Navajo Nation Veterinary Management Program Receives $60,000 of Veterinary Equipment from Best Friends Animal Society

Published by The Bee News

March 22, 2023

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(Courtesy Best Friends Animal Society) Norman Begay of the Navajo Nation Animal Control program greets Michelle Weaver from Best Friends Animal Society during a delivery of donated items to the Navajo Nation Veterinary Management program in Chinle, Arizona on March 16. Best Friends donated approximately $60,000 of equipment to support lifesaving efforts in the area. 

(Kanab, UT) – As part of its ongoing animal lifesaving efforts across the country, Best Friends Animal Society recently donated approximately $60,000 of new veterinary equipment to the Navajo Nation Veterinary Management program in Chinle, Arizona.  

The Best Friends truck pulled into the clinic after a four-hour, 250-mile drive from Kanab, Utah, to deliver equipment ranging from operating tables to lights and anesthesia machines.  

Ray Castillo, principal extension agent with the Department of Agriculture in Navajo Nation, was on site to help unload equipment.  

“This means a lot. Any time you have equipment that is lifesaving and services done in more professional means, it’s always beneficial to everyone all the way around, from pet owners to the people doing the animal care,” Castillo said. “We do have overpopulation here, so anytime we can do a lot more spay/neuter, that takes care of a lot of problems.” 

While the majority of equipment will remain at Chinle facility, an operating table and several boxes of equipment will be delivered to the Navajo Nation Veterinary Management Program’s Shiprock facility. 

Several boxes of microchips were also donated to the Navajo Nation Animal Control program.  

“It’s very nice to get these microchips. If a pet gets lost or strays from home, the Navajo Nation is such a large area, just returning one dog back to its owners is difficult,” said Norman Begay, program manager, Navajo Nation Animal Control. “With a chip, all the information is right there.” 

According to Michelle Weaver, director of sanctuary outreach with Best Friends Animal Society, this donation was part of ongoing efforts to increase pet resources throughout the Navajo Nation.  

“This community has multiple veterinary clinics, so we wanted to provide equipment so they can grow capacity and be able to do what they’re already doing a little bit easier,” Weaver said. “Ultimately, the goal is to keep pets in their homes and out of the shelters. It’s just one part of Best Friends’ goal to make America a no-kill country by 2025.” 

Best Friends also sponsors several spay/neuter clinics in the area throughout the year with network partner organizations and works directly with Navajo Nation Animal Control to bring shelter pets directly into care at the Best Friends Animal Sanctuary and to transport animals to other rescues for adoption. For more information, visit https://bestfriends.org/navajo-nation 

About Best Friends Animal Society 

Best Friends Animal Society is a leading animal welfare organization working to end the killing of dogs and cats in America’s shelters by 2025. Founded in 1984, Best Friends is a pioneer in the no-kill movement and has helped reduce the number of animals killed in shelters from an estimated 17 million per year to around 355,000. Best Friends runs lifesaving programs across the country, as well as the nation’s largest no-kill animal sanctuary. Working collaboratively with a network of more than 4,000 animal welfare and shelter partners, and community members nationwide, Best Friends is working to Save Them All®. For more information, visit bestfriends.org.

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