2020. What a crazy time for our 10 year Anniversary! The Lake Traverse Animal Rezcue was at risk of a major setback this year. The only spay/neuter clinic we had planned for the year, was cancelled. We scrambled to figure out what we could do, to keep the animal population in check. Working closely with the Wilmot Veterinary Clinic on the reservation, we started up the LTAR Community Vetting Program! Community members contact LTAR through our Facebook page, or via email, with information about the animals that need vetting. Volunteers pass the information to the vet clinic, then the pet owner contacts the veterinarian to schedule an appointment. The vetting is free for pet owners on public assistance, or $20 for those that are not. Over 70 pets have been approved for this program!
At the end of September, we got a surprise offer from the SNIP group from Fargo. They had a cancellation for the first weekend in October and wanted to know if they could come to Lake Traverse. Of course, we said yes! We hurried to secure a location for the event, plan and advertise it. Due to Covid, we required mask use and had the animal check in outside, to keep people safe. During a two-day clinic, the volunteer vet crew were able to spay/neuter exactly 100 animals! Many more stopped in for vaccination boosters.
You can help us continue our LTAR Community Vetting Program by donating for Give to the Max Day here.
Success stories from the year This summer, there was a little scruffy white stray dog in a neighborhood on the reservation. No one wanted to get near her, because she was a bloody mess. Then one resident noticed her, gave her some food and water, and called us. We picked up the dog and rushed her to the veterinarian. The poor thing had a flesh-eating bacteria! We named her Coral, and No Dog Left Behind stepped up to take her in to their rescue. Coral had about $2,000 in vet work, but is now disease free, and adopted in to a great home.
In October, we sent a young dog to rescue, and he’s now in training to be a service dog!
In early November, one of our volunteers drove from the reservation to the Twin Cities with her husband, son, and a 4-place horse trailer. They made several stops around town and returned to Lake Traverse with a trailer FULL of donations! Thanks to everyone that donated items, including Purina (pet food), Wayzata High School (dog houses), Feeding Furry Friends (wire crates and dog houses), Fur-Ever Home Rescue (crates), Native America Humane Society (cat litter and pet food), and several individuals that donated crates and cat litter.
Our 10 Year History by the Numbers The Lake Traverse Animal Rezcue began in November 2010, when it was announced that there would be a ban on dogs in tribal housing. Our volunteers petitioned the Tribal Council and prevented the ban from taking place. We knew that there was a long-term need for animal rescue in the community to keep the animal population healthy and keep the number of animals under control.
Since November 2010 we have accomplished: – 16 spay/neuter & vaccination clinics, free for animals living on the reservation – 3 vaccination only clinics – Over 2000 total animals spayed/neutered – 3624 Animals removed from the reservation and transferred to our rescue partners o 2017 dogs o 1573 cats o 13 rabbits o 10 horses o 5 guinea pigs o 4 mice o 1 ferret o 1 donkey
Thank you for your continued support! Stay safe and healthy. Cheryl Anderson President, Lake Traverse Animal Rezcue
On Thursday, August 8, 2019, a sick puppy from Crawfordsville/Agency Village was euthanized. The body was sent in to the State Board of Health, and it was determined the puppy had rabies. If you are on the reservation, and have pets, please get them in for rabies vaccines as soon as possible, if they are not current on vaccines. This will impact dogs, cats, rabbits or any other domestic animal that spends time outside. This puppy most likely contracted rabies from a skunk, or raccoon. We are working closely with Tribal authorities and the State board of health.
If you are not able to afford vetting for your dog, please email firstname.lastname@example.org. We are currently fundraising to try to find funds to help those with financial need. If you can afford vetting, please schedule a vet appointment today!
Cami is a female kitten, around 7-8 months old. She was found outside in freezing temps, with frostbitten ears and back legs. She is on antibiotics and pain meds. She will most likely lose her ears. She is safe in one of our foster homes, but needs a rescue to find her a forever home.
You are making a difference!
With your help, we’ve rescued 2413 animals from the Lake Traverse Reservation since we started in November 2010. And, although the majority have been dogs and cats, there have also been rabbits, horses, guinea pigs, mice a ferret and a donkey. We’re just missing the partridge in a pear tree to make things complete!
But your biggest contribution, has been to spay/neuter and vaccinate 1400 animals during that same time. When you donate, or participate in one of our fundraisers, you’re helping us provide this desperately needed service on the reservation. In 2016, at one single clinic, we tied our record and vetted 120 animals in three days! Although we provide the vetting services free of charge for animals that live on the reservation, vetting that many animals’ runs up a bill of just over $9,000!
Together, we are making a difference. When I first went to the Lake Traverse Reservation in July 2009, there were animals running loose everywhere. We were driving down a highway, and there was a little scruffy terrier type dog, running along in the ditch. There were two German Shepherds living at a playground, under the slide. There were dogs walking around neighborhoods, and we weren’t sure if they had homes or were strays.
LTAR started in November 2010 with a round up. My team pulled in to the largest housing area on the reservation, and within half a block, we had 6 dogs that were roaming loose, without collars. We went to another housing site, but we got there too late. The stray population was so out of control, that one of the residents had taken it upon himself to shoot the strays in the area. That was both a happy and sad day. Happy that we saved a lot of animals, but sad that there were others that we didn’t get to in time. Thankfully, we’ve gotten control of the animal population, through spay/neuter and removing unwanted animals. Today if you drive around the reservation, you’d notice a huge improvement. We’ve been able to keep the stray population down, preventing some of the devastating incidents that have happened on other reservations.
Help us keep the rezcue open!
In order to continue to provide the level of services we provide today, we really need support from the reservation community. Today, we have only one person that is doing animal intake. We have a few great foster homes and transporters, but not enough. Help is needed with animal intake. It could be a week per month, where you’d assist with picking up strays, sending cell phone photos and basic info about the animal, so we can post him/her on Facebook to find rescue, and taking the pet to a foster home. Being a foster home means that you’d take an animal in and care for it until it can go to another rescue for rehoming. We provide the food, supplies and any necessary vetting, and you keep the animal safe and loved. Sometimes you’ll only have an animal for a couple days, but it could be two months if our rescue partners are full. We also need assistance with animal transport. It may be to get an animal to a vet appointment, or to drive the first leg of our transport to get animals to their rescue groups. Animal transports happen on Saturday or Sunday mornings, and go from Sisseton to Alexandria, and we provide the crates. Once in Alex, you’d meet up with another driver to take the animals the next section of the trip.
Even if you don’t live on the reservation, we still need your help! We always need drivers for all legs of the transports. It would be great if we could occasionally have a driver that would drive from Herman to Alexandria to shorten the first leg of transport. We also frequently need help with our other legs, so if you live anywhere along I-94 between Alex and Maple Grove, we need you! Want to make a day of it? Offer to drive to the reservation and back to the cities! We can load you up with donated food and supplies to haul to the reservation, and then you’d haul animals back. You can also offer to foster LTAR animals for your Twin Cities rescue group, so they can get to rescue faster. And, of course, donations to keep us going are imperative. We are a 100% volunteer based animal rescue. Since we don’t do adoptions, we run completely on donations and fundraisers.
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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 email@example.com , or by using the donation link on our website: http://laketraverseanimalrezcue.com/donate/donate-to-ltar/ . 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!
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.
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!
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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://www.wcco.com/petapalooza 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.
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Success Story – Freddie the Cat
This is Freddie. He was found as a stray on the Sisseton-Wahpeton Indian Reservation in South Dakota. He had nerve damage to his left paw. His leg was amputated because there was no chance of the recovery for the leg. He was neutered and vaccinated at the same time. He tested negative for FIV. He has a very sweet disposition. The vet staff just fell in love with him. He went to Angels of Hope on September 16th, 2014. He has since been adopted on September 27th by a little boy and his family. We are so happy Freddie found his forever family!
The Largest Spay/Neuter Clinic Yet!
The Lake Traverse Animal Rezcue hosted a spay/neuter and vaccination clinic on September 15th-17th. It was our biggest clinic yet. Our veterinary partners from the Minnesota Spay Neuter Assistance Program did an amazing 121 surgeries over the 3 day period! We also vaccinated many pets that had been altered at our earlier clinics. This was nearly double the amount of surgeries that we did at our spring clinic. And, it was great to see some of those pets from previous clinics back to get their booster shots.
Thanks to everyone that helped get word out to the community, brought in animals for vetting, and volunteers that helped with the event. The only way we are going to get ahead of the animal over population problems on the reservation is by spaying and neutering pets. Although this clinic is free for reservation residents, it is not free for LTAR. We’re working hard to come up with the funds to pay our clinic bill, which is $9,035!
We do not have dates planned yet for our 2015 clinics. Please be sure to watch our facebook page, and future newsletters for updates.
LTAR was formed in November 2010 when it was announced there would be a ban on dogs in tribal housing. We quickly worked to start removing strays from the reservation, but at the same time, started gathering signatures to help convince the Tribal Council that a ban on dogs was not the answer. We were able to first get the ban delayed, then later cancelled. Our onsite team continues to work with Tribal Council to improve animal regulations in the area.
As of September 23rd, 1635 animals had gone to rescue since LTAR began. We remove abused, neglected and unwanted animals from the reservation, including strays and owner surrenders, take in dogs from the Sisseton impound, and from Tribal Police. We transport them to foster home based rescue groups in MN, SD and ND, where they are adopted out to new families. To date we have also spayed or neutered approximately 680 reservation animals, all free of charge for owners.
Pause 4 Paws: Harvesting Hope for Animals
One of our biggest fundraisers of the year is happening on Thursday, November 13th, at the Downtown Minneapolis Hilton Hotel. It is the 4th year for the event, and the 3rd year that LTAR is participating. The event will feature wine and beer tasting, live and silent auctions, dinner and entertainment. Our LTAR fundraising team has been working hard to help procure items for the silent auction, and we’ve gotten some amazing donations. LTAR will also have a booth at the event, where we will be selling Dean Russo’s Pit Bull calendars, Yoga cats calendars, jewelry and more! Get your tickets today! For more information and tickets, please visit the Pause 4 Paws website.
Pause 4 Paws: Harvesting Hope for Animals: November 13th
Give To The Max Day: Online day of giving : Thursday, November 13th . Here is a link to donate to LTAR.
Open House and Photos with Santa, hosted by Crossroads Animal Shelter: November 15th- 16th . The Lake Traverse Animal Rezcue will have a table and will be selling items at this event. Photos with you and your pets; bake sale, gift items, Rescue Groups. Drop ins welcome, reservations at 763-684-1234.
Location: Rockford Township Hall 3039 Dague Ave SE, Buffalo, MN 55313
Giving Tuesday: December 2, 2014 LTAR will be participating in the National Giving Tuesday event. Watch our facebook page or website for more information.
Success in 2013! Our 2013 numbers are in: Last year we saved a total of 431 animals! There were 262 dogs, 165 cats, 3 horses, and 1 donkey! We spayed/neutered and vaccinated 161 animals that will remain on the rez, during our two 3-day clinics. Thank you to all of our foster homes, volunteers, transporters, sponsors, donors, and rescue partners for making it such a successful year.
Cats with Jobs Update! In December, we ran an online “Cats with Jobs” Fundraiser. Thanks to our wonderful supporters, we raised $530 to get a start on spaying and neutering feral cats. We also held a December online auction to supplement what we already raised for this project. We were fortunate to have found a great farm home that will supply food, water and warm shelter for these cats
Here are the stories of some of the cats we’ve helped with these funds: The first feral cat was female, we named her Annabelle. She had a litter of kittens. The staff at the Dakota Connection helped trap Annabelle and her kittens. We put them in to an LTAR foster home, where the kittens could be socialized with people. As soon as her kittens were weaned, Annabelle was spayed. vaccinated, FIV tested and sent to the farm. She had five kittens, which were sent to rescue in the Twin Cities. The next batch was a Mama kitty and her five kittens. They were being fed by an elderly couple in Sisseton. The kittens were born in June 2013. The elderly couple was worried about how they would survive the winter. Four of the kittens were spayed/neutered, vaccinated, FIV tested and went to a local farm. The Mama cat and one of her kittens followed several weeks later. In this case, the kittens were at an age where it becomes much harder to socialize them, and our main feral cat foster had a newborn baby herself.
We still have several ferals that need to be trapped and moved. We prioritized those that were living outside. The remaining cats are living in a barn with food and water, but they are not vetted, and have been reproducing. We just sent some pregnant momma’s from this colony in to rescue last weekend. Big Transports! We’ve started off the year with a bang! Our first two transports in 2014 have been big ones. On January 12th, we sent a total of 16 dogs, puppies and cats to rescue. On January 25th, there were a total of 15 dogs and cats, and some were pregnant. Thanks to our Transport Coordinator, foster homes, transporters, and rescue partners for making this possible. It is great to have open foster homes again.
January special: Spend $35 and get 50% off 1 of the following 8 items (hang-up activity organizer, flip-flop organizing bin, your way rectangle, pack n’ pull caddy, hang-up space saver, your way junior cube, your way cube, room for two utility tote). Many of these items would be great for organizing all of those belongings for your beloved pets.