IFAW Goes Long Way to Rescue 36 Dogs in Northern Canada

Twenty hours from Toronto, in a remote part of the province of Quebec, IFAW (International Fund for Animal Welfare) is providing veterinary services to the dogs of the Cree Nation. There is little or no access to vet care in this region. Without veterinary care, and few opportunities for re-homing, sick, injured or unwanted roaming dogs and puppies are often killed. Recently, IFAW stepped in to rescue 36 dogs and puppies that were to be shot. IFAW staff member, Meg Canty, spoke of her experience in Canada:

Bobby I flew to Montreal with another IFAW staff member, where we picked up 40 crates and two vans. After an eight-hour drive, we met up with four other rescue staff in a small town in northern Quebec. Another nine-hour drive awaited us in the morning before we reached the community where the dogs would be rescued. I was amazed by the isolation.

Often in these remote communities, puppies are adopted, but as they grow up, some are no longer wanted, and left to roam. IFAW continues to educate these communities about proper care and ownership of animals. We also provide spay/neuter programs, vaccinations, and veterinary visits--but it takes time for these programs to have an impact.

When IFAW was alerted that the dogs and puppies were going to be killed, we notified the community that we would be there to receive any unwanted dogs. Several were turned in the first evening we arrived; the final number rescued was 36.

My job was to drive one of the vans, and to feed and walk the dogs over the fourteen-hour ride back to the adoption shelter. I never expected these stray dogs to be so sweet and friendly--no aggression, no accidents, no barking--they were all so good. I also didn't realize how attached I'd become, especially to Bobby Jean who rode shotgun with me. Leaving was extremely emotional, but I’d go again in a minute. Dogs like Bobby Jean deserve safe and loving homes.

For more information on IFAW's work around the world, please visit www.ifaw.org

Comments: 27

 
Anonymous
4 years ago

There's so much sad news about animals out there, so brilliant news like this is wonderful. Thank YOU.

 
Anonymous
4 years ago

All I can say is I thank
God for caring, wonderful people like you! What would
this world be like without
all of the animal lovers!!

 
Anonymous
4 years ago

this is wonderful, thank you
IFAW, for being
there.

 
Anonymous
4 years ago

God Bless you all for caring and stepping in to save these poor dogs. It makes such a wonderful change to hear good news regarding the dogs in China.

 
Anonymous
4 years ago

What a great happenening!!
There is no animal on earth that does not deserve to be loved and cared for. God made the animals for us to love and take care of, and I firmly believe that anyone who is cruel and inhumane to any animal will answer for it. Keep up the great work and saving of these animals. God Bless all of you.

 
Anonymous
4 years ago

What a wonderful story made possible by wonderful people. I read this and I believe the world can be changed. THANK YOU!!!!

 
Anonymous
4 years ago

all of you, will go to heaven. and at that time, may you be greeted by all these four legged creatures that you saved.

 
Anonymous
4 years ago

How can any human eing be cruel to any of God's creatures. Animals have emotions and can be hurt by our thoughtfull negliance. I do hope there is an animal Heaven, as I am sure it is getting rather full.

 
Anonymous
4 years ago

Thank you so much, you wonderful people for helping these dogs. Shame on those who just throw them out to be shot. Thank goodness IFAW is about to do this tremendous work for our adorable dogs. God Bless you. (and the dogs)

 
Anonymous
4 years ago

The situation in the north with the dogs is so sad and it is fortunate that we have such amazing people from IFAW to help these dogs! Kudos to you and your work and thank you for helping the dogs! www.animalprosperity.com

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