A rat helped by the no kill Coquitlam Animal Shelter
As I have been researching no kill animal shelters across Canada, I was happy to learn of many more no kill shelters than I had imagined. There is truly a movement of compassion that is growing.
Ginger before her great adventure
A few years ago I had an experience that felt like the power of prayer. I had just moved back to Vancouver. It was summer, and I kept the litter box on the balcony of my third floor apartment for my two cats while we were settling in. But Ginger was curious and sometimes tried to jump to the rooftop patio of the suite above us. I deterred her as best I could, but one day I noticed a distinct absence.
Animal Planet has a great reality show called Dr. Jeff, Rocky Mountain Vet. Dr. Jeff Young and his clinic provide low cost services to thousands of clients who couldn’t otherwise afford them in Denver, Colorado. They often rescue animals and do volunteer work, and can receive animals in need from hundreds, even thousands, of miles away. At the beginning of the show, Dr. Jeff says, “This is me. This is what I love.” Those words resonated with me.
Yesterday I gave a workshop on social media to a group of writers. I thought you might like to hear some of the tips we talked about and a bit of my personal journey.
Marty at the Fort McMurray SPCA
I’ve been working on an animal welfare project that has brought many heartwarming stories my way. This week I received a call from Misha Gaertner, executive director of the Fort McMurray SPCA. They have been no kill since their founding in 1978. For many years, they also handled animal control for the Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo, an expansive community with harsh winters in northeastern Alberta.