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

Wednesday, November 27, 2013

ASPCA/Live Oak Bank Grant provides transport of 250 animals

Xanti - arrived on the 9/29/13 transport from Leech Lake
In mid-September, we received word from the ASPCA (with funding provided by Live Oak Bank) that we had received a $2,500 grant to assist in the cost of transporting animals from Leech Lake and Red Lake reservations to our partner shelters and rescues. Leech Lake Legacy collaborates and partners with Red Lake Rosie's Rescue on transports from northern Minnesota to the cities. Weekly transports often include animals from Red Lake and Leech Lake reservations, Bemidji Impound, Fosston Impound and Roseau Impound.

Between 9/13/2013 and 11/27/13, the grant money has funded 12 transports from Leech Lake and Red Lake reservations and a total of 250 animals (157 dogs/puppies, 91 cats/kittens and 2 ducks)! We are extremely grateful to the ASPCA/Live Oak Bank!

Grant .. not feeling well :(
And today, the final transport funded by the ASPCA/Live Oak Bank grant was for an emergency transport to bring a 12 week old pup named Grant to the cities. The sweet little boy was one of a litter of 3 picked up by Rory, the Leech Lake Community Services Officer last week. All 3 pups had mange so last Saturday were sent up to Red Lake Rosie's in Red Lake Reservation where they were to be treated for mange. On Monday night we got word that Grant was not doing well so we arranged for him to be transported to Animal Care Clinic in Bemidji. Grant tested positive for parvo. The medical staff gave Grant subQ fluids as he had not eaten or had anything to drink in a couple days. We are extremely fortunate that one of our rescue partners Carver Scott Humane Society has an amazing foster, Jean, who takes so many of our pups with parvo and treats them. An emergency mid-week transport was arranged for today, and the final money available from our transport grant was used to help bring the sweet pup from Leech Lake to the cities.

The following is the latest update from Grant's foster mom: "He is feeling pretty crummy. The vet gave him a shot of antibiotic, and sent metoclopramide and antibiotics. He's not eating or drinking and will need more subQ over the  next days." Please keep Grant in your thoughts and prayers, and send lots of healing energy his way.

Chi miigwech/big thanks to ASPCA and Live Oak Bank for making it possible for 250 precious critters to take the next step in their journey to getting the medical/veterinary care they need and to finding their own forever homes.

The following are links to photos from the transports:

September 13, 2013 transport

September 17, 2013 transport

September 22, 2013 transport

September 29, 2013 transport

October 5, 2013 transport

October 16, 2013 transport

October 19, 2013 transport

October 23, 2013 transport

November 2, 2013 transport

November 12, 2013 transport

November 22, 2013 transport

Update on Grant from his foster mom on 11/29/13 which was posted on our facebook page:

A wonderful update on Grant from foster mom Jean of Carver Scott Humane Society: "Grant is doing very well. We can reduce the subQ fluids to once a day starting tomorrow. He will be on a low residue diet, and remain in the warm quarantine room for another week. He's over the worst part of the parvo virus  Thank you Leech Lake Legacy, Karen Good, Animal Care Clinic Bemidji, the volunteer transport drivers, and all who sent prayers and positive energy to help Grant. He is alive today because of all of you. He will also continue on antibiotics and metoclopramide. The parvo pups often develop respiratory symptoms (similar to kennel cough) during their recovery from parvo. This is why it's important to keep giving antibiotics." What uplifting news to end the week. Thank you so much Jean for all you have done, and continue to do for Grant  and thank you to ASPCA and Live Oak Bank for funding this emergency transport!

Saturday, November 23, 2013

Alex Update: Full circle ... the healing energy of animals

We got an email from Alex's family for the holidays and just had to share the update:

Alex and his new family - December, 2013

Hello Marilou,

I hope all is well with you and your family?  We are good here and enjoying our new family member, Alex.  I wanted to send you a picture or two of our new Christmas gift, Alex.  He is such an amazing dog and his spirit is so big and full of love, I am so blessed that we had this great dog come into our life!!!

Once again, thank you for all that you do!!!  I am hoping to come up there, with Alex and visit you and show you the true power of love, karma, and an amazing aura!!!

Take care.


By Marilou (LLL co-founder):

Alex in his new home
On October 6th, I received an email from LuAnn, an LLL volunteer who lives up in Grand Rapids area. LuAnn and her husband Frank have volunteered at many of our first spay/neuter clinics at Leech Lake Reservation and continue to be a big advocate and voice for the animals. She shared with me that she had a friend Corine who had found an injured dog lying in the middle of the road in Inger with a face full of quills. Her friend Corine took the stray pup to her vet to get care and then was taken in for temporary care by her friend Vicki. I shared with Corine that Leech Lake Legacy was going to be in Cass Lake for a spay/neuter and wellness clinic on Oct. 11-12 and her friend could come to our clinic to surrender the pup. We would then transport the pup to our partner Animal Humane Society and he would be placed up for adoption. I had a couple conversations with Vicki prior to the clinic to assure her Alex would be well cared for. It was clear she cared deeply for the pup. On Saturday, Oct. 11th, early evening a woman walked up to the intake desk for our clinic at the Leech Lake Tribal Police headquarters and asked for Marilou. I was expecting her and happened to be up front when Vicki arrived, “I’m Marilou. Are you Vicki?” Vicki had come with a friend and it was also clear her heart was full of emotions.
Alex on Oct. 11, 2013 being surrendered at our clinic
We walked out together to her car where a gorgeous dog was waiting for her in her car. He looked like a miniature rottie and had the most gentle, kind disposition. There was an aura around him .. and it was clear he had wiggled his way into Vicki’s heart. “Will you please make sure he is well cared for?” I looked Vicki in the eyes, and nodded. “The dogs we bring down to the Animal Humane Society are often adopted very quickly and spend very little time at the shelter. He will find a wonderful home.” We walked back and she filled out paper to surrender Alex (Leech Lake Legacy named him Alex) and she handed the leash over to one of our LLL volunteers, and as she walked away I could see tears in her eyes. She could not keep Alex and was grateful to know that he would be given the chance at finding his own home … but yes, it was clear her heart hurt.

A few days ago, Leech Lake Legacy received an email from Molly:
Alex and his new canine sibling ... yes, napping :)
My name is Molly Smith and I was curious to see if you would like a picture of one of your dogs that we adopted on November 3rd, 2013.  I was looking through some of the photos from your website and I found a few pictures of him, number 5758 and 6041.  His name is Alex and we are in LOVE with him!!!  i just thought you might enjoy an update and a photo or two!!!

Please let me know if this is ok and I will send some pictures as well as an update on Alex's new family.  Thank you for all you do!! Because of what you all do, we have a great new family member!!!

We continued to exchange emails and I shared a little more about how Alex came to Leech Lake Legacy …

“ …. my husband and I got a little misty reading this!!  I am so glad that things happened the way they did, for we received an amazing new family member!!  

We went on Sunday, November 3rd to just look around and take our kids, we have a son who will be 5 in December 24th, and our twin daughters are 3.5,  to the humane society so they could see all of the animals. I have been wanting another dog; in 2011 we had to put down my 12 year old Boston Terrier, and as of January 4th of 2013, we had to put down one of our Pugs who was only 11.  We do have one dog left, a 13 year old pug, and now Alex.  So, as we were at the Humane Society in Coon Rapids, I walked by Alex's cage and I just had to meet him.  There was something about him that just kept pulling me back to him.  He had such an aura about him that I had to bring him home.  I did not realize the connection he would make with me, my husband, and my kids.  The odd thing is I am Native American, Cherokee, not a lot but enough and I swear he and I connected that day.  He is an amazing dog and I actually call him "my boy".  

Alex is a loving boy who spends his day playing with our kids and myself and when our pug feels like it, him as well.  The second he walked into our house, he was apart of the family.  He has a lot of energy and we have a fenced in yard and, I run.  He gets walks almost every day.  We are so blessed to have this boy in our home and our hearts!!!    

When we brought him in for his 2 week checkup our vet who I have known for 14 years says he is an amazing dog and we are very lucky to have him!!  There was however a few bumps with his health and we are working on that now.  He had one broken off porcupine quill in his muzzle but luckily, I was able to grab it out.  He was very happy about that!!!

I will keep you updated and send many pictures!!!  Thank you for all that you do!!!

On the same day that Molly sent us an email, it was the same day that Corine had a phone conversation with Jenny Fitzer (the other co-founder of LLL). Corine had reached out to us about volunteering to help at our clinics and Jenny was sharing with Corine more about what would be involved in volunteering at one of our clinics. Corine happened to ask Jenny, “Do you know whatever happened to the dog my friend surrendered at the October clinic? The dog who had quills in his face?” Unbeknownst to Jenny, I had been communicating with Molly about Alex, the dog Corine was asking about. And Corine, who happens to be on the board of directors for Northern Community Radio in northern Minnesota, wanted to know if we would be willing to go on the radio to share more about the work we do up at Leech Lake Reservation. Thanks to Corine, I was on the radio yesterday (Friday) morning on the John and Heidi morning show sharing more about our work.
Alex, napping with dad .. he makes a nice pillow :)
I also asked Corine to share more about how she came upon Alex … here is how it all began …

I was driving through Inger on my way to town on Wed, Oct. 2 and he way lying in the middle of the road (probably soaking up the road heat).  When I stopped he came up to my car almost like he was asking for help and I noticed he had a face full of quills, many going all the way through both nostrils.  I got out and tried to get him, but he ran off into a nearby yard with a bunch of other dogs (who also had quills).  I didn't feel comfortable following him into the yard.  Two days later I went back prepared with a kennel, treats for the other dogs, and a leash and collar.  He was in the road again so I just picked him up and put him in my car and drove him to the vet.  They sedated him, removed the quills, and tested him for heartworm, lyme and anaplasmosis.  He was positive for both anaplasmosis and lyme so we treated him for that, as well as deworming him and treating him preventively for mange since it is not uncommon in the stray dogs on the res.  I couldn't bring him home because I have 3 dogs; my oldest little pit bull was dying and a handful to care for.  Luckily my kind and generous friend Vicki took him into her home, fed him well because he was quite thin, administered his meds and let him cuddle with her lab and be comfortable.  We were so thankful after talking to LuAnne since she and Jenny reassured us that if we brought him to Cass Lake he would be adopted out quickly.  So Vicki brought him to you on Oct. 11 and you know the rest of the story.  Thank you so much for helping him!  I am so happy that he has a home and is loved.”

Here is yet another example of the full circle of how animals bring so many of us together. Thank you LuAnne, Corine, Vicki, Molly (and family), Animal Humane Society, LLL volunteers .. and most of all Alex, for bringing us all together. 

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Leech Lake Legacy partners with Bloomington Subaru Partner to 'Share the Love'

Lula Belle, LLL's ambassador dog

Leech Lake Legacy and Bloomington Subaru Partner to “Share the Love” for  Homeless Pets  
December 7, 2013 event to raise awareness about homeless animals on Native American reservations with art, stories and furry tails

Bloomington, Minn. November 18,  2013Leech Lake Legacy will join the ASPCA® (The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals®) and Subaru of America for the annual year-end Subaru “Share the Love” event and celebration, which kicks off November 21, 2013 and runs through January 2, 2014. Leech Lake Legacy assists Indian Reservations with programs to help spay and neuter pets, administer wellness veterinary care, gather and transport adoptable dogs and cats and implement sustainable infrastructures for their own animals.
Bart (from Red Lake) - ambassador for "rez" dogs
As part of this national effort, Leech Lake Legacy and Bloomington Subaru will team up on December 7, 2013 from 11AM to 3PM at the Bloomington-based dealership. The Bloomington Subaru/Leech Lake Legacy Share the Love event will include highlights of the Native American experience with a special display of Ojibwe art and compelling stories of rescued Reservation (“Rez”) dogs. In addition, Lula Belle, am ambassador dog from Leech Lake Reservation, and Bart, an ambassador dog originally from Red Lake Reservation will be on hand to greet guests.  A drawing for an Ojibwe artwork will be held and guests will also receive unique giveaways to commemorate the event.

Bloomington Subaru/Leech Lake Legacy Share the Love Event

Bloomington Subaru, 7801 Lyndale Avenue, Bloomington, MN 55420

Saturday, December 7, 2013. 11AM-3PM

For every new Subaru purchased or leased during the “Share the Love” event, Subaru donates $250 to the owner’s choice of participating charities, one of which is ASPCA.  A majority of the ASPCA’s “Share the Love” donation is targeted for distribution as grants to animal welfare organizations. Leech Lake Legacy is pleased to be a recipient of one of these grants.

Resources are scarce for pet owners and residents of Leech Lake Reservation in northern Minnesota. The number of stray and surrendered dogs and cats needing to be re-homed is staggering," said Jenny Fitzer, Program Director for Leech Lake Legacy. "Residents care deeply for their animals but often lack the resources to provide for them. Programs like Share the Love help us expand our capabilities on the Reservation including additional spay/neuter clinics,  transportation of dogs and cats to partner shelters/rescues to be re-homed and outreach and education for the residents.  This helps improve the quality of life for dogs and cats on the Reservation.”

For more information about Leech Lake Legacy and this event, please visit www.leechlakelegacy.org To learn more about the “Share the Love” campaign, visit www.aspca.org/subaru. To find out about Bloomington Subaru visit www.bloomingtonsubaru.com

Sunday, November 17, 2013

Kiki/She Update

For those of you who have been following Leech Lake Legacy's work since our beginnings, you will remember Kiki (now 'She'). She got her name from her foster mom Mary (who then adopted her!) because she did not want to get attached and end up adopting her, so Mary named Kiki 'She Dog' :)

She came to Leech Lake Legacy in July, 2012.

Here are excerpts from old blog posts:

"We received a call from the Rory, Leech Lake Community Services Officer about a dog he was picking up from an abandoned house. He had been informed of a dog and her pups living in an abandoned house. After Rory was able to get Kiki he contacted us to let us know she was in pretty bad shape. Her face was completely infected and swollen, and she had porcupine quills on her face. We immediately authorized him to take Kiki and her 4 pups to our partner vet in Bemidji, Animal Care Clinic. They immediately fell in love with her. Her pups were absolutely adorable but there was something incredibly special about Kiki .. she laid on her back soaking in all the belly rubs she could get and was very patient while the vet techs removed as many of the quills from her face as they could. She came down on transport on Saturday, 7/28 where she continued to win over the hearts of the staff at the Buffalo Animal Humane Society. Her pups were quickly vetted, spayed/neutered and were adopted out within days. Kiki's story unfortunately revealed more health issues. I provided an update on August 1, on our blog (http://leechlakelegacy.blogspot.com/2012/08/kiki-update.html). 
She/Kiki when she first arrived

Since that update we learned that Kiki has an injury to her back leg. They were having an orthopedic surgeon evaluate her and soon discovered on top of the leg injury she had kidney issues. She ended up in the home of Mary (who works at the clinic of the orthopedic surgeon who was evaluating Kiki). Kiki was renamed to She Dog (her foster mom Mary named her She Dog so she wouldn't get attached to this incredibly wise and gentle spirit) ... well, it didn't work!! Mary shared with me last Friday that Kiki (aka She) is the most amazing dog she has ever had.

Kiki unfortunately has been diagnosed with kidney failure (stage 3, out of 4). Her prognosis is not good. She has been given 2-3 months, and up to 2 years. When I saw Kiki last Friday I would never have even known she had kidney failure. Her coat is incredibly soft and shiny; her spirit is full of life; and her presence filled the lobby of the Woodbury Animal Humane Society. And yes, she still rolled over on her back for lots of belly rubs. She gets to go to work every day with her mom and she gets acupuncture and laser therapy for her leg ... the other day she also spent time on the water treadmill, and according to her mom " .. she loves the treadmill. She acts like a puppy when she gets out!"
Well, She was officially adopted by Mary in November, 2012. And Mary has gone above and beyond for this amazing, gentle soul. Here is the latest update from Mary on She:

"She is doing great. One year ago this month I made the adoption official. She has had 3 treatments with stem cells and just had her 6 month follow up. The hip is much more comfortable. The muscle circumference of that leg has increased each time it has been measured. Her kidney values dropped 30% and have remained down. She is an incredible mouser in the back yard. I'm sure that was one of her food sources prior to being rescued. Yuk, that makes me crazy:)"

Thank you Mary for giving She the best home possible .... We are all so happy for her and for you!! :)

She/Kiki in August, 2012
She and her siblings napping
There are quite a few posts on She/Kiki on the Leech Lake Legacy blog. If you'd like to read more about her story, search for 'Kiki' on our blog :)

Wednesday, November 6, 2013

A Rising Tide Lifts all Boats

This is a quote that was used in several speeches delivered by President John F. Kennedy during both his time as President and as a Massachusetts Senator.  This quote gives illustration to the concept of Give to the Max Day– a day that brings together the generous people of Minnesota in support of nonprofit organizations that, together, help to strengthen communities in our State.

This quote also embodies the work of Leech Lake Legacy because we believe that by working together in collaboration with a large network of animal welfare organizations, we will be able to do more for reservation animals and pet owners.

Leech Lake Legacy is one of the organizations that will be campaigning for funds on Give to the Max Day in order to further our mission to ensure that every reservation dog and cat is well cared for.  Without our supporters, we would not have been able to touch the lives of over 3,000 animals since we began this work in May 2011.

We believe that every animal matters and that all lives have purpose and meaning.  For Leech Lake Legacy, our purpose is to be a resource to the animals and pet owners of the Leech Lake reservation by providing surrender and transportation services, low-cost spay/neuter/wellness clinics, adequate outdoor shelter, and educational programming.   Since May 2011, we have done 1,901 transfers; performed 606 spay/neuter surgeries; and administered 413 wellness exams/vaccinations.

But this work could not be possible without our supporters – generous people just like YOU who give of your time, talent, and treasure to help these animals in need.

On Thursday, November 14th, be a part of the rising tide and help to raise OUR boat!  Support Leech Lake Legacy and make a difference in the lives of reservation dogs and cats…because they matter.

To donate click here

Dexter is a 2.5 year old St. Bernard who came down on transport on 10/25/13. About a week after he arrived he broke with parvo. Leech Lake Legacy has taken Dexter back into their program and is treating him for parvo. Your donation will help us care for animals like Dexter so that he is given the second chance we believe he deserves.

Spay/Neuter and vaccination clinics
Weekly transports