Northern Reach Network



Northern Reach Network is a non-for-profit organization that was founded by the late Darlene Vezina in 2014. We work closely with our local Humane Society and other animal organizations, to support both people in Thunder Bay as well as First Nations Communities. We provide dog and cat food, medication and advice on the care of their animals. In our first year, 285 dogs/puppies were brought in. Since 2014, we have grown to over 100 volunteers and over 6,000 dogs and cats that we’ve networked to help find them forever homes. Northern Reach Network has partnered with many remote fly in communities to not only help sick, homeless, stray animals, but also bring in dogs and cats that are surrendered by community members that simply want a better life for their furry friend. Once they are flown into Thunder Bay, they are vetted if critically ill and fostered in homes temporarily until they travel to our partners in Southern Ontario where they are fostered and adopted to loving homes.

Our History

Northern Reach has grown since its conception in 2014

  • In the fall of 2014 with 25 volunteers we assisted over 285 dogs
  • In 2015 with 75 volunteers we assisted over 315 dogs
  • In 2016 with 100 volunteers we assisted over 400 dogs
  • In 2017 with 110 volunteers we assisted over 567 dogs
  • In 2018 we assisted over 600 dogs
  • In 2019 we assisted over 750 dogs
  • In 2020 we assisted over 1000 dogs
  • In 2021 we assisted over 1200 dogs plus 50 cats
  • In 2022 we assisted over 1400 dogs plus 200 cats

Our Mission is to rescue. Our dream is that one day we won’t have to.


Why is fostering so great? For starters, fostering is one of the most direct things you can do to save lives.

The most obvious benefit of fostering is the emotional reward. It turns out doing good makes you feel good☀️

We at NRN thank you so much for opening your heart and your home to these cats and dogs who desperately need your help. Without you, we could not save as many as we do. 🐾 ❤️