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Little Earth of United Tribes Pet Fair
Serving Under-Resourced Pet Owners Saturday, July 16 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
(Baltimore, MD. July 6, 2022) — Baltimore-based Companions and Animals for Reform and Equity (CARE) and several Minnesota nonprofits are pleased to be able to offer a pet fair and wellness clinic for members of the Little Earth of United Tribes.
The fair will be focused on the pets of tribal members, who often lack resources to get veterinary care for their animals. It will happen on Saturday, July 16 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at 2501 Cedar Ave. in Minneapolis. The day will offer free spaying and neutering, vaccinations, microchipping, and much more.
While the event is focused on pet owners who are under-resourced, CARE is collaborating with the Little Earth of United Tribes community to encourage more people of Indigenous backgrounds to get involved in the animal welfare industry, which has traditionally not been inclusive or welcoming. Animal rescue and welfare are typically dominated by Caucasian women.
The fair will feature guest speakers who are visiting Minnesota specifically for the event, who are also people of BIPOC backgrounds.
Former professional rapper turned cat rescuer, Sterling “Trapking” Davis has a mission to teach communities of color that “you don’t lose cool points for compassion.” As one of the only African American men in cat rescue, he will share his story and journey of oftentimes, being the only person of color in his animal shelter work. Today, he is the founder of Trapking Humane Cat Solutions, a nonprofit dedicated to educating the public about Trap Neuter Return (TNR), the only way to control cat overpopulation.
Summer Lara, is a graduate of the University of Minnesota and is currently attending Colorado State University where she is pursuing an M.S./Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree. When she graduates, she will be one of only a handful of vets from an Indigenous background in the United States. She will teach fair-goers pet first aid. A huge passion for Lara is rekindling animal kinship bonds, both wild and domestic, through Indigenous stories and language, which will also be part of her presentation.
Minnesota nonprofits also sponsoring and assisting in the event include MN SNAP Spay Neuter Assistance Program, SecondHand Hounds, University of Minnesota College of Veterinary Medicine, VeTouch (Veterinary Treatment Outreach for Urban Community Health), and the Little Earth of United Tribes.
The media is invited to attend this event. Please let Mary Tan know at the contact information above if you would like to attend.
Companions and Animals for Reform and Equity is a 501©3 nonprofit that addresses organizational and personal biases within animal welfare. The mission is to bring diverse voices to the industry while also advocating for a more inclusive path to pet adoption. CARE believes in using evidence-based tools, narratives, and insights to inspire organizations to be more inclusive and less biased. It is all an effort to save more companion animal lives.