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October is National Animal Safety and Protection Month — a time to recognize the important measures that should be taken in order to protect animals and pets. It’s also a time to support organizations with a mission to take care of animals and promote their safety and welfare. Many do not realize the issues and risks that animals living on reservations face every day or the associated risk to community health, which is why one of PWNA’s programs focuses on supporting and fostering reservation animals.

Across the Navajo Nation, there are an estimated 1,500 stray dogs and cats roaming around without a home, but the real number may be as much as four times higher. Other reservation communities face a similar challenge. While many people see these animals and want to help, they do not have the proper resources to do so. Thankfully, there are some actions that can be taken in order to prevent and save these animals from facing such severe conditions.

We encourage everyone to take the pledge to treat all animals humanely by doing the following:

  • Provide necessities for these animals such as pet food, blankets, toys and treats
  • Support mobile spay and neuter clinics
  • Care for stray and orphaned animals, with the goal of adoption into loving homes
  • Spread the word by telling family and friends about stray animals and overpopulation on some of the reservations

PWNA’s Reservation Animal Rescue (RAR) program supports reservation programs focused on animal care. RAR provides foster care kits with food, bowls, leashes and more to support our partners in rescuing and rehabilitating dogs and cats and finding them forever homes. Another service within the RAR program is Pet Promise, a spay and neutering fund to help subsidize spay and neuter services, vaccinations and preventive medicine for fleas and ticks. Join the 4,616 people and counting who have taken the pledge to protect reservation animals and treat them humanely by visiting the PWNA website and signing your name. You can also contribute to the fight to help rescue these animals by donating to Reservation Animal Rescue.


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