We received a call from dispatch about 3 loose horses. Went out to investigate and found they were some horse a neighbor had been boarding. We were able to round them up and get them back inside their pasture. Then we were off to Nashua where someone reported a dog that had been wandering on the highway for over 24 hours. He is believed to have been dumped. We retrieved him and on our way back to the farm we received another call from dispatch about two wiener dogs running along to highway. So, off we went to find them before they were run over. We knew people in the vicinity and just as we3 suspected, they were just wandering too far from home. They were retrieved and we returned to the farm.
Yesterday there was a free spay/neuter clinic in Frazer sponsored by the Northeast Montana Fort Peck Tribal MASH, so we rounded up 6 dogs of various ages here on the farm and off we went to get everyone "fixed". We are SO happy to get everyone current on shots, wormed and given a flea & tick preventative. This would have cost us over $1,000 at the vet! We are SO thankful to Teddy Kaschube who organized the clinics!
We also received a call yesterday, while at the spay/neuter clinic, about 2 large dogs who were displaced from the flooding. Their owner was being evacuated and called in need of somewhere to put her dogs. We made space for them in one of our outdoor kennels as the owner said they didn't play well with others. Later on, an "orphaned" dog was pointed out to us who'd been left at the post office in Frazer and we were asked to take her as well. Unfortunately we had to decline as after taking on the two big dogs who were displaced, we just didn't have another kennel or crate available. It was hard to say no and we realized that we need more supplies to keep up with all the animals who need help.
I spoke with someone today who owns a building that may be an ideal location for a pet boarding/shelter/retail store. The rent is really high and I'm not sure the revenue would be there to cover expenses. I would like to be able to take in animals as the need arises and also provide a boarding service that doesn't break the bank. People are paying more to board their animals here than it costs to have a child in daycare...and animals require MUCH less care! That doesn't seem right to me so I am going to investigate this further and talk it over with the hubby.