The Humane Society Veterinary Medical Association’s Rural Area Veterinary Service program will be setting up clinics at the Standing Rock Indian Reservation.

The clinics will offer free veterinary services to the local families and their pets from Cannon Ball, Fort Yates and McLaughlin, S.D., starting Sunday, through Aug. 12.

The clinics will be in Cannon Ball on Sunday and Monday, in Fort Yates on Tuesday and Wednesday and in McLaughlin from Thursday to Aug. 12.

They will provide basic health care services for dogs and cats, including spay/neuter surgery, vaccination programs, parasite treatment and urgent care issues.

“Our clinics mean the difference between high quality veterinary care and no care at all, and everywhere we visit, residents and community leaders express deep appreciation for the care and attention their animals have received,” said Windi Wojdak, the program’s director.

Now in its 18th year, the nonprofit program serves rural communities where poverty and geographic isolation make regular veterinary care inaccessible. The association is an affiliate of The Humane Society of the United States.

In 2011, officials said the program provided $1.5 million in free veterinary services to more than 8,600 animals in 42 communities around the world.

 

Reach Carly Crane at carly.crane@bismarcktribune .com or 250-8260.

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