12506 Willow Creek Road
Custer, SD 57730
The Lakota Animal Care Project, or "Lakota Animal Care" as we are more commonly known, is a community-based effort to provide basic animal health care for dogs, cats and horses on the Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota, one of the poorest places in the western hemisphere. Tribal members from our communities are trained as Lakota Animal Care Givers to help improve the wellbeing of animals on the reservation. We work in teams of two and operate out of a minivan equipped as our mobile unit which we use to get around to provide mange treatment, vaccinations, flea and tick treatments, basic wound care, deworming, and, when needed and possible, emergency transport to the nearest veterinarian. Additionally, we routinely provide spay and neuter programs for dogs on the reservation, we work with public schools to conduct activities such as reading to dogs and training children on basic animal care and we routinely transport animals to Rapid City (100 miles) for adoption events, which in many cases, is their only chance to find a home off the reservation.