Fort McMurray Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (FMSPCA) treats 65 dogs in Fort Chipewyan through an in-community wellness clinic

On Wednesday December 3, 2014 a team from the FMSPCA and local veterinarian Dr. Carolyn Levitz, owner of the Thickwood Veterinarian Clinic, traveled to the remote community of Fort Chipewyan to partner with the Community in the delivery of a second animal centred wellness clinic as part of the organizations ground breaking Northern Animal Management and Education program (NAME). The first clinic, held on June 19, 2014 was so well received by residents and their pets alike that another visit was highly anticipated and welcomed.
Tara Clarke FMSPCA Executive Director expressed that “this second clinic delivered by the SPCA through its NAME program was even more successful than the first resulting in more than 100 dogs having been treated through the in-community wellness clinics in 2014. Providing not only parvo/distemper vaccinations, de-worming, an identification microchip and rabies vaccines, these clinics offer piece of mind to both pet owners and community residents” The Clinic on December 3rd saw 65 dogs, meaning 65 more dogs in Fort Chipewyan that are immunized from disease, parasite-free and now have their own ID so that they now can carry their own vital information such as vaccinations and home address. .
The FMSPCA has also provided animal care supplies including collars and leashes, food and crates as well as transport for animals being spayed/neutered at the Thickwood Veterinarian Clinic. In addition to supporting Fort Chipewyan’s pets and working animals, the SPCA also provides support to the Community for animals looking for a place to call home. In 2014 the FMSPCA accepted more than 100 un-owned and unwanted animals from the Community in an effort to improve safety conditions for area residents, re-homing the dogs through the organization’s adoption program. The wellness clinics in Fort Chipewyan are supported by Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo’s Aboriginal and Rural Relations Department.
Clarke says “Working together, through the NAME program, the FMSPCA and rural/aboriginal communities are able to provide people and pets vital services and resources resulting in safer communities and healthier animals”
The FMSPCA plans to offer in community wellness clinics and support to other rural and aboriginal communities in 2015 through partnerships as a means to control dog overpopulations and ensure pet owners have access to needed services and resources such as veterinarian care, licensing programs and education for children and youth.
Clarke says “the FMSPCA through the organization’s NAME program plans to attend the community again in the near future as feedback from local residents identified a further need for support and resources in animal care.”