Santa comes just once a year, but at the Ottawa Humane Society, there's a special delivery from the North every Tuesday!
Once a week, a team of OHS volunteers pick up dogs delivered from Iqaluit, courtesy of Canadian Northern Airlines, as part of the OHS Iqaluit Program which began in 2002. When space is available at the OHS, homeless dogs from Iqaluit, like Anikulu, a four month old Alaskan Malamute puppy, arrive hoping to find loving families and forever homes.
Iqaluit suffers from severe dog overpopulation. Many of the animals would otherwise roam at large up North—unsterilized, and likely starve to death or be shot. Once here, they receive medical attention as needed, and undergo standard health and temperament assessments. Some are placed in foster homes until they're ready to be adopted.
|Anikulu is a four month old Malamute puppy from Iqaluit at the Ottawa Humane Society.|
Although the OHS Adoption Centre discourages unplanned, last-minute adoptions and people looking to give animals as gifts, if you've done your homework and planned accordingly, a new addition to the family during Christmas could be good timing. "The holiday season is a good time to adopt a dog," says Bruce Roney, OHS Executive Director. "You may have more time to socialize and bond with your pet before getting back into your busy routine."