Northern dogs know a thing or two about giving
Dogs know a thing or two about giving. Each and every dog that I’ve had the pleasure of knowing has left an indelible mark on my soul, and the dogs from Canada’s remote communities give me more joy than words can describe.
The most recent bundle of puppy love to warm my house for the holidays was Brill, a husky-cross who was homeless and being endlessly teased by children in a schoolyard. Brill means “glasses” (I was told in the Netherlands), and this guy sure does want to examine everything he sees with those beautiful eyes and that unusual mask. He gave me more than a few laughs over the days he was with me.
Brill is one of many dogs who have needed the International Fund for Animal Welfare, a new home and a little TLC. Thanks to the many people who make the Northern Dogs Project possible, a great many dogs got a little love back this year.
IFAW was able to give new homes to 58 dogs in 2011, and through our Northern Dogs clinics we vaccinated and treated almost 1,000 more.
Support came from many unexpected places: volunteers who help each spring with the clinics in the communities, individuals in the communities who make sure we know what’s going on and call us if there is a dog in need, ARF and Paws United who help us to rehome dog and cats, puppies and kittens, adoptive families who can’t thank us enough for their wonderful new family members, the vets and graphic designers who give us their time and expertise for reduced rates, Pawlooza who helped us do a pet food drive, and the Ontario Veterinary Group who has given us a head start on an amazing set of clinics next year.
They have donated one vaccine for every new ‘like’ or ‘follow’ that they receive on their Facebook and Twitter pages until December 31, and at last count we were well on our way to having enough vaccines for all of next year’s clinics. If you haven’t ‘liked’ or ‘followed’ them yet, please do by checking the details here.
Looking back on this year and what we’ve accomplished, and remembering all the dogs who wholeheartedly gave all of their love, makes me brim with the spirit of the holiday season.
Thanks to everyone who makes this work possible.
All the best for 2012.