ARC offered a Critter Camp for underserved Reservation youth in August 2021. This camp utilized a Social and Emotional Learning (SEL) curriculum with live animals to teach humane education, strengthened the healing bond of human-animal interaction, built resiliency, and helped bring healing to 21 amazing trauma-impacted Reservation kids aged 8-13. The camp was held in cooperation with many partners including CSKT, the Flathead Reservation Boys & Girls Club, The Arlee Brown Building, The Warrior Movement, and many amazing local volunteers. Camp incorporated canines, horses, raptors from our firends at the Montana Wild Wings Recovery Center. Tuitions were sponsored by amazing business and corporate sponsors, making this camp accessible to low-income families. SPONSORS INCLUDED the Arlee Community Development Corporation, Absaroka Realty (Bozeman), The Good Food Store (Missoula), Whitefish Animal Hospital, Pawsitively Social & Emotional Learning, Tece Trucking, Exit 96 Shine, Southern Mutts Rescue Wagon, Seven Hills Construction (Whitefish), Tenspoon Winery (Missoula), Footloose Montana, Integrated Therapy Works, Dr. Joan Hess-Homeier, and April Christofferson. We are already working on plans for expanding this program and offering two Pawsitively Healing Camps in 2022.
ARC's inaugural Spay/Neuter clinic on the Reservation took place on September 11-12. We partnered with Spay Montana to hold this 2-day clinic, which utilized 3 vet teams to offer free spay/neuter services to low-income families and their pets. Almost 150 animals were spayed and neutered, including seven female semi-feral rescue dogs from St. Ignatius Montana that were captured during the clinic. CSKT graciously provided a venue for our clinic at the historic Kicking Horse Job Corps site. various partners and close to 50 volunteers made this clinic possible. This included the Flathead Reservation Boys & Girls Club, Mission Valley Vet Clinic, Southshore Animal Hospital, and more. We are working hard to find funding and schedule more clinics to help the many families we were unable to schedule in September (close to 300 animals remain on the waiting list).