Almost 100 First Nations dogs sterilized to prevent overpopulation

Humane Society International/Canada worked with Chiots Nordiques to provide essential veterinarian services for dogs in Obedjiwan

Humane Society International

  • Michael Bernard/HSI

  • Michael Bernard/HSI

  • Michael Bernard/HSI

  • Michael Bernard/HSI


MONTREAL— To help address a dog overpopulation problem facing Obedjiwan, a First Nations community in Quebec located about 12 hours north of Montreal, Humane Society International/Canada and Chiots Nordiques held a mass spay-neuter clinic, successfully sterilizing and providing veterinary treatment to 127 dogs (99 of them were spayed or neutered). Following the completion of the clinic, Humane Society International/Canada helped transport 32 dogs back to Montreal, where they were transferred to the Toronto Humane Society for sheltering and adoption.

The clinic was HSI/Canada’s ninth with Chiots Nordiques, a volunteer-based organization dedicated to the humane management of stray and roaming dogs in remote Quebec communities. The dogs being transported to Toronto are all either stray or were surrendered by the community.

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Ewa Demianowicz, campaign manager for HSI/Canada, said: “We are proud to assist in providing urgently needed care to companion animals, many of them homeless and roaming in remote aboriginal communities. Veterinary services are often not available in these regions, so our presence is essential. Our free spay and neuter clinics have a lasting, positive impact, helping these communities to effectively and humanely manage street dog populations and prevent dog shoots and other cruel forms of population control.”

Éric Coïa, president of Chiots Nordiques, added: “We were pleased to return to the community of Obedjiwan – it was our 15th sterilization clinic. It is thanks to the support of Humane Society International/Canada that this clinic was made possible, and that we were able to sterilize, vaccinate and deworm over 120 dogs.”

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.

Over four days, the two organizations admitted 141 animals, vaccinated 126, and sterilized 99 dogs. Since Chiots Nordiques and HSI/Canada began holding the clinics in 2013, they have admitted more than 1,000 animals.

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