The mixed breed dog was one of 13 puppies and eight adult dogs rescued from the home of an elderly man on the Leech Lake
Reservation. The man, in poor health, needed to move out of his home for better medical care. His 21 dogs had nowhere to go.
Leech Lake Legacy, a charitable group that helps animals in crisis on the large reservation in northern Minnesota, stepped in,provided the dogs veterinary care and found them homes. Two years later, Legacy
is healthy and in a comfortable home. He has become the “spokesdog” for Leech Lake Legacy.
“Without this program, the options for dogs like Legacy wouldn’t be good—and their lives almost certainly would end in early death,” said Dr. Amanda Bruce, a veterinarian who owns PetCare of Duluth. “He’s
one example of why we want to help Leech Lake Legacy protect animals and provide better veterinary care on the reservation.”
As part of PetCare of Duluth’s celebration of one year in business Bruce announced today that the clinic will accept in-kind donations of supplies from animal supporters and owners who want to help Leech Lake Legacy. Throughout June, Twin Ports-area animal lovers can drop off items,including dog and cat toys, leashes and stainless steel water bowls, at PetCare
of Duluth, 2701 W. Superior St., Suite A. A full list of items needed to be donated is available at LeechLakeLegacy.org
“Any supplies we receive will directly impact the lives of dogs and cats on the Leech Lake reservation,” said Jenny Fitzer, co-founder and program director of Leech Lake Legacy. In addition to rescue and adoption services, the program provides veterinary care and education on the reservation.
“Forty-five percent of the people on the Leech Lake Reservation live in poverty. They are so grateful for the support we are able to provide. They care deeply for their pets,” said Marilou Chanrasmi, co-founder and president of Leech Lake Legacy.
Without proper care closer to home, many of the animals from Leech Lake find their way 120 miles east to Duluth or, even further, south to the Twin Cities.
“These dogs and cats end up in our community when they are in crisis. Our goal is to help Leech Lake Legacy improve animal care and understanding closer to home,” said Bruce, who has volunteered her services for Leech Lake Legacy.