**Update December 27, 2015**
The humans of First Air, the Airline of the North, have graciously agreed to help the Iqaluit Humane Society transport their shelter animals to the SPCA of Western Quebec! This means that the shelter will stay no-kill and they will continue saving lives and finding forever homes for animals in need.
Here is the entire statement the shelter released on their Facebook page:
Iqaluit, the capital city of the Canadian territory of Nunavut, isn't the North Pole (obviously), but it's possibly as close as you can get while still remaining in civilization. It's a snowy fantasy world where most of nature remains untouched. This is the time of year when you can dive into your childhood fantasies and imagine a place like Iqaluit overrun with elves and a jolly old guy in a red suit. But, the reality is that it's a place where real people, and real dogs, live.
The city's humane society is the only animal shelter in the isolated area. There are less than 7,000 residents. One would think that with a population that small, the number of stray dogs wouldn't be that high. Sadly, the Iqaluit Humane Society takes in an average 25 dogs per month. The shelter has room to house roughly 20 dogs at a time. Only an average of one dog is adopted by a local resident per month.
For the past four years, the shelter has managed to be a no-kill thanks to a partnership with Canadian North Airlines and the SPCA of Western Quebec. The airline flies the dogs to the shelter in Quebec free of charge. The SPCA in Quebec finds the animals their forever homes.
On January 11, 2016 those life-saving flights are going to come to an end.
Time is running out for dogs at Canada's northernmost shelterPosted by The Globe and Mail on Wednesday, December 16, 2015
As the heartbreaking video above describes, the airline will no longer be flying shelter animals to Quebec due to scheduling issues. Iqaluit is one of the most remote cities in the world. Finding another airline to help them is nearly impossible. Currently, the Iqaluit Humane Society does not have the funds to pay to ship the dogs to more populated areas.
Because the shelter, which also runs a free spay and neuter clinic
, can only hold about 20 animals, they will be forced to euthanize some animals after January 11, 2016. They simply do not have the room to house them and there aren't enough residents of the city to take them.
This thought is devastating to the humans of the Iqaluit Humane Society. They are desperate to find a way to save the animals to whom they have devoted their lives. The organization is reaching out all over the world hoping that people will donate to help them ship their animals to locations where they have a chance at finding a forever home.
If you would like to help the humans of the Iqaluit Humane Society provide life-saving flights for animals in desperate need of a forever family, here's what you can do:
Feature image via Iqaluit Humane Society.