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The Canadian Animal Assistance Team Revisits Baker Lake
by Sue Hamilton
After last September's enthusiastic welcome and an enormously successful visit to Baker Lake, the Canadian Animal Assistance Team is looking forward to returning to Nunavut's inland community of about 2000 residents and approximately 270 dogs and cats to continue its animal wellness program there. The visit is scheduled for September 3rd to the 13th.
Upon owners' requests, CAAT will provide physical examinations, vaccinations, wormings, spays, castrations and medical and surgical treatments of injuries and illnesses of pets and working sled dogs, as well as the community's cats. Unfortunately, puppies and kittens are born and illnesses and accidents happen during the other fifty or so weeks in between visits by good samaritan veterinary professionals, so in addition to the clinics, CAAT will offer educational programs for both companion animal owners as well as mushers eager to learn more. Topics to be covered will include animal first aid, the health advantages of neutering, communicable animal diseases, the hows, whys and benefits of vaccinations and wormings, nutrition, safety around dogs (dog bite prevention focused especially towards school age kids) and humane treatment of animals in general. Last year a call-in radio show generated enormous feedback, questions and clinic appointments!
It may not be obvious when reading about the success of CAAT's missions, but a huge amount of effort goes into each of these wellness clinics. Some community residents are responsible for hosting the team, promoting the clinics, serving as interpreters, making appointments, transporting animals to and from the clinic and fundraising to help defray expenses for the approximately two weeks the clinic is in town. CAAT members volunteer their time and services and thanks to the generosity of Calm Air and First Air, a portion of the frightfully expensive air transportation is paid for them. Others, including vaccine, medical and surgical veterinary supply manufacturers and other donors also lend their support. This truly grass roots effort is willingly undertaken in the absence of support and programs for dog team owners and other northern residents, assistance and leadership which should be coming in part from the Nunavut Government, but isn't.
For more information on CAAT projects, to become a member of CAAT or to help sponsor their efforts in the North, visit the CAAT website.