Canada is banning stray dogs from more than 100 countries starting Wednesday

Dog rescue organizations across Canada are hoping Ottawa will change its mind on a ban on stray dogs from more than 100 countries.

In June, the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) announced that commercial dogs at high risk of rabies – those intended for resale, adoption, breeding, breeding, exhibition and research – will be banned from entering Canada starting Wednesday (September 28). regardless of when import permits are issued.

“It’s very disappointing,” said Baladi Dog Rescue of Ontario co-founder Lindy Lystar. The London, Ont., group works with a rescue in Cairo and has taken about 30 dogs to the area.

They are a little fearful, so they need extra care, love and training, but they are great dogs.– Lindy Lystar, co-founder of Baladi Dog Rescue of Ontario

“We have very close friends in Egypt who are on the street every day and they see the horrors these dogs go through,” Lystar said.

“He will come out of his house and there are 10 or 20 dogs on the street that have been poisoned and he feels very helpless,” she said, referring to one of the horrific ways in which street dogs are generally treated.

Most of the regions affected by the ban are in Africa (including Egypt), Central and South America, Asia, the Middle East and Eastern Europe.

Lindy Lystar, co-founder of Baladi Dog Rescue from Ontario, adopted Louise from Cairo. (Submitted by Lindy Lystar)

“That doesn’t make much sense,” Lystar said. Dogs are given vaccinations, including rabies shots – blood tested for diseases and spayed or neutered before traveling to Canada. There is also a requirement that they be tested to assess the dog’s immunity to rabies before leaving Egypt.

“They’re a little scared, so they need extra care and love and training, but they’re great dogs,” says Lystar, whose pet is a short-haired, pointy-eared blonde named Louise.

“They are loyal dogs. They are protective. They are very intelligent.”

Rescuers are rushing to bring dogs to Canada before the ban

Animal rescuers are rushing to bring dogs to Canada before a ban on importing dogs from 113 countries deemed high risk for rabies comes into force.

Hope Canada reverses its decision

CBC News reached out to the CFIA and did not receive a response at the time of publication. In July, the agency said there were no active cases of “canine rabies,” a different type of rabies found in wildlife such as skunks, foxes, raccoons and bats, in Canada.

Ont., who just returned from Egypt with nine dogs after a two-month stay in the capital. “I’m an animal lover and it breaks your heart and there are so many of them,” said Fida Kablawi from London.

Kablawi recently traveled from Cairo to London, Ont., with nine Egyptian stray dogs. (Submitted by Fira Kablawi)

“It’s sad. It’s surprising, sometimes shocking,” he said. “There is a lot of poverty. [People] They have so many other problems that a dog suffering on the street is not a priority for them.”

Kablawi first visited Cairo in 2020 on a business trip and was so taken by the city’s stray dogs that he returned multiple times to bring the dogs back with him. She works with Baladi Dog Rescue and pays for the dogs’ medical bills, documentation and flights through fundraising.

Dogs are only allowed to leave the country after the Egyptian Ministry of Agriculture inspects them and signs the documents, Cableway said.

Kablawi first came to Cairo on a business trip in 2020. After meeting many stray dogs there, he promised to return again and again to help them. (Submitted by Fida Kablawi)

“A lot of the people we picked had a really hard time – neglected or tied to a roof and chained and starving,” she said. “Those who have difficult stories, those who we feel need love the most, those who have experienced the worst, we try to bring them to give them a better life.

“I believe Canada will change that [the ban] “There may be stricter laws when dogs come into the country,” he said.

Rescuers have called for better regulations, including quarantines, vet checks and behavioral assessments, to ensure the safety of both the dogs and their families.

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