The animals featured in this gallery are just some of my favorite shots taken for the Alberta Animal Rescue Crew Society.
AARCS was founded in 2006 with their Rescue, Rehabilitate & Re-home program. Since then, they have expanded operations to include additional programs such as Spay/Neuter & Disease Prevention Initiative, Emergency Medical Care Program, Emergency Shelter Care Program, Humane Education Program, Dog House Program and a Pet Food Program.
Lucy was diagnosed with Osteocarsoma and passed away just five weeks later. She was a good girl.
No matter how deep my sleep, I shall hear you, and not all the power of death can keep my spirit from wagging a grateful tail.
The Last Will and Testament of an Extremely Distinguished Dog”
~Eugene O’Neill (1888-1953)
On November 6th, 2010, our boy Zeus passed away. And just three months later on February 10th 2011, Oscar passed away. After an uneventful day, which included a walk and playtime, our little guy went into sudden and unexplained respiratory failure. There was nothing that could be done, so with help from the vet, he died quietly in my arms.
Some come into our lives and quietly go.
Others stay for a while and leave footprints on our hearts,
and we are never, ever the same.
Rest well my Dear, Sweet boy. Rest well.
I am I because my little dog knows me. ~Gertrude Stein
I was honored to photograph an animal spay/neuter wellness clinic in the spring of 2013. These clinics aren't just about controlling the overpopulation of dogs on First Nations. The animals are vaccinated, tattooed, groomed, and existing issues are also treated. In addition, families who need a helping hand are sent home with plenty of food and a hand full of resource material.
Every now and then, I photograph something that make my heart skip a beat, and this little Northern Pygmy Owl was no exception. No bigger than a pop can, this girl treated us to several hours of observation while she went about her business. NPO's are animated and social little birds and are completely at ease around humans. So much so, that she swooped down and killed a vole not 10 feet from my feet.
With gratitude to fellow birder and mad photographer, Steve P for alerting me to this gorgeous owl.
A highlight of our vacation to Newfoundland was visiting Cape St. Mary's Ecological Reserve, which is the home of over 11,000 pairs of nesting Northern Gannets as well as other species. This is one of the most spectacular scenes I've laid my eyes (and lens) upon. Bird Rock is a 100m tall stack of sandstone that is separated from the viewing area by as little as 10 meters. From where I was standing, you could observe their natural courtship, nesting, and feeding behaviours, and interactions with one another.
Witless Bay Ecological Reserve consists of four islands that team with birdlife during the breeding season. The reserve is home to North America's largest Atlantic Puffin colony with more than 260,000 pairs nesting here during the late spring and summer. It's also home to the second largest Leach's storm-petrel colony in the world with over 620,000 nesting pairs. In addition, black-legged kittiwakes and common murres appear in the thousands. Humpback whales are often in Witless Bay feeding on the abundant population of catlin fish.
Zeus was a rescue Rottweiler that came to us at the age of six and passed away at nearly 14.
No matter how deep my sleep,
I shall hear you,
and not all the power of death
can keep my spirit
from wagging a grateful tail.
"The Last Will and Testament of an Extremely Distinguished Dog"
~Eugene O'Neill (1888-1953)
These photos were taken in my early years of photography while I was actively learning the basics.
The Alice Sanctuary is a not-for-profit, interactive sanctuary for rescued farm animals located in southern Alberta. The following are just some of the animals in their care:
Beanu and his mom Bindy were rescued together from a compassionate breeder who could no longer provide the care that Beanu needs. He's a mini horse with Dwarfism and suffers from a number of ailments associated with this condition.
Oliver was purchased on Kijiji at the age of six weeks and was surrendered not long after. Oliver knows his name, loves his kisses, face rubs, and is super smart!
Peaches came into care from a lamb production farm where she was bottle fed and then resisted going back to the herd. As a result she was now walks with a limp from the abuse she endured.
Hanna is a dwarfed heifer and was deemed to be of no use for production. She's too small for a bull or to carry a calf, and too small for to fetch any price for meat. She will always be tiny but full of love.
In an effort to raise much needed funds for this amazing organization, 100% of the net proceeds from print sales of this album will be donated to The Alice Sanctuary.
Thank you for your support