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Working collectively to cut back animal overpopulation in Curve Lake First Nation


When Melinda Taylor’s grandfather handed away, she knew she had huge sneakers to fill to proceed his legacy of serving to animals locally. 

“My Grandpa used to feed the cats locally at his home and when he handed, we knew we needed to proceed feeding them,” says Melinda. However then the group stored rising and rising, with increasingly kittens showing.

In lots of communities throughout Canada, notably distant Northern communities the place there’s a lack of fundamental animal wellness providers akin to spay/neuter, animal overpopulation is a problem. 

In Melinda’s neighborhood of Curve Lake First Nation, positioned roughly 25 kilometres northeast of Peterborough, there’s roughly 1,500 folks and an estimated 1,000 cats. 

“We began fundraising and I approached the Lakefield Animal Welfare Society who began serving to with spaying and neutering,” says Melinda. “We have been in a position to catch them after which launch them again as soon as they recovered.”

In late 2021, Curve Lake First Nation welcomed the SPCA Cell Animal Wellness Companies unit to the neighborhood as a part of a one-health mannequin to make sure wholesome communities for animals and folks. 

“On the day the SPCA Cell Animal Wellness Companies unit rolled into Curve Lake First Nation, Melinda was simply beaming as she snapped images exterior the unit,” says Bonnie Bishop, Affiliate Director with the Ontario SPCA and Humane Society. “She was excited concerning the affect the cellular unit would have on animal overpopulation in her neighborhood.”

For Melinda, her work to cut back animal overpopulation stems from a deep love and appreciation for all animals.

“I don’t wish to see something struggling or not having a household to like them,” says Melinda. “If I may, I’d purchase land, make shelters for all of the uncared for animals and allow them to reside their days there, glad and free.” 

Melinda stresses that it takes a group effort to make a distinction for animals.

“I’m not the one one in Curve Lake that does this,” says Melinda. “There are fortunately many others that will be prepared to do something for these animals, like I’m. My household first helped me, then the neighborhood and organizations like Lakefield Animal Welfare Society, Operation Catnip and Ontario SPCA have come to assist as nicely.”

Making certain extra communities have entry to the SPCA Cell Animal Wellness Companies unit requires your assist. Please assist us fund this necessary service by making a donation. Go to ontariospca.ca/mobileservices to study extra and make a present at present.

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