YOU MADE IT HAPPEN!
YOUR FIRST SPAY/NEUTER EVENT WAS HELD ON THE SPOKANE RESERVATION ON JULY 17 AND 18TH, 2009. YOU LOWERED THE BARRIERS SO THAT 138 PETS COULD BE SPAYED OR NEUTERED.
If You Want To Address Pet Overpopulation In Your Area, Our Contact Information Is Below.
Love Your Pet Days, Sponsored by the Spokane Reservation Friends of Pets Society was held on July 17-18, 2009 in the field house of Wellpinit High School. Community Pets was invited to hold an Educational Spay/Neuter Event. With private donations, borrowed equipment and a grant pet owners engaged with two surgeons, a technician and an assistant to the community to spay 48 dogs and neuter 64. 17 cats were spayed and 9 cats were neutered. Pet owners also experienced respect and trust while working side-by-side with their neighbors, and will take those lessons back to their community, and their pets.
The Spokane Reservation is the home of the Spokane Tribe, a few miles north of the city of Spokane, Washington and is home to less than 2500 people. Many stray dogs are abandoned on the roads, some by people from surrounding communities. The problem grew because barriers such as income and transportation prevented pet owners and others from taking care of it. It became overwhelming.
A group called the Spokane Reservation Friends of Pets Society formed to plan for their first Love Your Pet Days. Terry Bartolino, the principal of the schools, became the spark in the community who would see this effort through.
Many animals were not current on their vaccinations, so we brought vaccines and invited pet owners to the school a few weeks prior to our gathering.
The location was the large and empty field house of the high school. You want a very public location so pet owners feel comfortable in attending. The school they or their children attended is a prime example.
Setup began in the field house of the high school Thursday evening. The maintenance staff at the school drove in carts with folding tables, made water available, and helped with electrical and other tasks.
Love Your Pet Days opened on the morning of the 17th.
Dr. Mark Francis and his wife came from Hardin, Mt. Dr. Francis has been working with events such as these for over 10 years. A pet owner recorded information at the surgeon's direction.
This is Dr. Will Rowe from the Spokane Humane Society. His assistant is a teacher at Wellpinit High School. The young girl is getting an invaluable education in how you prevent unwanted puppies and kittens
The surgeons and technician became teachers and guides, so be sure and treat them with respect as well. A technician who can keep the surgeon's tables filled while keeping animals safe and encouraging pet owners to work at these tasks is invaluable. A veterinarian who can welcome pet owners, explain what is going on and support these good people, your neighbors, while at the same time providing safe and fast spay/neuter surgeries is an amazing resource. Treat them well!
This is the focus of our work. The very best learning comes when you are involved.
Pet owners and a handful of volunteers all set to the task at hand with a focus that you only see when the task is important.
Some owners had given away multiple litters. This stopped that cycle for about $42 per dog. At no cost to the owners.
It resembled the training that goes on daily in technical schools or veterinary offices, with constant guidance and supervision from trained personnel. Safety of the animals and the people is paramount, but just as important is to discover ability and trust that people can learn what needs to be done.
Self-respect and self-worth are the outcome. Some will carry these lessons of trust, generosity, and inclusion with them when they leave. The beneficiaries will be their communities, their families, and their pets.
They brought a team of professionals that in my opinion was second to none. They worked hand in hand with local volunteers, community members and even vets that came in from off the reservation to observe. I must say, it was nothing short of remarkable the way they showed little children, pet owners, animal lovers and anyone that wanted to learn or help a chance in a lifetime opportunity to watch and help.
I had personal first hand experience with it when my 6-year-old granddaughter was found standing on a chair across from the doctor while her puppy was getting operated on. She is still talking about it and wants to look at the pictures I took every time she comes to visit.
From a letter by the Director of EMS and a 50 year resident of Wellpinit
These pets were spayed and neutered when a community came together to address the issue of pet overpopulation. It became possible with the generous support of the Montana Spay Neuter Task Force, the Handsel Foundation, Sacred Heart Hospital in Spokane, and your support and donations.
How You Can End Pet Overpopulation
Cat Spay or Neuter Supplies $25
Dog Spay or Neuter Supplies $35
Surgical Equipment: $100 to $5000
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Your donations make these lifesaving surgeries possible beginning with events which offer spay/neuter at no cost to pet owners in areas of low-income until the problem is controlled. . It will be your hands that tell your neighbors their lives are important to you. You will reduce preventable bites to children as well as the number of pets entering the shelters.
Mail your contribution to the address below.
PO Box 11064
Spokane, WA 99211-1064
You can email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
or call Dan at (509) 720-7541. We are a 501(c)(3)nonprofit organization.