Dogs on Tribal Lands Need You!
By Susan Rosenberg, Director of International Animal Programs
Forced onto reservations as settlers moved across the continent in the early days of the United States, Native Americans have lived separated, marginalized and largely in poverty. Currently, despite recent economic development through gaming and other businesses, tribal communities still lack access to basic resources and help for their families and pets. Even now, Native Americans face challenges in accessing opportunities, resources and medical and social services that most of us take for granted. There are usually no local or affordable resources to provide veterinary care for pets. Unfortunately, this also includes spay/neuter services. Because of this, many unwanted litters are born. Also, people abandon dogs and cats near tribal lands all the time. These things together often contribute to tribal communities overrun by stray animals.
Former pets cannot survive well on their own. Sometimes starving, sick or unsocialized animals travel in packs and become aggressive. Unsuspecting children at play and elderly citizens are in danger of being bit or killed.
Luckily for 325 Tribal nations, Alaskan Native villages and urban Native communities, there is GreaterGood.org partner, Native America Humane Society (NAHS). NAHS is made up of tribal members and their allies working to resolve any issues involving animals. They provide resources for everything from information on how to care for pets and working animals to veterinary care. These services include low or no cost spay/neuter services.
NAHS connects tribal members with any service needed where animals are involved. They also have domestic violence services and help with reported cases of animal abuse. Unfortunately often those two things happen together.
NAHS acts as a bridge to many services needed in Native American communities for families and their pets. They provide written information and services that will ultimately enhance the lives of animals and people. Because of the NAHS, tribal youth now have opportunities for schooling and careers in veterinary medicine and related fields.
Access to medical care, food and shelter as well as adoption opportunities are the basic needs all animals deserve.
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