Announcing our Spring 2016 Wellness Clinic!

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.

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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.

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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!

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Donations of Aeroplan miles needed for spring wellness clinic

Can you spare your unused Aeroplan miles to  help companion animals in need?

This spring, we’re headed back up to the Saik’uz community for a wellness clinic, where we’ll work with one of our partner veterinarians to provide vaccinations, deworming and wellness exams for companion animals who might not otherwise have access to routine veterinary care.

Donations of Aeroplan miles play an instrumental part in these clinics, allowing us to drastically reduce the cost of flying our veterinarian and volunteers to this remote BC community. That means we can funnel more money to the actual hands-on work of providing life-saving and preventative veterinary care to animals in need.

It’s easy to donate your extra Aeroplan miles. Just go to the Spirit’s Mission charity page on Beyond Miles and click the Donate Now button. You will be asked to either log in or to create an account – just follow the prompts on your screen and let us know if you run into any difficulties.

We’ll be announcing more about our upcoming wellness clinic soon – including other ways you can get involved. Until then, check out this post from last year’s Spay & Neuter clinic!

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Thank you for making Santa Paws a huge success!

It’s hard to believe that we’re already into our second week of December – and that we wrapped up the last of our three Santa Paws photo sessions last weekend!

Thanks to all of you who turned out to get your pet photos with Santa, we raised a total of $1,225! We could not have done this without your support and we cannot thank you enough for embracing the spirit of the season and bringing your pets to see Santa.

Of course, putting on an event like this requires the hard work of many people, and as such, we’d like to say a few words of thanks. First and foremost, to our Santa and Mrs. Clause, Ron and Karen Potter, who were the primary organizers, thank you for pulling together all of the logistics and for your courage when facing grumpy cats and rambunctious puppies! To Kristina, our amazingly talented photographer from Kyiah Kristina Photography, thank you for bringing your beautiful photo backdrop and for capturing such high-quality photos of our furry friends. To the team at Bosley’s, thank you for letting us set up shop in your store, for your warm welcome and for bringing your own pets to see Santa! Finally a big thanks also to our team of volunteers who came out to each photo session to help everything run smoothly.

From all of us here at Spirit’s Mission, thank you for making this event such a resounding success!

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Spirit’s Mission featured on Shaw TV

We’re excited to share with you that Spirit’s Mission was recently featured on Shaw TV Nanaimo’s go! television program. Acting President Kerri-Lynne Wilson was interviewed about the work we’re doing in the Saik’uz community and how this work benefits both the animals and the people who live there. The segment also highlights our Pawsitive Links bracelet fundraising program and our upcoming pet photos with Santa.

A big thanks to Kelly Robinson from Shaw TV for doing such a great job with the interview. And since it is a great introduction to the history of Spirit’s Mission and the work we do, please consider sharing the video with your friends and family!

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We Miss You Gail <3

There can be no words to describe our sadness as we acknowledge our President and friend Gail’s passing. Our hearts go out to her family. As we grieve and collect ourselves to continue on with Spirit’s Mission, let’s all remember the cause that Gail cared so deeply about, and what brought our organizations together. In Gail’s words, this is Spirit’s story:

 

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Yah! Another Food Delivery!

Joni has delivered another load of food to Saik’uz. One of the dogs is already checking it out!

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First Spay Neuter Clinic a Success!

The INAUGURAL Spirit’s Mission Spay, Neuter and Animal Wellness clinic at Saik’uz First Nation May 30 and 31st, 2015 was a huge success. 30 Dogs and 10 Cats were sterilized, vaccinated and dewormed and 51 Wellness Exams were conducted including vaccinations and deworming. Saik’uz First Nation has taken initiative and has been proactive in dealing with pet issues such as straying, disease and overpopulation by inviting us to work within their community. We couldn’t have done this clinic without the extraordinary Dr. Sylvia Hall Andrews. She spent many hours getting the requisite approvals and organizing this clinic. We also couldn’t have done it without our supportive Veterinary and Rescue Partners Petroglyph Animal Hospital,Nechako Valley Animal Health Services (nvahs), Crooked Leg Ranch, and Victoria Humane Society. Also Dr. Ken Seaman from Puntledge Veterinary Clinic provided excellent wellness service. To all the volunteers, vets, vet techs, vet assistants and all who made this happen. THANK-YOU!!!!!!!!885949_10153214110835589_3733873754325230305_o 1504366_10153214110550589_1369574908539102584_o 1801401_10153214111060589_1588038386210544355_o 10012033_10153214112010589_1118915568715914107_o 10498116_10153214115445589_5861375666388384288_o 11061731_10153214111015589_2823643547014983663_o 11113900_10153214110615589_1952490290532587048_o 11141114_10153214111625589_4411782294431456528_o 11218229_10153214116015589_1396373455738321892_o 11219460_10153214111400589_2914334074655363575_o 11270411_10153214115730589_7060817694338050572_o 11313140_10153214116105589_1324494421551011198_o 11334123_10153214111275589_7141979469167783525_o 11336868_10153214110780589_6238141960454827323_o 11336967_10153214112070589_6129550867137867627_o

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Check out Our January Newsletter!

January 2015 Newsletter

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Puppy Meet and Greet Event in Victoria Jan 3/4 weekend!

It was packed the whole time with people lining up. Greater awareness was reached of the plight of dogs from remote communities.

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Pawsitive Links Bracelets!

The Spirit’s Mission Pawsitive Links Bracelet program turns choke chains and prong collars into fun jewelry.

Choke chains and prong collars, by design, are meant to be utilized by training techniques that are negative or punishment based. Positive reinforcement training is safer and produces faster and better results with much happier animals. We owe it to our dogs to communicate positively when they do what we want rather than negatively when their response is not what we want. Help educate people about positive reinforcement training. Spread the word!

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For more information on your very own custom made bracelet please contact Joanne directly at jncaldwel@gmail.com

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