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Services rendered to pets on rez despite government shutdown

Oct 27, 2013 - By Alejandra Silva, Staff Writer

The Spay/Neuter Wyoming Program recently altered more than 150 pets during its free clinic at the Eastern Shoshone Boys and Girls club location in Fort Washakie.

The event originally was going to take place at the Bureau of Indian Affairs Forestry Warehouse, also in Fort Washakie, but because of the recent federal government shutdown, the clinic had to be relocated, said a contact for the Eastern Shoshone Tribe.

Dr. Heather Carleton, a board member for the Animal Adoption Center of Jackson, said her center aims to bring the free clinic services four times a year to the Wind River Indian Reservation, with each tribe getting two clinics annually. The not-for-profit program schedules up to 80 animals for each day.

Funding also was provided by Shoshone Tribal Health, Shoshone Housing Authority and the Eastern Shoshone Business Council. The clinic was only for Eastern Shoshone Tribe members.

The spay and neuter clinic has been provided since 2009, and since then, Carleton said the program has serviced roughly 840 pets.