We want to let you know what we’ve been up to so far this year! Even though we have not been able to visit our partner communities in person due to Covid restrictions, we have been busy communicating remotely thanks to Zoom, phone calls and email.
We are honoured to have signed new Memoradums of Understanding with the Nadleh Whut’en First Nation in Fraser Lake, the Kitasoo/Xai’xais First Nation in Klemtu and the Saik’uz First Nation near Vanderhoof which works towards long term sustainable animal management plans within the communities.
Now that Covid restrictions have been lifted, we are thrilled to report that we are making plans to visit and start groundwork within these communities.
We have also been working closely with the Heiltsuk First Nation in Bella Bella. We’ve had several remote meetings and phone calls concerning animal management and helped spay and neuter community cats through an SPCA grant.
In partnership with the Prince George Humane Society, we arranged for two Animal Wellness Clinics in May where vaccinations and parasite control were administered to dogs and cats … and 2 ferrets! One clinic was held at Nadleh Whut’en First Nation where 38 companion animals were treated and one at Saik’uz First Nation where 49 animals were seen. Our thanks to the staff at Nechako Valley Animal Health Services and Prince George Humane Society. Well done!
In addition, we have continued to help partner communities with their pets by assisting with rehoming and providing for emergency vet care. We also deliver pallets of dog and cat food whenever possible, as well as donations of toys, crates, leashes and collars.
And lastly, we are incredibly fortunate to have two new Board members join our team! Dr. Stephen Curtis’s knowledge and expertise from his many years as a Veterinarian will be invaluable and Tammy Tait, an Indigenous Engagement Specialist, brings a wealth of knowledge and community skills to the table.
Now that travel restrictions are being lifted, we can’t wait to get into our partner communities to meet with Chief and Council, staff and community members to start working towards establishing animal management plans.
Stay tuned – very exciting times ahead!
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