No Rest for the Wonderful!

FTH team members Lisa and Jules De Zoete, Shellie Houle, Miranda Green, Dr Pauline
vanVeen, Katrina Abram and Lorna Orpwood travelled to Fort Severn the 24th -30th of August to
conduct a Spay & Neuter Clinic.

Spay & Neuter Clinics are an extremely demanding endeavour: they require incredible amounts
of time, effort, coordination, and resources in order to be successful. Targeting remote Northern
communities adds another layer of complexity because they are often accessible by air only. Fort
Severn is no exception: it took our team 12 hours to drive to Nakina and another 2.5 hours by
small plane to reach their destination.

Once on the ground, the week was spent performing surgeries and vaccinations. In total, 21 dogs were spayed, 19 were neutered, and an additional 21 were vaccinated. Dr vanVeen was also able to repair a hernia during one neuter surgery, remove mammary tumours during a spay, treat a dog with a cranial abscess and another one suspected of suffering from some kind of poisoning. The team also accepted three female and two male surrenders who returned home with them for fostering and eventual adoption.

During down time, the team took advantage of their beautiful surroundings, visiting the Hudson Bay as the tide came in, ATVing in search of polar bears (which remained elusive), fishing in the Bay (a long-time dream of Jules’), and searching for wolves. Fun fact: Dr vanVeen can perform shockingly convincing wolf calls.

Before returning, they were treated to some deep fried bannock, courtesy of local Bernadette.
The hospitality in Fort Severn never ceases to amaze!