Our Animal Control Department patrols and responds to calls for service regarding animal complaints throughout the reservation.
Leech Lake Legacy
Leech Lake Animal Control works inconjunction with Leech Lake Legacy. Leech Lake Legacy is an all-volunteer, non-profit organization that began in May 2011.
Leech Lake Legacy’s mission is to provide ongoing support of animals in communities of need through transport, and spay/neuter and vaccination clinics, while empowering pet owners to properly care for their animals and develop concrete efforts to improve the lives of their pets.
Leech Lake Legacy believes that by working together and collaborating with a larger network of animal welfare organizations in Minnesota, we will be able to do more for the animals and the pet owners of Leech Lake Reservation.
History of the Program
At the end of April 2011, it was brought to the attention of Jenny Fitzer and Marilou Chanrasmi (Co-Founders of Leech Lake Legacy) that animals at the Leech Lake Impound were in dire need of assistance and that resources were very limited for the Leech Lake Tribal Police who managed the Leech Lake Impound. There was not a program in place to re-home the animals that were brought into the Impound as surrenders or strays.
On April 30, 2011, Jenny and four other volunteers from the Twin Cities drove to the Leech Lake Impound and met with Rory, Leech Lake Community Services Officer and two other police officers. The nine dogs in the Impound were transported back to the Twin Cities and transferred to rescues and shelters to be vetted, spayed/neutered and placed up for adoption.
After the first transport, Jenny and Marilou discussed what could be done to provide the greatest assistance to the animals of Leech Lake Reservation. Marilou is the President of Minnesota Partnership for Animal Welfare (MnPAW, a 501(c)3 non-profit animal welfare coalition). MnPAW believes that by joining forces to use its ideas, expertise and resources in a coordinated way, it can make a greater impact on reducing euthanasia of adoptable animals in Minnesota. Marilou recommended that Leech Lake Legacy become a part of MnPAW.
In 2011, a total of 200 dogs were transported to partner shelters/rescues.
In 2012, 938 dogs and cats have been transported and placed with our partner shelters and rescues. Our support and our network continue to grow both within the community of Leech Lake Reservation and the surrounding areas.
In 2013, as of 8/12/13 a total of 562 dogs/cats have been transported to partner shelters and rescues to be placed up for adoption.
To read more about the beginnings of Leech Lake Legacy, check out the following link:
The services we provide are available to all residents of the Leech Lake Reservation.
We work directly with the Leech Lake Tribal Police to schedule weekly transports of the stray and surrendered dogs and cats from the Leech Lake Impound in Cass Lake. Every Saturday, we transport the dogs and cats from the Impound to shelters and rescues in the Twin Cities and other parts of Minnesota. The animals are then checked by a vet, given their vaccines, spayed or neutered, evaluated for behavior and placed up for adoption.
Leech Lake Legacy is dedicated to working with the local community to help reduce the number of unwanted dogs and cats on the Leech Lake Reservation. One of the ways we can help assist the community of Leech Lake is by offering low-cost spay and neuter services to pet owners.
Cass Lake are scheduled from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. each day on a first-come, first-served basis. Residents start lining up as early as 5:00 a.m. to ensure they will get a spot for their pet.
Owners are charged $15 per animal, which includes spay/neuter, a wellness check and vaccinations (Distemper, Rabies, Parvo).
For a list of upcoming spay/neuter clinics, please click here.
Great Puppy Roundups
In 2012, Leech Lake Legacy started hosting Great Puppy Roundups. The Roundups are an opportunity for residents to surrender their puppies, dogs, kittens or cats to Leech Lake Legacy, free of charge. The surrendered animals are transported to rescues in other parts of Minnesota where they are altered, given wellness checks and vaccinated. They are then placed up for adoption.
Great Puppy Roundups are generally held at the Tribal Police Headquarters in Cass Lake on Saturdays from 9:00 a.m. to noon.
For a list of upcoming 2014 Puppy Roundups, please click here.
Wellness clinics are held on a regular basis throughout the year and are generally held at the Tribal Police Headquarters in Cass Lake. The clinics are open to all residents of Leech Lake Reservation. For $10 per animal, dogs and cats are given vaccinations (Distemper, Rabies, Parvo) and a wellness check by a veterinarian.
For a list of upcoming Wellness Clinics, please visit the Leech Lake Band of Ojibwe website at http://www.llojibwe.org/lltpd/animalcontrol.html.
The Yukon Project
The Yukon Project is an ongoing effort, in partnership with the Leech Lake Tribal Police, to provide shelter for outside reservation dogs. The program was launched in January 2013, with 150 doghouses being delivered to Leech Lake Reservation as a result of a very generous emergency grant provided by PetSmart Charities. A grant from The Onyx and Breezy Foundation was approved at the end of November 2013 to purchase 50 doghouses for outside reservation dogs. Efforts are underway to develop a longer-term plan to ensure outside reservation dogs have shelter. Leech Lake Legacy continues to explore cost-effective ways to build houses for the dogs, while working in partnership with the residents of Leech Lake Reservation.
Leech Lake Legacy offered educational programs for families in conjunction with our August 2013 spay/neuter clinic. Seminars were offered on responsible pet ownership, how to read pet body language and a demo of ‘rallying’, where kids were able to partner with a therapy dog to complete a rally course. Educational programs are being developed for 2014 and will be offered in conjunction with our spay/neuter and wellness clinics.
Leech Lake Legacy collects donated dog/cat food and cat litter from the Twin Cities and provides the food and litter to the Leech Lake Tribal Police to be used at the Impound.
- October 11, 2014: 44 animals came through our wellness clinic for vaccinations, de-wormer, flea/tick meds; 66 animals surrendered; approximately 90 dog houses (with straw) distributed; approx. 30 bags of donated winter wear and school supplies donated; and a couple thousand pounds of dog/cat food were distributed.
Images from this event: https://www.flickr.com/photos/mchanrasmi/sets/72157648268231397/
Link to surrendered animals after they arrived on transport yesterday at our partner shelter Animal Humane Society: https://www.flickr.com/photos/mchanrasmi/sets/72157648292283869/
- December 7, 2013: For this Puppy Roundup we took in 62 surrenders (16 cats and 46 dogs). See below under Images and Videos for images.
- August 9-10, 2013: Leech Lake Legacy hosts their fifth spay/neuter and vaccination clinic in partnership with the Leech Lake Tribal Police and Kindest Cut. A total of 100 animals were altered and vaccinated; an additional 58 animals received wellness checks and vaccinations; 29 animals were surrendered and transported to partner shelters and rescues to be placed up for adoption; 8 additional emergency surgeries were completed (2 eye enucleations; 4 hernia repairs; 1 tumor removal; and a laceration repair on a puppy with injuries from a dog attack). A kids educational session with sessions on responsible pet ownership, reading pet body language and a demo of a dog rally team (rallying is working together to teach your dog to do fun tricks).
April 30, 2011 – 1st transport of nine dogs
- March 23-24, 2012 – Leech Lake Legacy hosts their first spay/neuter clinic in partnership with the Leech Lake Tribal Police and Kindest Cut. A total of 91 animals are altered, vaccinated and microchipped; an additional 75 animals are vaccinated and microchipped
- August 11-12, 2012 – Leech Lake Legacy hosts their second spay/neuter clinic in partnership with the Leech Lake Tribal Police and Kindest Cut. A total of 93 animals are altered and vaccinated; an additional 51 animals are vaccinated and given wellness checks by volunteer veterinarians. Forty-two animals are surrendered and transported to partner shelters/rescues in the Twin Cities
- September 22, 2012 – Great Puppy Roundup I – 48 animals surrendered
- November 10, 2012 – Great Puppy Roundup II – 59 animals surrendered
- November 24, 2012 – 108th transport
- March 22-23, 2013 - Leech Lake Legacy hosts their third spay/neuter clinic in partnership with the Leech Lake Tribal Police and Kindest Cut. A total of 85 animals are altered, vaccinated and microchipped; an additional 36 animals are surrendered and transported to partner shelters and rescues to be placed up for adoption
- May 17-18, 2013 - Leech Lake Legacy hosts their fourth spay/neuter clinic in partnership with the Leech Lake Tribal Police and Kindest Cut. A total of 92 animals were altered and vaccinated; an additional 46 animals received wellness checks and vaccinations; 63 animals were surrendered and transported to partner shelters and rescues to be placed up for adoption; 4 additional emergency surgeries were completed (1 eye enucleation; 1 hernia removal; 1 tumor removal; and surgery on a small dog with severe injuries from a dog attack).
Leech Lake Legacy works with a large network of partners, as we believe strongly in collaboration and partnerships. Our key partners in our efforts at Leech Lake include the Leech Lake Tribal Police, the Animal Humane Society in Minneapolis, Animal Care Clinic in Bemidji, ASPCA, Red Lake Rosie’s Rescue on the Red Lake Reservation and Animal Allies in Duluth.
Images and Videos
Leech Lake Legacy: Saving cats and dogs because they matter. from Leech Lake Legacy on Vimeo
October 11, 2014
December 2013 Puppy Roundup
October 2013 Clinic
August 2013 Pet Clinic
Day 1 Photos: http://www.flickr.com/photos/mchanrasmi/sets/72157635043357023/
Day 2 Photos: http://www.flickr.com/photos/mchanrasmi/sets/72157635043629435/
May 2013 Pet Clinic
March 2012 spay/neuter clinic
Link to a video created in November, 2011:
Here's a link to a video that was created by one of our key partners, Animal Humane Society: