If you've been wanting to adopt a dog and make a difference all at once, now's the time! Earlier this week, on Sept. 9, the OSPCA Midland and District Animal Centre took in 46 dogs and puppies as part of their Support the North re-homing mission. The pups all came from isolated communities in Northern Ontario and Manitoba where there are dog overpopulation issues, and also a lack of basic vet care such as spaying and neutering.
The pooches had some time to rest and receive medical attention after they arrived on Sept. 9. Now, they are all set and ready to find new homes.
So far this year, more than 300 animals have been transported from Northern to Southern Ontario, where there's more opportunity to find homes for them.
"The issue of dog overpopulation in Northern communities is an ongoing challenge that many Canadians might not realize is happening in their own backyard,” says Judi Cannon, Director, Partnerships & Community Outreach, Ontario SPCA and Humane Society.
"Resources and support are needed in the North and everyone can play an active role in creating healthy communities for pets and people."
The Support the North campaign says that Northern dog overpopulation is the largest animal welfare crisis in Canada right now.
Some residents in these Northern isolated communities have to drive up to four hours just to reach a veterinarian. Some even have to take a plane, then drive to the nearest vet!
The average cost of a bag of dog food in remote communities is $90, according to Support the North.
No wonder people are unable to adopt up there! The basic services just aren't as available.
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