Areas in northern Manitoba impacted by animal overpopulation are getting some assistance from the Winnipeg Humane Society.
Spay and neuter clinics in Norway House and Cross Lake will open next week as the WHS team heads north November 7-10. The Winnipeg-based animal shelter is partnering with Norway House Animal Rescue, the community of Norway House, Norway House Cree Nation, Cross Lake, and Pimicikamak Cree Nation on the initiative.
There will be around 15-20 spay and neuter surgeries performed in each community, which helps reduce the number of unwanted litters and stray animals. The clinic will also perform general wellness exams.
The Norway House clinic will run November 7-8, while the Cross Lake clinic will see animals November 9-10.
Neither community has a dedicated veterinary clinic, so animal care often goes unattended.
The community-driven project is run by local volunteers recruited by Norway House Animal Rescue and supported by the local governments and band offices.