Northern dogs are headed south on a special journey to find new home

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IMMEDIATE RELEASE – Stouffville, ON (May 28, 2018) – Approximately 30 Northern dogs will begin a journey south today to find new homes thanks to a partnership between the Ontario SPCA, two remote fly-in communities and various animal welfare organizations working together to change the lives of Northern dogs.

A North Star Air Ltd. plane loaded with dogs will be departing today from a remote community located approximately 350 kilometres north of Thunder Bay. It will touch down in another Northern remote fly-in community to pick up additional dogs before continuing on to Kapuskasing, where it is expected to land around 6 p.m.

After a brief layover to rest in Kapuskasing, the dogs will be loaded onto Northern Legacy Farm’s “Bark Bus” and will hit the highway to head to the Ontario SPCA Sudbury & District Animal Centre and Pet Save. The dogs are expected to arrive in Sudbury late Monday night where they will be assessed before continuing on to Ontario SPCA Animal Centres across the province. Once they’ve received health checks, the dogs will be placed up for adoption through various Year of the Northern Dog partners.

The transfer is the result of a partnership between the Ontario SPCA, various Year of the Northern Dog partners and the communities, which wanted to find homes for their community dogs. In addition to the vision of the leadership in the communities, the transfer was made possible thanks to volunteers Chrissy Wade, Blue Fisher, Tracy Switzer and Marissa Case who went into the communities to gather the dogs, as well as North Star Air Ltd., Pet Save, Northern Reach, Northern Legacy Horse Farm and various Year of the Northern Dog partners.

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 remote 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. “This transfer is one of many initiatives with our animal welfare partners in the North to create healthy communities for dogs and people.”

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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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