What AARCS Has to Say
Heather has been an amazing addition to the AARCS team and we are so proud to have her on board. The Potters started off by adopting an AARCS dog and not long after started fostering for us and although I?m sure it is sometime a lot of work, they always do it with a smile. We appreciate their commitment to their foster animals, taking on young puppies to adult dogs.
Not long after, Heather joined us at a local spay/neuter clinic and might I say we had her ?hooked?! Since then Heather has volunteered at numerous clinics, assisting in everything from crate clean, walking and feeding animals, recovery and rescue.
More recently, Heather has been a huge asset behind the scenes, assisting with volunteer work that keeps the wheels of the organization turning. She has taken on the position of Foster Home Assistant and spent hours doing numerous administration tasks for us. She?s always willing to lend a helping hand wherever it?s needed and she ALWAYS comes with a smile.
Thank you Heather and Jeff, it is because of people like you that we can continue to do our life-saving work!
A Few Words from the Volunteer
I was first introduced to AARCS when my family and I were looking for a new member to join our family. We knew that we wanted a dog from a rescue organization, but which one, we didn?t know. I did my research, and found AARCS. I immediately loved AARC`s vision, ``AARCS will work to ensure every animal has adequate food, shelter, kindness and companionship``, my family and I share the same vision. From that moment on, we knew AARCS was the organization for us. We quickly adopted Jersey!
At that time, I was going back to school to become an Animal Health Technologist. Adopting Jersey changed me, I can`t explain it, but it`s like he flipped a switch in my heart and I knew what I had to do, I had to volunteer. After much thought, I left school so that I could dedicate my time and love to these animals. When I was a little girl, I always dreamt of helping the abused and abandoned animals, I wanted to find them, rescue them, nurse them back to health, so that they can have a life that they deserve. AARCS has granted me that dream!
I started my volunteering at events and then quickly started fostering. Fostering has been the most amazing experience of our lives. Many people ask me ``how do you do it, how can you let them go`` I say, it`s hard to let them go, but if I don`t let them go, I can`t help more. My son tells me when I`m sad to see another one go to their forever home ``it`s only until we get the next one Mommy``. My husband had said from the beginning, ``only one foster dog, no more``. We have 3 of our own dogs so I understood, until I went to my first spay and neuter clinic. I came home with 2, one pup and one adult. I didn`t know how my household would operate with 5 dogs, but it went well. I attended yet another clinic, with no thoughts of brining home anymore pups when my husband texted me. He said that he received an e-mail from AARCS that they were looking for foster homes for all these animals at the clinic, and that I could bring home one more, total of 6 in my house! It was a lot of work, but well worth it. This too has been a great experience for my children. They`re always excited when we get a new pup. My son has even talked to his Kindergarten class about AARCS. He took his AARCS t-shirt to class and asked his teacher if he could tell his class what AARCS does and how they help the many animals in need.
I can`t thank my family and AARCS enough to let me be a part of this wonderful organization, and to let me bring my dream to life!