Rez Animal Rescue works to re-home animals in need.
A guest feature by Jennifer Charles
I have been doing animal rescue my entire life. I started re-homing animals from local reservations at the age of 13 and have never stopped. I am working on gaining non-profit status and hope to have paperwork completed by the New Year.
Rez Animal Rescue has basically just been my daughter and I doing everything with the aid of other rescues. We are frontline rescuers that get animals off local reserves and to other rescues that take over their care and adoption. All vet costs and costs incurred have been paid for out of pocket. Recently we were lucky enough to have Dana Livingstone volunteer to help and she has been instrumental in finding more contacts for training and creating boxes for people to contribute to our cause. Once we are able to gain financial contributions we will be able move forward with becoming a registered non-profit and thus able to help even more animals.
RAR will accept any animal in need of a home, we also provide food deliveries to those in need, parasite control, spay/neuter advocacy and will co-ordinate donations for spay/neuter and bring animals to and from the vet. We are also developing workshops geared towards educating children on animal care and bite prevention.
We are hoping to get contributions to help with furthering our passion and will gratefully accept any contributions – financial, dog/cat food, unopened flea treatments, collars/leashes, etc. We are also hoping to find people interested in fostering dogs/cats in the future.
One of our rescues
Ava, now called “Ava Darling,” came to us desperately in need of grooming, proper nutrition and was terrified of everything. She would stay on a blanket by the door and didn’t move, bark or bring attention to herself. Her Mom had passed away and other family members locked her up alone in a shed. She had injured her paws trying to dig her way free.
This trauma has made a big impact on Ava and she now suffers from severe separation anxiety. She has flourished while living with us and shows a fun personality. She loves to stand up with her arms up to indicate she wants to be picked up. If you’ve been gone a while or get her all riled up she gets the ‘zoomies’ and runs around as fast as possible. When she first arrived she would throw up after eating because her tummy wasn’t used to the food, but she can now pack it away with no problem. She’s currently sporting a chubby butt and no ribs showing.
She’s receiving training to control her prey drive – she loves chasing cats – and to curb her separation anxiety. Once these issues are dealt with she will then be available for adoption to her forever home. Ava Darling still requires more vetting to get up to date on her shots.