Some of us can’t imagine a world with too many furry friends, but some communities have more dogs than families to take care of them. It’s an issue that the team at Dog Tales Rescue and Horse Sanctuary are dedicated to fixing, which is why they travelled to the Sandy Bay Ojibway First Nation community in Manitoba for the season finale of Dog Tales Rescue (Tuesdays at 9:30 p.m. ET on Gusto). With help from local residents and animal activists, the team hope to address the community’s canine overpopulation issue by bringing home as many dogs as they can.
They were brought on by local resident and animal advocate Jasmine Colucci, who grew up in the area and has helped with rescues there before. Jasmine has a standing relationship with Chief Lance Roulette and the community’s elders.
“I believe there’s probably more than a couple of thousand dogs that are on the reserve, some that are loose and some that have homes,” Roulette tells the team. “Some families have five to six, seven dogs and most of them are not restrained.”
The nearest veterinary clinic is more than an hour from the community and Dog Tales co-founder Rob explains that the root issue is that dogs born on the reserve are not spayed and neutered. Jasmine points out that funding for spay and neuter programs is limited because “there are so many higher priority issues” in the community.
Jasmine, Rob, Danielle and the rest of the Dog Tales team are hoping to spread awareness in the community about the importance of getting dogs fixed early, and alleviate some of the pressure by taking as many strays as possible back to the sanctuary in Ontario to find them forever homes.
Watch the full episode of Dog Tales Rescue below: