A cat ready to be spayed at the clinic Saturday, October 19.
By DANA HERNANDEZ
FORT HALL — ROAR (Reservation Organized Animal Rescue) hosted their first spay and neuter clinic at two animal hospitals in Pocatello on Saturday, October 19.
It has been at least 10 years since the last spay and neuter clinic was offered to the pets of the Fort Hall community.
ROAR is a reservation based non-profit animal rescue, and since, has teamed up with All About the Animals Coalition, Alpine Animal Hospital and the Mountain View Veterinary Hospital to provide the spay and neuter clinic to the pets of Fort Hall.
Local volunteers have made ROAR a possibility. They’ve donated their time, money, and even opened their homes to assist with animal rescues, transports, and re-location of lost or stranded pets.
So far, there are eight volunteers: Ashley Burwell, Darla Cates, Jessica First, Anthony First, Nancy Miller Wahtomy, Janae Crispin, Angie Wilhem, and Tressa Gonzales.
Participants check in their animals.
There were 69 cats and dogs belonging to the Fort Hall community that were brought into Alpine Animal Hospital and Mountain View Veterinary Hospital to have the spay or neuter procedures done for free. The veterinarians projected to do at least 50 animals, but ROAR exceeded their limits and got in as many as possible.
The ROAR spay/neuter clinic provided de-wormer medication, ear mite treatments, and vaccinations. They also examined and assisted animals with any illness that they may have had.
“We had to turn away people seeking the spay/neuter clinic as this was a first-come first-serve basis, so we want to do vouchers in the future,” said Tressa Gonzales.
ROAR believes that awareness and action needed be addressed with the animals in Fort Hall. Animals are turned away from shelters because they are specifically from Fort Hall. There are jurisdiction issues that sometimes affect the acceptance of Fort Hall’s lost or stranded pets as there is no animal shelter in Fort Hall, so other shelters, some as far as Idaho Falls are burdened with taking in Fort Hall’s animals.
ROAR works mainly through Facebook, and when they receive a notification about a stray or lost animal, they first try and locate an owner before they conduct removal and placement. Their main goal is to have the lost and stray pets be handled as humanely as possible and they always rescue before a shelter placement. They want animals to have homes, otherwise to be placed at an animal shelter that has a no euthanasia standard.
Cats waiting at Mountain View Animal Hospital.
Speaking with ROAR member Gonzales, she said, “We’re surrounded by animals and rescuing is not hard to do it’s a spiritual thing, it’s healing and it heals the community and we need to acknowledge that.”
ROAR is selling T-shirts for $15 to help fundraise and also accepts any donations through their email account at email@example.com and Venmo or PayPal are the pay sources that are linked to their email. Any questions, please contact them through Facebook at Fort Hall ROAR or you can contact any ROAR member.