AARCS introduces Amber Perry
What AARCS Has To Say
Amber has truly been a blessing to have as part of the AARCS family. She is another one of our amazing photographers, who truly has a heart of gold.
Dedicating many hours every week, you will find Amber in foster homes across the city, taking pictures of the animals in care. We’ve seen her lay on the floor, upside down and even run around in fields of snow, just to get the perfect shot. If she is not photographing, she’s editing, ensuring each animal has stunning photos. Amber’s passion for rescue does not stop there, as she not only works with AARCS, but other rescues within the city.
We are not sure how she has found the time, but she has also taken on the task of designing the 2014 calendar!
We love Amber and cannot thank her enough for all of the time and dedication. Amber, we hope that you will be around for many years to come! Thank you for everything you do!
A Few Words From Amber
When I was presented with the idea to Volunteer with AARCS in January 2012, I could not contain my excitement! I began helping out a bit with their Spay Neuter & Return Program, which lead to a rescue mission a few weeks later in Rural Alberta. It was during a huge snowstorm, & we were fortunate enough to get exactly who we were looking for. First we picked up Ivy, a very timid, hungry soul.. Then we set the live trap for two feral puppies living under a trailer, Bambi & Kelpi. It almost felt impossible at first, they were cold & hungry, but very quick & clever! After countless efforts, we finally caught them one at a time. I held Kelpi tightly in my arms while I brought him to the warm vehicle. He was frightened, freezing & starving puppy who had never even had human contact before.. I held him tightly in my arms while we ran to the warm vehicle.. Weeks later I met him once again at an event, he was bouncing around, kissing my face, begging for treats, just like a normal puppy should. My heart melted. Needless to say, I WAS HOOKED.
Around that same time, I had also found out about AARCS was looking for Photographers. I was thrilled to get an email from Jen about becoming a part of the Photographer team! I had recently just enrolled in SAIT for the Photography Program, & was loving every minute of it. This was a perfect opportunity for me to become more involved & develop my skills, while using my creativity in a whole new way! I absolutely LOVE doing the photos for the Foster Animals that come through AARCS. One of my favorite things about photographing for AARCS, is that I get to meet so many wonderful foster families, along with their own pets, & of course their AARCS Foster(s). Whether it be a cat or dog, shy or hyper, I always try to capture their personality, & their story whenever possible. I can’t help but stalk the website to see who has an Adoption Pending! It brings a huge smile to my face each & every time one special animal finds that perfect somebody!
Even if I am not behind the camera, I still help where & when I can. Including posters, cover photos, or attending the Spay Neuter Clinics! Every little bit makes my heart bigger, & bigger! I can’t get enough. The spirit & drive behind all my fellow volunteers, is what keeps me moving forward! I wouldn’t be here today without all their positive energy & guidance. At times it can be unbearably hard, which in turn brings a lot of heart ache, but I have also learned to strive for the bigger picture, & that is the goal!
I am truly honored to be connected with such an amazing group of compassionate people.
Smile, always. ~ Amber