Wednesday, June 2, 2010

Road warriors help victims of animal cruelty

UAN's Emergency Animal Rescue Service (EARS) volunteers travel to temporary shelters at a moment's notice because they want to help animals rescued from crisis situations. Meet two of the EARS volunteers who spent Memorial Day weekend caring for 49 horses, mules and donkeys rescued from neglect in West Virginia.

Rhonda Fraser
A broadband team lead for the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs in Guelph left home on Wednesday, May 26 to assist at the emergency shelter. Ronda says her coworkers and friends wouldn't recognize her in her UAN "uniform" -- khaki pants, work boots, a red t-shirt and a wide-brimmed hat -- and that setting up the shelter was very hard, physical work. But it was well worth it to see the animals get the care they deserved. Read more >>

Elaine Allison
Deputy mayor of Moraine, Ohio, Elaine put aside her public service hat and picked up a wheelbarrow and work boots to help the equines rescued from neglect in West Virginia. Elaine is the Vice President of Business Banking at PNC Bank and co-owner of Possum Creek Stables, so she brought plenty of much-needed horse-handing experience to the temporary shelter during the crucial early stages of the response, when the horses are most likely to be frightened and skittish. Read more >>

Photos courtesy EARS volunteer Debbie Ferguson.

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