FEBRUARY 11, 2017 "Hearts Are Wild" Valentine's Gala & Casino Night
Currently we are requesting items for our silent auction and Sponsors for our event.
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Calling all clean freaks!
FOSTER HOMES NEEDED IMMEDIATELY - DOGS AND CATS
We currently are at capacity and have a number of people that are desperate to find temporary care of their pets so they can take care of themselves.
Fostering in our GAP has been said to be one of the most rewarding things. To see a pet reunite with its owner, knowing that you were the reason a family is still together, is a feeling like no other.
We understand that the holiday season is busy for you and your families, but for the families that require our GAP it is daunting.
Fostering bears no expense to our foster homes, all expenses are covered by The CAWS.
Please give the gift of compassion this holiday season. In return you will receive the best gift ever - the gift of gratitude and knowing you made a huge impact on another family's future.
Make a difference today. Complete our Foster Home Application.
Learn more about our Guardian Angel Program
By chance, The CAWS was doing an adoption event there, with the fosters Jasper the cat (who I later adopted), alongside Bo and his litter mates. Typically, the toms laid on the charm and I was hooked! I signed up to be a volunteer, and the rest is history!
I began volunteering just at local adoption events, and contributing my crafts. After my first year of volunteering, I finally got a place I could foster and adopt in -- and the first thing I did, was fill in the adoption application for sweet 10-year-old Jasper (whose birthday was just this mid-November)!
In May of this year, I attended my first outside of Sherwood Park volunteer event -- Vegreville's Pet Expo, where we had a bake and craft sale. (My non-alcoholic Jello shots were quite a hit with the kids!) Between then and October, I was able to finally take part in non-local events, where I've had lots of fun new experiences. I also had booted up a home business that's been fluctuating in activity levels, with proceeds being donated to The CAWS!
In August, I took in my first foster, a GAP kitty named Diva. Fostering was a whole new experience for me, and it took a long time for Jasper and Diva to get along... just in time for her to go home! Finally, in November, I welcomed a non-GAP foster. Jasper's previous foster mama was fostering Tigger (nicknamed the butterscotch loaf) and transferred foster homes to me. It was love at first sight! Fostering has really enriched my volunteer and rescue experience, and I hope I can foster more lovely kitties in the future (:
Our journey with The CAWS came after years of Kyle and our children begging for a dog. I was always hesitant because our middle child has a number of medical conditions that can mean long periods of hospital admissions. Adding that to Kyle working full time, myself as a full time student and one of our children being home schooled, I was a bit concerned that the dog might get left out if we were in the hospital!
One day we saw an post on Facebook looking for foster homes for 9 little puppies. They were so cute, we couldn't resist and it brought up the idea of fostering. We had a family meeting and talked about the idea and how it could work as a "practice run". Of course Kyle and the kids were all over that idea! Every day before we got our first dog they would ask how much longer do we have to wait!
Well, once we got started with Oliver we knew we were hooked! Oliver was our first dog and he was amazing! He was ALMOST a foster fail. We still talk about him to this day. Since then we have had Punky, Colonel Mustard, Skye and Chase, Mitsey, and most recently, two little kittens Howard and Bernadette! It's been a blast!
Naturally the kids were very quick to point out how well everything worked with a dog in the house! It didn't take long for us to get a puppy of our own. Her name is Roxy. She's a pitbull shepherd cross who is almost 5 months old and she completes our furbaby family. She thinks our cat, Comet, is her personal chew toy but, honestly I think he's okay with that! We have one other cat in our family, and her name is Lily. She's a Himalayan cross who believes she is the princess of the household. She's always the last to warm up to any new Fosters that come in but she eventually does!
We have been so lucky with the all of the animals that have come into our home, as well as all of the phenomenal volunteers that work so hard to support us with the cuties that come to us and the other foster homes! We are so grateful that the opportunity presented itself to our family, and we took a chance and opened up our doors. Our hearts have grown and so has our family! We will always remember every animal that's been in our home.
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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.
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