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May 21, 2014

At First Nations Community in Northern Quebec, 250 Street Dogs to be Spayed and Neutered

Humane Society International/Canada

MONTREAL—On May 22, Humane Society International/Canada and Chiots Nordiques (Northern Puppies) will hold a  mass sterilization and vaccination clinic on the First Nation reserve of Opitciwan, Quebec. The groups, in their second time working together, will treat approximately 250 dogs.

You can help: Become an HSI Street Dog Defender.

Mass sterilization is an efficient and humane method to address the canine overpopulation crisis which these communities often face but do not have the resources to address. Last October, the two groups worked together as part of a mass sterilization clinic on the Atikamekw First Nation reserve in Wemotaci, Qc. More than 100 dogs and several cats were vaccinated and sterilized during the four-day clinic.

Ewa Demianowicz, campaign manager for HSI/Canada, said: “We are pleased to be working with Chiots Nordiques again and help them pursue their mission to provide desperately needed veterinary services. This is important not only for the animals in these communities, but also the people who deeply love their animals but often do not have the resources to care for them.”

Chiots Nordiques is a volunteer-based organization dedicated to the humane management of stray and roaming dogs through mass sterilization clinics offered in remote First-Nation communities across the province of Quebec.

Éric Coïa, president of Chiots Nordiques, added: “It has been a pleasure to work with both HSI/Canada and the Opitciwan community to plan this clinic and join efforts to help animals in need. To see people coming together to create a positive impact on so many animals and people is inspiring.”

In 2013 the Quebec Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food created a task force to provide recommendations on the issue of stray dog overpopulation in Northern Quebec and in First Nation communities. HSI/Canada and Chiots Nordiques are part of that committee. Support our efforts to help dogs.

Photos available upon request.

Media Contact: Christopher Paré, HSI/Canada: 514.395.2914; cpare@hsi.org

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