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A CAAT team member vaccinates a working dog in Igluliq.
Canadian Animal Assistance Team's Northern Project Plans
The Ontario chapter of the Canadian Animal Assistance Team (CAAT) is responsible for implementing the organization's animal wellness projects in the Canadian Arctic. These veterinary visits involve vaccinations (crucial since the distemper outbreak in the North this past year), deworming, spaying and neutering as requested by individual owners, and dog bite prevention talks to children in the community. Ontario chapter coordinators, Christine Robinson and Annette Pecak are in the process of organizing the 2008 projects. CAAT has already received six invitations from Nunavut alone. According to Ms Robinson, "There is a tremendous amount of planning and communications ahead to determine where we can go. We’d love to be able to go to them all but that is not possible without a great deal of funding, so we will have to decide which places we can go to next year. It is important that the communities are very involved in the planning of our projects and we are still in the discussion phases with some of the community members."
Making any of the projects a reality depends on funding and the ability to obtain reduced airfares. Donations are greatly appreciated and The Fan Hitch readers may support these arctic animal wellness programs by directing contributions specifically to CAAT's northern undertakings. Checks, in Canadian or U.S. dollars, should be sent to: The Canadian Animal Assistance Team (CAAT), c/o 1635 West 4th Avenue, Vancouver, BC Canada, V6J 1L8. Donations can also be made by credit card directly through the CAAT web site. Be sure to indicate that your gift is for CAAT’s arctic animal wellness programs.
Ms Robinson thanked the Inuit Sled Dog International for its interest, adding, "Enlightening The Fan Hitch readers about our work is a great way to reach some of the communities in need as well as raise awareness of the need for veterinary services and the need for funding to be able to provide it."
For more information visit www.caat-canada.org or email the Ontario Chapter at firstname.lastname@example.org.