*Leech Lake Legacy is a 501(c)3 tax exempt non-profit organization

Envisioning a world where every reservation dog and cat is well cared for

Monday, April 13, 2015

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

March 20-21, 2015 Spay/Neuter and Wellness Clinic

Leech Lake Legacy hosted a spay/neuter and wellness clinic on March 20-21, 2015 in Cass Lake on Leech Lake Reservation. A big thanks to our sponsors who made this clinic possible: Pet Haven Inc. of Minnesota, Pause 4 Paws, A Kinder World Foundation, the Terri Neumann Memorial, Leech Lake Tribal Police Department, and the Leech Lake Band of Ojibwe (special thanks to Steve White, District II representative of the Leech Lake Tribal Council).

Dr. Pierce checks out a furry friend who came in for a wellness visit
The clinic was hosted at the Boys and Girls Club .. a huge thanks to George, lead custodian who provided support throughout the entire clinic to ensure the gymnasium space at the school was ready for our clinic!

In addition to hosting the clinic in the Cass Lake area we offered transport service for residents in a remote community (S. Lake) for animals needing spay/neuter surgeries. We will continue to offer transport services for residents in remote communities for our spay/neuter clinics which are held in Cass Lake.

It was a very busy weekend and we are truly grateful for all our amazing volunteers ... a special thanks to our volunteer veterinarians: Dr. Pierce Fleming, Dr. Laura Kiehnbaum, Dr. Sara Williams and our vet techs and vet assistants. Many thanks also to Dr. Meghann of Kindest Cut and her team who worked hard, and long hours, to complete 102 spay/neuter surgeries.

The following are stats from our March clinic:
  • 102 spay/neuter surgeries
  • 50 on day 1, 52 on day 2
  • 48 cats and 54 dogs
  • 57 spays and 45 neuters
  • 13 specialty surgeries
  • 139 wellness exams (54 on day 1 and 85 on day 2)
  • 27 surrenders (10 dogs, 6 puppies, 10 cats and 1 guinea pig)
  • 94 Seresto collars distributed
  • Grooming was also available
We will be hosting a wellness clinic and surrender event on Saturday, April 18th at the Tribal Police Garage in Cass Lake.

Sunday, March 29, 2015

Updated 2015 Leech Lake Legacy Calendar of Events

Leech Lake Reservation:

Spay/Neuter Clinics, Wellness Clinics, and Surrender Events are usually held in Cass Lake on Leech Lake Reservation.  We will work with you to arrange transport for your pets to our spay/neuter clinics from remote communities on Leech Lake Reservation.  Call us at 1-866-LEGACY-3 (1-866-534-2293) to make transport arrangements.

- Apr. 10 Animal Care Education Session held at Leech Lake Tribal College. For more info click here.
- Jun. 24 3rd Annual Lagers for Legacy. For more info and to purchase tickets click here.

White Earth Reservation:

Location of our May and October clinics: TBD [Clinics at White Earth are a collaborative effort of WE R Furr Feline Rescue, Red Lake Rosie's Rescue, Leech Lake Legacy and the Native America Humane Society]

Watch our Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/LeechLakeLegacy for clinic location details.

Monday, March 23, 2015

Animal Care Education Session - April 10, 2015

Leech Lake Legacy, in collaboration with the Leech Lake Tribal College, Leech Lake Band of Ojibwe, Leech Lake Tribal Police and the University of Minnesota SIRVS group will be hosting two animal care education sessions on Friday, April 10, 2015 at the Leech Lake Tribal College (Drum Room) in Cass Lake.

A more detailed agenda is below along with additional information on our presenters, Dr. Larissa Minicucci and Eva Reinicke of the University of Minnesota SIRVS (Student Initiative for Reservation Veterinary Services) Group.


April 10th, 2015

Two sessions:
2 - 4 pm (geared for students) and
6 - 8 pm (for community members/general public)

The 6 pm-8 pm presentation will not include the veterinary career options portion of the lecture. More emphasis will be placed on basic animal care and first aid. 

Veterinary Careers (30 minutes)
Steps to becoming a veterinarian
-undergraduate requirements
-VetFAST program through University of Minnesota
-work experience
-GRE and GPA requirements
-Veterinary Schools in the US and abroad
-veterinary school scholarships
Career options in veterinary medicine
-small animal medicine
-large animal medicine
-public health

Basic Animal Care (30 minutes)
-Animal housing
-Pet nutrition
-veterinary care for pets

Pet First Aid (30 minutes)
-what is a pet emergency?
-first aid supplies
-how to handle an injured pet
-basic pet first aid procedures
-pets and disasters

Dog body language and bite prevention (30 minutes)
- properly training and socializing pets
-how to read dog body language
- teaching children how to be around pets
- community approaches to dog bite prevention

Special Guests:
Before and after the session meet Leech Lake dogs currently in training to be service dogs for veterans with Patriot Assistance Dogs and learn more about Patriot Assistance Dogs and what it takes to become a service dog.

Ember (a stray from Onigum) is now in training
to be come a service dog for veterans with
Patriot Assistance Dogs.
Ember will be a special guest on 4/10.
Bios of our presenters:

Larissa Minicucci DVM, MPH, CPH

Dr. Minicucci received her undergraduate degree in animal bioscience from Penn State University in 1996. She went on to complete her degree as a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (DVM) from Cornell university in 2000. In 2004 she graduated with a Masters of Public Heath in epidemiology from the University of Minnesota. She is also a diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Preventative Medicine.

Currently she teaches at the University of Minnesota College of Veterinary Medicine and directs the dual degree program for DVM/MPH students. Her clinical interests include community-based practice opportunities in population and preventative medicine. She has been the faculty advisor for the club Student Initiative for Reservation Veterinary Services (SIRVS) since the club was founded in 2009 and has facilitated the growth of the club from six original members to over one third of the veterinary student body. Her dedication and passion for teaching students and providing care to animals on Leech Lake, White Earth and Lower Sioux reservations has helped provide veterinary care to thousands of animals and touched many student lives.

Eva Reinicke 

Eva Reinicke received her bachelor of arts degree in environmental education from Earlham College in 2007. She worked as an outdoor educator, wilderness trip leader and veterinary assistant until her acceptance to the University of Minnesota College of Veterinary Medicine in 2011. She anticipates graduating with a DVM in 2016. She has been involved in providing veterinary services on reservations since starting veterinary school. Currently she is the president for Student Initiative for Reservation Veterinary Services and organizes four to five companion animal wellness and spay/neuter clinics during each school year. This summer she interned with Rural Veterinary Experience Teaching and Service (RVETS) providing veterinary care for horses, mules and donkeys on Pine Ridge, Fort Berthold, Cheyenne River and Standing Rock reservations. She also participated in wellness and spay/neuter programs through Rural Area Veterinary Service (RAVS) in Turtle Mountain and Cheyenne River communities. She is committed to finding sustainable ways of providing veterinary care on reservations throughout Minnesota and the Dakotas.

Thursday, March 12, 2015

Spay/neuter services for District 1 Residents of Leech Lake Reservation

Attention District 1 residents of Leech Lake Reservation (Ball Club, Deer River, Inger, S. Lake and Winnie Dam): Leech Lake Legacy/LLL will be hosting a low-cost spay/neuter clinic in Cass Lake next weekend. In order to service more remote communities, LLL will provide transport service from S. Lake to Cass Lake on 3/20. We will be at the S. Lake Community Center on Friday, 3/20 from 9 am - 11 am. Pre-registration is required. Please contact LLL at 612.437.9073 or leechlakelegacy@gmail.com by Tuesday, March 17th to pre-register. Animals will be transported to Cass Lake on 3/20 for surgery and returned to S. Lake on Saturday, 3/21. We will also accept surrenders on 3/20 at S. Lake Community Center between 9 am and 11 am. miigwech.

Sunday, March 8, 2015

Partnership with Kids in Need Foundation and Yoobi brings school supplies to Leech Lake Reservation

In the fall of 2014 a new partnership formed through connections we had with our partner the Animal Humane Society. We were put in contact with Jeanne Mock, Director of National Accounts for Kids in Need Foundation. One connection, and conversation, led to another ...
... and it wasn't long before it became apparent that there was a real need for school supplies for schools on Leech Lake Reservation. We were asked if we had a contact on Leech Lake Reservation, and would there be a way for us to get the school supplies to the schools up at Leech Lake Reservation. Leech Lake Legacy believes in collaboration, in partnership and in building bridges. Helping the children and teachers of Leech Lake Reservation was a natural extension of our belief in the importance of community. The very beginnings of Leech Lake Legacy involved helping the animals .... through our relationships and friendships with residents, tribal leaders and band members of Leech Lake Reservation, we have learned that everything we do MUST be about community. And community is about people AND animals.

We soon learned of the partnership Kids in Need Foundation had with a organization, Yoobi and their Yoobi Classroom Packs. The classroom packs contain the most fundamental tools needed for learning and creativity and each pack contains supplies for a classroom of 30.

This week, my vehicle is packed to the brim with 25 Yoobi Classroom Packs. We will get the packs up to Leech Lake Reservation and into the hands of teachers at Cass Lake Elementary and the King School. And yes, more packs will be on their way up in the not too distant future.

A heartfelt thanks to Kids in Need Foundation and to Yoobi for providing teachers and students on Leech Lake Indian Reservation with much needed school supplies.

President/Co-Founder, Leech Lake Legacy


YOOBI tells who they are and what they do in their own words . . .

Yoobi, pronounced “you-be,” is a new colorful and vibrant school supply brand that makes learning fun while also giving back. We create and sell supplies for the school, home or office, and for every item you buy directly from us or one of our retail partners, we donate a Yoobi item to a classroom in need right here in the U.S. Our goal is to perk up the school supply aisle, and help solve a big problem along the way. Yoobi is a for-profit company with giving integrated into its core mission.

Our goal is to one day provide free school supplies to all classrooms that lack access to basic learning tools. Yoobi was founded on the belief that: (1) access to fundamental school supplies should be within reach of all kids, no matter what ZIP code they come from, (2) teachers should not have to spend money out of their own pockets in order to provide those supplies, and (3) each and every one of us can make a difference.

For every Yoobi item you purchase, one Yoobi item (based on classroom need) is contributed to a Yoobi Classroom Pack, which is donated through one of our donation partners to a classroom in need right here in the U.S. Donated items may include pencils, glue sticks, erasers, rulers, folders, crayons, colored pencils or other items. “One for you, one for me” is what kids say on the playground and at snack time. It’s how they learn to share, and play fair. Now they can make those choices as consumers, picking out some practical Yoobi goodies with you by their side.

Our founder, Ido Leffler, came up with the “Yoobi” idea after a trip down the school supply aisle with his two daughters. He noticed that the wall of products felt like it hadn’t been updated since he was in junior high. He found himself wondering; what if the school supply aisle grabbed kids interest like the toy aisle? Plus, Ido has visited dozens of public schools and found the classrooms to be either institutionally austere, or colorful wonderlands covered in kids’ art. In the wonderlands, he’d learned that many of the teachers had paid for supplies out of their own pockets: a real problem we need to solve. Ido thought, why not develop a line of cool school supplies that engage kids, while helping others?

Ido was thinking of a way to get people excited about what we were about to embark on, and kept going back to the notion of inspiring people to be whoever they want to be…he thought, You be the difference. You be great. You be awesome! You be YOU. Yoobi! What better name for a cute, nation-changing toucan? Yoobi’s goal is to inspire kids to be whomever and whatever they want to be, and give them the tools they need to do it.

We love working with our non-profit partners! We have partnered with the Kids In Need Foundation to ensure that our school supplies reach the classrooms demonstrating the greatest need. Kids In Need Foundation is in its twentieth year of providing free school supplies to 4.2 million children and 120,000 teachers annually through a network of 34 Resource Centers across the U.S. 

Lesley Walton and Jeanne Mock of Kids in Need Foundation
pack my car with Classroom Packs!