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.
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.