UPDATE (October 28th): The puppies that were flown into Peterborough Airport October 7th from Big Trout Lake First Nation will soon be ready for adoption, according to a release from the Peterborough Humane Society. Puppies from that dog transfer will be available for adoption starting on Monday, October 31st at Peterborough Humane Society. Animal viewing begins at 10:00 a.m., and adoptions will be on a first come, first serve basis through the Peterborough Humane Society and on Wednesday, November 2nd at the Humane Society of Kawartha Lakes.
It was a truly beautiful moment on Friday (October 7th) as a plane carrying 59 community dogs in search of new homes arrived at the Peterborough Airport from Big Trout Lake First Nation, a community about 500 kilometres north of Thunder Bay.
The plane arrives at Peterborough Airport with the dogs (photo via @wellandspca)
In an effort to help address the pet overpopulation concerns in the community, Big Trout Lake First Nation invited the Provincial Animal Transfer Team to their community to assist with the animal transfer.
The Provincial Animal Transfer Team was established by the Ontario SPCA and is made up of volunteers and organizations from across Ontario working to help move animals across the province to shelters where they can find new homes.
Some of the puppies arriving at Peterborough Airport (photo via @ontariospca)
The 59 dogs were provided with health checks and vaccinations, and placed on a flight from Big Trout Lake First Nation to the Peterborough Airport. Upon arrival at the Peterborough Airport, the dogs were triaged by a team of volunteers from across the province, including veterinarians and veterinarian technicians.
The dogs getting their health checks at Peterborough Airport (photo via @ontariospca)
Once cleared for further transport, the dogs will be brought to The Peterborough Humane Society, The North Bay & District Humane Society, Welland & District Humane Society, and Quinte Humane Society to be placed in their adoption program.
This amazing initiative was made possible thanks to the collaboration from the following companies, agencies and organizations, including many from Peterborough...
-> Kitchenuhmaykoosib Inninuwug (Big Trout Lake First Nation) -> The Ontario SPCA -> Peterborough Humane Society -> Beat the Heat Kenora -> North Star Air Ltd. -> The City of Peterborough -> Loomex Group Peterborough Airport -> Welland & District SPCA -> North Bay & District Humane Society -> Quinte Humane Society -> The Humane Society of Kawartha Lakes -> Thunder Bay & District Humane Society -> Royal Canin -> PetSmart -> Ogena Solutions -> Virox Technologies -> Lansdowne Place, Peterborough
“By using the Peterborough Airport to transfer in the community dogs from Big Trout Lake proves that together, with all of our supporters and partners, we can lead the future of Animal Welfare right here in Peterborough,” says Geoff MacPhee, Board Chair, Peterborough Humane Society.
“It’s been a real pleasure to work with the Big Trout Lake First Nation community and we commend them for taking the lead in establishing this transfer and being leaders in Animal Welfare,” adds Judi Cannon, Associate Director, Indigenous Programs & Community Outreach, Ontario SPCA.
It was an amazing day that will change the lives of these puppies and dogs forever, and the families who adopt them.