April 12, 2014

Day 7 of Volunteer Week – meet saints weekend warriors Michelle and Jennifer (a popular name among volunteers)

Filed under: Volunteer Features — Jenn @ 4:09 pm

Its the final day of Volunteer Week. We have introduced you to a few of our volunteers over the week and yet there are many more that I would also like to thank and recognize for their service to saints. It takes a small army to keep saints running, clean the animal areas, care for the animals, bath & groom them, keep up with the laundry, respond to public inquiries, do our accounting, manage our pet finders, website and social media accounts and of course we are always raising funds. The work is 365 days a year 24 hours a day. Our dedicated volunteers come in on their days off of their regular jobs and sacrifice time with their own families on holidays to help out. We are very grateful to have such an incredible group of volunteers. As you have heard from them, it is a lot of work but it is so very rewarding.

Here are our final two features:

Michelle is Carol’s neighbor, finding SAINTS two years ago when she bought the lot across the street.  This busy lady is not only building a house, running a small business, raising 5 children with her husband, a new grandson, and a dog and cat, but also comes to help with the barn and MP room at bedtime. Michelle describes herself as hard working, caring and eager to please.  She truly LOVES everything about SAINTS and wishes she could find more time to be there. It is the feeling that it might be a small part in the grand scheme of the world, but it is the privilege to be part of something as great as SAINTS as it is our animals’ world.  Being part of Gracie’s birth to the pot belly pigs is a great memory for Michelle. She has the utmost respect for Carol, the volunteers, and most of all- the animals!  Michelle says that SAINTS has taught her so much.  She has a deeper understanding of the animals’ differences, their personalities, their gratitude for the place they call home.  “I had never really looked into a pig’s eyes before I met Ellie Mae, or felt how one can mourn for another after a passing of a friend.”   One SAINT who touched Michelle’s heart was little Liam, the black lamb.  “He never stood a chance, but he wanted so much to love.  He would lie and eat greens from my hand, but he just could never hold his head up. He sadly passed after only a few days.”  Michelle describes SAINTS as loving, comforting, and heaven on earth for them all!

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Jennifer is one of our newer house volunteers and has been with us about three months now.  She found SAINTS via her time volunteering at the SPCA.  It was there that she fell in love with a very large spirit residing there; that spirit is named Capone.  Upon finding out that Capone and Riley had been moved to SAINTS, an email was sent, a tour occurred, and Jennifer and family fell in love with ALL the animals and SAINTS!   Her Sundays are rewarding.  She loves to be greeted by Benny and Odie with Squirt chasing her feet, stopping to pick up Salty, cuddle Capone, and you know it is going to be a very good day because having the opportunity to help those that are pure in heart, and they cannot help themselves. Capone will always be here “favorite” and he has her heart as he is such a “sweet, big, cuddle monster.” Three words to describe this weekend warrior would be compassionate, honest and strong.  But that strength waivers when she watches an animal deteriorate due to illness and age; it is heart breaking.  However, she like the rest of the volunteers, come back every weekend because she does it for the animals, this is their home.  She sums up SAINTS in these words: Compassionate, Caring, Amazing.

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April 11, 2014

A special volunteer weekend warrior shout out to Shawn

Filed under: Volunteer Features — Jenn @ 9:17 pm

I would like to give a special thank you to Shawn. In addition to her full-time job, after school activities, caring for her own dog crew (one is a former saint) and her many other volunteer duties, Shawn has been putting in extra time over the last few weeks to work with many of our volunteers to write all of the wonderful features for Volunteer Week. As well, tomorrow and Sunday she will be bringing coffee and treats for our weekend warriors to enjoy in the MP building after their hard days work. We are certainly luck to have her  on our team!

Shawn has been with SAINTS for two and half years now.  Shawn cannot write this in the third person….I am Shawn and I am writing this as well as the other bios as I was asked to help with Volunteer Appreciation Week.  I have gone from being just an MP room volunteer, to helping Nicole find new volunteers, to helping Carol with maintaining animal files, and now to helping recognize all the amazing volunteers.  Why do I do it?  I love SAINTS and everything it stands for; it is truly my happy place!  Always being an animal lover and looking for a place to donate my time, I found SAINTS and came to an Open House.  When done the tour, I dropped off my application in hopes of volunteering.  I am a full time teacher at an Abbotsford Middle School, I coach throughout the year, I love to golf and tennis, and garden as well as spend time with my new husband (I got married in August) and our three dogs- Bosco, Otis, and Norm ( our SAINTS adoptee). My most memorable moment was when I heard fellow volunteer Jamie call to me, “ Someone is waiting on you to go home.”  I saw Norm ( who was then called Charm) sitting on some rocks staring into the space I had just left.  He stayed there until I came back to pet him yet again.  What can I say?  He had me at hello…even if he is blind and deaf!  I could bring Nom home, but the ones I couldn’t that touched my heart will never be forgotten.  Manny, who would look at me with those eyes, almost embarrassed but so grateful, to ask for help up.  Black Buddy tottering around and so happy to be in a home where he felt loved and cared for.  Current laundry room resident- Owen has a piece of my heart now, he wants nothing more than arms to hold him and to be petted ( his tongue comes out when he is happy). There are many more that have touched my heart, and Carol knows I am a complete softie and I would take more home if Kevin would let me.  Of course, the losses rock me to my core and often people ask how do I do it?  For a short time, a long time, or an in between time, SAINTS gives these guys a home- a place to feel loved, to be fed, to have a soft bed, and to have their needs met.  That’s why I do it….for Carol…and for the animals.  My three words to describe SAINTS: Community, Rewarding, Awe-Inspiring.

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Stayed tuned tomorrow for more volunteer features.

For more information about volunteering with us see: http://www.saintsrescue.ca/helping/volunteer.htm

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Day 6 of Volunteer Week – Meet our weekend warriors Priscilla, Brenda, Emily and Penny

Filed under: Volunteer Features — Jenn @ 5:46 pm

It’s day six of Volunteer Week and we’re continuing to bring you features of some of our amazing volunteers.

A unique opportunity for the residents of SAINTS is offered by four year volunteer, Priscilla.  She offers Reiki (a form of Japanese energy healing) to the animals.  She finds great reward in offering this hands-on therapy with our animals whether it is to calm them, to help them with their transitions, or to help them with healing.  In addition to helping animals anyway she can, Priscilla has many other interests as well, including sports, music, movies and spreading the Buddhist Dharma; did you know that she is a Buddhist nun?  What she loves about SAINTS is the commonality amongst the volunteers- “they all love the animals and want what is best for them.”  She believes the animals here at SAINTS can teach people many things and she has learned a lot from them.  However, Priscilla finds hardship in not knowing when the animals will make their transition.  Sometimes, she doesn’t come for a week and upon returning to SAINTS, finds that a few of her friends have passed.  But if she has been there to help, it is still difficult but at least she finds relief in knowing they are free of pain.  What stands out in her mind is the horses she worked with coming together to thank her for Reiki.  She remembers Lucky, Jewel and Al when they made their transitions.  The friendships she developed through the course of her Reiki will never be forgotten.  A few friends that have touched her heart in particular are Esther, Rose, Al, and Bambi…this kind passionate and dedicated volunteer wishes she could have adopted them.  Priscilla’s three words for SAINTS: love, second chance, respect.

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Seven years ago, Brenda found SAINTS while reading an article in Modern Dog magazine.  She immediately called Carol and hasn’t looked back since.  Brenda travels from Hope every Sunday come to the place she describes in these three words: Carol, unconditional love, a gift.  Brenda is a gift to SAINTS….her love for the house animals and for volunteering is apparent in all she does and the kind words she has along her way to clean up, care for, and look after the animals.  Brenda finds satisfaction in knowing all the house animals have clean beds, food, water, and lots of love.  When she isn’t at SAINTS, Brenda has worked with mentally handicapped adults for 27 years.  She supervises a group home in North Vancouver that includes three ladies.  Her other interests are her dogs ( one from SAINTS), camping, gardening, and anything outside. Brenda loves SAINTS, and it is apparent in all she does.  She loves what Carol stands for and appreciates the fact that she does not have special criteria for who she takes in, the animals are not crated, and volunteers can have relationships with these animals.  “Carol likes a challenge and gives every animal a chance for love.”  Brenda remembers her first visit to SAINTS and Carol gave her the tour of the house.  Laundry was piled up (washing machine broken) roof was leaking, and the house smelled of wet dog, poop, and urine…Brenda thought, “ This is the most amazing place I have ever seen.” Dogs, cats, pigs, and she was hooked!  Squirt, our tiny kitchen friend, has a special place in this volunteer’s heart.  She was there the day he arrived. He was scared, quivering, and terrified.  Now he is Brenda’s lovebug…but don’t let Mac (Benji Max) know.  Mac found his way into Brenda’s heart a year ago and all are so happy with this situation. To be honest, Brenda wasn’t sure she could do this whole SAINTS gig….she worried that her heart couldn’t take it.  It turned out to be the opposite for her.  She finds it a happy, uplifting, positive place.  There are sad, heart breaking moments that make you realize it is the end of the line and Carol has done everything she can; can ones heart take this?  Brenda can….she finds it uplifting, happy, and positive because she knows that for some short time, some animals found a life, a home, and love.  In Brenda’s words, “ I am always humbled when I leave SAINTS after my shift.  It is an honor to be a very small part of something so great!  Brenda, you are a such a huge part of this greatness, and we thank you!

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Emily is in love with everything about SAINTS and is one our newer volunteers.  At just 16, she exudes a maturity and kindness to all our animals that is unbelievable. Emily started volunteering 5 months ago in the MP room and the house after a friend of hers took a SAINTS resident named Bo home.  Emily works hard at school, volunteers, and is involved in karate and kobudo martial arts.  At SAINTS, Emily enjoys talking to Shawn about the many animals, the cats who are so friendly, and the bigger dogs in the house who are so gentle and sweet. She admits her favorite is Jazzy, and she is “just misunderstood.” Emily says as long as you know all of the animals’ personalities, they are all awesome! Her words to describe a perfect day,” I find the happiness of all the animals when you are there with them, bright happy faces, wagging tails most rewarding.  Just being able to contribute to a new fantastic way of life and to help with their recoveries is great.”  Her most memorable moment so far is an issue in the MP room when Jazzy was oblivious and Pepper was apologetic; clearly, this young lady “gets” SAINTS. Unfortunately, our young Emily finds loss as well. The buddy who is left without a partner and an animal mourning…how do they recover?  Emily keeps coming back to SAINTS because of the animals’ bravery, her excitement, and her need to help people understand.  If she could describe SAINTS in three words: Fun, Interconnected, and Friendly.

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Penny, our lovely bunny volunteer, has been with us almost 3 years.  She was hooked after a tour with a Laura which began in the bunny room.  Penny is retired from Human Resources at Rogers Sugar and is loving the freedom, and we love having her volunteer every Sunday. When she is not occupying her time at SAINTS, Penny enjoys gardening, reading, long walks, antiques, friends and family time, as well as trying to find homes for stray cats.  But when she is at SAINTS, Penny finds working in the bunny room peaceful and calming and the rabbits are quiet, gentle and affectionate.  Penny has the innate ability to see each rabbit’s personality and unique qualities! Volunteering allows Penny to feel that she is making a difference in some small way.  It is the feeling she gets when her Sunday shift is over and she sees  that the bunnies are clean, groomed, fed, cuddles, and sleeping…it is a feeling of safety and content.  When Penny was asked about her favorite memories, she had two answers.  She adores when a shy, scared, abused cat finds the trust to come out of a hiding spot for some cuddles and hugs; it is unforgettable. Secondly, the Open House is her favorite time.  It is so great to see how many people appreciate what SAINTS does.  “It’s wonderful to see the children learning about the animals and hopefully, gaining new respect for them.”  But the hard part of volunteering?  The losses, especially one that was extra special to her.  Even though it is tough at times, Penny, like so many other weekend warriors keep coming back.  She keeps coming back because of the animals, the friendships, and the social interactions with other volunteers.  Penny speaks very highly of her fellow volunteers who give themselves so selflessly, as does she.  She put it very well when she said, “ No matter what out backgrounds, we all have the deep love of animals in common.”  One animal that had Penny’s love is Princess Leia, a bunny that recently passed away.  Penny felt a real bond with her; her personality and attitude captured this volunteer.  Princess Leia would make sure that Penny said hello to her first- she would sit up on her hind legs and stretch to rub her nose on Penny’s hand, waiting for ear strokes.   Thank you Penny for finding something in every bunny to love!

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Stayed tuned for more upcoming volunteer features.

For more information about volunteering with us see: http://www.saintsrescue.ca/helping/volunteer.htm

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April 10, 2014

Day 5 of Volunteer Week – Meet our weekend warriors Curt, Anne, Jennifer & Derek

Filed under: General,Volunteer Features — Jenn @ 7:12 pm

As part of National Volunteer Week we are taking this opportunity to recognize, thank and introduce you to some of our weekend warriors.

Curt is known as the cat- loving volunteer and he describes himself as punctual, meticulous, and organized. When at SAINTS, he is usually found grooming and giving treats to the cats who inhabit the many areas here.  Three years of volunteering have given Curt fulfillment at aiding the animals to have a better life. The opportunity to give all the animals a second chance or the opportunity to live life to its fullest is extremely satisfying to Curt.  Outside of SAINTS, Curt enjoys computers, the Mission Race track, and of course- cats!  Curt’s fondest memory so far is of the cat named “Chief”  who took a year to warm up to Curt, but now he enjoys his weekend grooming.  Odie and Oliver have also touched this volunteer’s heart and will be remembered for the cats they were and as real fighters.  Curt describes SAINTS as beautiful, fun, and rewarding.

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Anne might be one of our most recent volunteers, but her skills have been quickly improving the “appearances” of our SAINTly friends.  Anne comes to volunteer on Saturdays using her grooming skills and knowledge to make our furry friends even cuter!  Anne’s initiation to SAINTS was a small bite from a little dog with a very big personality (no names will be mentioned *wink)!  But that didn’t stop Anne from coming back. She believes that what she does at SAINTS makes a difference and enjoys using her skills to make the dogs more comfortable.  Furthermore, she admires people like Carol and in Anne’s words, “ I love the fact that there are people like Carol who are willing to make extreme sacrifices in order to give discarded and abused animals the love and compassion they deserve. These kinds of people who make their own sacrifices balance out the cruelty and negativity in the world.  I am rewarded by playing a tiny part in this endeavor.” Anne’s three words for SAINTS? Committed, Hard Working and Caring.  Anne not only enjoys volunteering but also motorcycles, yoga, hiking, music, and movies. Furthermore, Anne fosters animals through the SPCA and found out about SAINTS via her boxer, Renny.  Renny was in Anne’s foster care through the SCPA which was passing this boxer into Carol’s care.  Rather than disrupting Renny’s life and Anne’s love for her foster dog remained in his home and permanent foster care.  What a win/win situation!

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Jenn and Derek love volunteering in the MP room on Sundays.  Jenn works in agricultural finance while Derek is a manager in an auto body shop.  They enjoy home renovations, spending time with their three dogs, and deck time when the weather permits. But three years ago this duo wanted to find something else to add to their busy lives, they found SAINTS and couldn’t be happier with their choice!  Jenn and Derek adore the animals and their stories; it warms their hearts to see the love they give the MP animals returned whole heartedly.  Not to mention, the excitement they are greeted with every Sunday is unforgettable!  Like the other volunteers, Jenn and Derek express the difficulty over the loss when losing an animal that they felt connected with.  But the love this pair gets, keeps them coming back to SAINTS. Black Buddy, Riley and Capone, Dusty, and Cooper have in particular touched Jenn and Derek’s heart, “They just had/have something about them that grabbed a hold of us.”  LOVE, LOVE, LOVE are how these two describe SAINTS!

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It takes a small army of volunteers to run saints. Many hands makes light work and we could certainly use a few more. For more information about volunteering with us see: http://www.saintsrescue.ca/helping/volunteer.htm

Stayed tuned tomorrow as we continue to introduce you to more of our incredible volunteers. Check out more of our volunteer features here: http://www.saintsrescue.ca/wordpress/category/volunteer-features/

April 9, 2014

Day 4 of Volunteer Week – Meet saints weekend warriors Fionna and Erin

Filed under: Volunteer Features — Jenn @ 5:05 pm

In cased in you missed it, it’s National Volunteer Week. All week we are featuring some of the very special people who’s hands and hearts help to care for the saints.

Meet two more of our incredible volunteers:

Fiona says she “belongs” in the barn and her love for working with all different animals is seen the smile that in on her face upon arrival at SAINTS.  She absolutely loves being around the animals and knowing they are cared for and clean; she is a kind and loyal weekend warrior for sure!  In addition, Fiona enjoys being with the other volunteers and seeing the attention that is always given to them, and said “ You can see that volunteers believe animals do truly come first.” Fiona came to find SAINTS two years ago via the website looking for more weekend warriors.  She manages to fit in volunteering with her work at Vancouver Community College, her 28 year retired thoroughbred, an 8 year old Jack Russell rescue from LAPS, and her 11 year old terrier/ poodle cross from SAINTS.  This busy lady keeps returning on the weekends because of her love for the outdoors, the animals, and the smell of clean shavings.  Fiona finds peace in just being here.  The tough parts are the losses, losing a SAINT is always hard; however, she has one particularly fond memory.  She remembers the time she had thought she had lost Twosie.  After cleaning the pig area, giving them fresh hay and water, she did her normal double check.  One pig seemed to be missing.  How did Twosie get out?  Perplexed and concerned, Fiona called and called and rechecked their house.  Suddenly a little face peeked out of the mound of hay!  Geesh, it was a disconcerting game of hide and seek but Twosie clearly enjoyed it!  The kind and fun loving dog, Al, is also fondly remembered by Fiona.  Gilbert is also loved.  Gideon….you were such a trooper.  Fiona’s three words for SAINTS? Caring, loving, determined.

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Erin is an integral member of the SAINTS community.  Her passion for the animals and their well-being is unsurpassed.  Erin found SAINTS five or so years ago when she started off as a volunteer and is now part of the staff.  However, she not only works here five days a week but still comes in on her days off to groom, clean, declutter, and just do whatever needs to be done.  Can you say dedication? Those of you who know Erin know that she is an outspoken and intelligent lady. However when Erin does not need words is when we can bear witness to her love for the animals here at SAINTS. It is evident in every furry head that gets petted, every room that gets cleaned…it is in every move she makes.  When asked what her favorite memory is, it is about June and the first time they sat side by side on the couch for shake a paw.  The loss of Halo was hard on Erin.  Halo was only with us for three short months after being removed from a situation where she never knew love, care, or the inside of a house.  The thing was with Halo, she not only came from a horrific situation, she also had cancer and it spread very quickly. Every day, Erin made Halo sandwiches to hide the pills, and everyday Halo looked to Erin for kindess and love.  One day, Erin’s respect and loyalty for Halo helped the pain end as she went to the bridge knowing what love was.   Erin, you are so deserving of her respect and love….all the animals and fellow volunteers think so.

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For more information about volunteering with us see: http://www.saintsrescue.ca/helping/volunteer.htm

Stayed tuned all week as we continue to introduce you to more of our incredible volunteers. Check out more of our volunteer features here: http://www.saintsrescue.ca/wordpress/category/volunteer-features/

April 8, 2014

Day 3 of Volunteer Week – Meet saints weekend warriors Dawn and Laura & Brianne

Filed under: Volunteer Features — Jenn @ 3:51 pm

It’s day three of Volunteer Week and as promised we are bringing you features of some of our amazing volunteers.

Dawn can be found leading tours on weekends or working diligently in Adoptions trying to find our animals a forever home. She also works full time in collections, enjoys the UFC and pole fitness, and on top of all that, she loves to foster SAINTS dogs. Dawn found SAINTS six years ago; this long- time, loyal volunteer has never let the grief she feels over the losses stop her from returning to or helping the place she loves.  Her spirits are lifted by the dedication shown by all the volunteers and by her firm belief that SAINTS is a fantastic place! Clearly, Dawn has a special love for senior animals- “They inspire me to be a better person and to live life to the fullest.” Her fondest memory is of her daughter in a loafing shed with not one, but two, barely 24 hour old calves.  Dawn said it was quite a sight to see her laying with them for comfort during the Open House. Although Todd is no longer with us at SAINTS, a wind chime was placed in the memorial garden by Dawn and her daughter in his memory.  When asked if there were any animals that have touched her heart in particular, she thought about the 8 dogs she has fostered…her Trudy, Princess Poopy Pants, True the old boxer girl, have most definitely taken the biggest chunk of her heart on the way to the rainbow bridge. Dawn’s three words for the place she loves: Heaven on Earth.

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The mother and daughter team, Laura and Brianne, have been volunteering at SAINTS for six years. They were hooked after coming to one Open House. Brianne is most definitely Kind, loving and out- going whereas Laura describes herself as shy, likeable, and loving.  They can be found on Saturdays in the bunny and medical rooms, cuddling the rabbits and making sure everyone is cleaned and looked after.  They definitely ensure the animals are cozy and well fed! This duo finds it difficult when new comers arrive that are very ill.  But it means so much to Laura when she sees the smile that Brianne shows when they are on the way to volunteer. When not hanging with the bunnies, Laura is busy with her 3 children and doing lunch hour duty at Heritage Park high school ( now that’s brave ;)  Brianne is in Grade 12, works at Silvercity, and loves to dance. Their favorite memory is when they took their very own SAINT home- Beau. When asked to describe SAINTS? “ AMAZING, One-Of-A-Kind, the BEST!

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For more information about volunteering with us see: http://www.saintsrescue.ca/helping/volunteer.htm

Stayed tuned all week as we continue to introduce you to more of our incredible volunteers. Check out more of our volunteer features here: http://www.saintsrescue.ca/wordpress/category/volunteer-features/

 

April 7, 2014

Day 2 of Volunteer Week – Meet our weekend warriors – Lynne and Edward

Filed under: Volunteer Features — Jenn @ 3:52 pm

It’s day two of Volunteer Week and in recognition of our amazing volunteers, here are two more features.

Lynne is a 7  year veteran who came upon SAINTS while reading the newspaper that featured an article about the place that she calls, “heart-warming, loving, and protective.”  Lynne is an extremely kind and generous volunteer who opens her own home to foster some “saintly” members. When not spending time with her own dogs, she enjoys hiking, spending time with her grandkids and scrapbooking.  Losing the animals is hard on Lynne, but she returns every Saturday as well as during the week to volunteer because of her unwaivering love for the animals and being part of their world.  Lynne also enjoys being part of the SAINTS family and spending time with other the other volunteers who all love the animals as much as she does.  Her favorite memory of her time at SAINTS comes with a smile as she reflected on this moment, “Jeanette…when she couldn’t get up, and everyone came together to come to her assistance.  Who was waiting for Jeanette?  None other than Percy.”  Lynne speaks of her past favorites with compassion and love; Copper was a little bugger who picked her and in return, she loved giving him a home.  Bambi was an amazing dog, and touched Lynne’s heart in an enormous way.  Thank you Lynne for loving SAINTS as much as you clearly do!

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Edward is one of our most recent volunteers joining the weekend warrior team three months ago after hearing about SAINTS through the BCSPCA.  He describes himself as open minded, compassionate, and kind. When he isn’t giving his time to SAINTS, he can be found reading, hand drumming, and playing the guitar. When at SAINTS, he is volunteering in the house and in the barn area where he enjoys the love and excitement that the animals reciprocate.  One of his fondest memories is snuggling with June on Carol’s bed.  “June has always been gun shy with me, a few weeks ago Carol brought him into the bedroom for some bonding time.”  Edward feels particularly bonded to not only June but also Odie and Capone.  He thinks Odie is a sweetheart and describes Capone as a gentle giant with a fantastic personality. The difficult times for Edward are when he hears about an animal’s passing or watching some struggle with their ailments.  However, the relationships he has established with the animals and his fellow volunteers, keep him coming back and giving his time to the weekend warrior team.  He sums up SAINTS is three words: Safe, Home, Haven.

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Stay tuned all week as we continue to feature some of our incredible volunteers.

We are always looking for committed and hardworking animal lovers to come lend a hand on the weekend. We are currently looking for people with barn experience to help with grooming and cleaning the barns on the weekends. Must be 16 years of age or accompanied by an adult. For more information please see: http://www.saintsrescue.ca/helping/volunteer.htm or email volunteer@saintsrescue.ca

April 6, 2014

National Volunteer Week (April 6-12) – Meet the weekend warriors – Mo and Anne

Filed under: General,Volunteer Features — Jenn @ 8:47 am

“Volunteering is defined as an altruistic activity that is intended to promote goodness or improve quality of life. In return, this activity can produce a feeling of self-worth and respect. There is no financial gain involved for the individual.” National Volunteer Week (April 6-12, 2014) is a time to recognize, celebrate and thank Canada’s 13.3 million volunteers.

Where would SAINTS be without the weekend warriors?  This dedicated team of individuals comes together in their choice of animals as the recipient for their endless stream of good deeds and their giving natures.  Weekends are spend cleaning, feeding, caring for, and of course, cuddling. What better way to recognize this team than for SAINTS supporters near and far to read about them, gaining insight into who they are and what they find so rewarding about volunteering.

It takes a small army of volunteers to keep saints running and to care for our over 100 senior and special needs animals. Each day this week we will be featuring a few of these very special and hard working individuals.

Here are our first two features – one of saints first volunteers, Mo and one of saints newest volunteers, Anne.

Mo has been at SAINTS for 9 years loving everything about this amazing place after answering a request from Carol looking for volunteers.  Besides being a great barn volunteer and an utter asset to SAINTS, Mo enjoys walking her own dogs, BBQs with friends, and preparing for retirement. Her happiness at SAINTS comes from knowing the animals are safe and happy. Everyone at SAINTS know that MO makes Tina very happy every weekend.  It is quite the sight to see little Tina all cuddled in Mo’s coat being brought back to the house only to be transported through the sunroom’s window to come home.  It is a whole new meaning to “drive thru!”  Mo says she has way too many memorable moments to choose just one to talk about and perhaps she could write a book?  Hmmm….sounds like a plan with that upcoming retirement, hey everyone?  The hard part for Mo is when an animal she really loves hits the “wall” and it’s not age related.  “Like Spritely, if it wasn’t for her bum hoof, she would still be out in the fields, glimmering in the sunshine.”  Sadness aside, Mo keeps coming back because of the animals.  When asked about one animal that has touched her heart, she answered, “Seriously?”  Again after nine years at SAINTS, there are just way too many to list!  Mo sums up SAINTS in one word- AMAZING!

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Anne might be one of our most recent volunteers, but her skills have been quickly improving the “appearances” of our SAINTly friends.  Anne comes to volunteer on Saturdays using her grooming skills and knowledge to make our furry friends even cuter!  Anne’s initiation to SAINTS was a small bite from a little dog with a very big personality (no names will be mentioned *wink)!  But that didn’t stop Anne from coming back. She believes that what she does at SAINTS makes a difference and enjoys using her skills to make the dogs more comfortable.  Furthermore, she admires people like Carol and in Anne’s words, “ I love the fact that there are people like Carol who are willing to make extreme sacrifices in order to give discarded and abused animals the love and compassion they deserve. These kinds of people who make their own sacrifices balance out the cruelty and negativity in the world.  I am rewarded by playing a tiny part in this endeavor.” Anne’s three words for SAINTS? Committed, Hard Working and Caring.  Anne not only enjoys volunteering but also motorcycles, yoga, hiking, music, and movies. Furthermore, Anne fosters animals through the SPCA and found out about SAINTS via her boxer, Renny.  Renny was in Anne’s foster care through the SCPA which was passing this boxer into Carol’s care.  Rather than disrupting Renny’s life and Anne’s love for her foster dog remained in his home and permanent foster care.  What a win/win situation!

Anne

Stay tuned all week as we continue to feature some of our incredible volunteers.

We are always looking for committed and hardworking animal lovers to come lend a hand on the weekend. We are currently looking for people with barn experience to help with grooming and cleaning the barns on the weekends. Must be 16 years of age or accompanied by an adult. For more information please see: http://www.saintsrescue.ca/helping/volunteer.htm or email volunteer@saintsrescue.ca

April 16, 2011

Volunteer Feature 9: Lynne

Filed under: Volunteer Features — Jenn @ 9:39 am

Its National Volunteer Appreciation Week (April 10-16) and in recognition of our amazing volunteers I have been doing volunteer features throughout the week.  Our volunteers are all here for the animals. They care for them, clean for them, cook for them, cuddle them …  
 
No dog goes hungry when Lynne is around …not even the fat ones who need to lose a few pounds! She brings them sandwhiches and boxes stacked with fresh pizza. Lynne knows the way to their hearts is straight thru their mouths! She makes sure that the dogs who can’t get out into the fields, get a nice and gentle walk each day she is here. And she has her own one on one memorial garden crew so no one misses out on the fun stuff around here.Lynne is here almost every weekend unless grandmother duties get in her way and  when she leaves here at the end of her shift, it is always with a car full of saints dirty laundry! Lynne is one of our senior volunteers, she knows the ins and outs of how we function around here. all you ever have to say is we need help with this or that and lynne is the first one the list to help take care of it. If you ever need a chuckle, head over to the house and listen to Lynne and the others happily bicker back and forth. They work together as a really great team while cheerfully yanking on their team members chains. There is such good natured teasing of humans going on everywhere that the animals feel good. They know their caregivers are happy and like coming here! 
  

Lynne and Bambi 2, Christmas 2010

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 I have been volunteering at saints since Jan 2007 and it has been amazing. I first read about saints in the Post in the Fraser Valley Times, and ironically the post was about copper and his antics. I cut the article out and after days of putting it aside decided to phone saints. They were having a cleanup day so headed up there.  they were also all celebrating moses and his life and he was being spoiled rotten. He passed away soon after . I decided to help out and started soon after.
 
I am retired, have 8 grandchildren, 3 dogs of my own, all rescues and walk 2 others who do not get out for walks. i do not know what i did before saints came along, it is such a n incredibly lovely experience and i really like all the other volunteers it is like an extended family. i would not have missed this ride for the world.the best thing I love about saints is knowing that all the animals have a warm and loving home, good food warm beds and lots of company and love. way more than lots of animals get in their so called good homes.   I picked the house because that is where i am the most comfortable.  The hardest part for me about saints is like Nicole said, there are so many more out there who will never get a decent chance in life. But it is especially hard for me when someone passes who I have been especially fond of, like copper , perdy, lucas, champ to name a few, there are so many.
 

Lynne and her beloved Perdy (RIP)

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Lynne’s most memorable day at SAINTS was the day Jeanette went down.
 
I remember the day Jeanette our old and lovely cow, went down in the field and could not get up. Spectra Energy was out doing the memorial garden at the time and so thankfully we had a crew of people and saints volunteers to help. We all rallied together, got her onto a blanket and carried her up into the upper pasture, where Percy was waiting for her. I have never seen so many people rally together for our cow and have so many good and positive feelings it was absolutely incredible.
 
 

 Lynne has been here longer than most of the animals and she knows what it means to be a key player in our animals care and happiness…and she knows that plenty of really good food always helps! Lynne for feeding and making the saints feel good we thank you.

 

Lynne on Christmas giving pizza to the doggies
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In case you missed them check out the preceding Volunteer Features:

Volunteer Feature 1: Erin

Volunteer Feature 2: Brenda

Volunteer Feature 3: Maureen (Mo)   

Volunteer Feature 4: Anne

Volunteer Feature 5: Laura B.

Volunteer Feature 6: Nicole M.

Volunteer Feature 7: Kathy O (KO) 

Volunteer Feature 8: Zoe P.

 

For information about volunteering please see http://www.saintsrescue.ca/helping/volunteer.htm

April 15, 2011

Volunteer Feature 8: Zoe P.

Filed under: Volunteer Features — Jenn @ 6:41 am

Its National Volunteer Appreciation Week (April 10-16) and in recognition of our amazing volunteers I have been doing Volunteer Features throughout the week.  Many of the animals have traveled long distances to come to saints. And many of our volunteers also travel from outside of Mission to come help and care for them. These volunteers help take the message of SAINTS–that senior and special needs animals have value–back to their own communities.   

Zoe sees the world thru different eyes than the rest of us at SAINTS…we are down home, small town folks and Zoe is from the Big City. She brings something special to us, the artistic and polished view of the urban world and somehow she manages to connect the two so that SAINTS can travel in bigger and wider circles. The really funny thing is Zoe can come out here, looking classy and beautiful in her big city scarves wrapped with such sophistication around her neck and shoulders and grab a wheelbarrow and a pitch fork and head out into the field to shovel manure for a few hours. Then she heads inside to goof with the animals while shifting thru load after load of stinky laundry, folding it and putting it away for use on the next busy incontinent day. Zoe works to ensure that SAINTS is not limted by barriers, accepted norms and geographical location (like being stuck way out in the boondocks!) She has represented us on the nightly news (and did a GREAT job!) been our spokesperson in several newspaper articles and has promoted us and fundraised for us while presenting us through various musical , theatre and art venues.-And Zoe is totally and completely in love with Percy…the City Girl has a deep and secret love for our very special Cow-boy!

 

Zoe and Jack

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Zoe and the mountain of laundy

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I started volunteering at SAINTS three Christmases ago. My mum saw the article about SAINTS that was featured in The Province Christmas series, and I was out there the next week.

When I had a vehicle, I was able to do more on-site volunteering, so I see my position as unique in trying to think of other ways to do SAINTS outreach within the city. That is where I see the fundraisers/concerts/art events functioning efficiently, as something that is reasonable for me to facilitate within the city, and also a means to use other mediums such as music and art to present info about SAINTS and explore the issues within it.

My memorable animal stories will always go back to Codi, how could they not. She was such a unique dog, and I always said if I could meet the former “mother” who left her behind, I would have a few strong worded things to say to her. Codi, to me, was an example of (one of the reasons) why SAINTS exists. She was, essentially, abandoned because of some minor health issues that someone didn’t want to deal with. In spite of that, she was “lucky” enough to end up at SAINTS, which is where I met her. When Codi came home, she not only became a completely different dog, but she ended up living for over a year, when we thought she would last a few months. She got an extra year of life- a ridiculous, indulgent, year of life.
When someone else decides they can’t extend any more compassion or love, SAINTS takes over- and doles it out two-fold.

Zoe and her beloved Codi

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That Province Christmas article was one of the best things to happen to SAINTS giving wide exposure, bringing in many donations and most of all bringing Zoe to us.  Zoe you are such a creative and talented individual, your art and your event planning has and continues to help present SAINTS to a larger audience across multi medias. For bringing the saints to the Big City and for bring the Big City to SAINTS we thank you.

Zoe in The Province

 

 In case you missed them check out the preceding Volunteer Features:

Volunteer Feature 1: Erin

Volunteer Feature 2: Brenda

Volunteer Feature 3: Maureen (Mo)   

Volunteer Feature 4: Anne

Volunteer Feature 5: Laura B.

Volunteer Feature 6: Nicole M.

Volunteer Feature 7: Kathy O (KO) 

 

For information about volunteering please see http://www.saintsrescue.ca/helping/volunteer.htm