UPDATED: Puppies from Labrador heading for new homes in Halifax

Robin Levinson
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Updated story By The Canadian Press

HALIFAX — Dozens of puppies scheduled to fly with FedEx from Newfoundland and Labrador to Nova Scotia arrived safe and sound in Halifax this morning.

The 60 puppies were rescued by the SPCA in Happy Valley-Goose Bay.

A release says many of the province’s puppies were left homeless after a series of forest fires in the area.

Earlier this month SPCA spokesperson Bonnie Learning said the shelter usually ships the puppies to Halifax using Provincial Airlines but can’t because the cargo hold is too hot in the summer.

FedEx heard the SPCA’s Twitter appeal and organized a special, one-time charter flight free of cost.


Original Telegram story

The Happy Valley-Goose Bay SPCA in Labrador had no idea how to get a group of about 60 puppies to Halifax to be adopted.

The shelter is often overburdened with abandoned animals, and every year they send a batch to the shelter Litters 'N Critters in Halifax because they have a better chance of finding a home there.

Usually the puppies travel with Air Canada, but the busy tourist season leaves little space for man's best friend.

And the recent spell of hot weather is too much for the young pups, who stay in the non air-conditioned cargo section of the plane.

Lucky for the pups, FedEx volunteered to transport the them.

The shipping company has offered to fly the puppies on an ATR 72 plane free of charge.

They were flown out Saturday morning and were expected to touch down in their new homeland by early afternoon.


Organizations: Air Canada, FedEx

Geographic location: Halifax, Happy Valley, Labrador

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Recent comments

  • alexandria bernard
    July 18, 2012 - 19:59

    wondering if any of these puppies available my husband would love to get one .

  • Yvette Butt
    July 15, 2012 - 11:49

    Its a good day to be a Labramushkadoodle.....I am Mom to one and Foster Mom to two more.....They make the most beautiful dogs.....I am so glad these little mites have a chance at a happy life....Labrador needs a new shelter, they need help, they are our neighbours, our friends....They are doing their best to help all of these homeless dogs....The stories are horrendous.....We do it for the dogs.

  • Darren
    July 15, 2012 - 09:21

    Nice story....get the puppies out of Labrador while they still have a chance for a normal life.

  • roy
    July 15, 2012 - 06:47

    Don't take me wronk, i love animals, but don't you think the country has gone to the dogs. Airlines giving free passage to dogs and cats when almost every day yyou hear of benefits going on to raise money for children and parents of children who need medical attention out of province. Don't hear much about airlines giving free passage then. These are animals which will have litters of pups or kittens and at the rate we are going they will overrun the country. Children are starving in the world yet grovery shelves in our supermarkets are lined with animal food. Animal parks are being built. You can now take your animals in the passenger compartment of planes. We need hospital equipment, people complain of delays and wait times maybe we should register ourselves as animals we may get free flights to areas when wait times are shorter. The place is gone to the dogs.

    • Kat
      July 15, 2012 - 16:33

      You have no idea what you are talking about. The rescue where these dogs are now fixes each animal before it is given to a family. These dogs are NOT going to have loads of litters and ruin the country. Also, with people like you that appear to be heartless i'd much rather this place go to the dogs.

    • Sandi
      July 15, 2012 - 19:01

      Glad to hear you love animals. For your information the dogs fly cargo and take up very little space/weight - they are not sitting in business class. Somehow, I don't feel parents would be overly thrilled if their kids were put in cargo to fly free. If you are that concerned with children and other current issues, hopefully you are doing something about it - not just complaining about those who are making life better for a cause that is close to their heart.

    • Kay Anderson
      July 16, 2012 - 07:35

      And what about the plight of women every where, in parts of the world where its custom to kill of women if her hymen is not in tact or where soldiers routinely rupture fistulas with anything from a gun to a old rusty rod. And what about the environment and how we continue to destroy it even though we know better and have the means to reduce. And what about the issues canada faces in violating human rights when it comes to aboriginal education. And oo what about that little issue with Harper trying to make minimum wage lower for immigrants. Everyone has their own issues they're passionate about. Stand up for one or stand up for many, but don't bash the ones that dont coincide with your own ideals.

  • Kay
    July 14, 2012 - 22:55

    Fantastic work everyone and a big thank you to FedEx :)