IFAW Canada: Northern Dogs Project Team Heads Out to Treat Dogs
The following report is coming from Jan Hannah, Project Manager of the International Fund for Animal Welfare's Northern Dogs Project, which centers its work on dogs living in remote communities of northern Canada.
It’s time to mobilize the veterinary component of the Northern Dogs Project again. How quickly a year goes! Getting dates that work for the vets and vet techs AND the communities always takes time and patience. Spring is heart worm season in the south and that also happens to be one of the busiest times of the year for the vets. Spring is also goose hunting season for the Cree so their communities basically shut down for the two week Goose Break.
After eight years, we have a bit of a routine going and while it took some logistical creativity, we are booked to travel to three communities starting next week with the rest in mid-June. My office is full of veterinary equipment and supplies which will be transferred to the vans early next week, the communities have posted posters announcing our arrival and the plane has been booked.
This year I’m excited to use the services of Cloud Nine Rescue Flights, a charity that provides flights to transport children and adults for medical purposes and animals for rescue purposes. Using Ted and Cloud Nine has given us flexibility that we don’t have with the commercial provider and Ted is going to stick around and volunteer for a couple of days in June.
Last year the team saw just over 200 animals in the first three communities so we’ll keep you posted on how things go this year. Spays/neuters, vaccinations, removal of porcupine quills and cysts… bring it on. This time I have in my pocket an amazing donation from my 11-year-old neighbour who made scarves and sold them. It’s motivated and caring people like Emily who can make such a difference and the money is already earmarked for the return south of a young golden-retriever mix and a very sweet tabby cat that was rescued from a bunch of ill-intentioned dogs. Stay tuned for updates on our adventure!
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