Northern Dogs


Remote Indigenous communities often have no access to veterinary services and local dog populations can grow unchecked, compromising animal welfare and public safety. Friends of HSI works with our partners to provide free veterinary services to these communities. We sponsor several vet clinics every year. This helps control local animal populations and ensure that animals, whether owned or strays, can lead healthy lives.
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The number of community dogs examined, sterilized, vaccinated and treated so far in our Northern Dogs program.

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The number of unowned dogs brought back from remote Indigenous communities for adoption into forever homes.

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The number of Northern Dogs clinics we have made possible so far in remote Indigenous communities.

The Issue

Many remote Indigenous communities in Canada have no access to veterinary services, leading to large, unmanaged street dog populations. These resulting populations of malnourished, ill and unsterilized animals have clear animal welfare and public safety implications. Without available alternatives, some of these communities may resort to mass dog culls to control their street dog populations.

Friends of HSI has partnered with Chiots Nordiques to help stray and roaming animals in these communities. The program seeks to create lasting change by providing free emergency medical services, sterilization, vaccination, deworming, and long term humane dog population management solutions.

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