ARC will offer a Critter Camp for underserved Reservation youth in August 2021. This camp will utilize Social and Emotional Learning (SEL) curriculum with live animals to teach humane education, strengthen the healing bond of human-animal interaction, build resiliency, and help mitigate child suicide risk. We have been approved by CSKT Tribal Council to hold our camp on the Arlee Powwow grounds. This day camp will serve 20 kids, ages 8-13. We will incorporate canines, are working with a Tribal family to bring in horses, and have partnered with the Montana Wild Wings Recovery Center to incorporate eagles and hawks. Tuition, aside from a small copay, will be covered by business sponsorships, making this camp accessible to low-income families. We will be partnering with local restaurants to provide healthy lunches as well. More details to come as we continue to work with our partners, acquire funding, and solidify logistics.
ARC's inaugural Spay/Neuter clinic on the Reservation is scheduled for September 11-12. We will be partnering with Spay Montana to hold this 2-day clinic, which will utilize 3 vet teams to offer free spay/neuter services to low-income families and their pets. Our goal is to service 200 animals, including some Trap and Release (TNR) work on feral cats. We are in the process of finding a venue, securing lodging for our vet teams, acquiring donated supplies, applying for funding, and recruiting many volunteers. We plan on initiating multiple dialogues with the community prior to the clinics and making sure we move through this process as safely and efficiently as possible. More details to come!