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W4W Table Sponsorship

Posted: September 16, 2018 at 6:32 pm

 
 

For those that want to give a little extra or cannot attend the event but would like to help out. You can sponsor a table. We have 18 tables sponsored and would love to get just 2 more. This is $250 to do and is totally tax deductible. A company, person, or family can sponsor a table and the more people you get to chip in the less it costs each person.

Please email at events@saintsrescue.ca if you are interested in sponsoring.

Here is how you can pay.

1. Click on this link goo.gl/v2azWR Just below the purchasing a ticket box there is a place to enter a donation.(This is our preferred payment option)

2. Mail a check to SAINTS. 33860 Dlugosh Ave. Mission, BC V2V 6B2. Please mark your check with W4W table sponsorship on it.

 

updates

Posted: September 10, 2018 at 7:09 pm

new dog in..her name is brooklyn and she is a mess….bad skin, bad eyes and bad ears…really bad is what i see tonight. renee got her a vet appointment for tomorrow thank goodness and one of the staff thankfully have already given her a good bath. i am going to give her some meds tonight to decrease her itching so she can have a decent sleep and tomorrow, we will hopefully have a good treatment plan.

one of our newest fosters, who no one except me has met yet was just diagnosed with mouth cancer. hintza is a lovely, cheerful, energetic 8 yr old white shepherd with a wonderfully funny personality. we are going to investigate a little further to see if there are any possible treatment options for him. this is quite a stressful time for his foster family because they adore this goofy boy.

lynn took lenny to abbotsford for her physio appointment today…she said lenny did really well. she sure is tired tonight tho, passed out and snoring..she is such a cute little girl!

i keep thinking the front door is open! our volunteer wonder guys installed a new front door (the old one was rusting and had sharp metal edges just waiting to amputate some poor dogs toes!) this door has a big window in it. the entrance way is so bright now, i keep thinking the door is open when it is not. thank you guys! LOVE the new door!!!

one of our barn volunteers has sadly moved away. and we are really going to miss him. rick was a super nice guy and as a parting gift to the saints animals he left a donation and 3 super duper great wheelbarrows that everyone is going to LOVE! thank you rick and we will miss you! hope you come back for a visit soon!

huge thx to ali for organizing a volunteer potluck this past weekend…it was truly enjoyed by all (esp. mad max and diesel!)

so glad the rain is back!!

i think that is all of the recent news.

the winds of change!

Posted: September 8, 2018 at 8:29 pm

i have been trying to wrap my head around no longer “owning” saints. it is a bit of an adjustment and don’t get me wrong..i truly believe it is a good AND the right thing.
however…for me personally, it is the end of an era. i grew up and was christened in the down and dirty age of rescue..the age where “real” rescuers gave up almost everything…friends, family, privacy, comfort, financial security, sometimes even basic necessities, like running water or electricity…and some times, eventually……even their sanity. deprivation was their badge of courage, rescue was NOT for weenies!
i never made it all the way to that kind of “real” i wasn’t giving up EVERYTHING! i watched those guys really suffer some days and said to myself… “no freaking way am i living without a flush toilet, a hot water bath or a working washer and dryer!” and i kept my job..it helped keep me somewhat sane plus i needed to work to pay the mortgage (and i actually love my job.) i also managed to mostly keep my family intact and my kids and grandkids all still like me! i gave up a lot tho..but not like the old timers… the animals got 99% of saints and i got 1% of a home…which included..half a ( half eaten) bed and a 5×6 foot bathroom (which everyone uses) but with a bathtub and a washer and dryer, (if i can slip in my stuff between saints loads of wash.) honestly..it was enough and way more than my past mentors.

but really..giving up stuff and space wasn’t really that hard. the lack of privacy wasn’t exactly easy but whatever, i got used to it over time.
giving up self respect..that was a hard one at times, i mean sometimes swallowing my pride and just accepting that folks would define me whatever way they felt they had to. it was like being stuck in limbo in the court of perpetual judgements and opinions of you.
because here is the thing…once you become the figurehead of a fairly successful rescue, once your name is irrevocably linked..all kinds of interesting things happen.
depending on perceptions and experiences…sometimes you are a saint, sometimes you are an ass, sometimes you are on someone’s pedestal until they kick it out from under you. sometimes you are the kindest of all compassionate souls but to someone else you are a raging haglike toad. unfortunately you do sometimes over hear conversations, and sometimes someone whispers not so nice shit in your ear. sometimes you hear of people making fun of you, or telling anyone who will listen that you really do have angel wings underneath your flannel shirt and halos woven into your hair.
the bottom line is you are burdened with all kinds of labels and judgements..good, bad, friendly, not friendly, some downright ridiculous and some outright ugly and all of it from a far larger than most people’s average world. many of these definitions of you floating out there are impossible to live up to and some just plain fucking hurt.

this is something i do share in common with the old time rescuers…they had to carry this kind of shit too.

but here is the thing…rescue no longer has to be like this. it no longer has to be all or nothing, an individual’s heart, mind, future and soul no longer has to be handed over in order to save animals….the future holds a more balanced way now as caring for animals becomes more socially acceptable than it used to.
people can actually get paid now..as in a real job now… in shelter care and animal welfare. animal welfare and shelter volunteers can spread their wings and get so much more involved and hands on in so many different ways and still balance it with their other home and work lives. no one HAS to be St Francis or the horrid troll under the bridge, no one has to be the crazy cat woman anymore..folks can just be normal people working together to do an important job.

it is a totally different future coming our way and it feels a little alien to me…(yes..a tiny bit of that rescue rebel in me is a wee bit sad…it has been an interesting kick ass/ass kicked adventure.)
but the practical, common sense part of me, after almost 20 yrs of this shit, says…its about time and thank freaking god! it is now ok to be normal in rescue.

updates

Posted: September 6, 2018 at 7:38 pm

we lost lucy this week to liver disease. we struggled with making the decision but the bottom line was she wasnt getting better with the IV’s and meds. the next step was a feeding tube but lucy was pretty difficult to provide hands on care for..fight, flight or freeze…lucy was a fighter…. all teeth and claws..her most probable eventual end was not going to be peaceful or pretty. it sucked, she was a lovely little cat as long as no one was pissing her off.

noni had her leg xray today…she has been lame again for the past week or so. luckily there was no sign of osteomylitis. it looks like fairly significant arthritis in her front elbow. hopefully we can maintain her comfortably on a good med regime.

oreo has gone off to the home of his dreams. mad max has come back to the kitchen and is behaving himself fairly well. i think erin is planning on moving diesel into bears old area..it is brighter and more central so he should feel less isolated plus it is more easily climate controlled but the move will probably piss him off initially anyway. oh yeye…a ticked off diesel is never fun, hopefully he gets over it quickly.

minnie had her reassessment regarding her new hip dislocating for the third time in the past couple of weeks..they will have tio back in and see if it can be readjusted..her surgery is next week.
this accident prone dog and her mounting vet bills may well be the death of me! she is well on her way to surpassing both bratwurst and miley in terms of financial liability. but good lord..she is such a sweet, sweet dog.

Wishes 4 Whiskers Animal Sponsorship

Posted: September 1, 2018 at 8:44 pm

Every year  we make sure the SAINTS residents presence is felt at our fundraiser. And one way is to have people sponsor the animals. Every year we have succeeded in having every animal receive $25 sponsorship. This means each animal sponsored is at the event in spirit through a creative sponsorship card.

Most of our readers are familiar with the process.  Click on the link and write your FIRST and LAST NAME  next to the animal you would like to sponsor W4W12 Animal Sponsorship

The 3 Ways to Pay

1. Click on this link Sponsorship Payment Just below the purchasing a ticket box there is a place to enter a donation.(This is our preferred payment option)

2. Mail a check to SAINTS. 33860 Dlugosh Ave. Mission, BC V2V 6B2. Please mark your check with W4W sponsorship on it.

3. You can leave your payment at SAINTS. Please address to Ann Cording and mark as animal sponsorship W4W 

Please email eventssaintsrescue@gmail.com if there any questions.

 

holding the heart of saints

Posted: August 30, 2018 at 8:45 pm

a little bit of a tough day for me today..part of me sad, part of me glad…honestly, this life can so easily conflict you!

today i signed the final papers turning the ownership of the saints property over to saints. it is no longer my property..it is saints property.
and by that i mean..in reality, while the society holds title, it is in guardianship for the animals which we serve.

the sadness comes from watching your dream grow bigger and eventually past you. it comes from a place of personal loss..i love this place, i have invested heart and soul here, i have taken a lot of truly impractical and somewhat insane risks to have this place for the animals…and i am really proud of how far it has come.

but i am happy too…saints and our animals own their own home. they are no longer dependent on my ability to pay the mortgage, on my health or even my life, to be able to continuing living here. saints has invested a lot of time and money in building this place, in making this an appropriate home for all of our various animals. it is time for ownership to shift.

and..maybe i am a bit nervous too…while i did not often play the “this is my property” card..it was kind of a handy card to have!

lynne made me laugh today when she asked..”so does this mean we don’t have to listen to you anymore?”…haha.. you wish!

anyway at this point nothing really changes..i am here and doing my job. eventually once saints can afford to pay for overnight staff i will move out to the cottage but that is a ways away yet.
and yes folks still do need to listen to me until the day comes when someone equally bossy takes my place!

but what i really want to say is…

Congratulations SAINTS..you have come a long way and your future is looking great!!

WE are the village now, we all here are now equally holding the heart of SAINTS.

i am so far behind on everything…

Posted: August 25, 2018 at 11:35 pm

we have lost both cuddles and arnold this week and sweet little chickie last week.

chickie wasn’t doing well, erin took her into the vets and it was discovered she was full of cancer.

cuddles passed away in his sleep a few days ago. it was a bit of a shock because he had been doing pretty well. but i am glad he went peacefully in his sleep, in the home that he chose..and… it feels like the ending of his life that he also chose.

today we lost arnold. when i was out in the barnyard i noticed he did not look very well, his breathing was laboured, his feathers were dirty, his beak was pale. thankfully Dr Loff squeezed him in and our sweet old goose’s air sacs were filled with fluid, he was in congestive heart failure. he passed away peacefully and was not afraid.

several new admits this past week….
mad max is an old spikey tiny pom with a ton of attitude and very little hair!
oreo is a sweet, sweet spaniel who has already found his forever home. he will be leaving in early sept.
tootsie is an adorable elderly chin/pap cross. she is a sweet, sweet little dog who needs a major dental.
mocha came in blind and anxious with a grossly bulging eye and some mammary tumors. she had surgery a couple of days ago to remove the eye and tumors.
2 new tiny elderly rabbits came in, both needed surgery to remove suspect masses plus they needed neutering too. the clinic named them Snape and Dumbledor
we took in a new 8 yr old white german shepherd named Hintza, he is already in foster care. he is being investigated for a facial mass and has his surgery this week.

other updates
we have decided that minnie our sweet unlucky rotti is a total lemon…she had the first of 2 hip replacements a couple of months ago, then she perforated her small intestine as a side effect from one of her meds and needed emergency surgery, her survival was touch and go but she made it! and then this week she decided to leap out of the car before anyone could stop her and dislocated her new hip. all i can say is thank god she is in foster care with jane and mark because she is back to strict cage rest just like she was after her hip surgery and she just about drove me insane with guilt so i am glad that jane and mark can bear the brunt of her very sad face while they confine her so she can re-heal!

fraidy cat moved over to the medical room and is doing better there, it is less busy and less stressful.
charley moved up into the suite with chris for now, the cats in the house were picking on him and he needed a break from them.
samsam has been caged for the past couple of weeks due to a lingering infection which due to his sketchiness was hard to treat. we have finally been able to get some antibiotics into him and he is starting to look much better again.
jamie took ewok home as a foster.
bailey has gone into foster with janette’s family.
and i think shelagh is considering taking home flora and that would be great!

ok..i think we are caught up on all of the happenings..i hope i did not forget anybody!

SAINTS Permanent Foster Oakley has passed away

Posted: August 21, 2018 at 6:33 pm

Oakley was a beautiful 3 legged transfer from DCAS who was lucky enough to find herself in the loving care of barn volunteer Wade and his wife Diane.

Some words from Wade.

Hi all,

Last evening Oakley’s typical heavy breathing became laboured. She started wheezing as she breathed. I hoped it was just the bad air quality but we loaded up and went to Emergency.

Oakley was in distress by the time we arrived. She was intubated immediately. I had to make the heart breaking decision to let her go.

We knew are time was coming to an end soon because of her physical condition but I wasn’t prepared for saying goodbye like that.

There’s a name for what happened but it escapes me right now but her larynx started collapsing.

As hard as it is today waking up without her beside the bed, we are grateful for the time we had with her. Thank you for letting her be part of our family.

Wade and Diane

growing up.

Posted: August 18, 2018 at 7:59 am

the one thing i have learned in rescue is to be at least somewhat flexible..on a scale of 1 to 10 with 10 being the death of zander and one being some human being annoying me..i can suck up the one gladly.
hmmmmm…
you know what?
that’s not quite right…it is not that i have learned to be flexible…
i have learned not to be selfish.

there is a “fuck you” attitude in rescue..a “how dare you?”
step on my toes, question my abilities, act like you know better…all guaranteed to raise the hackles and that stubborn, uncooperative streak and possibly retaliation from every rescuer.

i call it blind lightening…aiming for a singular figure but starting a grass fire that gets out of control.

for years i could do what i wanted, whenever i wanted without interference. and lets face it..i was good at it..saints grew and was respected, the animals were well looked after and more than a dozen years later, we are still going strong.
but now as we move into the future and saints needs to become independent of me…i have to start letting go…and i have to start letting others lead and pave our future road.

there are some things i don’t like..there are changes to how i want to do things which make things more complicated..dare i say..more annoying? policy and procedures???(i like shit really simple!)

but what am i going to do..have a fit? pout? take my ball and go home? wrestle back full and uncontested control?
cut my nose off despite my face..(this nose and face is actually the animal’s saints face and they kind of need it whole.)

absolutely not. i am a grown up and i have a plan and a purpose to achieve…a stable and sustainable home for FUTURE senior and special animals in need.
i guess i am more flexible than i used to be..but mostly i am less selfish.
i will do whatever it takes to keep these vulnerable, often forgotten animals safe, i will continue to give them the best of me AND encourage others to do the same.
i will work as a cooperative team member who in dealing with others can give and take, win and lose and still give it my all.
and even if i can’t have my own way all the time now…i am grown up enough now to accept…there are many different ways to climb a mountain as long as everyone continues to look up.

SAINTS Pay It Forward 50/50 Raffle

Posted: August 16, 2018 at 4:19 pm

Over the last several years our vet bills have hit $200,000. What this means is we need to come up with new and exciting ways to fundraise during the months we see a slow down in donations. So we have created an online 50/50 raffle. Everyone likes to have the chance of winning money and at the same time helping a charity…hopefully.

The jackpot is up to $15,000. Tickets are $20 for 1 and $50 for 3. Just click on this link (in green) SAINTS Pay It Forward and purchase. It is that simple.

Please feel free to share our raffle with anyone you think would be interested in purchasing. The staff, volunteers and most of all the SAINTLY residents thank you for your support. Good Luck!

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