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Category: SaskWatch X Charities

SaskWatch X The Saskatchewan Rett Syndrome Association

Did you know that 1 in 10,000 people have Rett Syndrome worldwide. Although considered rare, many families are affected by Rett Syndrome in Saskatchewan. The Saskatchewan Rett Syndrome Association supports people affected by Rett Syndrome in the province, offering information and support to newly diagnosed or helping pay for equipment down the road. They help more than 25 Saskatchewan families every year through their extensive advocacy.

Here is what they would say…

Many researchers worldwide try to improve people’s lives with Rett Syndrome, whether with new therapies or symptomatic treatment and find a way to reverse the disease! It can be difficult to wade through all the pertinent information with this changing research. However, finding trusted news is one step to simplifying this journey.

There are national and international Rett syndrome conferences help connect families with the research. Every year we send one to two families to a discussion on a reconnaissance mission of sorts, gather info and return home to tell everyone. As a banded community, we can make the tiresome information gathering easier.

What does SRSA raise money for?  

  • Every member has an allotted sum of money they can apply to receive for an unmet need.
  • We sponsor families to go to conferences focused on Rett syndrome.
  • We donate money to Canadian research
  • Recently, we collaborated with other Canadian associations to bring a series of webinars focusing on AAC to our members and gave each family sessions with an SLP team.

Saskatchewan Rett Syndrome Association has donated more than $30,000 to families and research affected by Rett Syndrome. To support the Saskatchewan Rett Syndrome Association, check out their website and donate your SaskWatch points.

To donate your Reward Points to the SRSA, once you log in to your SaskWatch account, click on ‘SaskWatch points’ at the top of the page. Then click on ‘Redeem’ and choose ‘Donate to Charity’ (a Minimum of 150 points is required for point redemption). 

SaskWatch X New Hope Dog Rescue

New Hope Dog Rescue (NHDR) is a non-profit, foster-based organization that has rescued and re-homed dogs in need since 2003. They work to address the overpopulation problem and promote responsible dog ownership in Saskatchewan.

All of the dogs that join NHDR are partnered with loving and dedicated foster parents, these families also help provide the care the dogs require until matched with adoptive, permanent homes. Every dog rAll of the dogs that join NHDR are partnered with loving and dedicated foster parents, and these families also help provide the care required until they are matched with adoptive, permanent and loving homes. As a result, every dog receives proper medical care from the basics (i.e., vaccinations, deworming, microchip, spay/neuter) to more extensive care (anything from dental work to corrective surgery to treatment of skin conditions).

New Hope has found loving homes for over 3914 dogs.

Here is the stHere is how Winston was rescued, shared by New Hope Dog Rescue.

On March 13, 2022, we were contacted by a front-line rescuer about an injured dog. Fortunately, we had a foster ready and able to take this poor fella in. Winston arrived and was immediately admitted to the WCVM, where he was seen for extensive wounds and bruises. He required x-rays and ultrasound to ensure that he didn’t have any broken bones or internal injuries. Winston will remain at the vet college for further treatment of his wounds.

On March 15, 2022, Winston was discharged from the WCVM. He has a drain in his left hind leg to assist in the healing of a deep wound, and his foster family is ensuring it is doing its job. He’s bandaged, shaved, and on antibiotics to ensure no infections take hold of the numerous wounds he has sustained, and he will need to wear his cone for the next two weeks while he heals. Meanwhile, he is resting and recuperating in his loving foster home. Winston will need to continue vet care with one of our partner vets to remove the drain and ensure his wounds heal before he is ready for adoption.

To donate your SaskWatch Points to New Hope Dog Rescue, log in to your SaskWatch, and click on ‘SaskWatch points’ at the top of the page. Then click on ‘Redeem’ and choose ‘Donate to Charity’ (a Minimum of 150 points is required for point redemption).

SaskWatch X CC RezQs

CC RezQs is a registered Non-Profit organization to rescue, rehabilitate, and rehome stray dogs from First Nations communities across Saskatchewan. They have saved nearly 200 stray dogs to date, travelled tens of thousands of kilometres, and distributed thousands of pounds of dog food to strays in need.

The dogs rescued are typically in deplorable shape. They are extremely malnourished, have worms, fleas, ticks, and sometimes mange. They have scars from old wounds and are bleeding from new wounds. They have broken teeth and injuries ranging from still broken bones to incorrectly healed fractures. However, physical wounds are healed through the exceptional, professional, and compassionate care team at Lakewood Animal Hospital and Victoria Vet clinic, and emotional scars are healed by volunteers and fosters who spend countless hours lying on the floor, gaining the trust of a stray.

CC RezQs is funded 100% through donations. All supplies, such as kennels, food, and other items, are donated, and all work is performed on a volunteer basis. We request all our generous SaskWatch members to donate to this charity and help this charity to save more such innocent lives. Please check out their website for more information  

To donate your panel points to the CC RezQs, once you log in to your SaskWatch, click on ‘SaskWatch points’ at the top of the page. Then click on ‘Redeem’ and choose ‘Donate to Charity’ (a Minimum or 150 points is required for point redemption).

Donate to the Ukraine Humanitarian Crisis Appeal

The Canadian Red Cross is accepting donations to support those impacted by the crisis currently unfolding in Ukraine. Donations made up until March 18, 2022, will be matched by the Government of Canada up to a maximum of $10 million (CAD).

We encourage SaskWatch members to donate points to the Canadian Red Cross, added to our SaskWatch front page. All donations made to Canadian Red Cross until March 18, 2022, will go to the Ukraine Humanitarian Crisis Appeal.

Here are a few steps to donate your points:

– Once you are logged in to your SaskWatch account at, you can view your point balance on top of the page. The number written in front of the word “SaskWatch Points” is your point balance.

– Find the option “Rewards” located in the menu.

– Click on “Rewards,” and from the dropdown menu, choose “Redeem.”

-Once you are on the redeem page, click on the “click here to redeem your points” button and follow the below 4 step process for making your donation to the Canadian Red cross.

  • Step1, select “Donate to Charity,” and click continue.
  • In step 2, you will be loaded to the charity directory page, which contains a list of charities on SaskWatch. Now search for “Canadian Red Cross” Select this charity by clicking on the icon and hit continue.
  • The system will take you through 3 steps to add the amount you would like to donate (in points) and continue.
  • In step 4, you can review your account details, charity name, and donated points. If all the details are correct, click on the Complete button to submit your donation request.

Thank you for your generosity.

SaskWatch X Meewasin

A note from Amy Wall, Manager, Marketing and Fund Development, Meewasin Valley Authority:

Meewasin exists to ensure a healthy and vibrant river valley, with a balance between human use and conservation, for the benefit of present and future generations, in the Saskatoon region. A committed staff, board and volunteer base are dedicated to conserving the cultural and natural resources of the South Saskatchewan River Valley. Meewasin has had a long and successful relationship with Insightrix (parent company of SaskWatch), helping to poll the community and better guide our work as a charity and have even been a donor! We rely on donations to continue all of our work on behalf of the community.

We thank all our panel members for being a part of these charity spotlights and continuing to donate. Check out their website for more details:

Here is how to donate your panel points to the Meewasin! Once you log in 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 are required for point redemption).

SaskWatch x Prince Albert Safe Shelter for Women

Prince Albert Safe Shelter for Women is an important service that provides temporary shelter, safety, nutrition, transportation, information, referrals, and support to women and children experiencing physical, mental, sexual, emotional, and spiritual abuse.

The PA Safe Shelter for Women currently accommodates 26 residents – a combination of women and their children. This Charity offers protection liaisons to police and victim services. Provide residence with a clean and home-like atmosphere with healthy balanced meals. The residents are provided support by Non-judgmental listening, exploration of choices and options, and assisting women in making connections to meet their needs. Group and individual sessions are given on a wide range of topics. Further referrals are made in case they need support from other communities.

In last 5 years, our SaskWatch members have donated 20k plus points to charities all over Saskatchewan. These generous donations have helped many local charities grow and further help those in need. We request our SaskWatch members to continue showing love to these charities on SaskWatch by donating their points, which can help these charities do more for the community.

To donate your panel points to the Prince Albert Safe Shelter for Women, once you log in 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 are required for point redemption).

SaskWatch X The Lighthouse Supported Living

Happy New Year, SaskWatch Members! With 2022 well on its way, we wanted to jump-start the year by thanking our members for donating their points to charities around Saskatchewan.

In past 5 years, SaskWatch members donated 206847 points to charities across the province. We are proud of our members choosing to donate their survey earnings to a charity that they are passionate about.

So many charities are deserving of donations, including The Lighthouse Supported Living , a charitable, non-profit organization located in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, has done some fantastic work for the local community since 1992.

The Lighthouse Supported Living is an emergency shelter, supported living and affordable housing provider offering a range of services to people experiencing homelessness and poverty to help them overcome barriers and achieve self-sufficiency. The Lighthouse supports 300 people on our downtown campus and community housing programs. Many Lighthouse clients cope with addictions, mental health issues and a lifetime of trauma. In addition, many clients live with an intellectual disability, FASD, ABI or other non-visible disabilities.

While the shelter system gets the most public attention, it is only 15% of their services. Accessing an emergency shelter can be the first step in finding a home, and the Lighthouse supports shelter guests to stabilize by providing a safe roof over their heads and three nutritious meals a day. The Lighthouse is also integral to connecting clients to in-house addictions counselling and other community programs and helping them find appropriate housing from our housing supply or another housing provider. In partnership with the Sask Health Authority, they support more than 40 people who come to the Lighthouse from the Dubé Centre and surrounding hospitals. These individuals need a comfortable area to transition back into the community from a hospital stay and still require nursing support and case management. Their intensive one-on-one supports 12 adults annually with extreme challenges in the Ministry of Social Services Community Living Service Delivery program.

Our mission is to end chronic homelessness through effective programs, partnerships, and advocacy. The goal of The Lighthouse is to support people to live their best life.

To donate your panel points to the Light House Supported Living of Saskatoon Saskatchewan, once you log in 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).

SaskWatch X Saskatoon Interval House

Saskatoon Interval House is a temporary shelter for women and children leaving domestic violence who require safe accommodation. They provide supportive accommodations, in-house counselling, referrals, support, and guidance when working with outside agencies.

Here is a message, along with a heart-touching story shared by Saskatoon Interval House.

“Thanks for reaching out to us in support of women and their children fleeing from abusive relationships.

There are many stories we could share. The families coming to the shelter all have a common theme of lives shattered because of violence and abuse by their intimate partner. Canadian stats tell us that, on average, in Canada, a woman is killed by her partner every six days. These are devasting stats.

Today, I received a call from a woman who resided in the shelter a few years ago. Her story of abuse started shortly after their marriage. She began with control and jealousy, isolating her from her friends and family. Manipulation and angry toward her with name-calling, degrading comments were common in the beginning and gradually moved into physical violence, leaving her with bruises and fear. When she would try to leave, his promise to change would convince her to try again to make the relationship work. The Cycle of Violence begins in this “honeymoon stage” with promises and (controlling) kindness followed by the “tension building stage “with the pushing and name-calling, then the “explosive stage,” where the emotional and physical violence is unbearable.

This cycle is common in domestic violence.  The final beating ended up so severe that she could call the police and was taken to the hospital, where she was supported and cared for.  When she arrived at Interval House, she was given a safe place to sleep, group and one-to-one counselling and an understanding of the dynamics of violence and abuse in relationships. The support helped her to know she was not alone.

Today her call was to express how grateful she is for the support that brought her to the shelter and to thank the staff at Interval House that helped her gain self-worth, strength, and knowledge to move forward in her life. She is now pursuing her degree in nursing – living a safe and happy life.”

We are thankful and grateful to all SaskWatch members for supporting and donating to the charities on our weekly Charity Spotlight. Visit their website mentioned below to learn more about the charity. Also, we encourage you to contribute to Saskatoon interval house to keep doing the amazing work that they have been doing.


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Here is how you can donate your points on SaskWatch

-Log into SaskWatch account at

-Click on “Rewards,” and from the dropdown menu, choose “Redeem”(remember that you need a minimum of 150 points to be able to cash out!).

-If you are eligible to redeem your points, follow the instructions page. The system will take you through 3 steps. For choice of redemption type, choose: “Donate to Charity” and then select the charity name. Review the details entered and hit submit. Your donation will be sent to the chosen charity.

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)

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.

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