C.A.R.E. supports the work of many of many rescues, humane societies and veterinarians that work extremely hard to reduce the pet-overpopulation on tribal lands.
In the February/March 2016 edition of Flagstaff-Sedona Dog Magazine, Jacqueline Vaughn wrote a wonderful cover article called Rez Dog ProblemRemains Unresolved. The article addresses many of the issues that are present on the Navajo lands. C.A.R.E. has committed funds since 2010 to help the animals in this area with spay and neuter, medical care, transport and pet food for families that struggle to feed their pets.
C.A.R.E. supports the work of Jean Parker and LightShine Rescue. This past week, this small group of remarkable rescuers are trying to save adoptable dogs that are being "rounded up" by tribe officials to be killed after the unfortunate fatal mauling of a youngster by a pack of dogs. They are working feverishly to get these dogs to rescues in Minnesota and other states. Life for animals is especially hard on tribal lands. Please take a few minutes to read these articles just published in the Rapid City Journal about this crisis situation.
C.A.R.E. has been very involved with helping the animals on the Navajo and Ute Reservations since 2010. Dog and cat pet overpopulation is an immense and constant problem on the Navajo Nation, which encompasses 26,000 miles of mostly rural land in 3 states, Arizona, New Mexico and Utah. There are countless Native American communities in need, and C.A.R.E. has regularly helped sponsor spay/neuter clinics in Tawaoc, CO, Shiprock and Gallup, NM, and Chinle, Arizona. The inability of people to have easy access to veterinary care or being able to pay for it compounds the over-population problem.
C.A.R.E. has developed a wonderful relationship with a rescuer who resides outside of Gallup, New Mexico. Sena is a school teacher on the reservation. In addition to educating the children on the necessity of spay/neuter and responsible pet ownership, she assists her community by volunteering at the local shelter and independently finds new homes for stray animals that roam the reservation. Over the years, C.A.R.E. has assisted “REZ ANIMALS” with numerous Jake’s Fund donations for veterinary care, food, spay and neuter funds for the community, and education.
The pictures on this page are some photos of animals we have helped. Thank you to Joyce Fay, professional photographer and author from Corrales, NM, who often volunteers her time to help snap great pictures of the animals that are being networked outside the reservation for adoption. The professional pictures were taken by Joyce Fay, and the others by our contacts on the reservation.