WIKWEMIKONG — Wikwemikong will be hosting a Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals ( SPCA ) mobile spay and neuter mobile unit on Monday, September 14 to Thursday, September 17.
“This is something that the community has needed for a while,” said Jenni Manitowabi who, along with Jean Flamand, has been working to bring the mobile unit to the community. “Jean has been doing a lot of work in the community for some time, trying to get people to spay or neuter their pets and even started a program with the band and local vets offering subsidized service, but people just weren’t utilizing the opportunity. There were a lot of reasons, but the major one was transportation.”
Ms. Manitowabi explained that with the SPCA mobile unit, band members can book their dog or cat in to get spayed or neutered right in Wikwemikong, eliminating the transportation issue. The band is also supporting the cause and the service will be subsidized.
“Pet owners are just asked to book ahead of time with us and to pay a small contribution,” continued Ms. Manitowabi. “We have been working on this for some time and in April of 2015 the mobile unit came into service and it was the perfect opportunity for us. We have been doing a lot of pre-registration and just making the community aware of the visit and service. So far we have about 70 animals registered, 50 dogs and 40 cats.”
“This is a great thing for the community,” said Ms. Manitowabi. “This is just a step, along with many other efforts, to deal with the problem of free, roaming dogs. Since January 2014 we have had close to 450 dogs and puppies surrendered. We are working together for the well-being of the animals and the community.”