Animal Haven Rescue League president Adrienne Copeland cuddles two husky-cross puppies that the Stettler-based agency saved from potential death in the Northwest Territories.

Animal Haven Rescue League president Adrienne Copeland cuddles two husky-cross puppies that the Stettler-based agency saved from potential death in the Northwest Territories.

Animal Haven rescues puppies

The Stettler-based Animal Haven Rescue League has come to the rescue of several puppies from the Northwest Territories

The Stettler-based Animal Haven Rescue League has come to the rescue of several puppies from the Northwest Territories who were destined for death.

“We took in 23 dogs and we have two left,” president Adrienne Copeland said Monday.

“With the help of people in the community, we were able to find homes for these dogs.”

Response from the community was “great,” she said, as the organization encouraged people to foster or adopt a dog, donate funds or volunteer.

“Communities up north are shooting dogs to control the population for a bounty of $100 a dog.

“This is the way they have been doing it for generations and it’s the only way they know how.”

Animal Haven has partnered with the Northwest Territories Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals to try to save as many dogs as possible from being shot.

“Things are slowly turning around, and one community said it won’t shoot anymore dogs, but it’s not over yet,” Copeland said.

She was informed about the fate of the dogs by a concerned resident, which inspired her to research the issue and launch the local campaign.

“We are overwhelmed with the generosity of so many,” Copeland said

An Edmonton TV show helped to spread the word in the effort to save dogs, Copeland said.

For more information, phone the organization at 403-741-6128 or Copeland at 403-742-1367.