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

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

In memory of Terri Neumann

Terri with her dog Windsor
On December 9th, Leech Lake Legacy lost a dear friend and supporter, Terri Neumann. Terri's sister Vicki has been volunteering with Leech Lake Legacy from our early days and got her sister Terri to also get involved with Leech Lake Legacy :) Terri helped in so many ways ..... She would also temp foster cats/kittens for LLL. We send our deepest condolences to Vicki and her family. We asked Vicki to share a few words about her sister ..... RIP Terri Your spirit will continue to live on through your sister Vicki and the work she does with LLL ...

"Terri has always been an animal lover and owner. The dog she leaves behind is Windsor and the cat is Cleo. Cleo came from Leech Lake Legacy. Terri helped foster some kittens from Leech Lake, as well as the feral kittens we trapped in our yard. She never did a transport, but I think I could have eventually convinced her to ride shotgun with me to Motley."

Terri's obituary was in last Sunday's paper.

From Terri's obituary:

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made in Terri's honor to Leech Lake Legacy.

By clicking on the Donate button below, your donation will be made
'In memory of Terri Neumann'

A celebration of Terri's life will be Thursday, 12/18/14, 4-6pm
Buca Di Beppo
7711 Mitchell Road
Eden Prairie

Eddie ... the will to survive

Eddie at the impound
One of our dedicated volunteers, Nancy O'Sullivan, is a tireless advocate for all animals. She informed us that Eddie's time had run out at the Bemidji Impound ... could we help? I asked Nancy to share Eddie's story:

"We don't know much about Eddie's past, but I told him several times we were leaving it behind him anyway and moving forward onto new and better things. Eddie was diagnosed with FIV at his vet visit in Bemidji, but Amber (a Leech Lake Legacy volunteer) was more than happy to take Eddie into her home to foster.   

Eddie weighed in at 6.5 lbs when he arrived at our home. We discovered he was a huge chow-hound and loved his meals.....and he especially loved it when we laid next to him, petting him while he ate.   
Eddie in temp foster with Nancy and Tom O.

I hope Eddie hangs in there.   His heart and lungs and his tummy were checked out by Bemidji Animal Hospital and all were in great working order.......he was skin and bones though when we picked him up but I believe he gained a bit of weight with his foster care here for 10 days. Still, I
worry about the FIV and if he is strong enough to live with it.  I think he has had a very tough life, but he obviously wants to live and become a great addition to a loving family for the rest of his days.   He was cuddly and affectionate with us and followed me around when I could sneak him in a
larger room without our dogs.  He was nose-to-nose with our chocolate lab once and it resulted in a 'duh!' moment, so Eddie is just a laid back kind of guy. 

It didn't take long to fall in love with Eddie......his eyes melted my heart, and his sweetness
touched my soul."

Eddie will continue to need medical care and is definitely not out of the woods. Please continue to send lots of positive, healing energy his way.

A big thanks to Nancy for all you have done for Eddie .. and a big thanks also to Amber for your willingness to take a special needs cat into your home and for providing the necessary care.

Eddie - one week later

Monday, December 15, 2014

Holiday Gift Certificates - Avoid the crowds and help a reservation animal in need

Looking to avoid the crowds at shopping malls? Can't think of what to give your friend or family member for the holidays?

How about giving the gift of warmth and medical care for a reservation animal in need? And who says you can't send a gift, or multiple gifts to yourself! :)

We will mail a gift certificate to your friend or family member .....

You can pay online (be sure to provide the name and address of where you would like the gift certificate to be mailed in the memo field), or send us an email at info@leechlakelegacy.org. Orders can also be made by check (Leech Lake Legacy, PO Box 385454, Bloomington, MN 55438). Please email us your order, however, so we can begin preparing your gift certificates.

LLL Gift Certificates

Saturday, December 6, 2014

Wenda: The journey of a regal cat

Wenda was surrendered to Leech Lake Legacy at our Oct. 12-13, 2014 clinic. Unfortunately all of our partner shelters and rescues were at capacity with cats and kittens so we had nowhere for Wenda to go. Wenda ended up having to go back to the Cass Lake impound (on Leech Lake Reservation) where she spent the next month. Many thanks to our amazing volunteers up north who would visit the cats at the impound (and Wenda was one of many) .. they made sure she had the appropriate care and took time to also play and socialize them.

On Nov. 14th, Wenda came down to the cities with all of her fellow cat friends at the impound. There were also Red Lake reservation cats that were on transport ... a big surgery (spay/neuter) clinic was scheduled in partnership with the University of Minnesota SIRVS (Student Initiative for Veterinary Services) group and 26 cats were scheduled to be spayed/neutered and vaccinated by vet school students under the supervision of vets. The surgery clinic was hosted at Silver Lake Animal Hospital in Oakdale, MN. That day one of the vets volunteering was Dr. Karen Lopez. That day Dr. Karen fell in love with Wenda, an older gray cat with lots of personality!! :)
Wenda at the surgery clinic ..
not quite ready to wake up :)

All 26 cats, after surgery, were taken to the Animal Humane Society in Golden Valley for temporary lodging until we could figure out if any of our partner groups could take these 26 cats into their adoption program. We lucked out .... all 26 cats were placed with either the Animal Humane Society or Angel of Hope rescue. Wenda, ended up going to a foster home with Angel of Hope rescue.

A few days later we got an email from Dr. Karen indicating that she couldn't stop thinking about Wenda and was interested in putting an application in for Wenda. We put Dr. Karen in contact with Angel of Hope Rescue. Not long after, we learned that Wenda was officially adopted by Dr. Karen. Today, we got an email from Karen:

Hello all,
   I am happy to report that Miss Wenda has settled into her new home very nicely.  She is affectionate, playful, very neat, and just a little nervous.  She loves to be brushed and has slept in bed with me every night since she came home on Sunday.  She particularly likes playing with a little white mouse toy that a friend of mine sent to us.  I am thoroughly enjoying her, completely in love with her, and she has brought the warmth back into my apartment.  As I type she is lounging in her pink bed on my bed. I've attached some pictures of her.  Feel free to share with others.


Congrats Miss Wenda and Karen!! We are so happy for you both :) And many thanks to all who helped care of Wenda along her journey to finding her new forever home :)

Friday, November 14, 2014

Puppy Roundup - November 15, 2014

Dog and cat food will also be available. We will also be distributing 80 dog houses and straw to those who have pre-registered at previous clinics. If you did not pre-register for a dog house please come after noon (12 pm) on Saturday, November 15th and all remaining dog houses not distributed will be handed out to residents of Leech Lake Reservation.

Monday, November 10, 2014

Yam ... quills no more

Yam is picked up b Rory, Leech Lake CSO
Yam was picked up by Rory, Leech Lake Tribal Police Community Services Officer, at the end of October. Her face and body were covered with porcupine quills and Rory immediately transported her to our partner Animal Care Clinic in Bemidji where she was sedated and the hundreds of quills removed. We also learned that our sweet girl was very pregnant.

Jenny (LLL Program Director) worked to find placement for Yam with one of our partners and we were ecstatic when Animal Allies Humane Society in Duluth said YES! Yam gave birth to 10 puppies at the vet clinic the night before she was transported (unfortunately 1 puppy did not survive). She then gave birth to one more puppy the very next day but unfortunately one more puppy did not make it. Yam, and her surviving 9 puppies, are being pampered in a loving foster home with Animal Allies.

We are grateful to Rory, Animal Care Clinic, Nancy/Tom (for transporting Yam from Leech Lake to Duluth), and Animal Allies for taking Yam and her puppies into their program. We are also grateful to all who support us so that we an provide the necessary emergency medical care for dogs like Yam who come into our program.

We will be sure to post updated photos of Yam and her puppies.

Yam recovering after surgery to remove the quills

Yam getting pampered at Animal Care Clinic
Yam and her puppies getting ready for transport