Happy Holidays!

Hi Everyone!
First I want to wish you a Happy Holiday! If you haven’t purchased a present, star or an ornament for our LTAR Tree of Giving, now is the time! Remember, all donations are tax deductible. We’ll be sending receipts right around the first of the year for your taxes. All donations received go right to helping LTAR animals. It will help cover the costs of emergency vetting, or will be put towards our spay/neuter programs.

Brrr….it’s getting cold outside! That means it’s time for a Reservation Rescue Run. We had to postpone our December run due to the big snowstorm. Our next planned date is Sat, Jan 5th. We will be picking up strays, as well as having a puppy drop off site. The more unwanted animals we can get off the rez that day, the better. And yes, we do these primarily during cold weather months, because the dogs stay in the neighborhoods and are easier to find. And, boy some of them are really happy to get in to a warm car. We have heard there are a lot of strays right now, and we’re hoping to rectify that.

We’re hosting a Vaccination Clinic on Jan 10th from 9am -1pm! Our wonderful Dr Paula from Valley Vet will be in Sisseton to administer Rabies and DHPP vaccines for dogs and Rabies and PRC vaccines for cats. DHPP vaccines will help prevent Parvo and Distemper, which are two diseases we have seen in Rez dogs. PRC vaccines will prevent Distemper as well as some respiratory illnesses in cats. In 2012 we received some grant money from the ASPCA to help cover the costs of vaccines for rez animals. A portion of the grant helped cover our vaccination costs during our spay/neuter clinics. We have funds left over from that grant, so we are hosting a vaccination clinic in Sisseton. Exact location info to follow.

Our 2013 spay/neuter clinic dates are: May 9-11 and Sept 12-14. They will be 3 day clinics, but both clinics will include a Saturday surgery day! Mark your calendars now, so you can either bring in your animals to be altered and vaccinated, or so you can help with the clinic!

We still have some calendars left! We’re doing a Christmas sale this week. For $15, you’ll get an LTAR calendar, LTAR tote bag and LTAR bracelet, and it includes shipping! Order a set now for your favorite pet lover! Here’s the link to get in on the special offer.

We also have some GREAT news! Annie, our first horse to come through LTAR has been adopted! She was found in the gravel pit area and the Sheriff contacted us for help. We had her in a foster home and took care of emergency vetting, and the basic testing to make sure she didn’t have anything contagious. She is happily settling in to her new forever home, where she will be loved and cherished for the rest of her life. Thanks to Andrea’s Angels for taking her in and finding her a great home.

Happy Holidays, and we’re looking forward to a great 2013!
Cheryl (LTAR board)

It’s been a while…..

I’m definitely running behind when it comes to blogging and getting a newsletter out. The newsletter is changing formats, and there is a lot of set up to make it happen initially. But, once it’s done the first time, it should be smooth sailing from there. Here are all of my fall updates, and I’ll be getting another blog done later this week.

They’re Fixed!
In September we held our 3rd Spay/Neuter/Vaccination clinic on the reservation. A veterinary crew from MNSNAP came to town with their mobile surgical unit, and spent 4 days doing surgeries. During the event 114 animals were altered! This puts us up to just over 300 reservation animals that we have altered. We provide this service free of charge to reservation residents. It is funded completely through fundraisers, grants and donations. This is the last clinic for 2012. Hot off the Press!!! Our 2013 clinic dates are: May 9-11 and Sept 12-14. They will be 3 day clinics, but both clinics will include a Saturday surgery day!

Sisseton pound update
When I was in town for our September clinic, I met the person that runs the Sisseton City pound. Mark is a volunteer that is working to make sure the animals are safe and healthy while they are at the pound, and that they get out safely in to rescue. I had seen the pound from the outside before, but finally got a chance to go inside. The building is actually a city maintenance garage. There is a garage door, but no windows, no heat or A/C. There are 4 dog kennels just inside the door. Mark has zero budget for his work at the pound. He has recycled roadway signs to cover up the holes that had been chewed in the kennel fencing, and built wooden platforms for sleeping areas, so the dogs don’t need to lay on the concrete. He has also set up a dog crate to use in case cats are brought to the pound. He is doing some great work, but really needed some help!

We posted a plea on Facebook in October for some basic supplies to help the animals at the pound. Our generous supporters purchased heat lamps, bulbs, heated water dishes, stainless steel food bowls, leashes and gift cards to help improve conditions at the pound. LTAR also gave bedding items to help keep the animals more comfortable. We will ensure that they have food and supplies going forward. The only thing remaining on their wish list is more stainless steel bowls, and to use for food as water bowls in the summer.

Twin Cities Fundraiser!
The Lake Traverse Animal Rezcue was privileged to participate in the second annual Pause 4 Paws fundraiser in Medina, MN on Thursday, Nov 8th. Pause 4 Paws is a group of animal advocates that use their skills to host fundraising events for smaller rescue groups. All proceeds go right to the participating rescues. The event featured the KFAN morning crew as emcee’s, a silent auction, live auction, wall of wine, and musical entertainment. LTAR had a booth at the event, where we provided information about the rescue, and sold donated items!

Thanks for your support! ~Cheryl

Lots of great updates!

First, we have a very exciting event coming up on November 8th in the Twin Cities! Pause 4 Paws MN is a group of animal advocates that help small rescue groups with fundraising. They are hosting an event at the Medina Ballroom, and LTAR has been chosen to participate! See our Events page for more information about the event, and ordering tickets.

Wow. We have been really busy this fall! During our spay/neuter clinic in September, we altered 114 reservation animals! That puts us up over 310 spay/neuter surgeries since we started in Nov 2010. I just heard our tentative clinic dates for 2013 are May 9-11 and Sept 12-14. That means we will have 3 day clinics next year, but they will include Saturday surgeries!

Our 2013 calendars are on sale now! Fans and friends submitted their favorite animal photos and then everyone voted for their favorites. The top vote getters are featured in large size photos on our calendar. Many animals that live on the reservation, or have been rescued from the reservation are included. The calendars have shipped and will be arriving on 10/31/12. Order yours today, by clicking on “I want to Help!” on the menu bar then, “2013- LTAR calendar” to go to the order form. Calendars will also be available for sale at the Pause 4 Paws fundraiser, and at at events in Sisseton the weekend of Nov 10th and in December at general council. (More info on these two events will be coming soon)

Remember, we can only continue to save these animals with your help. Please donate your time, animal related products, purchase one of our fundraiser items, or donate money to our emergency vetting fund. See our “I want to help!” tab for more information.

To date we have saved:
636 dogs
304 cats
1 horse
1 rabbit
1 ferret


Welcome to Lake Traverse Animal Rescue’s Blog

Welcome to our new blog!

We have so many things going on that we’ve been completely swamped!  First, obviously we have a new website!  We’re thrilled that Robert and Dale at EinsteinCEO.com did most of the work for us.  Thanks guys!

Just today, we are announcing a new LTAR board member:  Please welcome Allen Dougherty!  Allen has been a volunteer with us for quite a while now.  Allen has been with us for pretty much every one of our Rescue Runs (where we pick up lots of stray animals).  He’s always the one to go in after the scared, hard to catch dogs, and get them to safety.  Among many skills, Allen is also a dog trainer.  We hope to utilize his experience and build up our educational programs.

One of our main fundraisers of the year is going on right now!  It is our Photo Contest/ Calendar fundraiser.  Just submit your favorite animal photo for $5, then we’ll all vote for our favorites, and the winners will appear in our calendar!  How cool is that?  Your pet could be a star!  Visit our photo contest site for more information: http://gbcphotocontest.com/laketraverseanimalrezcue/

We’re also gearing up for our spay/neuter/vaccine clinic in a few weeks.  The dates are Sept 17th-20th.  Let us know if you can help with the clinic, or by making lunches for staff and volunteers.