Flash was found as a stray during a very cold Minnesota winter and brought to Leech Lake Legacy (LLL), a rescue group that serves the Leech Lake Band of Ojibwe. A handsome and amazingly approachable young cat, Flash was also obviously in great distress from a very large matted obstruction under his tail. Flash was quickly taken off the reservation by LLL to a veterinary clinic for treatment. Brave despite the pain, he calmly cooperated until he was sedated and the obstruction was finally removed.
LLL volunteers Tom and Nancy cared for Flash until he was well enough to be transported to a foster family with a partner rescue group in Minneapolis. But, as anyone could have predicted, it was pretty much love at first sight between this Brad Pitt of reservation "rez" cats and his loving foster family, who quickly admitted to "foster failure" and adopted Flash.
With 325 Indian reservations in the U.S. and many of these communities needing help for community members and their pets, Native America Humane Society, our #MonthlyMojo shelter for July, networks with animal rescue organizations like Leech Lake Legacy to bring support, information, and resources for animal care to tribal nations - and to help provide happy endings for pets like Flash.