*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

Thursday, April 30, 2015

Litter of 7 orphan pups arrive on emergency transport

On Wednesday, April 29th, Rory (Leech Lake Reservation Community Services Officer) received a call regarding a litter of 7 orphan pups in S. Lake on Leech Lake Reservation. The mama of the pups had not returned and the litter of 7 orphan pups (approximately 4 weeks old) were surrendered to the Leech Lake Tribal Police.

The pups were immediately taken to Animal Care Clinic in Bemidji where they bottle fed the pups as Jenny (LLL Program Director) began making phone calls and arrangements to find placement for these pups and to arrange for transport. Jenny reached out to our partner Animal Humane Society and we are extremely grateful their foster program was ready and able to  bring 7 orphan pups in and fosters ready to bottle feed the orphan pups every 3 hours! The wheels were set in motion and LLL volunteer Eileen picked up the pups from Animal Care Clinic in Bemidji and met Jenny at the half way point to the Twin Cities (Motley). The pups arrived at the Golden Valley Animal Humane Society/AHS a little after 6 pm on Wednesday, 4/29 and were immediately checked out by AHS vet techs ... weighed, de-wormed, microchipped and their foster care kits and crates prepared to send them off to their foster homes!

Thanks to a wonderful network and a caring village, these precious 7 pups will receive the necessary care ..... and when they are old enough to be spayed/neutered and vaccinated, they will be placed up for adoption through our partner Animal Humane Society. 

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.