Animal welfare partners come together to find new homes for Northern dogs


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE - Thunder Bay, ON (April 27, 2018) – A group of 21 dogs is set to touch down in Thunder Bay today on a journey to Central Ontario where they will find new homes.

The transfer is the result of a partnership between the Ontario SPCA, various Year of the Northern Dog partners and a remote community near the Manitoba border that wanted to find homes for its community dogs. North Star Air Ltd. will fly the dogs into Thunder Bay where they will be cared for by volunteers before embarking on the next phase of their journey.

From there, the dogs will be transported to the North Bay and District Humane Society where they will receive care and a place to rest on their long journey. The dogs are expected to arrive at the Peterborough Humane Society on Saturday and will be met by various Year of the Northern Dog partners, including the Ontario SPCA Leeds & Grenville Animal Centre in Brockville, to be prepared for adoption.

This transfer was made possible thanks to the vision of the leadership and volunteers in the community, the collaboration of volunteers in Thunder Bay from various groups such as Northern Reach and Finding Them Homes - James Bay Pawsitive Rescue, as well as the North Bay and District Humane Society, the Peterborough Humane Society, North Star Air Ltd., Quinte Humane Society, Northumberland Humane Society and the Ontario SPCA and Humane Society.

To bring awareness, attention and action to Northern dog overpopulation, the Ontario SPCA has declared 2018 the Year of the Northern Dog. In response to many caring and compassionate Northern communities, the Ontario SPCA and its partners have developed a network of individuals, organizations and communities aimed at bringing awareness to the issue and working alongside Northern communities with a common goal – to change lives.

“In some Northern communities, resources and access to animal welfare services, such as veterinarians and spay/neuter services, are often limited,” says Judi Cannon, Director, Partnerships & Community Outreach, Ontario SPCA. “The Year of the Northern Dog is an evolving initiative that will support programs and raise awareness by providing information and resources for individuals, organizations and communities.”

How the public can make a difference:

  • Learn about pet overpopulation in the North and tell others – spread the word via social media. #YearOfTheNorthernDog #SupportTheNorth
  • Donate much-needed funds, supplies or resources to a program partner.        
  • Adopt a Northern dog. Sign up to receive e-blasts when Northern dogs become available.
  • Volunteer to become a volunteer driver, a volunteer dog walker, or volunteer with your unique skills. 

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Melissa Kosowan       
Ontario SPCA

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Protecting animals since 1873, the Ontario SPCA is Ontario's animal welfare organization. A registered charity, the Society is comprised of close to 50 Communities.

Since 1919, when Ontario's first animal welfare legislation was proclaimed, the Ontario SPCA, with the help of its Communities, has been entrusted to maintain and enforce animal welfare legislation. The Act provides Ontario SPCA agents and inspectors with police powers to do so.

The Ontario SPCA provides leadership in animal welfare innovations, including introducing high-volume spay/neuter services to Ontario and opening the Provincial Education & Animal Centre.

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