Animal lovers that have resolved to make a difference in 2013 can start by donating or volunteering for Leech Lake Legacy, a nonprofit organization that provides services to animals and pet owners from the Leech Lake Reservation. Leech Lake Legacy works with the Tribal Police to transfer homeless dogs and cats off the reservation and get them to partner shelters and rescues, as well as to spay and neuter reservation dogs and cats to prevent overpopulation.
Leech Lake Legacy is looking for donations to cover the costs of four spay and neuter events at the reservation in 2013. For those who prefer to donate their time, volunteers with large vehicles are needed to transport animals to local shelters and rescues. Additional volunteer opportunities include helping with the spay neuter clinics or with “Puppy Roundups,” where those residents who are unable to care for their animal can release them into safe rescue.
Since Leech Lake Legacy began partnering with the Tribal Police in 2011, they have worked together to transfer nearly 1,200 homeless dogs and cats from the reservation to shelter or rescue where they are cared for until they find forever homes.
"We have been able to help so many animals and pet owners at Leech Lake Reservation because of strong partnerships we have with the Leech Lake Tribal Police, the Animal Humane Society, Animal Allies Humane Society and a network of smaller shelters and foster-based rescues," says Leech Lake Legacy President and Co-founder Marilou Chanrasmi, "Every organization plays an important role in the community. It's about trust and learning to work together in a positive, collaborative and respectful manner."
To learn more about Leech Lake Legacy’s spay and neuter clinics, watch this video on YouTube: http://youtu.be/irJTmXXHZvg. To donate, sign up to volunteer, or get more information visit their website at www.leechlakelegacy.org.