June 8, 2016
Animals receive essential veterinary attention in Innu community of Pessamit
103 dogs sterilized in latest Chiots Nordiques, HSI Canada mobile spay-neuter clinic
Over four days, 108 dogs were vaccinated and 103 dogs were sterilized during a mass sterilization clinic for stray and roaming dogs held last weekend in the Innu community of Pessamit (Quebec).
Humane Society International/Canada and Chiots Nordiques, a volunteer-based organization dedicated to the humane management of stray and roaming dogs, partnered for the seventh time to bring essential veterinary services to remote northern communities. It is Chiots Nordiques’ 13th clinic. In just four days, the two groups admitted 113 dogs.
Ewa Demianowicz, campaign manager for HSI/Canada, said: “These clinics are very important – spay-neuter prevents animal suffering and reduces canine overpopulation. We are proud to partner once again with Chiots Nordiques, a non-profit organization run entirely by volunteers. The dogs we encounter in these communities are amazing creatures, and sterilization is the best way to ensure they’re given a fighting chance in an already difficult situation.”
Éric Coïa, president of Chiots Nordiques, added: “We are very happy to be working with Humane Society International/Canada, who helped make this 13th clinic possible. We could not do this without the help of our dedicated volunteers and the extraordinary support of HSI/Canada. These clinics involve complicated logistics due to their remote location, but once again it was a resounding success.”
Last month, the two groups were in the Cree community of Chisasibi, where they sterilized 74 dogs. Chiots Nordiques performed its 1000th animal sterilization during that clinic. Since Chiots Nordiques and HSI/Canada began holding the clinics together in 2013, they have sterilized more than 500 animals.
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. 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. Lack of veterinary services can often lead to animal welfare issues such as untreated wounds or illnesses.
Christopher Paré, firstname.lastname@example.org, 514 395-2914