Northern Animal Rescue Newsletter November & December, 2009 The past couple of months have gone by very quickly for the N.A.R. board members. There never seems to be enough time to accomplish everything we want to get done. We are; however, very proud of our young organization and the goals we have been able to achieve over this past year with the help of our many partners, volunteer and associates. Our November Board meeting was held on Tuesday, November 10th, and in attendance was our invited guest, Thomas Sierzycki, the mayor of La Ronge. We had the opportunity to discuss many of the issues we're facing related to animal welfare and control, as well as concerns surrounding the current La Ronge pound facilities. Towards the end of the meeting, Thomas reassured us that N.A.R. would have the full support of the town of La Ronge as we work to improve the overall conditions of stray animals in La Ronge and the surrounding communities. We are looking forward to forming a strong partnership with the mayor and his council members in the coming year. At the November 10th meeting, we were all very excited that our web-site: nar1.wikispaces.com is now up and running. We took a break to view the site for a few minutes and were all impressed with what we saw. We are very appreciative of the time and effort that Dean Squires devoted to creating our site. Thanks very much, Dean. Please visit our site; it has already been updated and changes are being made on an ongoing basis to enhance it. In November, we formed a very important partnership with the Saskatoon S.P.C.A. by pursuing their offer to help us find home for dogs in the N.A.R. foster program and other strays we may have in our care at various times during the year. They will take cats once in awhile but it's more difficult to find space for them. In response to this generous offer, several board members and 2 community volunteers agreed to transport animals to Saskatoon on Thursday, Nov. 12th, Friday, Nov. 13th and Saturday, Nov.14th. In all, a dozen animals have been taken to the S.P.C.A. and over 80% of them were adopted within a few weeks, several had found homes after the first week. Needless to say, we were all very excited about this successful venture and plan on continuing to work with the S.P.C.A. in the near future. It's possible that we will be transporting animals down on December 22nd and with luck, they will all have a home for the holidays! On Saturday, November 21st, N.A.R. had a table at the Morning Star Fair and it was a great success! We sold dog cookies, t-shirts and dog outfits (donated by Cindy Gruel), held a raffle and displayed a power point presentation featuring N.A.R. dog photos and a wonderful song entitled “Choose Me” by the Song Trust. Many people stopped by our table to make donations in memory of Deb Menz. We would like to thank the Menz family for their thoughtful gesture during a very difficult time. Our December Board meeting was held on December 1st. This was our Christmas meeting and we enjoyed a potluck smorg of appetizers for the occasion. We got down to business, eventually and finalized plans for attending the Snowflake Tea at Gordon Denny on December 5th and made plans to sell raffle tickets at the Co-op. We will be selling raffle tickets at the Co-op from 4 p.m. - 6 p.m. on December 3rd,10th and 17th (all Thursdays). In addition to raffle tickets, we will be selling Happy DogAcre 2010 calendars. The proceeds from the calendar sales will be used to cover the costs of having volunteers from Happy Dog Acres come up in June to help at our We Care Pet Clinic. Due to the extremely cold weather, N.A.R. Board members and other community volunteers have been out delivering straw to strays during December. This has become an annual event that was initiated by “Just Its Pets” who bring straw to LaRonge every year. The delivery takes place over a few days, until La Ronge and the several Reserves have been visited. Several of the residents are used to seeing us during these periods of frigid cold as many people came to the truck to request straw for themselves or their relatives and neighbours while others made donations to N.A.R. and/or “Just Its Pets” in exchange for the straw. We also delivered food to those animals that didn't appear to belong to a specific home or were without food or water bowls. A couple of strays were taken in to our foster program and we will be posting their photos and information on our web-site soon.