300 Dogs and Puppies Re-homed
On September 7, 2012 Sara Feero contacted me (Brenda Mueller) about helping to foster a puppy. Time was up at doggie jail for Patches (now Snowy), a 3 month old pinto husky and Willow, a 9 month old yellow lab who were scheduled to be put down if they did not find a foster home here in Moosonee. Sara fostered Willow and I took in Snowy.
I contacted my friend Julia De Zoete (better known to all of you as Jules) with a picture of Snowy, saying “look what I have.” Sara, Jules and I, all shared pictures of Snowy and Willow trying to find them a home. Nadia Peters from Moose Factory then had a litter of shepherd mixes looking for a home. In the end Snowy was adopted here in Moosonee (later due to a change in the family adopted down to Barrie), and Willow along with 2 shepherd pups (now Harlow and Casey) were adopted to family and friends in Barrie. Pilot n’Paws assisted us in transporting these dogs to their forever homes.
About 2 months later and a few litters and dogs later Karen Metatawabin-Wesley was told to contact us by Denice and our adventure really began. This was the beginning of what is now Finding Them Homes – James Bay Pawsitive Rescue. Lisa, Jules twin sister, would soon become very involved as well after adopting Oakley, a very sick puppy that without Jules and Lisa’s constant care most likely would not have made it.
Now 20 months after beginning this amazing journey we have reached a mile post. On April 6, 2014 the 300th dog was adopted!
Mr. Murphy has been adopted! He is about 7 weeks old from Moose Factory.
When Lisa and Jules came to the James Bay Coast to visit we went for a tour of Moose Factory. While we were driving around we spotted a dog who was clearly a nursing mom. We followed her for a bit, hoping she would lead us to the pups. Unfortunately she was on a food mission of her own. We took a picture of her and promptly posted her to the Moose Factory preventing unwanted puppies group, asking if anyone knew who she was.
Over time it was discovered that she is a known stray in Moose Factory and has had a few litters. Eventually the location of the pups were found from some amazing people looking. At that time, there were at least at 5 pups that we knew of and possibly more. Our amazing rescuer went into the abandoned home and got 5 of the pups out. They took them to their house to care for them. It was then discovered that one pup was still left and she was rescued and brought to join her siblings. We offered our assistance to help find homes for them and last weekend 4 of them made the trip down to Barrie while 2 stayed in homes in Moose Factory. At this time Murphy was actually known as Moxie until it was discovered that he was actually a Murphy ☺
So it is with great excitement that Murphy is the 300th dog rescued. (We are hoping to catch his mom to be spayed for the next vet clinic)
Hitting 300 also means something else as well. The speed at which we hit 100 and 200 were very fast. However, as so much work is being put in to help these communities with these dogs through rescue efforts and spay/neuter clinics, hitting 300 has taken a much longer time.
Through the past 20 months we have met some absolutely amazing dogs and pups, most instantly steal our hearts. We’ve also met many many many amazing people as well. Those who have adopted and loved our dogs. Those who lovingly take dogs into their homes to be fosters (and sometimes end up adopting those fosters). Those who tirelessly transport our dogs safety to where they need to go. Many amazing rescue organizations and people who have helped us. And those who have kindly donated food, money, and dog-related items to help those in the north who still need our help.
As we move on to the next part of rescue, we are focusing on continuing to help the communities we have been helping and helping Kashechewan who has recently reached out to us for help. Moose Factory has recently decided to work at trying to hold up to 4 vet clinics a year. Clinics will also continue to be a focus for Fort Albany and the other communities.
Our overall goal is to put ourselves out of being a rescue for these communities and move on to helping other communities in need.
having to be a rescue. Who knows if it will ever happen but at this point we can only keep trying and keep on doing what we do.