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Help People and Dogs on Reservation

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Help tribal members provide vaccinations and other needed health care for dogs on the 2 million acre Pine Ridge Indian Reservation.

There is no veterinarian or even vet tech on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation in South Dakota, where an estimated 10,000 to 15,000 dogs live without basic health care except that provided by tribal members trained and certified as Lakota Animal Care Givers. The deadly diseases of distemper and parvo are rampant on the Reservation, as is mange which causes severe hair loss and discomfort. Mange is highly contagious to both people and dogs. The Reservation includes two of the poorest counties in the United States and unemployment is estimated at 85%. Few livelihood opportunities exist for people. The poverty affects both people and animals in profound ways.

This program provides new employment opportunities for Tribal members trained as Lakota Animal Care Givers while providing much-needed basic health care for animals on the Reservation. Certified Lakota Animal Care Givers receive a stipend for each dog they vaccinate and treat. Dogs can be protected against the deadly diseases of distemper and parvo through vaccination, and can easily be treated for mange if vaccine and medicine is available.

You can help. Just $10.00 allows a Lakota Animal Care Giver to provide basic healthcare for one Pine Ridge Reservation dog.


The Lakota Animal Care Project exists to enhance the relationship between people and our animal relations on the Pine Ridge Lakota Sioux Reservation in South Dakota by providing basic animal health care through an innovative community-based program that trains and certifies Tribal members as "Lakota Animal Care Givers" who then provide vaccinations, mange, flea, tick, worm, and other treatments for dogs, cats, and horses on the Reservation (where no veterinarian exists), and through spay/neuter, rescue/foster/adoption and enhancing awareness and compassion for animal programs. A participatory and positive approach is at the core of this mission.

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