SPAY + NEUTER CLINIC | JUNE 12-15, 2015
Moosonee Puppy Rescue, in collaboration with the Dundas West Animal Hospital, will be running a spay/neuter clinic in Attawapiskat on June 12-15, 2015.
The veterinarians and support staff at Dundas West Animal Hospital and Moosonee Puppy Rescue will be donating their time and efforts but we still need help raising money for transportation, medications and surgical supplies.
Help us reach our fundraising goal of $5000!
GARAGE SALE + ADOPTION DAY | May 30, 8 AM – 2 PM
Bake Sale, Raffle, Sales + Fun - Help Save a Dog’s Life
Lakeshore Drive, Between First & Second Streets
15 Lake Shore Drive, Etobicoke, ON M8V 1Y9
WE GRATEFULLY ACKNOWLEDGE THE FOLLOWING BUSINESSES FOR THEIR GENEROUS SUPPORT OF THIS EVENT:
- Bubbles and Squeak Residential and Commercial Cleaning Service
- SanRemo Bakery and Café
- Olivia Pomante, RMT
- Canine Rainbow Dog Training
- Mad Batter Bakers
- Birds and Beans Coffee
- Pooch and Tabby Pet Accessories
- Tatsu’s Bread
- Thrive Organic Kitchen & Café
- Julie Ross RE/MAX Professionals Inc.
- Long Branch Animal Clinic
Special thanks to Peter Milczyn, MPP; Councillor Mark Grimes; and the many, many people who donated items, baked goods and precious time toward the success of the May 30th Garage Sale + Adoption Day in Etobicoke.
SEPTEMBER 6, 2014 | MASTER MECHANIC NEIGHBOURHOOD SAFETY + CHARITY FUNFEST
Master Mechanic High Park in Toronto (2 Howard Park Place) held a wonderful event on Saturday, September 6th. The Neighbourhood Safety & Charity Funfest raised money for both Moosonee Puppy Rescue and The Redwood Women's Shelter.
It was a fabulous day and I can't thank Josie Candito enough for bringing the wonderful community of Roncesvalles together. All four of our grandchildren were there and a few pups were representing the northern dogs as well. In total, six dogs found their forever homes and Doe, one of the dogs Nadia, from Fetch Canine Social Club adopted, was in the kissing booth and for $2 she kissed on cue.
It was only because so many Moosonee Puppy Rescue dogs live in Josie's community that she was inspired to include us. This is simply one more example of the dogs showing us the way into people's hearts and warranting their support and we are most grateful.
JUNE 19, 2014 | SPRING FUNDRAISER
Artscape Youngplace | 180 Shaw Street, Toronto | 6 PM - 10 PM
Silent Auction, MPR Presentation | $35 per ticket
This year's Spring fundraiser will be held on Thursday June 19th at Artscape Yonge Studios. We are very excited to be in a new and bright venue with many more people contributing to the silent auction. There will be a presentation on our rescue work and all proceeds from the event will go towards the spay/neuter clinic we are hosting again in Attawapiskat in August. The ticket price will be $35. Would love to see you there. Sharron
Moosonee Puppy Rescue was fortunate enough to be featured on CP24 Animal House Calls with Ann Rohmer on June 10th, 2014. Sharron's interview with Ann can be seen here, or click on the image below...make sure to click on "Highlights from June 10th."
2013 | Spay/Neuter Clinic in Attawapiskat
The very first spay/wellness clinic ever to be held in Attawapiskat was a great success. It ran from November 29th to December 3rd and involved flying a team of four people into town to offer the first medical care the dogs had ever known. Three people on the team knew what to expect and one, while experienced in animal care, was a novice to the north and its conditions. All, however were eager to get started as each one knew that time was short and the need was enormous. The people of Attawapiskat were not sure what to expect so the first clinic is a challenge in that it must educate, persuade, plead and deliver all that it promises. It is already minus 40 degrees F up there so the Parish Hall, where the clinic was held, was cold even though all efforts had been made to keep it warm. The entrance door froze while the clinic was in progress so a box had to hold it closed. Fortunately we had sent up mats and boxes of fleece and wool blankets that had been donated to us so the dogs had something to lie on after surgery that kept them warm.
Dogs were rounded up if they were strays or taken in if they were considered "owned". Several operations took a great deal of time as two dogs suffered from internal infections and others had so much scar tissue due to multiple deliveries at such young ages. The vet required great skill and patience. Two of the dogs would not have lived another two weeks if they hadn't received the medical attention they needed. Thirty-one dogs were spayed/neutered in total and each received a rabies vaccination and a Revolution treatment for deworming and lice infestation. The clinic days were long and hard but no one complained. Each person involved knew what they were accomplishing and just what it meant.
I had requested (some would say demanded) that the community participate in what we were doing so in addition to the letter from the Band Chief inviting us to attend I asked if they would provide a voucher for food to help feed the Moosonee Puppy Rescue team - and they did. Every dog in the community should have received a rabies vaccination but I felt it necessary to share that responsibility with the residents of Attawapiskat as a means of inclusion. I asked that each owner pay something towards the costs of the Parvo Vaccination and the Rabies shot - I was more than willing to pay the balance but needed a personal contribution as well. Eight people lined up to pay $25, the full amount, for both vaccinations at the evening wellness clinic. I am more than pleased with this number as it represents the beginning of worth, care and value for the dogs of Attawapiskat. I am content with baby steps if they are in the right direction. This clinic was two years in the making and it cost $15,000. We travelled up hill, down hill and in circles for much of the time but we never lost sight of our goal - the dogs needed us to succeed and we did. Most impressive though are the people who helped to make it happen. So many donated money and others sent us blankets, fleece, food and more. Even a car wrecking company sent us rubber floor mats for the dogs to lie on in the snow once they were let go again. I am a thousand times grateful to all who shared in this with us.
None of this would have been possible without Heidi, the young woman who started me in rescue work ten years ago (bottom picture below, leaning on machine and with pony tail). Without her on the ground I would never have spent the money or trusted the venture. She knows my mind, thoughts, weaknesses and strengths and she protects them all. She has been my hero for many years and together we have saved close to 1,100 dogs. Her strengths and capabilities amaze me on a regular basis and to me, she was the heart beat of this clinic.
As much as we have to celebrate there are realities to face as well. We have been made aware that there are many more dogs and pups in Attawapiskat than we ever thought. Our rescue worker, Floyd, is almost at his breaking point with the number of dogs in his care and there are still two week old puppies under steps and in debris waiting to be rescued. One mother dog, who had been hit by a car in the summer, went untreated and was allowed to become pregnant. She delivered her pups, cared for them then died the day they turned three weeks old. The three pups that survived are now safely in our care but the vision of all we now know almost blinds me to what we have accomplished. The battle has simply been entered, certainly not won. I am reminded time and time again that joy lasts but a moment in rescue work.
SEPTEMBER 21, 2013 | MOOSONEE PUPPY RESCUE REUNION
The day was a huge success and the torrential downpour did not dampen spirits or keep people away. We had 135 people registered and 80 dogs. The northern dogs proved once again that they can gather without altercation or issue and simply enjoy one another. It was truly a sight to behold and I could not be more proud of each and every one of them. This is an annual event so we look forward to even more dogs and people attending next year. In total, we have rescued over 1,150 dogs so the party could grow considerably. Sharron
2011 | MOOSONEE PUPPY RESCUE TAKES PART IN THE FILMING OF FOXFIRE
We were part of a movie during the summer of 2011. The movie is Foxfire and we supplied the puppies needed for a pet store scene. Normally dogs are rented for the day but the producer of this film wanted to support rescue work and demonstrate the remarkability of our pups. It was an experience I never could have predicted and the pups truly were stars. I just learned that the film Foxfire will be shown during the Toronto Film Festival this September and since Moosonee Puppy Rescue will be in the credits I am beyond myself with pride. What could be better than seeing rescue dogs represent themselves brilliantly in a movie!