Dogs Being Evacuated as Fire Rages


(THUNDER BAY, ON) โ€“As fire rages near the Northern community of Pikangikum First Nation, the Ontario SPCA and Humane Society and its partners are working together to transport dogs south to find new homes in order to make room to house evacuated animals.


Heading from Thunder Bay, 20 dogs and puppies aboard the North Bay and District Humane Societyโ€™s Pet Valu Animal Rescue Express are making their way south where there is a greater demand for adoptable pets. The dogs are set to arrive in North Bay tonight before continuing on to Ontario SPCA animal centres in Barrie, Muskoka, Midland, Orillia and Orangeville tomorrow.

The dogs were being cared for by Northern Reach Rescue Network, a rescue group based in Thunder Bay that transports dogs in need of homes from Northern communities to be adopted. As Pikangikum First Nation began evacuating due to a forest fire, Northern Reach needed to make room in its program to provide foster care for displaced dogs from the fire-stricken community, located about 300 kilometres northeast of Winnipeg.

The rehoming mission is part of the Ontario SPCAโ€™s Support the North campaign, which is aimed at bringing awareness, attention and action to the lack of animal wellness resources in Northern communities. The Ontario SPCA and its partners have developed a network of individuals, organizations and communities united in creating healthy communities for animals and people.ย This new network is called the Animal North Network. In 2018, the Ontario SPCA and its animal wellness partners transported over 550 animals from the North to be adopted.

โ€œBy working together through the Animal North Network, weโ€™re able to move these dogs in need of families to other areas of the province in order to ensure there are more resources available in the North to help animals displaced by fires,โ€ says Judi Cannon, Director, Partnerships & Community Outreach, Ontario SPCA and Humane Society.


To learn more about Support the North and the Animal North Network, visit

For more information on adopting an animal from the Ontario SPCA and Humane Society, visit

Source: OSPCA


4 Replies to “Dogs Being Evacuated as Fire Rages”

  1. It is sad that before this evacuation there is a steady stream of dogs and puppies from these reserves. Do they just run loose and mate whenever the female goes in heat? If they canโ€™t be responsible owners dogs should be banned in the reserves. It makes sense.

    1. So dogs should just be banned in reserves? Because some people canโ€™t be responsible pet owners. Makes a lot of sense, just to ban them. Smh
      I understand that yes there is a problem in some places, and there does need to be a way to reduce the dogs in those places. However it does not make sense to me, to just ban dogs in reserves.
      I live in a small town, with a ton of stray cats. Should the cats just be banned here in town?
      Or is this just a reserve problem??

    2. Surely you jest!

      When girls as young as ten or twelve are having babies on reserves, it’s obvious they can’t properly manage/control their own reproduction never mind dogs.

  2. I agree with Bailey. Ban all pets on these reserves until they take FULL responsibility. I had put this question out to TBT news and never got a reply. Question: What happens to everyone’s pet when the people have to evacuate. Why is it that no body questions this. People do care and want to know. Koodos to the Northern Rescue Network for being there. The thought of animals left behind to die from smoke inhalation or burn is too much for one to comprehend. I hope they do not return them.

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