Where Passion Meets Purpose
Monday, April 19th, 2021
Geronimo Animal Rescue Team brought more than forty cats to the TNR M.A.S.H. clinic in January. Working to help the pets and pet owners who reside within the San Carlos Apache Nation. What started five years ago with Dorothea Stevens transporting sick, injured, and abandoned pets to receive medical care has grown into a team of passionate animal lovers doing this important work regularly.
Since the start of the pandemic, the San Carlos Apache Nation has been without veterinary services. Dorothea and her team are working to change this. Filing for 501c status, the rescue team wants to establish animal welfare and veterinarian services full-time for the tribe. “We work along with animal control. We just don’t have the vets that we need and we don’t have the enforcement as far as animal abuse,” Dorothea explains, “that’s something we will be working on.”
Another goal of the group is to provide education and outreach to help teach children basic humane principles. “As Apaches we respect all animals and we were raised that way a long time ago but we don’t see this happening anymore. We want to start with the little ones so they can teach the adults.”
Regarding the impact services like the M.A.S.H. provide to the people and pets in her community, Dorothea can’t hide her excitement. “This is so important! It’s already having an impact on Facebook with people requesting help with community cats in their area, so this is a really good start. Even just the little steps of getting your cat fixed and ending family in-breeding - that’s just one step but that goes a long way!”
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