The Ontario SPCA and Humane Society transports over 180 dogs from Northern communities in June to help them find new homes

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STOUFFVILLE, Ontario, June 26, 2019 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Over 180 Northern dogs have been transported south in June by the Ontario SPCA and Humane Society and its partners, including 40 dogs who arrived this morning at animal centres across the province following a long journey spanning three days and thousands of kilometres.

The rehoming missions are part of the Ontario SPCA’s Support the North campaign, which is aimed at bringing awareness, attention and action to the lack of animal wellness resources in Northern communities. In many areas in the North, a lack of animal wellness resources, such as spay/neuter services has created an overpopulation of animals in need of homes.

Before being placed up for adoption at Ontario SPCA animal centres in Sudbury, Muskoka, Orillia, Midland, Barrie, Orangeville and Stouffville, the dogs that arrived today will rest and receive any necessary care, including undergoing spay/neuter procedures to help reduce pet overpopulation.

It takes many caring hearts and helping hands to move this many dogs across the province. In addition to the tireless volunteers who tend to the dogs’ needs at rest stops along the way, the Ontario SPCA worked closely with Manitoba partners K9 Advocates Manitoba and animal welfare advocate Diane Heron, as well as Ontario-based Northern Reach Rescue Network in Thunder Bay and Whitefish-based Northern Legacy Horse Farm, which transported the dogs aboard its “bark bus” trailer.

“The need to find homes for this many dogs in one month alone demonstrates the magnitude of the issue of dog overpopulation in Northern communities,” says Daryl Vaillancourt, Chief, Humane Programs & Community Outreach, Ontario SPCA and Humane Society. “The Ontario SPCA and its partners are working together to create meaningful change in the North through animal transport, spay/neuter and wellness clinics, feeding programs and the delivery of much-needed resources.”

To find out how you can get involved, visit northernanimals.ca

For more information on adopting an animal from the Ontario SPCA and Humane Society, visit ontariospca.ca