Large scale spay and neuter clinics announced for Wood Buffalo First Nations Communities this June

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The Spring Family and Phoenix Heli-Flight are sponsoring a portion of the June 2017 clinics.

The Fort McMurray SPCA and Alberta Spay Neuter Task Force have partnered to undertake large scale spay and neuter clinics in several RMWB First Nations communities in June 2017. The clinics will be held in the First Nation communities of Fort McKay First Nation, Chipewyan Prairie Dene First Nation and Fort McMurray First Nation #468 where the organizations expect to spay or neuter up to 430 dogs and 150 cats.

“We visit these communities by invitation and community members are encouraged to participate as volunteers,” said Tara Clarke, executive director FMSPCA. “Our clinics also provide veterinary care for companion animals that would not otherwise be available due to the remoteness of the communities or inability to pay for such services.”

The NAME program also undertakes wellness clinics in addition to the transporting and taking into care of relinquished domestic animals through safe surrender for eventual rehoming through our comprehensive adoption program.
“A large volume, high quality, MASH type surgical unit in a school gym, community centre or arena is set up within these communities to spay/neuter hundreds of animals over one weekend, “ said Nancy Larsen, president of the Alberta Spay Neuter Task Force. “We can also receive up to 195 relinquished or stray animals at one clinic that are placed with the Fort McMurray SPCA up to capacity and additionally with our partner rescue groups. We have the ability to house up to 580 animals over 3 days.”

The Spring Family and Phoenix Heli-Flight have come on board to sponsor a portion of the clinics this June to stabilize the pet population in the communities.

“We are pleased to support the NAME program initiative and assist with ensuring a more caring and safer community for both the people living in these communities and their companion animals,” said Paul Spring, Owner Phoenix Heli-Flight.

Ten Veterinarians, and 25 Registered Veterinary Technologists will serve as medical personnel at the clinics including Fort McMurray SPCA Veterinarian Dr. Carolyn Levitz. The Alberta Spay and Neuter Task Force will provide a Medical Manager that is a Registered Veterinary Technologist who will be responsible for ordering medications, scheduling Veterinarians and Registered Veterinary Technologists as well as managing the actual clinics under the supervision of a Lead Veterinarian.

Volunteer opportunities for members of the public who are interested in participating in and supporting the community are also available. Additional information and details will be provided to registered volunteers closer to the date of the clinics. Those interested in being involved can sign up at: https://app.betterimpact.com/Application?OrganizationGuid=d788ce5c-7aa1-4710-985e-a35a8224ed81&ApplicationFormNumber=1

You can learn more about the NAME program by clicking here

Clover and Honey were both adopted from the FMSPCA by the Spring family.

The Spring family pack

Paul Spring, Owner of Phoenix Heli-Flight and his family pack.