Pet rescue organizations are fighting a looming deadline that will stop rescue dogs from coming into Canada. The policy will prohibit importing commercial canines which are considered high risk for carrying rabies into the country.
Animal rescue and advocacy groups have been rushing to bring as many dogs into Ontario as possible before a nationwide ban goes into effect at the end of the month.
On Sept. 28, the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) will implement a countrywide ban on the import of dogs from more than 100 countries including Ukraine and Afghanistan.
The particular ban means that commercial dogs for resale, adoption, fostering or breeding will be prohibited through entering the country.
In June, the particular Government of Canada released a statement saying “all shipments associated with commercial dogs, regardless of age, from countries at high-risk with regard to dog rabies is going to be prohibited. ”
“In 2021, dogs were imported in to Canada with this disease. Following these events, the Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC) and provincial public health authorities have asked the CFIA to take action to address the risks from imported dogs. ”
The agency’s concerns stem through the 99 per cent fatality rate for humans and canines if they contract rabies. This is 100 per penny preventable along with proper vaccination of animals, according to the government’s release.
Animal Justice has launched a petition urging the government to “reverse course” and allow adoptable dogs to come in order to Canada.
The Canadian animal protection group argues that the policy would be devastating for canines in war-torn countries.
“Everyone can agree that will we don’t want dog rabies entering the country to protect both dogs plus humans. It’s just a question of how we can achieve that goal without condemning thousands of dogs to die in the streets or even be euthanized in shelters, ” says Camille Labchuk, the executive director associated with Animal Proper rights.
Labchuk alleges the particular CFIA did not consult with Canadian canine rescue agencies when implementing the bar. However , Labchuk believes there are solutions to this problem.
“The other amazingly powerful tool we have is blood antibody tests. Dogs can be tested to make sure they develop antibodies to the rabies vaccine and along with that test in hand there’s a near certainty that dogs are not going to be carrying rabies, ” she states.
Shelby Tilley is the founder of Bark At The particular Moon, a volunteer-based, non-profit animal welfare organization that will takes in dogs in need from across the province and abroad.
“We’ve been working heavily over the summer to get dogs that were previously from the Dominican Republic, ” says Tilley. “But there’s a lot of dogs that are now not going to get the second chance that they deserve in Canada. ”
Tilley adds that just because the ban comes into effect in late 30 days doesn’t mean her work is over.
“Our help won’t quit when the ban switches into place. We’re going to shift focus and start working on funding regarding spay and neuter initiatives and helping with outreach in other ways, ” she says.
— With files from CTV Information Toronto’s Katherine DeClerq