Supporters and volunteers help one Northern community’s dogs as winter settles in

In November, IFAW Canada put out an urgent request on our Facebook page asking for donations of materials to improve the dog houses at the local pound in one of the remote First Nations communities in which we work.

The pound was established as a short-term place to hold dogs until their owners claim or surrender them as per the community bylaw that was implemented to help manage the dog population. The community asked IFAW to help improve the dog houses at the pound (until new ones can be built) before the cold settles in for winter.

And we answered!

IFAW supporters responded to the Facebook cry with donations of carpet for door flaps, blankets, food, bowls, and Home Depot and Canadian Tire gift cards. We also received several emails from local carpet stores offering their off-cuts for door flaps.

Thank you to everyone who sent messages, made donations and offered their time. 

We, and the dogs, really appreciate your support!

All of the materials were packed in the van for the 15-hour journey north, where tireless Northern Dogs volunteers Margaret and Stef worked in the pouring rain all day to make the dog houses  winter-ready with repairs, insulation, straw and door flaps.

They also put together a puppy pen for any pups who end up at the pound.

These trips north almost always involve rehoming of dogs, since none of the communities have a place or system for rehoming unwanted animals. Those dogs from the pound who were identified as unwanted made the long journey home, arriving Wednesday night -- six  adults, twelve pups… and one cat.

They are now warm and cozy in foster homes with our rescue partners until their next adventure in their new homes begin.


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