Thursday, November 1, 2018

Always learning

On October 19th Melissa and Natalie headed up to Sudbury to attend the first Northern Animal Summit hosted by the OSPCA.  It was a 2 day event with lots of speakers discussing the issues that
Northern Summit Panel
are currently affecting the overpopulation of dogs mainly in the indigenous communities in northern Ontario.
The summit kicked off with a smudging ceremony, which was a first for Melissa and Natalie and they were very excited to join.  The smudging ceremony is a custom of Native American and other indigenous cultures. For centuries many cultures have used smudging as a way to create a cleansing smoke bath that is used to purify the body, aura, energy, ceremonial/ritual space or any other space and personal articles.

The speakers were great!  One speaker talked about the mobile spay/neuter campaigns that are happening in northern Ontario.  To Melissa and Natalie’s surprised this speaker commented on the great work Allandale/GAAP has done and they were humbled to see their photos in the presentation along with some of the other AVH team members. 
It was fantastic to hear what other organizations are doing. One organization strictly transfers dogs from the north to the south to find them new homes.  Another organization ships dog food up to remote communities, their last shipment weighed in at 1500lbs, that’s a lot of dog food!
However there are still many obstacles.  Some of these communities don’t have drinking water.  They are so remote that vet care is not possible, internet is non-existent and costs of dog food is $40 a small bag and a delissio pizza is $15.  There are not many veterinarians that hold a special license to travel and do mobile clinics and if they do, the cost to run a spay/neuter clinic up north can cost between 10, 000 to 20, 000 for a 3 day clinic in one community.
Melissa and Natalie left feeling optimistic and excited.  They had seen some old friends and made some new, and with all the work these charities are accomplishing, hopefully we can see a brighter future for the northern dogs.

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