*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

Friday, January 3, 2014

2013 - A Year in Review

2013 has been an amazing year for Leech Lake Legacy. We have continued to expand our programs and services and build on our partnerships with so many amazing organizations. It is only with the support of our volunteers, our donors, and our partners that we have been able to  positively impact the lives of 3,296 animals since Leech Lake Legacy began in May, 2011.

As we begin 2014, I thought I would share some highlights and some statistics from 2013 and to take a moment to thank you for walking with us in this journey and sharing our vision:

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

Leech Lake Legacy: 2013 - Year in Review

- We transported 858 (520 dogs, 333 cats, 1 duck and 4 bunnies) to our partner shelters and rescues who were then placed up for adoption.

-       - 74 transports and 37,000 miles were driven to transport these precious 858 animals to the next stage of their journey
-      -  We hosted 5 spay/neuter clinics, 6 wellness clinics and 3 Great Puppy Roundups
-       - We offered an educational session on responsible pet ownership, reading pet body language and a demo of rallying at our August, 2013 clinic
-       - We expanded our reach to a new community (Onigum) on Leech Lake Reservation and offered a wellness clinic in October, 2013. All of our clinics in the past have been in Cass Lake.
-       - We collected and transported thousands of pounds of donated supplies including doghouses, dog food, cat food, cat litter, clinic supplies, vaccines, blankets, pee pads and many, many other items

-       At our 2013 clinics:

o   432 animals were spayed/neutered and vaccinated
o   287 received wellness checks and vaccinations only
o   20 specialty surgeries
o   202 animals were surrendered at our clinics
o   152 animals were surrendered at the Great Puppy Roundups
o   We had 157 volunteers at our clinics and Puppy Roundups, including 12 veterinarians
o   Our euthanasia rate for 2013 was 1.40% (down from 5.98% in 2012 and 8.46% in our first year).
o   Where did our animals go?
§  71% of our animals are transported and placed up for adoption through the Animal Humane Society
§  11% of our animals are transported and placed up for adoption through Animal Allies Humane Society
§  The remaining 17% are transferred to approximately 35 other partner shelters/rescues
o   We distributed 165 dog houses in 2013 as a part of the Yukon Project.
o   In memory of Ituha, a young shepherd mix who crossed over into the spirit world on December 12, 2013, we announced plans to develop and launch in early 2014 the Ituha Animal Care Project
o   Ahnung, the fire and inspiration of Leech Lake Legacy, crossed over to the spirit world on August 25, 2013 and continues to be our guiding star
o   We held our first annual Lagers for Legacy event
o   We launched our first e-newsletter in the fall of 2013
o   We added 2 new board members.

 Since Leech Lake Legacy began in May, 2011, here is a summary:

Transports: # of animals placed with partner shelters/rescues:
2011: 201
2012: 937
2013: 858

# of spay/neuter clinics (# of spay/neuter surgeries):
2011: 0 (0)
2012: 2 (184)
2013: 5 (432)

# of specialty surgeries:
2012: 1
2013: 20

# of pets receiving wellness checks and vaccinations:
2012: 126
2013: 287

Oct.11, 2008 - August 25, 2013
Our guiding star.

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