Bear Valley Rescue is a registered rescue located just south of Sundre, north of Cochrane. They preliminary rescue horses but also pigs, goats, chickens, rabbits and more.
A couple of years ago I heard about them when I was looking for a reliable place where my horses could go in case something happened to me. I liked what I saw and after a year or two I started to do some things for this organization. I noticed that not a lot of people were familiar with Bear Valley so I went for the “raising awareness” challenge by signing up for some local fairs, handing out brochures at a couple of pet and horse stores and I arranged a weekly pick up of the left over bread and sweets from our local bakery Cobs. At the end of the day all the left overs will be thrown out. Some days of the week schools and other organizations pick up the bread but not all days. Together with a volunteer also living in Cochrane we pick up and deliver the bread to Bear Valley. As Kathy, the owner of the rescue said, it saves her at least $50 dollar a month if not more. That money can now be used for other things like medicines and feed for the other animals. I also put aside money from my sales to donate. And that should be more and more over the next months and years.
Bear Valley is also the place where two of my horses came from. Royal and Diamond, mom and daughter came to us almost 4 years ago. Meanwhile I adopted Diamond (the foal) and mom just never left and is a permanent foster. And as long as I am able to take care of her she can stay.
If you are a horse or an animal lover and like to know more about them please visit their website (www.bearvalleyab.org) or find them on Facebook. They are always looking for donations (money-wise or tack or feed or …), sponsors, fosters or adopters and volunteers. They also have auctions on regular basis or other fun things.
Unfortunately the stream of animals coming to Bear Valley will never end. Take care of your animals please. Think about what it will cost you not only short-term but also long-term.
Choosing an animal is choosing responsibility. You don’t get rid of your child after a couple of years, right? Try to think the same about your pet. Way too much horses are shipped to the slaughterhouses (the faith 5 of my horses were waiting for), too much dogs and cats are put down.