Mary Ann and Raymond Aldus have had animals in their lives for as long as they remember; everything from dogs and cats, to turtles, and even mice. In addition to their love of their companion animals, they are very inspired by the work the BC SPCA does to protect and speak for animals through cruelty investigations, as well as farm animal welfare through government legislation.
Recently the opportunity to bid on an ‘Internship for a Day’ at our Wild ARC facility on Vancouver Island came up, while attending the Lights! Camera! Animals! Dinner & Auction hosted by the BC SPCA Surrey Branch, they couldn’t resist bidding on the once-in-a-lifetime experience.
Wild ARC provides humane care to injured, orphaned, sick and distressed wildlife. Each patient is treated individually and assessed for eventual release back into the wild. In order to provide the best care possible, Wild ARC is not open to the public for tours; making the ‘Internship for a Day’ a priceless experience.
During their internship Mary Ann and Raymond witnessed first-hand the compassionate work the Wild ARC volunteers and staff do to help wild injured animals, and they were impressed: “They work so tirelessly to ensure that every animal has a chance at life. They are all God’s angels!”
However, their behind-the-scenes experience at the Wild ARC also left them feeling that more help was desperately needed. Animals had to go off-site for x-rays; adding increased stress and valuable time to the animals’ journey of rehabilitation. Knowing that the purchase of a new digital x-ray machine would allow staff to diagnose injuries more urgently and on site – they generously donated the funds needed!
During the process of purchasing and installing the new x-ray machine, our BC SPCA staff member, Meghan, and her rescue dog Bowen, became quite close with Mary Ann and Raymond, keeping them up to date on the progress of their gift. Bowen (and Meghan) made such an impressions on the Aldus’ that when we asked them if we could honor their generosity by having them choose a special name that our branches could give to homeless animals in our care during February, they chose ‘Bowen’: “We have gotten to know Meghan and her dog Bowen, and we chose this name as a tribute to the amazing life Meghan has given Bowen by rescuing him.”
Your generosity will have a lasting impact of the lives of the animals at our Wild ARC facility – and is profoundly inspiring to all of us! Mary Ann and Raymond, on behalf of our animals, volunteers and staff, thank you!
For more information on our Generosity in Action program, please contact Stephanie Trimble, Manager, Philanthropy, Revenue Development 1-800-665-1868.