Founded in 2011 by community based volunteers at Pine Ridge who had been helping rez pets for many years, the Oglala Pet Project (OPP) helps community members and their pets through education, spay/neuter support, pet health resources, and the re-homing or networking of abandoned, abused or unwanted pets on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation in South Dakota. OPP is a 100 percent volunteer run nonprofit organization, based in Kyle, South Dakota.
According to OPP's website, animals have played an important role in Lakota history. Dreamcatchers also have significance and most Native Americans believe the dreamcatcher holds the destiny of the future. Many people have a drea catcher above their bed to sift their dreams and visions. The good is captured in the web of life and carried with the people, but the evil in their dreams drops through the hole in the web and are no longer a part of their lives. The OPP logo captures the good of our animal friends.
Pine Ridge is one of the poorest communities in the country, with an 85 percent unemployment rate, notes the OPP website, an even higher alcoholism rate and some homes have no electricity or running water. Some families are overcrowded in homes caring for each other and most pets live their entire lives outside. It is our goal to work through community member volunteers to enhance the quality of life for pets through education, spay/neuter support, pet health resources, and the re-homing of abandoned, abused or unwanted pets.
To learn more about Oglala Pet Project, go to their website OglalaPetProject.org.
To learn about pets available for adoption from the Oglala Pet Project, click here.
To learn how to volunteer/donate/shop to help the Oglala Pet Project, click here.
Find Oglala Pet Project on Facebook, here.
Meet Snoopy, a cattle dog mix puppy available for adoption at OPP. For details on Snoopy, click here.
Video: "Rescuing Paws on Pine Ridge, Part 1":
Video: "Rescuing Paws on Pine Ridge, Part 2":