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AARCS introduces Dave

What AARCS Has To Say

 

We are so happy to announce Dave Robertson as our Volunteer of the month for March.  Over the past three years, we have been very fortunate to have Dave as part of the AARCS family. Dave started with AARCS by coming in and taking a dog (or two, or three, or four…) for runs over the lunch hour. Throughout the years, his role has evolved and he is now and integral part of our Behavior team. Dave conducts many orientations for our Dog Caregivers on behavior and handling skills. Recently, Dave has also worked on a workshop for our foster homes, to better equip them for some of the more challenging foster dogs in care.  If you have ever had the chance to meet Dave, you know that he is always willing to help and will do so with a smile on his face! We are so fortunate to have Dave on our team and hope he will be around for many years to come. Thank you Dave for All of your hard work and dedication to the animals and our volunteers!

A Few Words From Dave

When I had to put my dog down I knew we weren’t able to get another but had to have a K9 fix. I started running dogs for AARCS, helping burn off some of the energy and frustration or help with the fear and anxiety. I quickly realized how fortunate it was for every person and creature to be involved with AARCS. There are miracles performed every day there, to the volunteers and staff its just another day. I am truly humbled by so many I encounter. My ability to work with shelter dogs led me to doing training courses and presenting to groups. This led to more opportunity where I started going out to fosters and adopters houses to help out as well. A person I have the utmost respect for told me ‘it takes a village’ and I see that every day I’m there. Everyone working together, there are no one person jobs, it’s a team and it works wonders.  A few months ago I was given the behaviour coordinator position, this amazing opportunity has led me to an apprenticeship program, we are now building a training and behaviour team to further help the dogs and volunteers. The more I give it seems its me who benefits the most. Thank you everyone for letting me be a small part in this huge humanitarian effort. To the people I’ve met, its been great. To the people I still have to meet, I can’t wait to work together. Thank you so much.

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