Gitlaxt’aamiks and Laxgalts’ap Pets in the remote communities of Gitlaxt’aamiks and Laxgalts’ap (formerly known as New Aiyansh and Greenville) in northwest BC had some simple Christmas wishes this year. Some needed a shelter from the cold, wet winter. Some needed food so they would not be hungry. Others needed to see the veterinarian and there are no clinics in these villages. Imagine the joy for these pets, their families and the community when Santa’s helpers rolled into town with truckloads of food, dog houses, and a mobile veterinary operation.
Event organizer Emily McCreesh arrived with veterinarian Kim Hunter and a team of Vet to Pet Mobile Service staff and volunteers. They distributed over two tonnes of dog, cat and rabbit food and supplies, eight insulated dog and cat houses and spayed and neutered fifty-nine animals. But as Emily describes, they couldn’t have done it alone.
“The communities made this event a big success. They invited us in and provided a great facility and helped however they could. We are so grateful to Katie Ernst and her volunteers from the Lower Mainland and Cariboo, and Total Pet in Smithers for providing literally tonnes of food! Lakes Animal Friendship Society donated dog and cat house kits built by high school students in Burns Lake, as well as animal care and dog bite safety education materials. Between the Paws for Hope Animal Foundation and Dr. Hunter’s contributions to veterinary costs, no families had to be turned away from the services they needed for their animals.”
With the services offered right at the local fire hall, transportation was no problem and many community members walked on over with their beloved pets to take part.
MJ came with his mom and dad and dog Buster. MJ said “My dog is very important to me, he is part of our family.” His mom Alex added “This is a big relief for us, now that Buster is neutered we don’t have to worry so much about him running and getting into trouble.”
Being neutered might not have been the Christmas present Buster was dreaming of, but thanks to the volunteers, donors and the community it will be a happier, healthier Christmas for all in Gitlaxt’aamiks and Laxgalts’ap.
About Paws for Hope Animal Foundation Paws for Hope Animal Foundation provides care, support and education through programs and services including financial support, to individuals and groups to enhance companion animal welfare in B.C. www.pawsforhope.org
About Lakes Animal Friendship Society Lakes Animal Friendship Society provides animal, care, compassion and dog bite education as well as spay / neuter programs, pet food, and all weather shelters for pets in need with a focus on the Burns Lake area of northern B.C. jwww.lakesanimalfriendship.ca
About Vet to Pet Mobile Veterinary Services Vet to Pet provides a range of veterinary services through its Smithers storefront and mobile clinic. Vet to Pet is committed to working with communities and animal welfare groups to bring critical veterinary services to remote and underserved areas in Northwest BC. www.vettopetmobile.ca