June 8, 2015
Dogs Received Much-Needed Veterinary Services in Aboriginal Community Near Val d’Or
A mass sterilization clinic for stray and roaming dogs was held this weekend in Kitcisakik, Quebec, an aboriginal community near Val d’Or. Humane Society International/Canada assisted Chiots Nordiques, a volunteer-based organization dedicated to the humane management of stray and roaming dogs in remote Quebec communities.
Mass sterilization is an efficient and humane method to control the dog overpopulation crisis these communities face but do not have the resources to address. Additionally, a lack of veterinary services leads to animal welfare issues such as untreated wounds or illnesses. These clinics not only help animals in need – they also contribute to these communities by reducing the incidence of dog bite injuries and zoonotic diseases.
Over the weekend, the two organizations were able to sterilize 61 dogs and vaccinate 68 dogs. Last May, Chiots Nordiques and HSI/Canada paired up to visit another remote community that struggles with canine overpopulation – Manawan, in the Lanaudière region.
Since Chiots Nordiques and HSI/Canada began holding the clinics in 2013, more than 600 dogs have been sterilized.
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