The Pack Project Inc has been instrumental in providing transport services to dogs and cats and will continue to coordinate and facilitate this relocation service as long as it is needed. The why of transporting stray and rescued animals may be a bit of a mystery for those of you readers not involved in the rescue world so please allow me to provide some examples of situations when a relocation is called for.
A great example is Sierra who was rescued from a Northern community by Norway House and was also the inspiration for our first ever blog, The Power of the Pack.
Without being transported into Winnipeg for immediate vetting and foster/rescue care, Sierra would have likely lived out the remainder of her days in significant pain. Her survival rate at the time of her rescue was very low, and without the intervention of Norway House and the kind folks that donated to her transport, Sierra would probably no longer be with us.
Sometimes one Rescue may be able to provide immediate assistance but may not have the financial or foster capacity to sustain the long term care of an animal. Sometimes the rescued animal requires specialized care and foster. Not everyone is able to bring in a Momma on the brink of whelp so after the initial rescue a more long term solution must be found.
An expectant Momma needs to be directed into the hands of an experienced whelping / mushing foster that possesses the skill needed to birth and rear puppies to a minimum of 8 weeks while simultaneously caring for a very often terrified Momma. If the right person for the job is across the city or in another province, Momma dog is having herself a little trip to ensure she is delivered into the hands of her very capable foster.
In our feature photo at the top left is one lucky Momma and pups being placed into foster care. Miss Foxy and her pups were rescued by Strays That Can’t Pay and transported into the care of Saskatoon Dog Rescue. Needless to say that was a great big huge job and without the synchronized efforts of many rescuers, Miss Foxy might still be mothering her brood of 9 under the shed where they had been living.
Another girl on the move was Miss Gracie who was rescued from a Northern Community in Manitoba. After being brought into care she had a brief stay with Hillside Canine Fosters and Doggy Doula - it's what we do before traveling on to the West Coast into the loving hands of CAARE.
After her long haul style journey, The PPI gave a helping hand at 2am, when our very own Joanne Fraynak collected Miss Cookie from Larry. Joanna shuttled Cookie to Amy who in turn drove Cookie to the airport where together they flew out to CAARE in British Columbia via Pilots and Paws Canada. CAARE will lovingly foster Cookie until she finds her forever family.
*Pilots and Paws Canada is a dedicated team of professionals and volunteers that help relocate animals all over Canada. They assist multiple rescues from Coast to Coast.*
These are some pretty amazing stories right? If you can help with transport by way of offering a lift by road or air, or by a donation of cash or supplies, please contact us!
To everyone out there helping rescued animals on the road to their forever families, The PPI salutes and warmly thanks you for all that you do, no gesture or donation is too small, every lit bit adds up to a happy ending.
A HUGE Pack thank you goes out to our very busy Pack Project Transporter, Joanne Fraynak, for all of her hard work in coordinating travel arrangements for these and many more rescued animals.