Indigenous communities in Northern Canada are disproportionately affected by a number of issues that put both their human and animal population at risk; racism, poverty, high suicide rates, and lack of access to clean water and health services, to name a few. As a result, these communities still deal with preventable animal-human problems like occasional outbreaks of sylvatic rabies and a high prevalence of canine distemper, parvovirus and hydatid disease, all of which not only compromise the health and welfare of canine population but threaten local community members and vulnerable wildlife.
The absence of veterinary care, difficult access to the areas and extremely high prices for travel, food and lodging complicate the situation even further.
GAAP-Canada aims to provide veterinary health and education about appropriate pet care to these vulnerable and isolated communities.
Northern Ontario, Canada.
Many First Nations communities in northern Canada are extremely isolated and have limited access to many vital health services, including veterinary care for their animals. These communities are at risk of disease outbreaks that can be transmitted from animals to humans, such as sylvatic rabies and hydatid disease. Additionally there are numerous preventable animal diseases, such as canine distemper, parvovirus, and feline leukemia that affect the health, well-being and survival of their pets.
GAAP-Canada aims to help First Nations communities address these issues by providing them with veterinary services and education about appropriate pet care.
Todos Santos, Guatemala
GAAP-Canada plays a major role in the GAAP’s annual veterinary campaign in Todos Santos, a remote and impoverished Mayan village in the Guatemalan highlands. There, our team offers veterinary health, training and capacity building, and education about responsible pet care. They are also collaborators on the GAAP’s Family Sponsorship Program which benefits vulnerable households and helps keep their children in school.