Spaying and neutering dogs and cats is an essential part of good health. When there are too many dogs and cats the health of each individual suffers. Unwanted dogs and cats are often abandoned at the dump.Many starve or die of exposure in extreme South Dakota winters. Spay/Neuter is a critical part of the solution.
Although Lakota Animal Care Project has no building, we provide an important and much appreciated service by setting up temporary spay/neuter clinics in school gyms and other buildings in different communities around the Reservation.
Although we have no paid veterinary staff, licensed visiting volunteer veterinarians and vet techs who come to the Reservation to volunteer with Lakota Animal Care Project make our spay/neuter program possible.
This year we plan to do 8 spay/neuter clinics during June through September (and possibly October if weather permits). We will spay/neuter a total of 500 dogs and cats during these clinics.
We transport our state-of-the-art surgery equipment and crates in an enclosed cargo trailer to the temporary clinic site.
Our vehicles have several hundred thousand miles on them so we are under the hood almost as often as we are in back of the wheel!
A school gym is transformed into a spay/neuter clinic in less than an hour.
Many families do not have working vehicles but very much want to get their pets fixed. Lakota Animal Care Project has a van which we use to transport dogs to and from the temporary clinic. (Our van also has several hundred thousand miles on it and is ready to die any minute! We need a new, used van ASAP!)
When Lakota Animal Care Project first started, there was not much demand for spay/neuter. Now, in large part because of our program, there is a huge demand. The nature of the problem has changed. Now, although the demand is high, there are insufficient funds to offer enough spay/neuter clinics to get the dog and cat population under control. To do so would require offering more clinics every year. An intensive spay/neuter effort over 3 to 5 years would make a huge difference. Your donation will help us offer more spay/neuter clinics.