Northern transfer dogs need loving homes

An SPCA staff member helps with the transfer of seven dogs from a remote community in Northwestern Ontario to the animal centre in Sudbury.

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Three dogs rescued in Northwestern Ontario are now looking for new homes in Sudbury.

The trio was picked up along with four others through the Second Chance Pet Network in Dryden, arriving at the local SPCA after a trip of more than 1,300 kilometres.

Three of the dogs will be available for adoption through the Sudbury shelter in coming weeks, with the remainder to be adopted through the SPCA in Midland.

A dog rescued from a community north of Dryden is welcomed to the SPCA centre in Sudbury. Three of seven dogs picked up in a recent rehoming initiative will be available through the local shelter.

While Sudbury has played a role in numerous transfers of Northern dogs over the past few years, this is the first one to occur in 2021.

“A lack of access to basic animal wellness services, such as veterinarians and spay/neuter services, has contributed to an increase in dog populations across Northern Canada,” the SPCA said in a release.

The SPCA said it works with partners in the Animal North Network to bring “free-roaming community dogs into the adoption program to prevent potentially unwanted puppies and to keep communities safer.”

The agency also supports remote communities by providing pet food and mobile wellness services.

“Everyone has a role to play in creating a healthy community for animals and people,” said Arista Wogenstahl, transfer team lead with the Ontario SPCA and Humane Society. “We are excited to be working with our partners in Northern communities to support these dogs and continue to address the root of dog population challenges.”

Would-be takers can visit to meet the animals available for adoption.

To learn more about the Ontario SPCA’s work in the North, visit