Reservation Animal Rescue on #GivingTuesday
Now an annual event, #GivingTuesday is becoming a day of remembrance when millions of people come out to support their favorite charities and causes. And today, we want to shout out to animal lovers everywhere to remember this special cause: the four-leggeds on the reservations.
Our reservation animal rescue program, ROAR, supports rescue, rehabilitation, foster care and adoption for animals of the reservation. We work directly with animal welfare programs, including mobile programs, to promote the well-being of animals in remote reservation communities.
Difficult realities on the reservations create a high need for animal rescue and adoption. The high rates of poverty, unemployment, health issues and food insecurity are similar to those of undeveloped countries. And while the people living in these communities deeply care about the animals, they are often unable to afford animal care and sometimes the care is unavailable in their immediate communities.
This is where ROAR comes in, empowering the people who rescue dogs and cats and nurse them back to care. With 1,500 stray dogs roaming the Navajo Reservation and other reservations challenged with animal overpopulation and related public health risk, ROAR is a bright light for animals of the reservations and their caregivers, supporting spay and neuter services, immunizations, shelters, animal welfare education, food and other supplies for about 18,000 dogs and cats a year.
If you find it in your heart to remember animals of the reservation this #GivingTuesday, your ROAR gift will help pay for food and medical supplies provided by animal rescuers and often paid for out of their own pockets. Each year, we supply about 65,000 pounds of pet food and other supplies and your gift of a foster care kit or kits will help these animals until they are ready for adoption into forever homes – where they belong.