Three dozen dogs in the Northern Quebec area were given a second chance at life, according to the National Post
. The canines were saved from a "dog shoot," a common practice in the more desolate areas of the sprawling country.
The news outlet reports that dog cleanup days involve scores of stray canines being rounded up, taken to a dump and put down.
"We have to do that occasionally, yes," Pierre Russel, treasurer of the small town of Kuujjuarapik, told the news outlet. "They are dogs that are endangering the people. When they start to be scary, when people are afraid to walk in the street, we have to do that."
Thanks to the efforts of the International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW), the plan was put off and the pooches were instead taken to animal shelters in Ontario and New York State. Now, they await greener pastures, which will hopefully include being placed in a loving home.
"It's fantastic that they wanted to try something different," Jan Hannah of the IFAW told the news outlet.
According to the Humane Society, spaying or neutering is the only permanent and 100 percent reliable form of birth control for animals.