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December 16, 2011

Hundreds of Dogs and Puppies Find a Home for the Holidays

HSI Canada and Quebec government close emergency dog shelter in Lachute

Humane Society International/Canada

  • This puppy will never know the misery his parents endured. Dean Pogas/HSI Canada

  • Headed for a happy home. Dean Pogas/HSI Canada

  • She will grow up surrounded by love. Dean Pogas/HSI Canada

  • Someone's future faithful companion. Dean Pogas/HSI Canada

MONTREAL—Humane Society International/Canada is pleased to announce that more than 600 dogs and puppies, rescued from inhumane conditions at Canada’s largest commercial dog breeding operation, have been adopted or are in the process of being adopted. HSI/Canada and the Ministère de l'Agriculture, des Pêcheries et de l'Alimentation have closed the emergency dog shelter in Lachute, where staff and volunteers have been helping care for the animals for nearly three months.

“Our goal was to have all of these deserving dogs and puppies placed in permanent, loving homes in time for the holidays,” said Lauren Scott, campaigner for Humane Society International/Canada. "We believe this was the largest emergency sheltering operation in Canadian history and the success of this massive sheltering operation is due, in very large part, to the tremendous efforts of all our dedicated volunteers and to the outpouring of support from the community and our corporate sponsors."

HSI Canada has worked in partnership with SPA’s, SPCA’s and humane societies in Quebec and Ontario, in addition to more than 30 rescue groups from across Canada and the United States, to find loving homes for all of the rescued dogs and puppies in time for the holidays. Nutrience (Rolf C. Hagen Inc.) kindly provided adoption kits for all the dogs, which included dog food vouchers and toys.

HSI Canada extends its deep gratitude to the more than 400 volunteers from across Canada and the United States who stepped forward in this urgent time to care for and socialize the dogs.

The dog sheltering operation and rescue was made possible in part from funding, much-needed sheltering supplies, and pet food by PetSmart Charities®, Pet Valu, Jamieson Laboratories, Nutrience (Rolf C. Hagen Inc.), Iams, Nestle Purina Pet Care, Royal Canine Kane Vet Supplies, Paul Mercs Concerts, Montreal SPCA, The Calgary Foundation, Student Animal League Legal Defense Fund (University of Windsor), Davis LLP, Hunter Brand Inc., Fido, Global Pet Foods Quebec, Air Canada, Walmart, Cafe Myriade, Bag and Go and Messageries Dynamiques.


Humane Society International/Canada is a leading force for animal protection, representing tens of thousands of members and constituents across the country. HSI Canada has active programs in companion animals, wildlife and habitat protection, marine mammal preservation and farm animal welfare. HSI Canada is proud to be a part of Humane Society International—one of the largest animal protection organizations in the world, with more than eleven million members and constituents globally—on the Web at hsicanada.ca.

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