Dog rescue group asking for Saskatchewan air travellers’ help

By Aaron Schulze
December 5, 2018 - 5:00pm

A dog rescue group based in Nova Scotia is asking some Saskatchewan residents who are leaving the province to bring a furry friend along the way.

North East Paws Dog Rescue is in search of air travellers heading to Halifax from either Regina or Saskatoon airport before Dec. 14, to bring along a dog from a Saskatchewan rescue shelter as oversized baggage with their ticket.

Justine Moeller, the found of North East Paws Dog Rescue, told northeastNOW the reason her group is involved with dogs in Saskatchewan is because of the four years she spent teaching in northern parts of the province.

“When we moved back home we still really wanted to help out with the population problem that happens throughout all of Saskatchewan,” Moeller said. “We know there are a lot of loving homes in Saskatchewan too but there are so many dogs, the population in areas that may not have access to veterinary care and little more isolated.”

The reason for North East Paws Dog Rescue’s latest call for companions is an embargo placed by Air Canada and West Jet that runs from Dec. 14 to Jan. 14, which means Moeller won’t be able to bring in dogs for an entire month.

“This week is our busy week,” Moeller said. “In the new year we’re really hoping to find some more people who are flying and will consider us when they’re flying because it’s such an easy process for the flyer.”

North East Paws Dog Rescue have volunteers who bring dogs to be accompanied by an air traveller and pay for the dog to go on the flight as oversized baggage on the traveller’s ticket. Moeller said the only steps the traveller has to worry about are being there for check in and helping volunteers in Halifax receive the dog.

Travellers who are flying out of Saskatoon John G. Diefenbaker International or Regina International Airport to Halifax until Dec. 14 and would like to bring a dog along with them can reach out to North East Paws Dog Rescue at their website or Facebook page.

 

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