Brittany Malooly
August 05, 2018 10:37 am

Looking for some good news? Some brave, caring souls rescued seven adorable puppies who were cruelly abandoned on a deserted Canadian island. The crew of pups, which includes four boys and three girls, had to travel over 1000 miles with rescuers to reach the nearest shelter in Winnipeg.

Per CBC News, it all started when a local boater named Junior Cook and his friend heard noises on an uninhabited island while cruising around Cross Lake, about 300 miles from Winnipeg.

“They took their binoculars and they couldn’t see anything but some dark shadows,” Deb Vandekerkhove, who spearheaded the rescue, told CBC, “and they heard a bunch of crying. They thought originally it was wolves.”

They decided to return in the morning to investigate and found seven four-month old pups. Cook, who was unprepared to find seven dogs, gave them all of the food he had on his boat and got in touch with Vandekerkhove for further help. It’s unclear at this time how the puppies ended up there in the first place, but we’re just glad Cook and his friend found them!

The rescue operation then got started. Here’s the gang chowing down before their long journey:

While they had barely any cell service, the Norway House Animal Rescue communicated the following on Facebook along with a slew of adorable pics while en route:

LATEST UPDATE ON THE GILLIGAN's CREW:It is Friday evening Debra and Ryan made it up to Cross Lake, MB safe a few hours…

Posted by Norway House Animal Rescue on Friday, August 3, 2018

Skipper and Gilligan have our hearts.

Yesterday, August 4th, they announced that the pup squad had safely arrived in Winnipeg. “Operation Gilligan’s Island is now complete. Over 1700 kilometres or converted to over 1000 miles traveled to pick up the puppies and other homeless animals. The puppies have officially arrived in Winnipeg, MB.”

UPDATE AUG 4, 2018Operation Gilligan's Island is now complete. Over 1700 kilometres or converted to over 1000 miles…

Posted by Norway House Animal Rescue on Saturday, August 4, 2018

Anyone interested in adopting the adorable doggies should contact the Winnipeg Pet Rescue Shelter here. We’re so glad this story had a happy ending, and we hope all of these brave puppers find good homes soon.

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