Dahlia Ayoub of Mighty Mutts is a tireless dog rescue worker. Not content to limit her good work with dogs to pet owners – she is a dog trainer when she is not rescuing – she proactively looks for opportunities to improve the life of stray dogs in Canada. Her most recent outreach includes the stray dogs of Manitoulin Island.
As reported here on Furever Network, through no fault of their own, stray dogs that have been abandoned, run loose and are unaltered have created a critical overpopulation centered on Wikwemikong Unceded Indian Reserve on Manitoulin Island. Too many animals without the resources to get enough to eat, especially during this particularly frigid winter. plus the dogs tendency to form packs, makes them dangerous to residents, especially children.
Dahlia heard of the situation, and reached out to the Pet Save Dog Rescue team that operates relatively close by, out of a facility in Lively, ON. Typically, Pet Save is hard hit but ultimately is able to absorb the number of dogs that come to them as a result of their Island sweeps, collecting those dogs that have been pre-identified as strays. This winter, with number running particularly high, they needed help from their fellow rescuers to ensure all the dogs collected did in fact have the best chance of being re-home as quickly and effectively as possible. That meant opening the doors to others help.
Dahlia took responsibility for four motherless puppies, old enough to be adopted out and born of feral mothers. She is working with Rescue Dogs Match and their foster care program. And indeed, some were relatively quickly re-homed due to their age – and of course adorable-ness! Dahlia reports,
“of the four pups we accepted into Rescued Dogs Match program here in the Greater Toronto Area, two are mastiff mix females, whom we named Whinnie and Dejah. Two are collie mixes, females we named Niki and Nora. One of the little collie pups was found literally frozen to the side of the highway where the two were wandering, without mother or owners anywhere. “
Dahlia also reports that Dejah as been adopted, Nora and Niki are in their new home but their actual adoption is not confirmed yet. Whinnie is still looking for a home. The rescue group will quarantine or observe the Manitoulin puppies behaviour for at least 10 days. That ensures they are not showing any signs of afflictions like rabies – rabies being rare in Canada – as well as the biggest concern with pups, Parvo. The parvo virus has made a comeback lately and is very painful for the pups and costly to treat.
Happily, all the Manitoulin puppies have been doing great since being rescued. They will be getting their first set of puppy vaccines along with a full health check, plus a deworming if necessary, and a microchip if they are big enough.
If you are interested in adoption, or helping with the care and feeding of the dogs while they await their furever homes, please follow the links below!
About Rescue Dogs Match
Rescue Dogs Match ( RDM) is a not for profit, 100% volunteer run organization dedicated to protecting those that can not protect themselves. Their focus is mainly dogs but we do not turn away any animal in need. All four Manitoulin puppies, as well as a pregnant dog who has since had more puppies, are under the foster care program of Rescue Dogs Match and Dahlia Ayoub here in the Greater Toronto Area. Find out more or Donate to their care here!
About Pet Save
Pet Save was invited by the Wikwemikong Unceded Indian Reserve Band Council to help with dog overpopulation recently. They have undertaken two sweeps this winter, and have rescued 70 dogs, which quickly became 80 and more as pregnant females gave birth to their puppies. They currently have upwards of 20 puppies including more Manitoulin puppies available for adoption. If you are in the Sudbury area, and are interested in adoption or dog fostering, the group can be found on Facebook here. If you are interested in help defraying the thousands of dollars in medical vet bills that are the result of large rescue missions such as this one, please Support them here!