Leech Lake Legacy believes that by working together and collaborating with a larger network of animal welfare organizations, we will be able to do more for reservation animals and pet owners (www.leechlakelegacy.org)
*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
I have driven hundreds of
transports, carrying thousands of dogs, cats, bunnies and other critters from
northern Minnesota. Never, in my six plus years of transporting animals, has a
dog escaped from their kennel during transport.
Never, that is, until
this past Saturday.
When I met Nancy in
Motley for our weekly swap of clean kennels for dogs and cats, we noticed that
the gate on Zoilo's crate was bent inward. Being the responsible transporters
that we are, we reinforced the front of Zoilo's kennel with two bungee cords
and felt quite certain there would no issues.
I was about 45 minutes
from my first stop in Buffalo when I heard an odd noise from the back of the
van. I glanced in the rearview mirror and to my surprise; I could see Zoilo's
head sticking out of his kennel.Before
I could even react, he had fully escaped.
Zoilo had a look of joy
on his face as he walked back and forth across the crates of the other dogs and
cats, and stopped to investigate each one.
Hisses and growls met each sniff but Zoilo wasn’t deterred. He was obviously quite proud of himself that
a silly old crate couldn’t hold such a determined canine.
Mighty Proud of Himself
Thankfully, I was in a
location where I could immediately pull into a parking lot to deal with the
escapee. I quickly placed a slip lead
over Zoilo’s head and attached the other end to the passenger seat in an
attempt to keep him somewhat controlled.I then moved the other crates beyond the reach of Zoilo’s leash.Before we got back on the road, I placed a
second slip lead on Zoilo thinking it might be a good idea should he somehow
escape one of them.
Zoilo was less than
pleased to be leashed, which became obvious when in 10 seconds, he chewed
through one of the slip leads and started work on the second one. Thankfully, I was able to deter him from
fully escaping again and the rest of the trip was pretty uneventful.
Enjoying the Sights
We are not sure what
Zoilo’s life was like before he came to us, but I’m pretty sure he may have
spent some time with Houdini’s dog.
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.
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.
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]