As 2016 rapidly comes to a close, we reflected on the past year and wanted to share with you some of the highlights of our work with companion animals in remote and northern BC communities.
This past spring, we hosted another successful wellness clinic in the Saik’uz First Nations community. With our volunteer veterinarians from Petroglyph Animal Hospital and Nechako Animal Health Clinic, 37 dogs and 14 cats were given health checks, deworming, vaccinations and grooming as needed. These animals would not have had access to veterinary care without our clinic. Lakes Animal Friendship Society representatives also attended the clinic to offer humane education to the community’s youth – including making doghouses together for local dogs.
Also in the spring, we celebrated our founder, Gail Moerkerken, at a special celebration of life. We were honoured to present the first annual Gail’s Spirit Award to local Nanaimo student, Emily Holmes. Emily is a dedicated volunteer in her community, a passionate advocate for animal welfare, and will be pursuing a career in veterinary medicine.
We also accepted five surrendered dogs and two cats into our care this year, including Poppy, a young dog we rescued after she was hit by a car, and received no pain relief or medical treatment for weeks. You can see an update on Poppy further down in this newsletter. We also funded several spay/neuter surgeries in the Saik’uz community.
We’d like to thank you for your support this past year, including coming out to our annual Santa Paws photo sessions – your generous donations will help us maintain and continue to grow these programs next year. Please keep our Pawsitive Links bracelets in your gift giving, and also remember that horse hair bracelets (your horse or ours) are also available with a portion of the donations going to Spirit’s Mission. We also thank you for continuing to spread the good news of our work, and asking others to sign up for our newsletter through the Spirit’s Mission website.
On behalf of the Spirit’s Mission Board of Directors, I’d like to wish all of our supporters and volunteers the warmest of holidays and a happy and healthy new year. Here’s to working together to help more animals in 2017!