Animals are picked up by Animal Protection Officers and taken to foster home.  Contact Regina City Police at (306) 777-6500 if needing this service outside of Regina’s Humane Society’s operating hours.

The Stryker Fund is a program run by the Saskatchewan SPCA for retired police dogs and their handlers.  Whether the police dogs stay with their handler or retires in a new home, the Stryker Fund is available to assist with the costs of veterinary care. The fund grants up to $1,500 each year for a total of 10 applications. Funding can be used to help expenses such as:

  • Yearly physical, including bloodwork
  • Medication and monitoring
  • Dietary supplements
  • Diagnostics
  • Medically necessary surgeries
  • Euthanasia
  • Cremation