The stray dog problem in Northern Manitoba has never been more serious. A number of Manitoba communities are without bylaws, catchers, and licensing programs to help mange the swelling dog population. In a province where thousands of dogs roam free every day, there are but four Animal Protection Officers assigned to help… it’s simply not enough. As a result, several Northern communities have initiated dog “culls” throughout the year to keep the number of strays down. These packs of neglected dogs are starving and potentially dangerous to locals.
First Nations’ nurse, Jasmine Colucci, saw this problem first hand in the community she lives in. Wanting to help Jasmine began volunteering for numerous dog rescue services in rural Manitoba. She did it on her own, at times driving 10-12 hours a day just to save a dog. Every time she ventured into a Northern community, she came across stray dogs suffering from all manner of different ailments. She saw carcasses on the side of the road – dogs that had died of severe mange, starvation or gunshot wounds. She was determined to do something about it that was how K9 Advocates formed. A group that not only rescues dogs in need and re-homing them but has a voice for dogs and lobbies the government to help with this serious issue.
Fostering Hope examines the entire process of Jasmine Colucci’s rescue missions. Delving into her humble beginnings and humanitarian work as a nurse, to life as the director of a notable animal advocacy group in Manitoba. This documentary shows the struggle to rescue ailing, stray dogs and nurture them back to health before ensuring their life takes a much better turn through the fostering and adoption process. And with another harsh Manitoba winter on the horizon, the stakes have never been higher.
With raw and emotional first-hand encounters and stories that offer both heartache and unabashed joy, Fostering Hope serves as an honest, inspirational tale about compassion, caring, and ceaseless dedication.