19 sled dogs surrendered to South Peace SPCA

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A post on the branch’s Facebook page says the dogs were surrendered on December 30, but does not divulge where their previous home was. However, the SPCA does say that the dogs have had “very little” exposure to humans other than their owner, meaning they and not yet fully comfortable seeing new people and hearing different voices. 

“To help with this we will be looking for volunteers to bring a chair, sit in the dog’s kennel and read either out loud or silently in the presence of the dog. This simple act allows the dog to become comfortable at their own pace.” 

Volunteers need to have a “quiet, calm personality”, and will be taught about non-coercive and positive training methods.

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There is the possibility that some of the sled dogs can be taken by a shelter in Quesnel, and anyone travelling to the lower mainland that may be able to take some dogs with them is asked to contact the Dawson Creek shelter. 

In the future, others will also need foster homes with qualified foster families. 

Anyone interested in helping out the shelter, which is also accepting monetary donations to cover the cost of caring for and rehabilitating the dogs, is encouraged to call the shelter at 250-782-2444 or visit it at 637 114th Avenue in Dawson Creek. 

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