2018 Spay/Neuter Clinics

Red Lake 2018 Clinics:

May 17-19 Spay/Neuter, Wellness and Surrender
August 9-11 Spay/Neuter, Wellness and Surrender
October 8-10 Spay/Neuter, Wellness and Surrender

White Earth 2018 Clinics:

June 9-10 Wellness and Surrender
July 12-14 Spay/Neuter, Wellness and Surrender
Sept 22-23 Wellness and Surrender


Red Lake Band members’ animals will be altered, wormed, given rabies and distemper vaccinations, and flea and tick treatment.

Clinic hours are 8am – 6pm, except for the last day, which is usually a half day, 8am -12pm.

Animals are dropped off in the morning and picked up in the afternoon/early evening.

There is a daily quota for the number of animals that can be spayed or neutered, so if residents want to ensure that their animal can be altered, they should come early in the day.

The Spay/Neuter/Vaccination clinics are held at a warehouse in Redby, MN on the Red Lake Reservation.

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Clinic Volunteer Needs

Set-up: The afternoon before the clinic begins, bring crates and other supplies out of the storage room and set up the warehouse to receive and care for the animals.

Morning Check-in: help with intake forms; weighing & crating animals; humane education; and moving crates to the pre-surgical area.

Meals: Preparation, Serving, Cleaning up (1-2 people).

Recovery: Set-up crates with pads; kitty litter boxes; food; & water.

Cage Cleaning, Feeding, Watering, Walking: ongoing throughout the day and evening.

Laundry, Dishes, Removing Garbage: ongoing.

Afternoon Check Out: Retrieve animals for owners.

Clean up (at end of clinic): clean and break down kennels, clean clinic areas & equipment, wash and put away dishes; sweep; store all supplies.

Transport Animals to the Cities

The clinics are held in a warehouse in the town of Redby on the reservation. The drive from the Cities takes about 4.5 hours.

Daily Schedule

Clinic hours are roughly 8am-7pm. Residents drop-off their animals in the morning (many are lined up outside the door well before 8am) and pick them up in the afternoon. Residents fill out an intake form, and the animals are weighed and then crated. The crates are moved to the pre-surgical area.

The owners return in the late afternoon to pick up their animals. They are given post-surgical instructions and pain medications.

Additionally, we provide a brief exam, vaccinations, wormer, and flea/tick preventative for walk-ins whose animals have already been altered. We also usually see several emergencies – wounds, porcupine quills, etc. a day.

The Work

Throughout the day, dogs need to be walked and animals need to be fed, watered, and cages cleaned. There are always stray/abandoned animals that may remain in the warehouse for several days before they are moved to the shelter. There can be injured animals that need special care or medication. Usually, there are quite a few dogs that come in needing their matted coats shaved. If it’s tick season, there will be lots of ticks on the dogs and some will have mange. There may be puppies and kittens that need socialization and/or bottle feeding.


Three meals are prepared and served daily. There is a kitchen in the warehouse with a stove and three refrigerators. The food is supplied by volunteers in the Cities. There will be snacks, coffee, milk, pop, juice, and bottled water, as well.


There are two bathrooms in the warehouse.

Volunteers stay at Seven Clans Hotel/Casino on the reservation. It has 40 rooms, a pool, and a restaurant. Whenever possible, RLRR will pay for a portion of volunteers’ rooms.


Cell phone reception is a bit sketchy on the reservation, but phones usually work in the warehouse parking lot.

The weather is usually cooler than the Cities.

Volunteers are welcome to come for any portion of the clinic. If there are more volunteers than needed at the clinic (which is rare), there is always work to be done at the shelter.

Karen’s home, where the shelter is located, is about 50 minutes from the warehouse. She can use help with cleaning, feeding, and socializing/providing attention to the animals, as she does all of the daily work herself. Often, there are projects that need to be done, as well.

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A $10.00 donation per animal is suggested to help defray clinic costs.