Three Simple Ways to Spread the Love to Rescue Animals

Happy Valentine’s Day! Let’s not forget about our four-legged friends on this day of love! Here are three simple ways to spread the love to rescue animals that won’t cost you a dime.

ONE: Spread the love by sharing an adoptable animal’s profile. The more exposure the animal gets, the more likely they are to find their loving forever home. We truly appreciate every like, share, and comment. Once the animal is adopted, a spot is freed up in a foster home for another animal in need. You can find our adoptable animals’ profiles here.

TWO: Volunteer your time! Did you know that Zoe’s is 100% volunteer run? You do not have to commit a certain amount of hours per week or month to volunteer to make a positive impact. Instead, with Zoe’s, you can jump in when you are available. We are always looking for help with fundraising, event organizing, transporting animals and supplies, photography, blogging and of course… fostering! Learn more about volunteering here.

THREE: Share the message to spay and neuter! Zoe’s does everything in our power to help to end the cycle of homeless animals including ensuring that every single adopted animal is either spayed or neutered before the adoption is finalized. There are so many deserving animals in local rescues, and so many waiting to come into care. Help to reduce the population of stray and unwanted animals by reminding people to spay and neuter their pets. You can find a list of vets that we like to work with here. In addition, the Edmonton Humane Society offers a great program for those with pets that cannot afford to spay and neuter. Check out their PALS program here.

 

Life of Labour to Life of Love: Reva’s Story

As told by Zoe’s Medical Coordinator, Candice Smith.

My family went on Kijiji to ‘buy’ me a dog.

I loved her.

I now know what I loved was the idea of a dog.

I went running out to ‘buy’ her. She was tied up to a post with a child petting her.

Probably all staged.

Oh, I was so naive to dog ownership and the breeding world back then.

Our vet went silent while assessing her, I didn’t understand. What could possibly be wrong??

Too much.

Reva was septic and slowing dying, she had bits of dead pups in her abdomen.

Reva had been a puppy mill mama. She wasn’t ‘producing,’ so she was deemed useless.

Never mind the thousands of dollars spent to bring her back to health, how much pain and suffering did she endure?

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It’s still heartbreaking. How could a human neglect this precious dog for the money? Truly living off the labour of a dog.

How did I not know?

I thought I was dog smart, my dad made the family dog look easy. Boy, did I learn!

I learned there is a lot of old fashioned thinking about animals. We domesticated these animals, we need to properly care for them ALWAYS. Not turn a blind eye EVER!

Yes, REGISTERED responsible breeders are good. But you need to do your research.

Reva led me to Animal Rescue. I’ve learned a lot in the past 8 years or so.

I want you to know rescue animals are NOT ‘crap’ animals, only had CRAP guardians or ones who just didn’t know better.

When you know better, you do better.

In any one adoption, there’s the foster who opened up their home, time and heart plus a group of four to six loving volunteers that come together to ensure its a good match:

  • foster
  • medical coordinator
  • application screener
  • home checker
  • reference checker
  • contract person
  • rescue directors

So many more volunteers (website managers, social media, fundraising coordinators, etc.) to get the word out and raise vetting dollars for that adoption.

It’s AMAZING.

After proper vet care, my Reva girl is approximately 13-15 years old and we are still side by side, 8 years later.

Reva has been a great role model for a dozen or so fosters. She showed them the ropes to enjoying the indoor life with great food, love and protection. And she has made me a compassionate medical coordinator for Zoe’s.

Sadly I felt a mammary growth on her last night.

I knew this moment would come eventually, but nothing can properly prepare a person when it does come.

I am thankful Reva has known honest and unconditional love for most of her life and I am grateful for all that she has taught me. Reva changed my life and helped me change the lives of countless other animals.

My hope is that our story will change you too.

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Photo by Michelle Aaron Photography

So now, my friends, you know better.

Educate yourself before becoming a pet guardian.

Once the cuteness of the moment passes, it’s a real responsibility.

And don’t think for even a minute you can get away with not spaying and neutering your animals.

Golf Tournament Fundraiser at the Ironhead

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Golf season is in full swing! What better way to work on your wedge or perfect your putt than by playing 18 holes in the Paul Band First Nation Gold Tournament Fundraiser! Whether you are a pro golfer, hobbyist or an animal lover, you will love the 6, 835 yards of luscious greens situated right beside the sunny shores of Lake Wabamun.

Your entry fee will cover registration of a four person team, golf cart rental, green fees and delicious steak dinner. PLUS chances to win many fabulous prizes – the first place team takes home a cash prize of $2000!!

Proceeds from this event will go towards the ASNTF Spay and Neuter Clinic scheduled for the end of June. Spay and Neuter Clinics have a tremendous impact on the communities that host them as well as providing much needed veterinary care to hundreds of animals.

Email Precilla Gully at pgully@onehealth.ca to register!

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