We’re very excited to announce the dates for our Spring Wellness Clinic! On May 7 & 8 we’ll be returning to Saik’uz in northern BC to give local pet dogs and cats health checks and preventative health care, including vaccinations and deworming.
At a Wellness Clinic, community residents can seek medical advice and services for their pets. Common concerns include minor wound care and overdue teeth, grooming and toenail issues. Each pet also gets an overall check up and basic health care such as de-wormer, flea and tick medication, and vaccines. You can read Spirit’s story, our organization’s namesake, to learn first hand the importance of these events.
As you can imagine, planning an event like this in a remote community requires a lot of work and input from many different people, including those in the local community. First and foremost, we have to find veterinarians and vet techs who are willing and able to take time out of their hectic schedules to attend a clinic. We are so happy to have Dr. Sylvia Hall-Andrews from Petroglyph Animal Hospital and Dr. Cori Stephen from Nechako Valley Animal Health Services joining us for this year’s clinic. Once dates are decided, we also have to get approval from the College of Veterinarians of BC to run the clinic.
We work closely with the local community to estimate how many animals will attend and to advertise and spread word of the event. Once the big day arrives, there is much work to be done to set up the space, manage intakes, organize on-site lunches and snacks, and clean up once the event is over.
Of course, we couldn’t do this life-saving work without our amazing donors and supporters! Your Aeroplan donations go a long way towards getting our volunteers into the community, which is located near Vanderhoof. But there is also ground travel to consider, for both people and supplies, as well as lodging for volunteers. Donations of vaccinations and dewormers are critical and we also rely on fundraising initiatives, such as our Pawsitive Links program, to raise the additional funds needed to cover expenses.
You can help us make our Spring Wellness Clinic a success by donating your Aeroplan miles or purchasing a Pawsitive Links bracelet. Or, if you would like to make an online financial donation through CanadaHelps, please click here.
Thank you to everyone who has come together to attend, plan and support the event. We couldn’t do it without you!