More dogs from Northern Ontario and Manitoba have made the trip the southern part of the province in search of new homes.

After making a 36-hour trip spanning 2,000 kilometres this week 72 dogs and puppies arrived at Ontario SPCA and Humane Society animal centres in Sudbury, Midland, Barrie, Orillia, Muskoka, Orangeville and Stouffville.

Among the four-legged refugees were a pair of injured dogs which require specialized medical treatment.

The rehoming mission is part of the Ontario SPCA’s Support the North campaign, which is aimed at bringing awareness, attention and action to the lack of animal wellness resources in Northern communities.

“The dogs are on their way to a new life thanks to Manitoba partners Earthdog Terrier Rescue, K9 Advocates Manitoba and animal welfare advocate Diane Heron, as well as Ontario partners Northern Reach Rescue Network in Thunder Bay, It’s a Dog’s Life Fostering Network in Kenora, and Whitefish-based Northern Legacy Horse Farm, which transported the dogs aboard its “bark bus” trailer,” said the statement in part.

The transportation of that many dogs is a huge logistical challenge the Ontario SPCA confirmed in a press release. Volunteers would meet the trailer at rest stops to help feed, water and exercise the dogs.

“Many Northern communities face challenges when it comes to accessing basic animal wellness services and resources, and they are struggling with pet overpopulation,” says Judi Cannon, Director, Partnerships & Community Outreach, Ontario SPCA and Humane Society. “Through our partners in the Animal North Network, we’re working in collaboration with Northern communities to save pets’ lives.”

In 2018, the Ontario SPCA and its animal wellness partners transported over 550 animals from the North to be adopted.