There is no veterinarian on this vast 2 million acre Reservation with thousands of dogs, cats and horses
Our unique community-based animal health care program trains and equips Tribal members from communities around the Reservation to become certified �Lakota Animal Care Givers� so they can provide basic health care to the many animals in need in their communities and help prevent deadly diseases like distemper and parvo.
Dr. Jim Sasse, owner of Sasse Animal Clinic in Nebraska (the closest vet clinic to the Reservation) shown here doing a training for Lakota Animal Care Givers in Wounded Knee on the Reservation
�Snake� Shoulders, first Lakota Animal Care Giver, with Bud & Sid
Pete Stands, Lakota Animal Care Giver, gives dog distemper/parvo vaccination while Virginia Ravndal, Founder of the Lakota Animal Care Project, assists
Bear before her treatment
Clarence Rolland, Lakota Animal Care Giver, gives Bear a clean bill of health after 8 weeks of treatment.
Victoria White Hawk, one of the first Lakota Animal Care Givers, a talented horsewoman and equally great with dogs.
Lakota Animal Care Givers go house to house treating dogs for mange, giving Distemper and Parvo vaccinations, doing worm, flea and tick treatments, removing painful porcupine quills, and providing other basic health care.
Jakee itchy and hairless from mange. Mange is easily treated. By treating this very common and extremely uncomfortable condition which causes dogs to lose their hair and to feel so itchy they can think of nothing else, dogs put on weight and hair and feel tremendous relief.
Jakee after mange treatment (8 weeks later)
Much suffering is alleviated through our basic animal health care program. Blue Boy (left) before receiving care and several months later, a happy and healthy Blue Boy.