The Pack Project

by: Jennifer Oldfieldppj

There is a relatively new group in Regina called The Pack Project.  If you have never heard of them they are somewhat of a unique organization.  There are 4 programs that this group is working to provide:

  1. Animal Welfare Outreach
  2. Youth Education
  3. Therapy Dog Outreach
  4. Dog Rescue

I personally like to describe them as a gateway.

1) They are a central location were other dog and cat rescues can go to for aid and assistance.  For example the Pack Project accepts food and supply donations and then disperses them to other rescue organizations working in a circular pattern starting in Regina and working outwards.  They have reached to Saskatoon and beyond when the supplies are available and the need is there.  They even help Carmichael Outreach with dog food for any people going there who may have a dog!

2) They are working towards providing education to youth on bite prevention and other animal knowledge including proper care etc.  They have been working with the school board on getting their education program into the schools in Regina.

3) They help to bring certified therapy dogs (via St. John Ambulance Therapy Dogs program) to enhance the lives of those in hospital and those living in a variety of different types of care homes.

4) In January they will also be doing dog rescue including helping the Regina Humane Society with animals that are not doing well in that type of environment and moving them into their foster care and finding a permanent home for them.

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The Pack Project is a very dedicated group and strongly believe that building knowledge and helping to provide aid will reduce the need for rescue organizations over time.  We love their philosophy and are dedicated to partnering with them as their veterinary team and in helping with other programs such as the Animal Welfare Outreach and the Youth Education.  A few members of our team are certified Be-a-Tree Dog Bite Prevention presenters and will be aiding the Pack Project with their outreach in the schools whenever needed.

To learn more about the Pack Project and how you can help visit their website:

The Pack Project

or find them on Facebook

 

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Every Breath Counts

by: Jennifer Oldfield

In the city of Regina we have a population of just over 200,000 people.   Even more important to this post is not the number of people but the number of households, specifically those with pets.  In 2011 the census showed Regina having just under 86,000 households.  With a fairly steady growth over the past several years that number is certainly climbing.  Add to that the information that approximately 60% of those households own at least one pet (the majority of which are cats and/or dogs – ~57%), that equals approximately 52,000 homes with a pet.10298890_10152051943690583_1287774173130986653_n

According to Regina Fire & Protective Services (RFPS) there are around 90-100 calls to homes for smoke and/or fire per year.  That makes the chances of your home being one of those calls less than 1%.  That certainly doesn’t seem like a number to cause you much concern, unless you have been one of those home owners.  Then that number is very significant.  Add to that the chances that you own a pet and the concern for safety to all family members is always something we deal with.

Pocket oxygen maskWhen a fire call happens in Regina RFPS are sent out.  They are fully equipped to deal with all aspects of fire rescue and we thank them immensely for their service to our city!  However, there is one area where, although they do the best they can with the equipment they have, even with the aid often from Regina’s EMS, the equipment is lacking.  This is where we feel that “Every Breath Counts”.  Animal oxygen masks are certainly not standard equipment and we are working to change that.

Regina EMS work on a dog rescued from a house fire by RFPS

Regina EMS work on a dog rescued from a house fire by RFPS

A human oxygen mask is designed to cover a human face, it is triangular in shape and fits a human

oxygen masksperfectly.  Although it has worked to save animals rescued from fires in the past, the ideal situation is to have the appropriate mask to fully cover the animal’s face to increase the amount of oxygen received thus increasing the chance of resuscitation.

Over the past several weeks I have been in contact with RFPS regarding our goal to equip the trucks with the animal mask sets.  I have met with their Operations Management Team and with their Senior Team and we have the thumbs up!

How are we planning to do this?  With the aid of the citizens of Regina in a Fundraising Event we have lovingly named “Every Breath Counts”.   On September 21st, 2014 from 10am-3pm we are hosting this event.  It will take place at our clinic at 216 McIntyre Street.  We have plans for the following:

  • Pet First Aid Seminar
  • Be-a-Tree Bite Prevention Presentation for Kids
  • Teddy Bear Hospital – where children can bring their bears for our veterinarians to take care of
  • Fishing Pond Game – for a small fee, children can play an educational round and win prizes
  • Face Painting
  • Hot Dog Sale
  • Specially designed bandanas for sale
  • Special items to purchase for cats and dogs
  • SOS Fire Safety Window Clings for sale
  • The Pack Project will be attending
  • Members of Regina’s Police Service (possibly the K-9 Unit, if they can get away from training)
  • Bright Eyes Dog Rescue will be attending
  • RFPS with a Fire Truck and hopefully a visit from Sparky the fire dog

All proceeds will be going directly to the fund, PLUS ANVC will be specifically aiding in the purchase as well. One set of masks costs $150, for every set funds are raised for, ANVC will match it with a second set (up to 6 sets).  Our goal is to raise enough funds to purchase 12 sets – enough to equip RFPS and have some replacement sets available as needed.

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We will be accepting donations in clinic leading up to our event, but we really hope to feel your support on September 21st.  Mark it on your calendars!  Watch our Facebook page and our website for updates on times of seminars, presentations, as well as added details as they are finalized.

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Meet Kismet…

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It is always good to give back to the community and help non-profit organizations with their cause.  A few of the other clinics in Regina have been doing spays and neuters for the Regina Humane Society once they receive so many “likes” on their Facebook pages.  We like this concept and wanted to do something similar.  We have decided to give our services of spays and neuters to Bright Eyes Dog Rescue (BEDR), a local, non-profit organization who work hard to help as many dogs as they can from near and far.  We are also utilizing our Paw It Forward Fund – which thanks to generous donations of our clients has grown to over $700 in the short time since we started back in September of last year.

Meet Kismet:kismet and pups

A lovely dog from a First Nation reserve on the Saskatchewan-Manitoba border.  Kismet and her sister Faith, both had litters of pups within days of each other.  Once they were caught, BEDR took them in.  A total of 11 puppies between the two moms!  Kismet with 7 pups and Faith with 4.  Now that the pups are old enough and it has been long enough since mom has fed the babies, it was time to take care of her needs.

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OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAThanks to the Paw It Forward Fund, Kismet had 2 broken teeth removed today- thank you again to the generous donors!  Our clinic also spayed Kismet and removed her rear dewclaws.  Kismet has been adopted and will be heading to beautiful British Columbia once she is healed from her surgeries.  Her sister Faith and a few of the pups are still in need of homes.  To inquire or learn more about these pups contact Bright Eyes Dog Rescue.

Faith

Faith

As we continue to do spays and neuters for BEDR, we won’t be looking for any additional likes on our Facebook page or anything else from our clients, we just simply ask that you spread the word about BEDR and continue to donate to our Paw It Forward Fund.

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