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#ThrowbackThursday – Emily the cow who’s life came cheaply

Posted: April 10, 2014 at 5:38 pm

Life comes cheaply written by Meghann Cant Bennett July 3, 2009

The gate swings open and she stumbles in.  She stands there for a moment, staring at us.  Then a shove from behind and she lurches forward.  Wide-eyed, she comes to a standstill a few feet in front of us, her legs splayed and unsteady.  She is young, very young.  I can see her dried up umbilical cord.  And she is beautiful.  Blue-grey eyes surrounded by long, white lashes in a mostly white face, a soft pink nose, knobby knees.  The baby is so unsure of herself, taking a few awkward steps back and forth, always keeping a distance between her and the stockmen.  She eyes everyone warily and I imagine how terrified she must be.  How many hours ago was she born and taken from her mother?  24?  48?  She cannot be more than a day or two old.

The bidding begins.  I cannot believe my ears.  Ten dollars, five dollars, two dollars…my heart breaks.  How can her life be worth so little?  Motion from behind me and Carol has bid.  There are no other takers.  For two dollars – less than the price of a hamburger  her life has been saved.  I look at the faces of the farmers around me and imagine they are thinking how foolish we are, wasting our money on an animal destined never to be productive.

Bewildered, she is corralled through another gate into a holding area.  The bidding continues, but I cannot take my eyes off of her.  She lies down in the sawdust.  As I watch, an older cow in the adjacent pen turns her head sideways to fit through the horizontal metal bars of the railing.  She sniffs the baby and slowly, tenderly, begins to lick her.  The baby responds immediately, stretching her neck out and sniffing the older cow.

Suddenly the noise of the auction disappears and all I can focus on is this one peaceful, heart-wrenching moment.  A cow, having had her babies taken from her who knows how many times, comforting a weak little baby, who has just lost her own mother before ever really knowing her.  I quickly blink back tears, feeling that they are out of place in this place of commerce.

The baby, Emily, is now worlds away from the auction, along with Todd, another calf rescued by SAINTS.  Although they are warm, fed, and cared for, the two are struggling to survive.  Who knows how much colostrum they received from their mothers, that essential first milk full of protective antibodies and nourishing calories?  So, they live, day to day, feeling weak and sick, their bodies under attack because they were never given the right start to life.  We love them and hope for them, long for them to grow stronger, to turn the corner.  But we wait.

And I am struck with the thought that, day in and day out, all over the country, tiny, helpless calves are trucked from barn to auction to barn and sold for just a few dollars.  They may live or they may die.  As an investment, they are not worth much, so little is invested in them.  But for me, they have opened my eyes to the reality of animals as commodities, a reality that I will not be quick to revisit, but am grateful to have experienced.

So, for Emily, the little calf that Carol bought because she saw her true value, I have written this story.

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As you can see Emily has grown into a large, healthy, happy and very sweet cow.

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

Posted: April 9, 2014 at 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/

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

Posted: April 8, 2014 at 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/

 

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

Posted: April 7, 2014 at 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

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

Posted: April 6, 2014 at 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!

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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

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

Posted: April 6, 2014 at 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

#ThrowbackThursday – The story of Tucker

Posted: April 3, 2014 at 9:37 am

Remember blind Tucker? He found the best ever dream home with Tom & Linda. Check out this great storywritten by Kendall from K9h2o http://www.langleytoday.ca/pets-animals-the-story-of-tucker/

This is what makes what we do so worth it – to see that these animals can have a happy ending to their lives filled with love and valued for who they are.

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Event info and misc.

Posted: April 1, 2014 at 9:05 am

With spring finally here, its time for the Annual Green Thumb Plant Sale. Pre-order your big, beautiful hanging baskets now for only $25. All proceeds will benefit three great animal causes including SAINTS. For more info contact junmo@shaw.ca

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Less than one month until our Amazing Raise Pub Event. Have you gotten your tickets yet? Don’t wait! We are still seeking pledges and sponsorships to reach our goal, as well as silent auction items for the event. For more info contact: events@saintsrescue.ca

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There are still 7 more days of voting for the Share the Bounty Challenge. We are still in fourth. If we can move into 3rd we will win $5,000. Vote every day for Senior Animals In Need Today Society (listed under our full name) – vote here: https://www.sharethebounty.ca/votingdefault.aspx?c=3

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Here is one of the new guys you haven’t met yet, Nacho. Very talkative and friendly. Really nice cat and handsome too!

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And here is Pac on his way to his new home a few days ago. Saints was lucky enough to be a part of this beautiful boys life, the bridge between working life and a loving home of his very own. Congratulations Pac and family! We wish you many years of happiness. Thanks to all of you Saints supporters, you helped make this possible

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#ThrowbackThursday – Vancouver Foundation gives dogs a second chance

Posted: March 27, 2014 at 10:06 am

In 2010 SAINTS was selected to receive a generous grant fron the Vancouver Foundation. They also made this beautiful video about former saint Rose (RIP). After her horrible life, Rose was someone real with precious value to us and to anyone who has heard her story. She was a truly great hearted dog – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dv4d_s5-xz0

 

 

#ThrowbackThursday – Carol Hine as Nurse Doolittle although they might want to change the name to “Nurse Dooalot”

Posted: March 20, 2014 at 8:27 am

 

Nurse Dolittle’s multi-species sanctuary eases unwanted animals through their final years

Carol Hine is like a Nurse Dolittle to the animals, providing the only multispecies sanctuary for elderly and special needs animals in Canada.

By Vancouver Sun July 19, 2011- Link to article here: http://www.canada.com/vancouversun/news/westcoastnews/story.html?id=a9bc077b-a12c-4663-ac8a-2c454760306d

Carol Hine – Photo by Ric Ernest
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Carol and Ellie Mae the Pink Princess – Photo by Ric Ernest
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Carol Hine with Emily and Ziggy – Photo by Ric Ernest
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