Featured Volunteer: Ashten Garnett

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AARCS introduces Ashten Garnett

What AARCS Has To Say

Ashten is truly one of the most incredible people that we have the pleasure of working with.  Her passion for the animals is evident in every thing she does.

As one of our Dog Shelter Shift Leaders, Ashten is a great resource for all of the new shelter volunteers on shift.  Regardless of what is going on and how crazy it is, Ashten is always willing to help out wherever needed.  We constantly get compliments from other volunteers about how awesome she is.
Since April, AARCS has also been conducting New Volunteer Orientations.  This gives new volunteers the opportunity to learn more about the organization, our programs and our shelter.  Ashten is only one of 3 volunteers who leads these orientations.  Since April, Ashten has conducted over 75 new volunteer orientations and is an incredible ambassador for the organization!
Thank you Ashten for all of your hard work and dedication.  We hope that you will be a part of AARCS for many years to come.


A Few Words From Ashten

I first stumbled upon AARCS  at the Sun and Salsa Festival in 2012.  Who can resist adorable puppies?  As soon as I got home I looked them up online to see if there was a way to volunteer.  I was so excited to discover that they were opening up a shelter in just a few months.  I filled out an application and went to a couple of events.  It was really fun, but what I really wanted to do was work with the animals directly.  Once the shelter opened, I got that opportunity.  I started coming in at least once a week to work with the dogs, after a couple of months I was asked to be a shift lead.  Earlier this year I also became an orientation lead helping introduce brand new volunteers to the amazing organization that is AARCS.

Through AARCS I have met so many wonderful people and so many wonderful animals.  AARCS volunteers are some of the most passionate, caring, determined, loving and hard working people I have ever met.  I love getting the opportunity to run orientations with the new volunteers and hear their stories of why they want to get involved.  I love sharing with them my stories of why I stay involved.  I also love being at the shelter and being directly involved in the care of so many wonderful animals.  Being involved with AARCS has opened up a whole different world for me.  Every day I find something else to be inspired by.  From something as simple as a grateful dog licking my face to thank me for feeding her, to seeing video of some courageous AARCS volunteers rescue puppies from an outhouse, to seeing the shelter overflow with donations to the point where we were legitimately unsure of where to keep it all after the Calgary floods.   I have never once regretted my decision to volunteer and feel so lucky to be involved with such a wonderful organization.