Sometimes we don’t know how lucky we are as an organization that rescues animals. We’re so often busy with what is right in front of us that needs our attention and planning for the next big chaotic event. We decided to do a running series of posts called “Our Support System” and essentially thanking those who are constantly there to support us in the chaos, tears, laughter, tail wags, and purrs. We would not be where we are without a solid support system.
Our first post in this series goes to Doc. Henderson from Henderson Veterinary Service. To visit her social media: Doc Henderson Facebook
Doc. Henderson was introduced to our world by a volunteer who happened to do business in the small town of Glen Ullin, North Dakota. One thing led to another, connections were made, and numbers exchanged for future vet visits to be conducted. A relationship between a caring individual who happened to earn a veterinarian degree and a blossoming animal rescue was born. We started out by taking three or four animals every other week to Glen Ullin for services. We had volunteers help us with transports and the after care. Of course, each animal had their own story with specific levels of care that were to be met. Doc. Henderson continued to provide that service to us.
One day late last year, we were approached by a couple who had over 100 cats in their yard. They were overwhelmed and unable to figure out how to stop the continuous breeding. This was when our first large scale spay event occurred. Our team combined efforts with Doc. Henderson and A Cause for Claws’ Spay Mobile (affectionatly called the Neuter Scooter). Live traps were set out the night before so they could be caught and brought into the scooter, ensuring they had no food after a certain time. We worked from about 8 AM to 5 PM. To revisit our efforts: First Sterilization Project.
Since that event, Doc. Henderson has been our right hand woman with lending her services to us with scheduled spay events. We’ve had close to a dozen different weekends where we scheduled her services and our volunteers came together. Many of these events last until late in the evening, often going past 8 PM. But Doc. Henderson is passionate, driven, and has a love for helping animals; so we don’t stop her when she’s hard at work helping us continue our efforts of the importance of spaying and neutering or just basic veterinary care.
We’ve been able to extend some of these services to those that are unable to afford a sterilization surgery for their pet at a discount rate of $75. If you’re interested in this service, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org so we can have questions answered and get you booked in on the next event. Since this is a new service for us, please bear with us as we attempt to manage our fosters with this service.
Doc. Henderson doesn’t come to us without a price. We would never expect her to volunteer her services. She is always paid for her efforts. What she may not have bargained for are the relationships she’s built with all of our volunteers, the pride in saving another life, the joy of seeing a pet owner walk away with a new family member, success stories stemming from our rescue efforts, and the frustrations we see as a rescue coming from irresponsible pet owners or an over abundance of unwanted animals and strays.
To the Doc: Thank you above and beyond for your dedication, expertise, advice, exceptional level of care, and shared love for wanting to help the animals that come into our care. You are a key player to our success and are we so very lucky to have you on our side. Thank you, thank you, thank you!