Renting autos to travel wilds of Canada no longer an option

When helping animals in these remote communities, having an automobile helps to be flexible.Over the years, IFAW’s Northern Dogs Project has travelled to and from remote northern communities in Canada multiple times each year.  Summer, fall, winter or spring, the Northern Dogs team has made its way to help communities carry out their dog management activities.

For the first few years, we moved around the north by plane, which meant transporting all of our veterinary equipment and team members on those planes.  It meant we were tied to the airline schedule and dependent on the communities to arrange pick up at the airport and delivery to the clinic location, usually the fire hall.  It also meant that we were reliant on rides, other peoples’ schedules, and the weather!

After a couple of flying trips I decided it was time to start driving!  While some trips could mean 15-20 hours of driving, it is worth it.

When helping animals in these remote communities, having an automobile helps to be flexible.

Now an owner who can’t get their dog to the clinic doesn’t have to forgo vet care. We’ll pick them up.  No transportation home with your dog after surgery?  Don’t worry, we’ll drive you back. Snowing and blowing?  Who wants to walk in that? Hop in!

Dog food needs to go there, a dog house over here, and three kids need to get home after staying late with us at the clinic… all doable. Three of us even slept in our vans, freezing under piles of surgery towels and blankets, when no one was there to provide our hotel keys. 

But it’s not just the dogs who are staying in the communities who’ve benefited, it’s the ones who we bring back with us. Dogs that need more complex surgeries, dogs whose owners no longer want them, or a litter of puppies who need homes.  Dogs like Apple, who needed more than 80 stitches in April, was comfortably transported south to get the care she needed. 

Multiple flat tires, near-empty gas tanks, tonnes of dog food, dog houses, vet supplies to service thousands of dogs, and rehoming trips where as many as 26 dogs flow out of the van at the end of the journey – that’s how we roll.

But after years of renting vans, our team just learned that the van rental company could no longer provide us with vehicles. The rugged roads of Northern Canada, along with the wear and tear of our canine passengers, had taken its toll on too many vehicles.

We need to raise $30,000 (USD) as soon as possible to purchase a reliable van that will provide vital care and transportation for dogs in need.


Help us raise funds to buy a van to help Northern dogs. Please DONATE now.

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