‼️We Need Your Presence‼️
LOCATION: 130 Queen St West, meet at the intersection of Queen & University
On October 24th we will gather outside of a provincial court to be a presence for the dogs who were removed from Windrift Adventures (both locations in Oro-Medonte and Severn, Ontario) last fall. We will have signs! After years of investigations, reports, tourist complaints and a documentary exposing this dog sledding operation, Animal Welfare Services deemed the dogs to be in distress and took them into government care.
The owners of Windrift Adventures are fighting to have the dogs back, claiming they will be in better care being used for human entertainment rather than being adopted into loving families. They have complained about not making enough money to pay back their over $500,000 bill that had accumulated while the dogs have been in government care (vet bills, boarding, etc), yet they want over 200 dogs to care for. This is deeply concerning. Their bill was REDUCED from over $1 million because of technicalities on the part of the government, which is also concerning and because of this, the taxpayers outrageously will make up this debt.
The dogs arrived in government care in horrible health. Issues included diabetes mellitus, severe ocular infection, giardia, AHE (a brain disease affecting Alaskan huskies), blindness, seizures. To our knowledge, one dog was euthanized because his illness was untreatable and another had a vet bill of over $18,000. The fact that the dogs are so unwell is just one reason why they should never go back to this operation.
We want to be present to address the injustice of the dog sledding industry overall, challenge the dogs’ status as property and commodities, address our concerns with the failings on the part of animal services, and ensure that they do not return the dogs to Windrift but find the dogs forever homes, where they will be safe and respected.
This industry relies on using the bodies of dogs to make money, to provide tourists with a ‘Canadiana’ experience during the winter. There is nothing good about this industry. Dogs are not objects to be used and exploited.
Together, we will continue to fight until all these operations are shut down. Please join us! ✊🏼