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Finding new homes for them a pawsitive experience

Barrie-based Finding Them Homes is a compassionate endeavour aimed at assisting dogs and their owners in semi-remote, remote and fly-in communities. It's latest effort saw 41 dogs in Wahgoshig, ON, receive quality veterinary care.
Provided - Mimi Tremblay and her dog Freckles after a free spay and neuter clinic in Wahgoshig, ON.



JAMES BAY AND AREA, ON - “This is going to change this little reserve, and I’m really proud of those who are here to help,” expressed Wahgoshig local, Mimi Trembly.

‘Finding them homes - James Bay Pawsitive Rescue (FTH),’ is celebrating another successful Spay & Neuter clinic. Most recently in Wahgoshig, ON where they were able to provide top quality veterinary care to over 41 dogs.

The event is made possible by a myriad of donations, and volunteers, providing free service to these hard to reach communities.

“We (were) spaying and neutering all the dogs that are part of the Wahgoshig community,” Co-Founder of FTH, Lisa DeZoete expands, “We (cover) the cost for (the clinic) with the help from our veterinarians and vet technicians,”

The rescue is located in Barrie, ON, but they cover a vast range of Ontario.

This past September marked FTH’s third year of working with communities, and finding strays’ homes.

Their first clinic started in Kashechewan, off the coast of James Bay along the Albany River.

The rescue stayed for several days, where they were able to make an impact by helping 57 dogs.

They continued, and were asked to join the community in Constance Lake, and shortly after Wahgoshig as well.

DeZoete works with the communities by accepting invitations to aid in dog population and healthcare.

Many of the communities that ask for their services are fly-in-only, heightening the demand for veterinary services for what would otherwise be a costly expense.

“It helps to lessen the population but to bring a new perspective, people are really in tune with their own dogs and understand the benefits of fixing. The males have less aggression, females control their birth rates and kids see less aggression from the dogs in the community,” DeZoete expands.

The communities are just as welcoming, Wahgoshig local, Tremblay beamed with joy at the thought of her best friend, Freckles, being taken care of so well, “This little dog has been here ever since my injury, she has been a positive change, she is there when i cry, to give a kiss or lick my nose, I am glad she is getting the surgery.”

The veterinarian, Dr. Pauline van Veen, expressed what the others were trying to say, “Our volunteers come back because they see the top quality care we provide for these pups, these Northern dogs get the same great quality Southern dogs see,”

“These guys are so well socialized with other dogs because they are out and about with them, they are well- socialized with people because they see them everyday,” DeZoete continued, “They are well dispositioned, I love doing this up North where the dogs are amazing and so friendly.”

The rescue will be returning to Kashechewan February 2016 with the help of their volunteers, veterinarians, donations and the Kashechewan community.

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