The city welcomed dozens of new residents tonight, who have made the trek all the way from a remote community 500 kilometres north of Thunder Bay.
The new-comers were flown in to the Peterborough Airport this afternoon…..and they’re all looking for a new place to call home.
Lindsay Biscaia has the story…
SOT – DOG BARKING
It was organized chaos after 58 dogs were flown in from Big Trout Lake First Nation – to the Peterborough Airport.
OSPCA, Tanya Firmage:
“These are community dogs, and they’re loved and cared for in the community but they just don’t have homes.”
The Provincial Animal Transfer team flew up north – to help address pet over-population ON THE FIRST NATION.
All the puppies and nursing mothers were brought into the triage area first for a check up.
SOT puppy check up
“This is actually to make sure that they’re healthy enough for the transport onto the shelters.”
“Organizers say that almost all of the puppies will be staying in Peterborough at the Peterborough Humane Society for now – because it’s too much to move them any further at the moment.”
Ed, Humane Society, Andrew Fraser:
“In particular for the moms and nursing pups, that we want to be able to bring them to the nearest centre amongst all of the affiliate groups that are here today.”
And once all of the puppies were being tended to – the big kids rolled in.
SOT – bringing cage down.
Roughly 6 other Humane societies will take these dogs – including North Bay AND Welland.
“Once they reach their destinations they all will have a secondary de-worming, as well as further follow up vet care. They’ll be spayed and neutered then they’ll go up for adoption.”
Fraser says Friday was a trial run for what’s IN STORE for the Peterborough Humane Society and the OSPCA – once the new Animal Care and Rehab Centre is up and running.
“There’s going to be more of this to come in the months and years ahead.”
And within the next few weeks- these dogs will finally be able to experience what it’s like to be part of a family.