#ShelterSunday: Catching A Ride

Little Babies all grown up

The odds were against her. Separated from her mother and siblings, she sat alone by the side of a long lonely highway stretching for miles and miles through the isolated wilderness. But fate had good things in store, because along came Jenna Herne, who runs the only animal rescue group in the community, the Akwesasne Animal Society. Jenna just happened to be driving by with her kids when they spotted and saved this adorable kitten. So tiny she fit in the palm of a hand, the little calico cat meowed her way into their hearts and was named "Little Babies."

Reservation "rez" cats often don't always get the attention they deserve, as dogs present more immediate concerns on tribal lands. But rez cats have traditionally been valued pets for Native American families. Located on the St. Regis Mohawk reservation in upstate New York, the Akwesasne Animal Society, is a new partner for the Native America Humane Society, our #MonthlyMojo shelter for July.

Akwesasne Animal Society helps rez cats with health care and adoptions. Their work has been supported only through individual donations collected in thirty five coffee cans around the reservation. But all that pocket change saves lives. The group once provided medical care including vaccinations, deworming, and flea/tick prevention for a family of four cats with only $13 dollars in coins, along with kind hearts and resourceful efforts. They also gave the calico cutie, Little Babies, a ride to a better life.

Mohawk Calico