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Tribal Community Health Initiative Targets Rez Dogs

On the Rocky Boy Indian Reservation in northern Montana, the Indian Health Service is trying to improve health outcomes by targeting a specific population in the community: rez dogs.

The initiative-a collaboration between the IHS and the Humane Society of Western Montana-trains and certifies community members to administer vaccines to dogs in the community. The aim of the program is multifold: curb disease transmission and treatment costs, promote responsible pet ownership, and decrease the risk of dog attacks.

Providing veterinary care to rez dogs is not only a matter of animal welfare - it's one of public health, according to Bobbi J. Favel, an enrolled member of the Chippewa Cree Tribe and the tribe's director of natural resources.


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