Northern Dog Program

A lack of basic animal wellness services has led to uncontrolled growth of dog populations across Northern Canada.

These dogs need resources, and support, and everyone can play an active role in creating healthy communities for pets and people.

Many barriers exist in the North that do not exist in the South. Everyone has a role to play to create healthy communities for dogs and people. Northern Indigenous, urban and rural communities need your support!

The Northern Dog program is aimed at bringing awareness, attention and action to dog overpopulation.

Did you know?

  • Canada is facing a rapidly escalating animal welfare issue – Northern dog overpopulation. Thousands of Northern dogs need your help now!
  • It takes the same amount of time to drive from Toronto to Orlando, Florida as to drive to the Northern border of Ontario/Manitoba.
  • There are more dogs in Northern communities than there are families available to adopt them.
  • There are many animal wellness barriers that exist in the North, such as distance between community veterinarians, distance to transfer animals South, and the cost of living is much higher.
  • In some parts of the North, you can drive for hours without seeing a house, a gas station or even another vehicle.
  • The average cost of a case of water in a remote fly-in community in the North is $70.
  • The average cost of a small bag of dog food in a remote fly-in community in the North is $90.
  • For years, hardworking rescues, shelters, and other animal welfare groups have been transferring thousands of dogs from the North to the South so they can receive the necessary medical treatment and find their forever homes.
  • Some Northern residents have to travel up to four hours by road to reach a veterinarian. Some have to take a plane then drive to their nearest veterinarian.
  • Northern Dogs are well-socialized, well-loved and simply need a home.