Wednesday, July 20, 2011
Day two of our Carmacks Project was exciting for all team members. We were able to complete 22 surgeries (32 in total so far!) along with examinations and vaccines for many pets. Members of the community stopped by the recreation centre we are working at to ask us questions about their pets and what we do! The Village of Carmacks has been welcoming and very enthusiastic about what we are doing. Last evening they hosted a welcome BBQ which was a great opportunity to meet some of the community. CBC interviewed us today and filmed surgeries and activity at the project site. There are over 100 dogs and cats requiring surgery so the remainder of our trip should be very busy! We currently have a puppy in our possession that was dropped off for a spay and not picked up. We are trying to find her owner and battling with not bringing her to our own homes. Puppies are plentiful in Carmacks! (The most common breed being the apparently non-existent BEAR DOG!) We have recruited a tech-assistant from the community named Sarah. She hopes to be a veterinarian when she grows up! We hope she opens a spay/neuter clinic in Carmacks! We finished off our productive day by hiking to The Five Finger Rapids on The Yukon River. It was beautiful!