A Quebec town had a very unique problem recently, 150 stray dogs running rampant in the area. The Northern Quebec first nation of Obedjiwan has been overrun by dogs and now they are asking for help.
Desperate to get rid of the dogs in their small community, they are asking for help in getting all the dogs adopted into good forever homes.
This weekend volunteers from various shelters throughout Quebec and Ontario, as well as veterinarians, are going to make the long journey to Northern Quebec to rescue as many dogs as they can and bring them back to the various humane societies and shelters in the two provinces.
Dogs rescued from the community will eventually be available for adoption in Montreal, Ottawa, Kingston, Cambridge, and Caledon.
According to the organization leading the rescue operation, Chiots Nordiques, the lack of veterinary services in remote communities like these leads to an excess of dogs on the streets since they don't have access to get their pets spayed and neutered.
Chiots Nordique will be going back to the town later this year to offer a pop-up vet clinic with spay and neuter services as well as general check-ups.
The First Nations town is being praised by the involved shelters for seeking a humane solution to their stray dog problem. The dogs are expected to arrive at the various shelters on Monday.
Dog adoption fees at shelters can range from $180-$400. The dogs will be treated, spayed or neutered, and fully check out before they are made available for adoption. The Ottawa Humane Society has said that more information on the exact dogs available at each shelter will be given on Monday.
Source: Ottawa Citizen