It was a fantastic afternoon spent with SO many cats and so many volunteers at the shelter ARN in the East of Montreal. After a couple of hours we came out inspired and with our memory cards full of pictures. A part of them were for the annual calendar that shelter prints every year and another part of photographs were taken to show the relationship of rescued animals from the shelter with volunteers working there. In a few words, the Animal Rescue Network (A.R.N.) was founded in 1994 by Barbara Lisbona. Barbara began as a volunteer at the S.P.C.A. but was discouraged by the conditions, and started a foster home program. Barbara left the S.P.C.A. in 1995 with 35 cats that were slated for euthanasia, and with a donated apartment and assistance from other volunteers, founded the ARN. ARN contribute to the creation of a world where there will no longer be unwanted cats. This is a no-kill non-profit organization staffed entirely by volunteers, dedicated to giving abandoned and/or abused cats a second chance at a happy life. They operate a shelter and network of foster homes for the rescue, housing, physical and emotional care, sterilization and adoption of cats under their care.
This organization also advise, inform, educate and sensitize the community in order to improve the lives of companion animals. Johanne, one of the team leaders of this wonderful organization, explains why the volunteering is essential for the ARN:
”If the ARN was able to save thousands of cats since it was created, it’s thanks to the involvement and the tremendous work done by many people who give their time and energy without reserve. These people are the key to the ARN success : the more volunteers are involved, the more cats can be saved and nursed to be adopted. It is important that as many people as possible are aware of the ARN mission and of stories of thousands of cats that were saved by this organization from the perils of living in the street. You may notice that the inside of the shelter and furniture are not luxurious, because the ARN’s ressources are primarily dedicated to cat care. By making the ARN, its actions and its philosophy widely known, more people will support it, and together, we can make a difference.”
If you would love to support ARN, they have different options that you can choose from. Visit their website and read more about their mission here: http://www.animalrescuenetwork.org