Fort Belknap 2023 Spay/Neuter Clinic

And that’s wrap.

This last month was a blur. First, it was getting ready for our spay/neuter clinic, ordering thousands of dollars of vaccinations, drugs, supplies, making sure the equipment and all surgical instrument were in running order and ready to go, advertising, scheduling appointments, and then 2 weeks of spay/neuter clinic for a total of 6 surgical days! We are still gathering all of the numbers but we did a lot. In addition to spay/neuter, the amazing Army doctors fixed cherry eyes, removed porcupine quills, pulled bad teeth, treated abscesses, performed hundreds of wellness exams, vaccinated, dewormed, and provided flea/tick medications to hundreds of dogs and cats. 

I am beyond proud of this event and humbled and honored to have had the opportunity to work with such an amazing, dedicated, skilled, and compassionate group of people who serve in the US Army Reserve Medical Command. These folks went above and beyond every single day even working till near midnight one night to make sure all of the animals we checked in received their surgeries. 

This is such a unique partnership benefiting the community of Fort Belknap by proving much needed veterinary services while at the same time providing “extraordinary opportunities for soldiers to get in depth experience in veterinary anesthesia, comprehensive physical examination of animals, public health and zoonotic disease control measures through vaccination and parasite control programs, and overall operating a successful veterinary mission in an austere environment without traditional brick and mortar veterinary facilities and equipment” (LTC Bradley Fields).

We are forever grateful to the US Army Reserve Veterinary Detachments (7360th from San Antonio, TX and 7350th from Montgomery, AL) for coming to Fort Belknap, Operation Walking Shield, Indian Health Service, Fort Belknap Tribal Health and Fish and Game Departments for all of their work, all of the Fort Belknap community members who trusted us to provide care for their pets, Summer Lee, Benfield  and Chicago Trust Fund Foundations for the funding, our amazing supporters from Great Falls who donated bedding and crates, Diana and Lance Loberg for delivering the donations from Great Falls, Big Sky Animal Medical Center for being the drop off location for the donations, and last but not least all of you, our amazing RezQ Dogs family for your generosity that enables us to exist so we can be here to make a difference!

April 2022 Vaccination Clinic

March 2022 Vaccination Clinic

Thanks to a generous grant from Petco Love Foundation and Bissell Pet Foundation, RezQ Dogs was able to vaccinate a total of 181 dogs and 26 cats over three days!  We are so thankful that their owners made sure to bring them for their first ever vaccinations. We are already making plans to be back in April in the same locations to offer booster and rabies vaccines.

A huge thank you to the community members who came out today to make sure their four legged friends are protected from deadly diseases, the Fort Belknap Fish and Game Department, Greg, Shane and Richard.