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I started volunteering for an animal rescue when I was 13 years old. I have gone from making posters for events to handling animals at adoption events and now very proud to say, have made my way up to Storage, Donations and Adoption Events Coordinator. Depression and anxiety have been two big challenges in my life. They are two demons I face on a daily basis but with The CAWS, I feel more confident and have the satisfaction of saying “I’ve made a difference.” Rescue work can be hard and stressful but it's worth it! Looking back at how many fosters have come through my home (50+), I smile everytime I think of their faces. I am happy when I think of them because I know I have made a difference in their lives and can I can go as far as to say, I saved their life! I found my purpose with The CAWS and that’s why I volunteer!
We have always donated to rescues but after losing Benny, I realized I wanted to do more. I knew we couldn’t foster because they would all be fails, so the next best thing would be working behind the scenes. I started googling rescues around Edmonton and I found The CAWS. I filled out the application to volunteer and got a call and the rest is history. Being self-employed, my time was flexible so becoming a screener for adoption applications was perfect for me. It has been the most rewarding “job” I have ever had. I work in coordination with Pam Best who is so awesome, she trained me, provides me with awesome support and advice! Being able to find wonderful homes for our rescues makes my day every time!
Then 3 months ago my husband got temporarily transferred to Maryland by his company and I came along with him! At first I was sad because I thought I would have to give up my amazing “Job” but it all worked out. So if you completed an adoption application and get a call from Maryland, it’s me!
Because I can’t work in Maryland, I asked if there was more I could do so now I also look after the emails from the veterinary offices regarding the medical information for our rescues. I ensure the medical documents are filed as well as the adoption contracts.
The CAWS feels like a big family, who deeply cares for their rescues and each other. They make all the volunteers feel appreciated and they are always there if you need advice or assistance. If you ever thought about volunteering whether it’s as a foster home or as someone behind the scenes, fill out an application to volunteer and be prepared to enjoy what you do!
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*The CAWS is now selling our Yearly Memberships for our 2016/2017 year. Please refer to our store for more information.
BEAR'S ONE YEAR ANNIVERSARY STORY
Bear came to The CAWS on November 30, 2014 via our Guardian Angel Program.
Click here to learn about his journey, and how you can help The CAWS with his ongoing care.
Thank you to U Store It Canada Ltd. South Edmonton location! They have provided us with a 10x10 heated storage unit for half price! The discount is greatly appreciated!
U-Store-It Edmonton South is proud to provide storage solutions for Edmonton, Leduc and Beaumont! Find then two blocks north of Ellerslie Road on 91st Street @ 2304 Ellwood Drive SW. Please call or email today to get up-to-the-minute storage unit availability information.