Published: Tue, August 07, 2018
Culture&Arts | By Dora Pope

Abandoned puppies rescued from uninhabited Canadian island

Abandoned puppies rescued from uninhabited Canadian island

The puppies were spotted by local fishermen JR Cook and his friend, who said they could hear barking coming from the island late in the evening. They've got a Facebook page and a Go Get Funding page if you fancy contributing something to the upkeep of the puppies. So the two fishing buddies went back the next day, and saw some movement in the brush. "The fellas could see some dark figures on the island across the water and thought it might be wolves fighting", she said in a telephone interview.

"As they got closer, they realized there were seven abandoned, 3 1/2-month old puppies on the island starving to death", said Debra Vandekerkhove with Norway House Animal Rescue. The pups have since become known as the "Little Gilligan's Island Puppies".

Afterward, the men along with another rescuer started bringing over food, as well as a dog house to get the puppies to trust them. "There is in Manitoba an abundance of stray dogs in the communities".

The puppies have been bathed and are now being transported to Winnipeg for a check over from a vet.

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The Norway House is asking for donations to help fund the continuing needs of the seven puppies and their other rescues. The volunteer who is fostering the pups, along with Cook, came up with creative names for all of them. The organisation decided that the castaway dogs should be named after the characters on the popular US TV show Gilligan's Island.

The dogs will be made available for adoption through Winnipeg Pet Rescue within the next two to three weeks, rescue officials told CTV.

So, the pups named Gilligan, Skipper, "and all the rest" will be picked up by Norway House Animal Rescue this week and will be placed in forever homes soon.

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