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July 30, 2014

Rescue Dogs Ready to Leave Shelter and Find Forever Homes

Humane Society International/Canada

  • Volunteers and staff help with the daily care of over 200 dogs rescued from a puppy mill in Quebec by HSI/Canada and the Quebec Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food. Michael Bernard/HSI

More than 200 dogs and puppies rescued from a commercial breeding facility in Estrie, Quebec last May—along with numerous puppies who were born subsequent to the seizure—are ready to leave the emergency shelter and be placed for adoption following weeks of care and rehabilitation. Humane Society International/Canada, the Quebec Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food and the SPA Estrie collaborated in the rescue.

Ewa Demianowicz, campaign manager for HSI/Canada, said: “These dogs were victims of negligence, and as a result suffered from serious health and behavioral issues. It makes me so happy to see them leaving our emergency shelter to find forever homes with loving families. We could not be prouder of their tremendous resilience and capacity to heal while in our care. Unfortunately, we still have work ahead for us because many more dogs just like these are still trapped in puppy mills across Quebec and are waiting to be rescued.”

This was one of the largest dog rescues in Quebec history. Dogs of various breeds, including Shih Tzus, Pomeranians and cocker spaniels, were confined in a commercial breeding facility. Inspections conducted by the SPA Estrie led to the seizure of the animals.

HSI/Canada and MAPAQ are working with SPAs, SPCAs, rescue groups and humane societies to find loving homes for the rescued dogs and puppies.

This dog sheltering operation and rescue, carried out in cooperation by HSI/Canada and MAPAQ, was made possible in part with funding, much-needed sheltering supplies and pet food courtesy of Nestle Purina, Kane Veterinary Supplies, The Eric S. Margolis Family Foundation, Kruger Inc, The Montreal Gazette, and the kind donations of members of the public.

Media Contact: Christopher Paré, 514.395.2914/438-402-0643, cpare@hsi.org

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