Summer News from LTAR

Summer News from LTAR

Successful Spay/Neuter event
Last month we met a lot of great reservation residents and their pets during our first spay/neuter clinic of the year.  The Minnesota Spay Neuter Assistance Program brought their mobile veterinary clinic to the SWO Housing Maintenance garage for three days of surgeries and vaccinations.  It was a great event with a lot of community participation.  During the clinic we fully vetted 48 dogs, 53 cats, and 2 rabbits.  We also provided vaccinations for an additional 30 animals that had already been altered at one of our previous clinics.

The Lake Traverse Reservation provides this service free to pets living on the reservation.  But, this is not truly a “free clinic”.  LTAR pays for these events through donations and fundraising.  The bill for our spring clinic was a little over $8, 000.  Because of our great donors, and a lot of hard work with fundraising, we have been able to pay this bill.  But, now we have very little time to replenish our funds before our next clinic.  If you can help, please sponsor a vaccine for $10, or a surgery for $50.  Every donation counts.  Donations can be made through PayPal to , or by using the donation link on our website: .  Checks can be mailed to LTAR at PO Box 374 Sisseton, SD 57262.

Since our inception, LTAR has now provided free spay/neuter services for approximately 900 animals living on the Lake Traverse Reservation!

Volunteers Needed!
We are desperately in need of volunteers and foster homes on the reservation:
-Foster Homes– We are only able to help animals when we have a safe place for them to stay until they are transported to other rescue groups for rehoming.  LTAR provides the food, and other supplies, you provide the love and care.
-Event volunteers– LTAR participates in a few community events during the year.  We need help with set up, and running our booth during these events.  We’re always at General Council, and often one or two other events.
-Spay/Neuter clinic help– MNSNAP brings the veterinary team, but LTAR provides volunteers to help with checking in animals, potty breaks for animals, setting up and cleaning crates, cleaning surgical instruments and other tasks.   Our next clinic is Sept 14-16.
-Transporters- We often need to get animals to vet appointments, and to their rescue groups.  We run transports about every other weekend, to get animals to the Twin Cities.  We just got a van that we’re planning to use for transports, more info to come. Here is a sample schedule for a transport:
Drivers leave the Dakota Connection in Sisseton at 9am, and drive to Alexandria, MN
Animals are transferred to another vehicle that leaves Alex around 11:15 and arrives in St Cloud at 12:15.
Animals switch vehicles again, leaving St Cloud about 12: 30 and arriving in to Maple Grove about 1:30.
We often have one more transport leg that leaves Maple Grove around 1:45 and gets to Burnsville around 2.
Our transport coordinator and board member, Abby, makes all the arrangements.

If you’d like to foster or volunteer at a clinic or event, please email or call 605-742-0219.  If you can help with transport, please email

Fun Pasta Fundraiser
We are excited to be partnering with FUN PASTA FUNDRAISING! Shop now and order some creative, delicious pasta goodies. It’s simple, and you’ll love the selection – great for any special occasion or just for yourself!

With each sale, our group earns 40% which helps us reach our fundraising goal. Plus you get free shipping over $75! Our fundraiser will run now through the end of July!

To shop, visit: /

Upcoming Events:
SWO General Council– The Lake Traverse Animal Rezcue will have a booth at the SWO General Council at the Tribal building in Agency, on Thursday, June 25th and Friday, June 26th.
Spay/Neuter Clinic– September 14th– 16th, plan to drop off your animal(s) between 7:30 and 9:00am, with pick up in the late afternoon or early evening.  Our clinics do fill up, so make sure to get their early.    We will do around 40 animals each of the first two days, and the last day we will take about 20.  The veterinary crew needs to pack up and drive back to the Twin Cities on the 16th.:
Pet-a-Palooza–  Stop and see the Lake Traverse Animal Rezcue at the MN State Fairgrounds on Saturday, 6/27.
CBS Radio is pleased to bring you Pet-A-Palooza presented by The Urban Dog at the Minnesota State Fairgrounds June 27thfrom 10am – 5pm.  Pet-a-Palooza is a gift to you…the pet owner, to celebrate our love affair with pets. It’s free to attend, free parking.
Enjoy Live Music, Pet Entertainment, Kids Area, Exhibitors, and more!  Visit the many pet adoption and rescue organizations and start the process of adopting a new pet for your family.   Learn more online at Http://
Harvesting Hope for Animals– The Lake Traverse Animal Rezcue will once again be at this amazing event hosted by Pause 4 Paws MN on November 5th.  More information to come.