Stealing from the poor, that’s what this is like. When 44 boxes of donated goods meant to help homeless dogs north of the border in a remote community in Manitoba were stolen from Hulls Haven Border Collie Rescue, many hearts fell. “There [were] food, treats, supplies, blankets. There was some medical stuff in there, some much-needed cleaning stuff for up north,” said Jill Britton of Hull’s Haven.
Hull’s Haven is a volunteer operated, non-profit rescue group located in Winnipeg, Manitoba. They rescue not only border collies and border collie mixes, but any dog in need that has been surrendered, neglected or abandoned and help to them to find permanent, loving homes. According to Britton, people had been dropping off donations in her driveway, and they would be stored in the yard and watched over by neighbours. But when she left for an hour to take a dog to his new home, disaster struck.
“When I came back, about 44 boxes that had been dropped off the day before were stolen from the yard. So it’s pretty devastating.” The trip to Norway House, Manitoba is planned for December 7th and Britton is hoping that more goods will be donated to make up for what has been taken. “Supplies are limited and pretty expensive in Norway House,” said Amanda San Filippo of Jenn’s Furry Friends Rescue. “A lot of dogs there are starving and not taken care of. There’s no veterinarian up there, and no spay-and-neuter program.”
Volunteers from Hulls Haven will make the 8 hour trip to the Norway House Animal Rescue to drop off as many supplies as possible to help take care of the many homeless dogs. “When I go up, I’ll take as many donations as possible,” Britton said. “Then, I’ll fill the van with dogs to bring back here to rescue. That’s the most cost-effective way to do this right now.”
Anyone wishing to make a donation to help save innocent canine lives can contact Norway House Animal Rescue or Hulls Haven. With winter settling in, these poor animals can use all the help they can get.