Almost 400 pets spayed or neutered through Pet Fixers

A total of 384 cats and dogs were spayed or neutered since Great River Rescue resumed the Pet Fixers Program in June.

According to a release, the program was originally set to begin in April, but due to COVID-19 and subsequent executive orders postponing elective surgeries in veterinarian fields, the program was pushed back until June.

The program’s partners and sponsors, such as Dearholt Tax and Accounting, First National Bank of Bemidji and Petco Foundation, as well as another unnamed community donor, are attributed to the program’s success, as well as the work of volunteers.

GRR has also partnered with Leech Lake Legacy to offer these services to more community members. Last weekend, GRR facilitated 69 surgeries for animals that were registered through Leech Lake Legacy.

Space is limited for low-cost spay/neuter services. Those interested can learn more and register at the Pet Fixer website.

The next clinics are Sept. 12-13, Oct. 3-4 and Nov. 7-8.


Larissa Donovan is the News Director for the stations of Paul Bunyan Broadcasting and has been, almost without interruption, since Election Day 2016. She covers events and issues in north central Minnesota, which include local government, crime, courts, education, environment and social issues. She studied communications at Bemidji State University and received her degree in 2018. Larissa, native to the great state of New York, grew up in Bemidji, and enjoys spending her spare time with her family and pet cat. She also loves Star Trek, punk rock music and the theater.


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