We delivered 6 of the youngsters, Zora, Rasta, Marnie, Gizmo, Quentin, and Morgan, to Susanne for summer school. Although most of them have been haltered and are very friendly, Susanne will be working with them on more groundwork, such as leading, tying, picking up feet, and desensitization. We do have to pay a some board for them while they are there. If you'd like to sponsor one of the youngsters for summer school, at $100/month, please indicate that on your donation. We anticipate sending more youngsters when these six come back in a month or two (depending on how quickly they progress) so the total cost will be about $2400 this season. We're already received some summer school donations (about $500), thank you to everyone who has contributed so far!
Snow White is adopted, we'll be delivering her to her new home at the end of the month. Boston is pending adoption, though we haven't received a deposit on her yet. Burlesque left for her new home and is fitting is very quickly. She's already been ridden and her adopter said she was great!
We have had a few intakes, including:
Colton, a grey 9 yr old TB gelding who has gone straight to a foster home for some work - thank you Shelley for picking him up and for fostering him. He may have found his permanent home too, as Shelley may adopt him too;
Beans, a young pygmy goat, and 5 hens from the Calgary Humane Society. Beans was found wandering loose in the Chestermere area. He needs to be castrated but he is very sweet! The hens were apparently let loose at a Calgary high school as a year-end prank, obviously without any thought to their well-being;
Sebastian, who was born here at the Rescue 2 years ago and adopted out as a foal, was returned due to a family crisis that resulted in his owners having to sell their farm here and move to Ontario on short notice. Sebastian is a very nice, friendly gelding, halterbroke and footbroke, who is now looking for a new, permanent, home;
and Beth, an emaciated and injured 2 year old filly. Thank you to Steven and Kate, for noticing her and doing something about it, and to Rory, for contacting us to help. Beth has a long road ahead of her to regain her health. She seems such a gentle soul but she's also a fighter - she had to be to have survived as she did - and we are doing everything we can to help her in her recovery.
The Rescue was really hopping last weekend! First off, thank you Carmen, our volunteer coordinator, for bringing everything together for the weekend. On Saturday we had some of our 'regular' volunteers out (though I wouldn't describe any of you as ordinary, lol!), and Carmen also did an orientation for 6 new volunteers. Thank you Pat and Sasha for coming out and fixing fences and stuff - Sasha's birthday present from her husband Pat was to come out to the Rescue and be put to work. What a special guy and thank you for doing that for the Rescue, Sasha! On Saturday we had a volunteer team here from Spectra Energy. A huge thanks for everyone's hard work (and the great lunch too) over the course of the day. They rebuilt a shelter, put up a new length of fence, cut down trees for the goats and llamas, shoveled poop, fixed fences, cleaned waterers, and more! Thank you Leane and Tracey (two more of our 'regulars') for helping with the day. A LOT of things got crossed off our 'to-do' list! Thank you to Jenn of Spectra Enegry and Kaitlin Rogers on behalf of Four Feet Companion Foundation for bringing this about.
or simply 'getting the word out', it all comes together to make the lives of these animals better, safer, healthier and happier. I know 'team' is an overused word of late, but it IS a team effort. Thank you!