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Project Title:
Bear Valley Rescue site visit
Initiative:
Imagineaction Social Action Projects
School Name:
School of Hope
School board / First Nations school jurisdiction:
East-Central Alberta Catholic Separate Schools Regional Division No. 16
Project Theme:
  • Connect [relationships]
  • Engage [active & participatory citizenship]
  • Thrive [health & wellness]
  • Lead [leadership]
Grade Level:
9, 10, 11, 12
Subject Areas:
Guidance and Career Education
City:
Bonnyville
Province/Territory:
Alberta
Community Partners:
Bear Valley Rescue
Box 19, Site 6, RR2
Sundre, Alberta
T0M 1X0

403- 637-2708

Bear Valley Rescue site visit

Students will purchase hay and then deliver it to the Bear Valley Rescue site located in Sundre, Alberta. Once there, they will assist staff with chores and other care related to the rescue animals there.

The students will do research to find the best quality of hay for the price we will be paying. Once the hay is purchased, they will pick up the hay and deliver it to the site. They will assist with unloading the hay and feeding it to the animals. They will also assist with any other chores at the site.

Students will become more compassionate and aware of the needs of animals. Connections with animals often extend into connections with humans. Students will also volunteer their time and learn new skills at the site.

Update (May-30-16)

The Hands of Hope Club (HOH) is a student social justice club from The School of Hope headquartered in Vermillion. A few years back, at the suggestion of their President, Meghan, the club decided to extend their helping hands to embrace animals as well. While the group has expanded their donations to other animals, the focus of this grant was Bear Valley Rescue, a rescue outside of Sundry that, while focusing on horses, takes in many creatures in need. Horses in particular, young and old, have been rescued from horrendous situations where they were starved, beaten, deserted, even sent to slaughter for causes as trivial as their “colour was wrong" or “conformation not ideal”. Feeding such a large group of needy animals is a monumental task which the Hands of Hope Club decided to take on. In past they supplied monies for medical supplies as well as to help support a group of donkeys. This year, through the generous monies provided by imagineaction, HOH was able to provide 37 square bales, plus an additional 3 bales donated by Sven, the supplier, of high quality hay which Bear Valley will use for their health challenged animals, many of whom have the human equivalent of Asthma.

Update (May-30-16)

The high quality hay has been picked up from the Supplier in Sundry and delivered to Bear Valley Rescue where it has been distributed to help feed their high needs animals.

Update (May-30-16)

To further their understanding of the needs of the animals they had helped and for the sheer joy of meeting so many of God’s sweet, trusting, loving creatures, members of the Hands of Hope Club visited the Bear Valley Rescue location in April 2016. They came from near and far, from Lethbridge, Rocky Mountain House, Edmonton and Cochrane. They were blessed with the sight of a Miniature foal, born only hours before, suckling from it’s mom and attempting to find it’s legs. They met a senior horse, Pet, approximately 40 years old who had adopted a young horse, Filly, found running beside a highway, fearful and lost. Through Pet’s support and care, Filly has turned her into a confident, young mare. They met Beth, a horse who had been hit by a car with a broken pelvis who they thought would not live, and watched as she now playfully cantered for the entertainment of the HOH group. As they watched, another horse, Pogo, was introduced to the herd. This practise can be highly dangerous if the herd decides not to allow the newbie in and can result in severe injuries, but as the group watched, Pogo, was accepted into the herd, tentatively and still needing to establish his place, but accepted nonetheless. Hours were spend by the HOH group meeting and enjoying animals from horses to goats to cows to pigs, geese…..and at the end of the tour, they left knowing that they had, with the monies provided by Imaginaction, played a small part in helping these animals feel safe, to recover from unimaginable horrors and for some, to be rehabilitated, suitable now to move to a new and safe home to become an integral part of a loving family.

Update (May-30-16)

BVR Greeting Committee

Update (May-30-16)

BVR Additional Greeting Committee

Update (May-30-16)

Newborn & Mom - on hay delivery day

Update (May-30-16)

BVR Additional Greeter