Not Just About Cats and Dogs!

First Nation children suffer from a higher than average amount of dog bites.  A humane educator, when presenting to children in a First Nation school, asked how many students had been bit by dogs. Over 90% of the children raised their hands. According to Health Canada, First Nations and Inuit Health, dog bites have increased 740% since 2001.  Not only do dogs present a risk to community members, this situation may cause the dogs to be treated inhumanely. Many community members are unable to seek veterinary care for their pets because of lack of money or the distance to a vet clinic. Both dog bites and maulings increase as the stray or uncared for dog population increases.

An estimated 14 children have been killed by dogs on First Nations in Canada since 1993. Two children and one adult have been mauled to death by dogs on Alberta’s First Nations. Five year old Lance Loonskin was killed in a dog mauling attack on the Tall Cree First Nation in northern Alberta in November 2006.

In another incident, a 5-year-old girl, Cecila Alook, was killed by dogs on the Garden River First Nation, Alberta in 1999.

Most recently,  a 3 year old girl in Mosquito First Nation, Saskatchewan, was killed by dogs in August 2011 and 10 year old Racquelle Tssessaze was mauled to death by dogs on Lac Brochet  First Nation in Manitoba in April 2014.

Many First Nation communities are trying to manage dog populations and provide a safer community for their children by reaching out to our group for assistance.

Standoff 2011


  • Altered animals live longer, healthier lives. Female dogs have reduced uterine, ovarian, and mammary cancers: Male dogs have reduced risks of prostate cancer and disorders.
  • Altered animals make better, more affectionate companions.
  • Neutered males are less likely to roam, run away, get hit by cars, get into fights, or chase livestock.
  • Spaying a female dog eliminates the heat cycle. That means no unwanted male dogs lingering around your house and can reduce dog packs or dog fights.
  • Spaying or neutering is a humane way of animal control. Many dogs or cats are euthanized daily. Many are shot or poisoned. Many die because of disease or starvation.
  • Free roaming, unhealthy, starving dogs have a negative impact on the psyche of the community.
  • Research has shown that humans have an almost a biological need for the companionship of animals. We aim to help people own animals responsibly.
  • Female mother dogs can be protective of their puppies and can potentially bite or attack. Many children are attracted to puppies.
  • Dogs or cats can carry diseases that can be contagious to people.
  • All animals are vaccinated for rabies.

                       We target the free roaming, larger dogs in the more populated areas such as schools, community centres,, etc. that can pose a risk to community members.

Dogs identified as strays by community members or animal control officers are removed if possible

According to SPAY USA, an intact female dog and her mate, and all of their offspring, if none were ever spayed or neutered, can produce 12,288 puppies in 5 years.

According to the American Veterinary Medical Association Task Force on Canine Aggression and Human-Canine Interactions report released in 2001, “A Community Approach to Dog Bite Prevention”, “Intact males are involved in 70-77% of reported dog bite incidents.”