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Pet Rescue Provides Free Dog Food on Wind River Indian Reservation


There is an excess of homeless dogs in Fremont County and the Wind River Indian Reservation. Local shelters are trying to keep up with the demand, but a group helps ease the burden.

Yola’s Pet Rescue is a small group of volunteers who meet at least once a month to deliver Cheyenne pet food and supplies to pet owners on the Wind River Indian Reservation. The rescue said they had relocated 200 dogs since September of last year.

Janet Marschner, the founder of the group, leaves Cheyenne to help transport homeless dogs to potential homes forever. Marschner said that in 2016, she noticed that few people were able to accommodate homeless puppies.

“I mean there are excess puppies, and they’re a lot of work and you have to watch out for diseases and quarantine them,” Marschner said. “And they’re not as easy as taking an adult dog.”

Marschner said dogs are finding good homes and that’s a rare positive aspect of the pandemic.

“So this fall we rescued a puppy that had a broken pelvis and another that had a broken leg. And they were adopted,” Marschner said. “The adoptions have been really good. If there’s one good thing that came out of it.”

Local volunteers from veterinary offices help rescue dogs get emergency medical care and spay and neuter assistance.