The Lakota Animal Care Project began work on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation in 2007 and is now emphasizing one aspect of its program that pairs reservation children with animals in need of care, reports South Dakota Public Radio. The group began work to help address animal care on the 2 million-acre reservation that lacks its own veterinary clinic.
The project's Sunka Scout Seven Badges for Seven Generations program teaches students animal-care skills -- from daily food and water to mange prevention -- and also aims to help prevent youth suicide.
Additional services provided by the non-profit organization include regular spay/neuter clinics, pet adoption, emergency transport of injured animals, adoption and foster care coordination and a certification program that trains tribal members to provide basic healthcare to animals.
Learn more about the Lakota Animal Care Project's ongoing activities on its Facebook page.
Find more information about animals in the Black Hills on the Black Hills Knowledge Network.