Northern dogs needing homes are on their way to the Ontario SPCA Muskoka Animal Centre

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – Bracebridge, ON (June 19, 2018) – The Ontario SPCA Muskoka Animal Centre will welcome some special canine guests today that are being transferred from a remote Northern community in Quebec to find new homes.

A total of 10 dogs are on their way from the Cree Nation of Waskaganish, located approximately 1,000 kilometres north of Montreal. They will make a stop to rest at SPCA Val d’Or before heading to the Muskoka Animal Centre in Bracebridge, where they are due to arrive on Tuesday evening. After spending the night in Cottage County, where they will be assessed and given time to rest, some of the dogs will be transferred to Ontario SPCA Animal Centres in Midland and Orillia to be prepared for adoption. The others will remain at the Muskoka Animal Centre to find homes.

To bring awareness, attention and action to Northern dog overpopulation, the Ontario SPCA 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.

“The Year of the Northern Dog is an evolving initiative that supports programs and raises awareness by providing information and resources for individuals, organizations and communities,” says Judi Cannon, Director, Partnerships & Community Outreach, Ontario SPCA. “In remote Northern communities, resources and access to animal welfare services are often limited. 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

Cree Nation of Waskaganish


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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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