MIDLAND, Ont. — The Ontario SPCA's Midland & District Animal Centre has taken delivery of 46 dogs and puppies from isolated communities in northern Ontario and Manitoba.
Eleven of the dogs were picked up from the Northern Reach Rescue Network in Thunder Bay.
The animals that arrived in Midland on Monday on the "bark bus" were retrieved from remote fly-in communities, and had been in foster care awaiting permanent homes.
The rehoming mission is part of the SPCA and Ontario SPCA and Humane Society's Support The North program which brings awareness to the issue of dog overpopulation in remote communities.
A lack of access to basic animal wellness services such as veterinarians and spay/neuter services has led to what the SPCA describes as "uncontrolled growth" of dog populations across northern Canada.
The 46 dogs will be spayed or neutered before being put up for adoption at animal centres around southern Ontario, where there is a greater demand for adoptable pets.