Approximately 30 dogs got a better chance at life this week, thanks to the warmhearted volunteers at Northern Reach Rescue Network – a group from Thunder Bay that coordinates themselves with rescue groups down south to re-home dogs from Northern communities where it’s sometimes too expensive to own them.
“There’s a huge dog population issue, the vetting is super expensive, it’s really expensive to buy food, so a lot of the dogs aren’t well taken care of,” Jayde Turcotte, a volunteer for NRRN told SaultOnline. “They mean well, it’s just it’s not possible at $80 a bag of dog food.”
NRRN connects with people who foster these dogs in Thunder Bay for up to two weeks at a time, and then they meet up with groups such as Dreamers and Rescue Foodies, both from down South, right here in the Sault (which is the middle point from Thunder Bay to Toronto),where the dogs are then transported to places such as Toronto District Humane Society and re-homed. Turcotte said during this cycle, four dogs were adopted right here in the Sault.
NRRN includes people across the province, not just in Thunder Bay. Anyone looking to get involved can contact their Facebook page here.
Turcotte also urges people to contact their local rescues and see if there’s any need for dog walking, donations, blankets, food, etc.