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58 Dogs from Big Trout Lake First Nation to find new homes

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Photo by Ross Davis.

On Friday, October 7th, a plane carrying 58 community dogs in search of new homes arrived at the Peterborough Airport from Big Trout Lake First Nation. This is a community about 500 kilometres north of Thunder Bay.

In an effort to help address pet overpopulation concerns in the community, Big Trout Lake First Nation invited the Provincial Animal Transfer Team to their community to assist with the animal transfer. The Provincial Animal Transfer Team was established by the Ontario SPCA and is made up of volunteers and organizations from all across Ontario. They work together to move animals across the province to shelters where they can find new homes.

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Plane arriving at the Peterborough airport – photo by Ross Davis.

The 58 dogs were provided with health checks and vaccinations, and placed on a flight from Big Trout Lake First Nation to the Peterborough Airport – courtesy of North Star Air Ltd.

When they arrived at the Peterborough Airport, the dogs were triaged by a team of volunteers from across the province. The team included veterinarians and veterinarian technicians. Once cleared for further transport, the dogs were brought to The Peterborough Humane Society, The North Bay & District Humane Society, Welland & District Humane Society, and Quinte Humane Society to be placed in their adoption program.

Team effort

This transfer was made possible thanks to collaboration from the following companies, agencies and organizations:

  • Kitchenuhmaykoosib Inninuwug (Big Trout Lake First Nation)

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    Unloading the plane, photo by Ross Davis.
  • The Ontario SPCA
  • Peterborough Humane Society
  • Beat the Heat Kenora
  • North Star Air Ltd.
  • The City of Peterborough
  • Loomex Group Peterborough Airport
  • Welland & District SPCA
  • North Bay & District Humane Society

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    Dogs preparing for triage – Photo by Ross Davis.
  • Quinte Humane Society
  • The Humane Society of Kawartha Lakes
  • Thunder Bay & District Humane Society
  • Sarnia & District Humane Society
  • Royal Canin
  • PetSmart
  • Ogena Solutions
  • Virox Technologies
  • Lansdowne Place, Peterborough

“It’s been a real pleasure to work with the Big Trout Lake First Nation community. We commend them for taking the lead in establishing this transfer and being leaders in Animal Welfare,” says Judi Cannon, Associate Director, Indigenous Programs & Community Outreach, Ontario SPCA.

“By using the Peterborough Airport to transfer in the community dogs from Big Trout Lake proves that together, with all of our supporters and partners, we can lead the future of Animal Welfare right here in Peterborough,” says Geoff MacPhee, Board Chair, Peterborough Humane Society.

Learn more & where to find these transferred dogs
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Puppy from the transfer.

The Society would like to thank the Big Trout Lake First Nations Community for their partnership in making this transfer happen. Also, all of our Communities and supporters for volunteering their time and resources for these dogs; it was a huge success.

The Community reached out to us for this partnership as they have limited access to veterinary resources in the North. As such, the Society is currently providing them with care, vaccinations, as well as learning more about these dogs so that we can help find them forever homes. This process may take a few weeks.

Our goal is to find families for these dogs as soon as possible, so please keep a close eye on the following websites to see when they are available for adoption. Thank you for your support!







Oct 12, 2016
by Emily Cook