In August, Best Friends Animal Society in Utah donated 80,640 pounds of dog food valued at $247,565 to the Tuba City Humane Society, twice the amount donated last year.
Tuba City Humane Society is the only humane society on the western side of the Navajo Nation. The group partners with Best Friends Animal Society in Utah. Blue Buffalo Dog Food supplies Best Friends with food.
Last year, Best Friends donated two semi trucks full of dog food to the humane society in Tuba City when Best Friends had too much. This year the group doubled that amount. Two trucks delivered food to the Tuba City Humane Society, one truck delivered food to the Gallup/Show Low areas and one truck dropped food in Prescott.
Sylvia Moore, president of the Tuba City Humane Society, said the food is specifically donated to rescue shelters, foster homes and shelters, and to volunteers, chapter houses and villages on the reservation. Those organizations disperse the food to their community members.
Tuba City Humane Society does not have storage that can handle that kind of delivery. They have a 30-foot container at their veterinary clinic in Tuba City where they store food. Moore and her husband received the delivery at their own ranch and then figured out how to distribute the food around the reservation.
The Humane Society, with help from volunteers, including Swift Transportation Company that donated trucks and drivers, distributed the dog food in nine days.
Hopi Veterinary Services helped to get the dog food to the Hopi villages. Chapter houses in Kaibeto, Gap, Tonalea and Shonto also received deliveries. In addition, the Kayenta Animal Care Center, Page Animal Adoption Agency and the humane society received food deliveries.
Doctor Carol Holgate from Desert View Veterinary Clinic in Tuba City is the humane society's partner. She houses the rescue dogs (stray dogs that are picked up from around the reservation) and rehabilitates them at her clinic until they are ready for adoption.
Holgate also performs all the low cost spaying and neutering of dogs and cats.
Moore said she has gotten grants since last October to pay for the cost of low cost spaying and neutering and she continues to write for grants to help stop the breeding of stray dogs. Tuba City Humane Society's mission is to spay and neuter every dog on the Navajo and Hopi reservation so there are no unwanted dogs running loose.
"Statistics say there are 455,000 free roaming dogs on the reservation," Moore said. "These include owned animals allowed to wander combined with unowned dogs (feral or street dogs) and almost all are intact (not spayed or neutered)."
The humane society is a 501c3 non-profit corporation and all donations go to cover veterinary bills. So far this year, Holgate and the humane society have rescued 107 dogs and cats and one horse.
Moore said without the collaboration and work from Blue Buffalo, Swift Transportation Company, Best Friends Animal Society, Tuba City Humane Society, Holgate and Desert View Veterinary Clinic, none of this would have happened.
"I'm just thankful for the kind of help we're getting because that means we don't have to spend money on food and all that money can be used to rescue more animals," Moore said.
More information about spaying and neutering dogs is available from Holgate at (928) 283-6184.
More information about the Tuba City Humane Society is available at tubacity.petfinder.org or on Facebook.