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SaskWatch X Paws and Claws Rescue

PAWS & CLAWS Animal Rescue Inc. is a non-profit organization comprised solely of dedicated and experienced volunteers.  They help rescue, provide medical care, rehabilitate and re-home abused, abandoned, and homeless animals.

Paws & Claws is funded in part by donations and in part through adoption fees. These donations and adoption fees are used to cover some of the costs such as the food and veterinary care, that their rescued animals require.

Here is a heart touching story shared by Paws and Claws about little kitten Bokie:

We have so many stories it’s so hard to pick one. I’ll pick our little Bokie (kitten eyes) got a call one night about a kitten who had bulging eyes and they weren’t sure what to do. We brought her into rescue the next day and sent her straight to the vet who recommended we going to the small animal clinic in Saskatoon. Bokie underwent surgery to remove both her eyes😢 we thought maybe one could be saved but they didn’t think so and why put her through another surgery. We are happy to report she was a foster fail (the lady who fostered her adopted her) she has a great life ahead of her❤️🐾🐱

SaskWatch Research would like to take a moment to thank all our members for choosing to donate their survey earnings to the incredible non-profits and charities listed on SaskWatch! We encourage you to check out Paws and Claws website and donate, which will help them save more innocent lives like Bokie’s.

Check out their website for more info:

COVID Coping: Issue No. 76

Self-reported mental health remains steady this week while stress levels soften slightly.

With breaking news about the omicron variant, outlook for the weeks ahead worsens.

A growing proportion anticipates a fifth wave of COVID-19 in the coming months, reinforced by notable concern over the omicron variant spreading to Saskatchewan.

Support is strong for the newly implemented federal government regulation requiring people to show proof of vaccination for air travel within the country.

COVID Coping: Issue No. 75

Self-reported mental health remains moderate while stress due to the pandemic remains relatively high.

Outlook for the weeks ahead also remains steady, with a modest proportion feeling things will start to get better.

Perhaps tied to steady outlooks ahead, close to eight in ten anticipate a fifth wave of COVID-19 in the coming months.

Should Saskatchewan experience a fifth wave, support is strong for increased public health restrictions, especially for those not fully vaccinated.

Parents of children aged 5-11 are becoming more comfortable getting their children vaccinated.

SaskWatch X Native Plant Society of Saskatchewan

SaskWatch Research would like to take a moment to thank all our members for choosing to donate their survey earnings to the incredible non-profits and charities listed on SaskWatch! You have made a real difference to many Saskatchewan residents who rely on these organizations.

As a community-focused organization, we encourage our SaskWatch members to donate a portion of their points to worthwhile organizations like Native Plant Society of Saskatchewan. This charity has done a wonderful job working with pants, and here is what they had to say:

The Native Plant Society of Saskatchewan is an environmental charity working to promote the understanding and conservation of Saskatchewan’s native plants and habitats through communication, research, and education. We would like to thank SaskWatch and its participants for the financial contributions you have provided. Your continued support will help us expand the important work we do. Thanks to you, we’ve been able to make great achievements in native plant conservation and education. This year alone saw incredible successes such as:

•           The protection of rare plants on over 136,000 acres of prairie through ground surveys, development of rare plant management plans, and the implementation of best management practices.

•           Removal and monitoring of invasive Flowering Rush on approximately 100 kilometres of shoreline to prevent its spread in Saskatchewan.

•           Discoveries of dozens of new locations of provincially and nationally threatened and endangered plant species.

•           Collaborating on Wild About Saskatoon, a nature initiative that has just been nominated as a finalist for the Canadian Museum of Nature’s “Nature Inspiration Awards”.

•           Distributing hundreds of copies of our educational resources to schools across the province and elsewhere.

•           Helping to rehabilitate over 3,500 acres of degraded native prairie and sensitive streambank habitat.

•           Planting approximately 1,000 wildflowers to create a pollinator refuge.

•           Protecting endangered species on 14,157 km2 of land in southwestern Saskatchewan through ground surveys and developing an action plan.

•           Helping to lead a kid’s ecology camp.

As you can see, they are very action-oriented, and every dollar you contribute will receive a tax receipt and goes directly to our conservation and education programming. 

To donate your panel points to the Native Plant Society of Saskatchewan, once you login to your SaskWatch, click on ‘SaskWatch points’ at the top of the page. Then click on ‘Redeem’ and choose ‘Donate to Charity’. (Minimum or 150 points is required for point redemption)

COVID Coping: Issue No. 74

Self-reported mental health rises slightly this week while stress subsides.

Outlook for the weeks ahead remain steady, with nearly two out of three believing things will stay the same.

Tempering optimism, concern is high regarding the delta variant “subtypes”.

Parents of children aged 5-11 show mixed levels of comfort in getting their children vaccinated.

Despite a large drop in active cases in recent weeks, many still support increased restrictions in the province.

Since the pandemic’s beginning, we started sharing a few brief insights from our online community, SaskWatch Research®. As we monitor and trend the results by week, we will share the information with you as we get it.

COVID Coping: Issue No. 73

Self-reported mental health diminishes this week while stress related to the pandemic increases slightly.

Outlook for the weeks ahead remains steady, with modest optimism noted.

Following the Canada – USA border opening to land travel, three in ten say they are comfortable travelling across the 49th parallel. Another one quarter are prepared to travel internationally, beyond the United States.

Most residents claim that recent inflation has impacted their household spending. This sentiment is strongest among young adults.

COVID Coping: Issue No. 72

Self-reported mental health improves this week while stress subsides.

Correlating with a decline in active COVID-19 cases, the outlook for the weeks ahead shows the first signs of improvement in over two months.

Despite a slight rise in optimism, few plan to attend Remembrance Day ceremonies this year.

A majority of residents believe the fourth wave of COVID-19 in Saskatchewan could have been avoided or a lot less pronounced than it has been. These sentiments are more strongly held among those vaccinated.

COVID Coping: Issue No. 71

Self-reported mental health softens to the lowest level since last March while stress due to COVID-19 remains high.

Outlook for the weeks ahead remains steady but not optimistic.

Most Saskatchewan residents support expanding proof of vaccination/negative tests for non-ticketed sporting events, places of worship, retail stores and grocery stores.

Opinions of the provincial government in handling the pandemic remain poor.

Moose Jaw Humane Society “Paws of Pledge Radiothon” Friday, November 5, 2021

SaskWatch Research would like to take a moment to thank all of our members for choosing to donate their survey earnings to the incredible non-profits and charities listed on SaskWatch! You have made a real difference to many Saskatchewan residents who rely on these organizations.

Worthwhile organizations like Moose Jaw Humane Society!

As a community-focused organization, we encourage our SaskWatch members – and other Saskatchewan residents – to tune in to the Moose Jaw Humane Society “Paws of Pledge Radiothon” this Friday, November 5, from 6:00 AM to 6:00 PM, live on Golden West Radio and Country 100.

MJHS does fantastic work for their community. Here is what they had to say:

 For the love of animals! That is why we host our Paws for Pledges Radiothon each year. We rely on the support and devotion of our community to help us continue the work that we do, caring for the animals that call our shelter home for an undetermined amount of time. Once again, we thank our good friends and supporters at Golden West Radio and Country 100, who will be at the Moose Jaw Humane Society on November 5, 2021, broadcasting live on the air from 6 AM – 6 PM.

This year has been a roller coaster for us. It seems that we have had so many animals that not only needed a safe place to lay their heads while they waited for their forever families but also required life-saving surgeries. These surgeries are emotionally and financially taxing.

We have seen cats and dogs with legs were so severely broken they required amputation. There were two kittens with eyes so severely infected that they had to be removed (9 days apart). Our supporters and we believe that all lives matter. For this reason, our community has been able to come together and donate to save these innocent lives, and we are forever grateful for that support. These emergent surgeries drain our financial resources and require consistent support from animal lovers like you to continue saving lives.

Time is so crucial for shelter animals. Whether it is the time waiting for the perfect family to adopt an animal, or the time needed for a mamma to raise her babies in a foster home, your donations give the gift of time to many desperate animals. Our foster mammas also need time. They often arrive pregnantly and need a quiet/loving home to wait for their puppies or kittens to arrive, followed by an additional eight weeks remaining until the babies are old enough to be adopted. We are so grateful to our loving foster families who open their hearts and homes to these lost souls. The shelter provides our fosters with everything they need, from food to veterinary supplies, which is possible because of your generosity.

There are so many stories, and it isn’t easy to decide which to share. These are just a few examples of where your donation goes, what your donation does and the lives that YOU change forever. Never underestimate the power of one person. Every gift has the potential to save lives.

“Thank You” are two simple words that convey the gratitude the staff and animals at the MJHS feel every day. Because of your generous support, we can help those who cannot help themselves.

COVID Coping: Issue No. 70

Self-reported mental health improves while stress due to COVID-19 remains steady.

Outlook for the weeks ahead improves slightly, with fewer thinking things will get worse.

A total of 11% of our survey respondents have not been vaccinated.

Most of those not yet vaccinated say they have concerns about vaccine side effects or do not trust the government/companies that make vaccines. Two in ten refrain from becoming vaccinated due to health issues.

The proportion of residents saying their employer requires or will soon require proof of vaccination/negative COVID-19 tests continues to rise.

Four in ten residents have either had their surgery or a surgery of a loved one cancelled or delayed due to capacity issues in the healthcare system. Almost four in ten of those delays are reportedly tied to emergent or serious surgeries.

More than four in ten residents say they have obtained or are planning to obtain a rapid COVID-19 test kit.

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