5:00 a.m. – A screaming alarm wakes me up in an unfamiliar bed and it takes a minute for my groggy brain to remember I am in Cass Lake on the Leech Lake Indian Reservation. I stumble out of bed and try to focus on making it to the bathroom without tripping over the miscellaneous shoes, bags and other items strewn along my path.
I make it into the shower without injury and as I stand under the steaming water, I think about the previous evening when I received a late-night call from Dr. Vicki. She was calling to see if I could help organize transport for a severely burned puppy from Red Lake Reservation that needed to get to Minneapolis as soon as possible. A few phone calls and emails later and transport was set. I think again to myself how lucky I am to be involved with such a passionate, dedicated network of animal lovers and send a silent prayer that the injured dog survives the trip.
I am in town with a group of Leech Lake Legacy volunteers to host a Surrender Event at the Tribal Police Headquarters in Cass Lake. Once a month, we set up at the Tribal Police garages and provide an opportunity for residents of the Reservation to surrender their animals to us. We take in animals (dogs, cats, puppies, kittens, rabbits, guinea pigs, ducks, etc.) all day on Saturday. We are able to provide simple services to dogs and cats (de-worming) and also trim nails. And we provide dog and cat food to pet owners.
Surrendered at event
5:45 a.m. - I wasn’t scheduled to meet up with the other volunteers until 6:30 a.m. but as I was leaving the facility the night before, I discovered that we were out of toilet paper. Since I was coordinating the clinic, I figured it was my responsibility to make sure we had enough TP to get us through the day. I certainly didn't want a mutiny on my hands. My first stop was Teal’s, the local grocery store. I left the van running as I pulled into the lot and was thoroughly disappointed when I ran to the door and realized they didn’t open until 6:00. I jumped back in the van and attempted to keep warm until the store opened.
1 of a litter of 3 puppies surrendered at event
Surrendered at Event
|Our Fantastic Volunteers|
Jenny, Wendy, Bill, Teresa, John, Jenna, Melissa
Nancy, Sandra, Jarre, Linda
Trudy is taking the picture
|Jessie and Jenna|
|Ora and Orange Blossom|
Total number of animals surrendered - 26
Total number of dogs surrendered – 19
Total number of cats surrendered – 7
We will be back again on March 20-21 for a spay/neuter/wellness clinic. And, as always, we will take in surrendered animals and give out free dog and cat food. Hope to see you then.