Frequently, some of the animals that come into our fold have medical conditions that need to be treated ASAP. We see everything from ring worm to wounds so bad, limbs have to be amputated. Granted a lot of these conditions can be treated with proper care and regular vetting, but that is generally not something these animals are privy to.
Not all of ARF's medical interventions are for the animals we rescue either. Sometimes dogs with owners need our help too. The young fellow below was found running at large on a nearby First Nations community. The quills had been embedded for a few days already and were starting to get infected. They were no doubt very, very painful. ARF's Dog Program Coordinator saw him and knew he needed help. She tracked down his owner and got permission for ARF to do the necessary treatment. He was brought to a local vet clinic where the porcupine quills were removed and he was neutered. He was returned to his owner the next day.
ARF is incredibly proud to be apart of this pilot project on the Tsuu T'ina Nation that aims to cut down on the feral dog population. Semi-feral dogs are caught, implanted with this hormone, vaccinated and de-wormed. To date, there have been about 40 females implanted with this hormone. Read the story here.