Big Grassy River First Nation – March 29, 30, 32 & April 1, 2017
90 dogs and cats came through the doors of the Big Grassy River First Nation Community Centre for the community’s first ever Veterinary Welless and Spay/Neuter Clinic. 72 of these animals received examinations, vaccinations, parasite treatment, microchipped and were either spayed or neutered. The other 18 received examinations, parasite treatment, vaccinations and microchips. In all it was a great four days. The community was incredibly welcoming and hospitable. The clinic was opened and closed with a drum ceremony and songs of blessing. A team of amazingly hard working people prepared lunch and dinner every day for the team and made sure we had snacks and coffee/juice/pop/water at all times. A wonderful volunteer even took our bloodstained clinic laundry home and washed it for us. We felt like royalty. The chief Carol Copenace visited the clinic daily and the community members were equally supportive. Artist Elvis Adams gave the team art card prints of his work along with two prints for future fundraisers. We stayed at the Walla Walla Inn and Sherri and Duane did everything to make us comfortable… but they are dog people too… so that made it feel like home. Every morning we had breakfast at the wonderful Quality bakery where we often chatted with the locals. We especially want to thank Dr. Linda and Dr. Lisa, Veterinary technicians Lydia and Julia as well as Gary the R.N. and respiratory specialist from the Grey Bruce Aboriginal Qimmiq Team for working with us at this clinic. Also a huge thank you to OSPCA agents Jeremy and Kamil from the Thunder Bay District Humane Society and Cassandra and Angel and Emily also from TBDHS for devoting time to this project. And most of all to Mary Withers – the clinic coordinator and Barb Wilson the Big Grassy Elder who pushed for us to go there as well as Derek, Pete, Karen, Kim, Mona, Sherri, Cindy and Chris for taking such good care of us and John Copenace and his drum group…CHI MIIGWETCH!