Friendly faces, both new and familiar, gathered at Beaver Creek Farm Sanctuary on January 24, 2015 for the first Volunteer Meetup of the year. Excitement was in the air as the volunteers and guests arrived. Welcoming faces from the BCFS team and the pitter patter of little paws greeted everybody. Amy, Brent, Judith and their helpers were feeling pretty stoked at the great turnout!
Baked goods galore, munchies and goodies of all sorts filled the kitchen thanks to the helping hands of Helen, Silvana, Heather, Gord and Ellen, Raye and Paul and the team.
A number of sweet four-legged friends roamed around enjoying snuggles and cuddles from the group. Feeling the love were BCFS adoptable dogs Chichi and Harriette, resident dogs Poco, Taz and Jackson; plus guests Gracie, Maggie, Cookie, Jake and Austin to name a few.
New friendships were forming and an air of anticipation lingered. The shared love for animals and desire to help and support Beaver Creek in their work was all around. The day was off to a great start!
Amy gathered the group and was totally pumped as she thanked everyone for coming out. A run-down of BCFS’s activities over the past year was given then an amazing documentary video was shown which captured the true essence of Beaver Creek Farm Sanctuary and their rescue operation (produced by resident filmmaker Judith Keenan of Furever Home – awesome job!). Silvana gave folks the inside scoop on what it takes to do adoptions, and Gord gave an inspiring pep talk about fundraising too.
The new volunteers were feeling super excited to sign up for new volunteer positions. Everything from fundraising, to helping with adoptions and fostering, transporting animals, communications, special events, farm operations and dog-walking were quickly and eagerly taken on. Such a strong sense of community and fellowship in such a short time together.
Volunteer Meetup for Fun AND the Business of Rescue
A little break to enjoy a hot drink, a snack and some mingling was next in tow. Afterwards, It was outside with Brent to meet the farm animals and learn how to care for them, especially in the harsh winter…AND to do some farm chores. Braving the damp cold, horse stalls were cleaned and the horses, pigs and ducks fed. Everyone did a great job! Good bye city life…Beaver Creek Farm we are here!
A big shout out to Tracy J. Drynan, Doctor of Chiropractic and also a BCFS Volunteer. She gave a spontaneous demonstration and orientation to canine chiropractic treatments with Jackson, one of our resident rescued Shih Tzu, the happy recipient of a comforting treatment.
A huge thanks to everyone who came out. The turnout was impressive and the year is undoubtedly off to a great start! The commitment of the volunteers is what makes the wheels turn at Beaver Creek Farm Sanctuary. We can’t do it without you.
Stay tuned for training and lots of new volunteer opportunities in the coming months. Hope to see you there!
NEXT VOLUNTEER MEETUP – SUNDAY FEB 22
In conjunction with Dog Foster Workshop lead by guest and Master Trailer Dahlia Ayoub of Mighty Mutts! Remember – new volunteers are always welcome at our Meetups