The Canadian Animal Assistance Team comes to Fort St. James

The Canadian Animal Assistance Team (CATT) came to Fort St. James for the third year in a row.

  • Jun. 15, 2016 6:00 a.m.
The Canadian Animal Assistance Team offered free vet checks

The Canadian Animal Assistance Team offered free vet checks

Barbara Latkowski

Caledonia Courier

The Canadian Animal Assistance Team (CATT) came to Fort St. James for the third year in a row.

From June 9 – 11, 14 veterinary personnel arrived at the skating arena to help take care of cats and dogs in Fort St. James.

The team provided free vet checks, vaccinations and spay and neuters.

According to Laura Sutton, CATT Team Leader, this is an opportunity to help animals and owners especially those with low incomes.

“This really means a lot to me,” Sutton said. “Helping spay and neuter and teaching kids about the importance of this is key. It’s been amazing to see communities change, to see owners come back with their pets year after year and to see the appreciation from the community. This is what’s special for me.”

Sutton says that her team changes from year to year but one thing they do have in common is their love of animals.

“Some are new and some have been doing this year after year. But, it’s their love for it that keeps them coming back,” Sutton said.

Gail Hiebert, a teacher at David Hoy Elementary School has helped run the Fort St. James Humane Society Kids Club for the last few years. She has seen the impact this has had in the community.

“It’s so great to get the kids involved and the community has benefited greatly. We used to see so many stray dogs. But not so much anymore,” Hiebert said.

The arena welcomed pet owners with a greeting area, surgical area and recovery room.

Animals big and small arrived looking for help from a most dedicated team.

Shelly Bingham from Fort St. James has volunteered with CATT for the last three years.

“I love doing this. I love these animals,” Bingham said.