RLRR is educating Red Lake reservation residents by teaching basic animal care, which includes feeding, watering, shelter, medical care and spaying/neutering.
Karen is committed to teaching compassion to a society facing enormous challenges. The reservation has a very high rate of poverty and unemployment, so it is no surprise that the most vulnerable population, dogs and cats, would suffer, too. By teaching compassion, and providing an opportunity for volunteerism for residents, especially youth, the suffering experienced by the reservation animals is reduced.
RLRR provides information about animal health care, abuse, overpopulation, and spay/neuter opportunities at Red Lake Health Fairs and at its local spay/neuter clinics.
RLRR is also working on revising the Red Lake Tribal Code regarding animal abuse and neglect. There had never been a case of animal abuse brought before the tribal courts until recently, and this was due to Karen’s advocacy for the humane treatment of animals.
Red Lake Rosie’s would like to develop a model for rescue, shelter, veterinary care, and reducing overpopulation through spay/neuter initiatives that can be replicated on other Indian Reservations.
Annually, RLRR has booths at various animal-friendly events.
Volunteers educate visitors about the rescue and handmade, donated items are sold to raise funds.
Fostered and adopted RLRR dogs and cats are enthusiastic ambassadors the tables.