Northern Dog Program

A lack of access to basic animal wellness services, such as veterinarians and spay/neuter services, has contributed to uncontrolled growth of dog populations across Northern Canada.

The Northern Dog program is aimed at bringing awareness, attention and action to dog overpopulation. In addition to supplying much-needed resources, such as food and mobile wellness services, the Animal North Network transports animals in need of homes to communities where there is a greater demand for adoptable animals.


  • For years, hard-working animal well-being groups have been transporting thousands of dogs from the North to their new homes in the South.
  • Through a nation-wide network of animal care and adoption centres, as well as foster care homes, there are abundant opportunities to welcome animals from the North.
  • Adoption programs and successful promotional campaigns, Northern dogs are suitably matched with new adopters.

Did you know?

  • Canada is facing a rapidly escalating animal welfare issue – Northern dog overpopulation. Thousands of Northern dogs need your help now!
  • It takes the same amount of time to drive from Toronto to Orlando, Florida as to drive to the Northern border of Ontario/Manitoba.
  • There are more dogs in Northern communities than there are families available to adopt them.
  • There are many animal wellness challenges that exist in the North, such as distance between community veterinarians, distance to transfer animals South, and the cost of living is much higher.
  • In some parts of the North, you can drive for hours without seeing a house, a gas station or even another vehicle.
  • The average cost of a case of water in a remote fly-in community in the North is $70.
  • The average cost of a small bag of dog food in a remote fly-in community in the North is $90.
  • For years, hardworking rescues, shelters, and other animal welfare groups have been transporting thousands of dogs from the North to the South so they can receive the necessary medical treatment and find their forever homes.
  • Some Northern residents have to travel up to four hours by road to reach a veterinarian. Some have to take a plane and then drive to their nearest veterinarian.
  • Northern dogs are well-socialized, well-loved and simply need a home.