Hair-raising fundraiser helps support Kahnawake low-cost spay/neuter program

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A recent personal fundraising project by a veterinarian in support of the Kahnawake Low-Cost Spay/Neuter Program will result in an increase in the number of local pets who will be able to get spayed or neutered as part of the program.

Dr. Danielle Fisher raised $3,932 by canvassing friends, her work community at the Timberlea Vet Clinic in Kirkland, animal lovers and family by shaving her head and donating her hair for use as a wig for cancer patients – and that entire sum will go to support the Kahnawake Low-Cost Spay/Neuter program, she said.

“Animals play a big role in our lives,” Fisher said. “People who have pets know that they mean the world to many of us, and this is a way to ensure more of them stay healthier for a long time.”

Spaying and neutering pets can prevent a number of medical issues, including the possibility of the animal roaming and getting into fights with other animals, getting hit by a car, or other complications that come with reproduction.

“Over the pandemic, we saw lots and lots of people getting puppies or other pets, and now that people are back at work, we know that thousands and thousands of animals have been abandoned. This will help control the number of unwanted pets,” Fisher said.

A cancer survivor herself, Fisher has shaved her head three times to donate the hair for wigs for cancer patients.

“The first time was when I had to undergo chemotherapy myself to treat acute myeloid leukemia in 2013. Before my hair fell out from the treatment, I decided to shave it knowing it would most likely fall out anyway, it might as well go to a good cause,” she said. “Since undergoing chemo for a blood cancer I am no longer allowed to donate blood, hair is the only thing I'm left with to contribute. Considering my hair is getting more and more grey, this might be one of the last times I could donate so I figured I should make it count and see if I can raise money in the process. Being an avid animal lover, collecting money for animal welfare or to help families with unforeseen vet bills was the obvious route to take.”

The funds will be used to allay costs for community members who need it, Kahnawake assistant animal control officer Deidra Whyte.

“The funds will be/are being used as Community Outreach to assist community members who may be experiencing financial difficulties with spaying or neutering their pet,” she said.

For more information on the Kahnawake Low-Cost Spay/Neuter program, please contact Whyte at (450) 632-0635 ext. 53527.

Marc Lalonde, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, Iori:wase

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