More temporary veterinary clinics will be able to set up in northern Manitoba

With this funding, the organization will be able to create more temporary clinics to care for the animals.

Funding is part of the program one health through which the Winnipeg Humane Society provides half of the contribution for a total of $1.5 million.

The five-year program was designed to address animal health gaps in Manitoba’s remote and Indigenous communities, the province said in a statement.

In 2021, the Winnipeg Humane Society had held eight temporary clinics in the north of the province. She managed to treat and sterilize about 375 animals there.

With these new funds, the organization hopes to be able to organize at least 10 this year.

I hope we can organize more than 10. It all depends on the needs. I hope that donors beyond our main donors will continue to support this partnershiplaunches the President and CEO of the Winnipeg Humane SocietyJessica Miller.

Beyond this government funding over five years, Ms. Miller would like to rely on the funding model that will ensure the sustainability of this program.

My dream would be to be able to repeat this year after year, without funding from the province. »

A quote from Jessica Miller, CEO of the Winnipeg Humane Society

The organization’s Director of Veterinary Care, Dr. Gina Bowen, sees the announcement as a good way to decentralize the community’s veterinary care services. Winnipeg Humane Society.

It’s exciting as an announcement. We were historically centered in Winnipeg. As a community animal shelter, we realized that we need to be more present elsewhere in the province. It’s important to get out of Winnipeg and make sure animals everywhere have access to veterinary careshe mentions.

Last year, temporary clinics organized by the Winnipeg Humane Society in northern Manitoba treated approximately 375 animals.

Photo: Winnipeg Humane Society

Resources made profitable

The Winnipeg Humane Society still cared for animals in northern Manitoba, picking them up and flying them to the capital.

For the non-profit organization, this presented quite a challenge.

Many of the communities are only accessible by air and do not have road access. The cost of flights is high. It can cost as much as going to Newfoundland. Transport logistics are also difficult. There are several flights that are at capacity, so there is no room for dogs. There are also delayed flights due to the weather.says Dr. Bowen.

The director of veterinary care at the Winnipeg Humane Society, Dr. Gina Bowen.

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Holding the temporary clinics in northern communities will help care for more animals while making the most of resources, she hopes.

To arrange for temporary clinics and animal transportation, Winnipeg Humane Society works with partner organizations such as the Manitoba Animal Alliance.

Its transportation coordinator, Josée Bélanger-Galay, is delighted with this improvement in veterinary services in the north of the province and the government funding that will affect her organization at the same time.

It’s very exciting because the communities need so much help, they don’t have vets. So with this money, we hope to be able to have several sterilization clinicsshe points out.

After the temporary clinics, animal welfare organizations hope that a permanent clinic can be set up in the north in the future.

With information from Émile Lapointe

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