Bear Valley Rescue

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Location: Sundre, Alberta

Year established: 2003

Number of staff/volunteers: Two full-time and ten part-time volunteers. Over 40 foster homes.

Types of animals they work with: “Our main focus is horses, but we also provide sanctuary to poultry, pigs, goats, llamas, and other livestock,” says co-founder Kathy Bartley.

Fundraising targets: “We rely mainly on private donations, grants, and adoption fees to fund the rescue, but we do have ‘used tack’ sales, gift cards, hoodies and T-shirts for sale, and volunteers hold various fundraising events such as yard sales throughout the year.”

Bear Valley Rescue

Favorite rescue story: “We are currently caring for a pretty black two-year-old filly we’ve named Beth. She came into our care at the beginning of July. In addition to most likely having been hit by a car, either fracturing her pelvis or tearing the muscle, she had a halter left on her that ended up growing into her face. Both of these conditions contributed to her being at least 200 pounds underweight. Beth must have an incredible will to survive, however, for survive she did, against all odds. She likes to lie down at night so we keep her in the barn overnight; but because she is still unable to rise by herself due to her injury, we get her up at least twice during the night using a hoist and straps. Beth has gained at least 100 pounds over the last two months and is getting stronger every day.”