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Pet Access League Society (PALS)

December 19, 2017

 Who PALS helps

PALS clients are 75% senior citizens, 5% adults, and 20% children and teenagers. The need for our services continues to grow, partly due to the measurable benefits of pet therapy, but largely due to the increase in an ageing population. As the population ages and continues to move from independent housing toward some type of long term care facility the residents often are forced to downsize their personal belonging and that includes the family pet. Despite statistical facts surrounding improved mental and physical health and wellbeing with exposure to pets, at the time in their life when pets become the most important the connection is removed. PALS visits on a regular basis helps to bridge that connection again, helping to restore what was once lost.

What is Pet Therapy?

Pet therapy, sometime also referred to as animal-assisted therapy, helps improve patients mental, physical, social and emotional functioning with the aid of animals. Depending on the preference and volunteer availability, different animals can be used in therapy, including dogs, cats, guinea pigs, and rabbits.

PALS visits take place in a variety of settings, including, hospitals, nursing homes, long and short term care facilities, schools, libraries, young offender centres, homeless shelters, and mental health facilities.

What are the benefits of Pet Therapy?

There is a strong bond between animals and people. Animals are accepting, non-threatening and non-judgmental, making it easier for people to open up. Some of the benefits of animal-assisted therapy include:

Because many children, teens and adults enjoy working with animals, pet therapy can be particularly beneficial for individuals who are resistant to treatment or have difficulty accessing their emotions or expressing themselves in talk therapy. Animals have also been known to reach non-responsive individual when conventional therapy has been unsuccessful.

What conditions/disorders can respond to Pet Therapy?

People with a variety of conditions can benefit from animal-assisted therapy, including:

PALS is funded in part from generous donations by people like you. Please visit www.palspets.com for more information or to donate.

Alberta Animal Rescue Crew Society (AARCS)

December 19, 2017

Naked Ape was pleased to feature AARCS from January to April of 2018. A portion of our sales has been donated to them. We have also dedicated our BE LOVED: Pink Rhodonite and Paw Charm bracelet to them - a portion of the proceeds from this bracelet will always be donated back to AARCS.

About the Alberta Animal Rescue Crew Society (AARCS) - Featured until March 31, 2018

Alberta Animal Rescue Crew Society (AARCS) is headquartered in Calgary, Alberta. We are a federally registered charity and incorporated as a society in the province of Alberta.

In Alberta, thousands of cats and dogs are homeless, abandoned, abused or living in horrendous conditions.  Although we may not see them on the streets of our cities and towns, it is estimated that well over 25,000 small animals are rescued or surrendered in Alberta alone.

AARCS was founded in 2006 and is comprised of a network of individuals and families concerned about the welfare of abandoned, abused and surrendered animals in the province of Alberta.  Our volunteers range in age from young children to seniors and all are animal lovers who are looking to make a difference.

AARCS initially started with our Rescue, Rehabilitate & Re-home Program. This program entails rescuing animals and placing them in the safety of our foster home network while awaiting suitable placement in permanent adoptive homes.  These animals are provided with all the necessary veterinary care, as well as food, rehabilitation, training, kindness and support.

We have further expanded operations to include additional programs, including Spay/Neuter & Disease Prevention Initiative, Emergency Medical Care Program, Emergency Shelter Care Program, Humane Education Program, Dog House Program and Pet Food Program.

In 2012 AARCS opened our first shelter in NE Calgary, which is designed to provide temporary housing, emergency shelter and quarantine for animals.  It also provides us with office and meeting space, as well as storage.

Animal homelessness and cruelty against animals impacts not just the animals, but people too.  The formidable quest to end animal suffering is compounded by the sheer number of animals in our communities.  AARCS firmly believes that improving the lives of animals, educating the public about animal care and promoting spay and neutering leads to a happier and healthier society.  The communities where AARCS focuses its efforts generally have very limited animal services.  We collaborate with communities to regain control of their animal population.  These initiatives including facilitation of free pet food, free spay/neuters and education programs.

As a member of the Canadian Federation of Humane Societies and World Society for the Protection of Animals, AARCS strives to promote animal welfare and together we are committed to prevent the suffering and cruelty to animals and instill empathy, compassion and appreciation for all living things.  Our volunteers are out and about in the community on a regular basis, whether it is assisting at spay and neuter clinics, rescuing animals, hosting adopt-a-thons to showcase our adoptable animals, funding raising to support our programs or visiting with the public at the local festivals.

If you would like to assist with AARCS mission of Changing Lives Through Kindness, please visit www.aarcs.ca to learn more or to donate.

About Naked Ape Apparel

About Naked Ape

January 2, 2018

Two friends started Naked Ape out of a love of gemstone bracelets and wanting to give back to the community. The name "APE" came to be as we knew our passions were with Animals, People, and the Environment - it was a perfect fit for us to be able to donate back to non-profits that support these areas. We believe that you can be the change you want to see in the world, and that together, we can accomplish more. 

We started off only selling gemstone bracelets and have since grown to include malas, earrings, self care kits, crystals, and more. We offer custom bracelets and malas and 'make your own' parties. We are excited to continue to grow our product lines - if there is anything you would like to see, shoot us a message!

Sheila is a yoga teacher that has experience volunteering in Africa for 4 years which opened her eyes to another world. Now, she enjoys teaching her students and promoting self-care and healthy lifestyles.

Monika is an HR person by day, but her passion lies with animals. She volunteers with AARCS as a cat caregiver, and her dog Brian (our official spokes-dog) is a therapy dog through PALS. Brian visits a long term care centre and is able to shine a bright light in numerous residents days. 

Both of us are vegans and are on the journey to living a no-harm lifestyle. After researching how animals are treated and how badly animal farming affects the environment, we knew that this small change for us can improve the lives of everyone on the planet now and for the future. 

 

 

 

Plastic Free YYC

June 1, 2018

Featured until August 31, 2019

From https://plasticfreeyyc.com/: 

Plastic Free YYC is a local organisation, operating and serving within the traditional territories of the people of the Treaty 7 region in Southern Alberta and within the home of the Métis Nation of Alberta, Region III.

We are a non-profit aimed at reducing single-use and other unnecessary plastic by raising awareness about the overall impact of plastic on our community and our planet.

We seek to inspire individuals, collaborate with businesses, and encourage governing bodies to evoke change and eliminate waste by sharing information and educating all Calgarians on how to lead a plastic-free lifestyle.

Our team focuses on community engagement to share our messages and goals. We invite all Calgarians to get involved and join us in any capacity they can!

Cochrane & Area Humane Society

September 1, 2018

Featured until December 31, 2018

From www.cochranehumane.ca

The Cochrane & Area Humane Society provides food, shelter, medical care and the opportunity for adoption; to unwanted, surrendered, lost and unclaimed animals while promoting responsible pet ownership through its educational programs, rural spay/neuter programs, and public fundraising events.

The Cochrane & Area Humane Society was founded in 1998 as a collaboration between Tracy Keith, a volunteer at the time with Animal Services and Charlene Ruttle, an Animal Control Officer. They worked together to improve the living conditions for impounded animals and recognized a need in the community for better animal sheltering. They organized an open meeting to gauge interest in forming a humane society and were pleasantly surprised at the turnout from local residents, standing room only. And just like that the Cochrane Humane Society was born. Charlene remained with Animal Services and Tracy headed up the new society where she continues to lead as our Executive Director. The society incorporated on March 10, 1998, received charitable status February 1999 and currently consists of an executive board of directors, a variety of skilled full-time and part-time employees and many dedicated volunteers.

The Cochrane & Area Humane Society staff and volunteers strive to find loving homes for all of the animals that come into their care. They work hard at socializing the shelter animals, offering playtime for the cats on a daily basis and even teaching the dogs basic obedience and manners so that the transition into a new home is easy for everyone. The staff knows that when a well-socialized animal is placed in a good home, the result is a successful and permanent adoption. Learn more about how we work in our Philosophy Statement.

The Cochrane community continues to demonstrate their strong support of the Society through volunteerism, sponsorship, memberships and donations of cash, food and supplies. On behalf of the animals, the shelter staff and volunteers – a warm thank you to all who have supported the Society over the years.

Vision: Be a regional leader in inspiring communities to value and treat animals with respect while participating in initiatives that reduce indifference towards, suffering of and overpopulation of animals.

Mission: Leading and educating communities in animal welfare by providing pets in need with shelter, rehabilitation, training and opportunity, and supporting people in responsible pet care – saving and changing lives.

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Shop our website until December 31, 2018 and a portion of our proceeds will be donated back to the Cochrane & Area Humane Society. To donate further, volunteer, or become a foster home, please visit www.cochranehumane.ca.

 

Animal Rescue Foundation (ARF)

April 1, 2019

The following information has been provided from ARF:

The Animal Rescue Foundation (ARF) of Alberta is an animal rescue organization helping dogs and cats in Alberta.

Founded in 1995, ARF is a volunteer-based organization and registered non-profit charity. Our mission is to rescue stray and unwanted dogs and cats rural areas and communities with limited resources and place them in loving, permanent homes while providing programs to reduce pet over-population.

ARF provides care, stability, medical assistance and lifelong homes for our rescue animals. Since animals have little ability to choose their owners, we must act in their best interests. Some of the ways we do this are by:

ARF does not operate a permanent shelter; instead, we house all rescued animals with foster parents. By providing food and medical care in these temporary homes, we are able to take the time to find the right match between our dogs and cats and their prospective adoptive families. You can visit with our adoptable dogs and cats at various events throughout the year.

Since the beginning, ARF has relied on volunteers, foster and adoptive families and donors – each of whom allow us to provide ongoing support for Calgary rescue animals.

It started in 1992, when Calgary chiropractor Dr. Laurie Flavin saw a need, and began placing stray and abandoned dogs from Calgary Animal Services into suitable homes. By 1994, she was known as the “Dog Lady.” After being approached by the Animal Control Officer of the Siksika Nation, Laurie became aware of the huge dog and cat over-population problem in many Alberta’s communities and decided to take on the enormous task of rescuing those dogs and cats and finding homes for them.

Once she started, it became apparent that one person alone could not handle the influx of dogs and cats, so Laurie, along with the help of two friends, decided to form a charitable organization and in July 1995, the Animal Rescue Foundation (ARF) of Alberta was formed.

Today, ARF has rescued more than 5000 dogs and 2500 cats, and there is more work to be done. 

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Shop our website until June 30, 2019 and a portion of our proceeds will be donated back to ARF. To learn more about aRF, to donate, adopt, or to volunteer, please visit their website at https://arf.ab.ca/ 

By Monika

Stone Meanings

August 1, 2019

Amazonite encourages open mindedness, confidence, communication, creativity, and peace. It is said to inspire truth, honesty, honour and positive self love.

Black Stone offers protection and grounding. 

Blue Spot Stone inspires hope and tranquility.

Blue Sunstone, flecked with sparkles of copper, is said to be the stone of confidence and ambition. It encourages motivation and drive, and is positive and uplifting. 

Cherry Blossom Jasper inspires physical strength and energy and brings the courage to face difficult tasks.

Citrine is said to stimulate personal power and creativity. 

Green Aventurine is said to invite luck, wealth and abundance into your life.

Indian Agate is said to assist with meditations, while promoting strength and emotional security.

Lapis Lazuli is said to be the stone of power, wisdom, and truth.

Lava assists with grounding.

Moss Agate which is said to provide balance and reduce stress. 

Natural Violet Stone encourages you to focus on using and following your intuition. 

Norwegian Labradorite is said to encourage transformation, change, and encourage strength and perseverance - all things required when living a compassionate life. 

Pink Rhodonite inspires emotional healing, relationships, and using your heart.

Rose Quartz is said to promote compassion, peace, tenderness and healing.

Smoky Quartz is said to be the stone of protection and stability. It can also reduce tension, anxiety, and negative thoughts.

 Snowflake Obsidian is said to be the stone of purity. It can help cleanse your body, mind, and spirit of negative energies and provide balance. 

Turquoise creates a welcome oasis in a spiritual desert, linked to life-giving elements of water and air, that creates peace and steadiness on your journey. 

White Howlite inspires calming, helps with deep sleep, and increases insight.

Wood provides grounding and strength.

Zebra Stone is said to stimulate physical energy and increase stamina and endurance. Help the body be grounded with this beautiful, natural stone and radiate your strength to those around you.

The Alice Sanctuary

September 15, 2019

Featured until December 31, 2019

From thealicesanctuary.com

The Alice Sanctuary provides care and healing for rescued/surrendered/abandoned farm animals. Drawing from the resiliency and life-affirming presence of the animals who live here, the goal of The Alice Sanctuary is to empower, encourage, and inspire visitors to find the tools they need to go out and make a positive change in the world around them. 

By Sheila

Make your Own Malas

March 23, 2020

You were drawn to the specific intention and colour of the stones for a reason. Additionally, when you create this mala or bracelet yourself it infuses your intention. As you string each bead, you not only connect more deeply to the present moment but you infuse the mala or bracelet with your intention. 

We encourage you to write your intention down. Keep it somewhere sacred so you can remind yourself to manifest these things that matter most to you. 

If your mala or bracelet breaks, it is said to symbolize the breaking of a cycle of suffering, a spiritual breakthrough, and a release of karma. A broken intentional piece can be seen as a positive sign of progression along one’s yogic path and an auspicious opportunity to reflect on the blessings of peace, luck, and prosperity received from the use of the beads.

Why does a Mala have 108 beads? 

Specifically when looking at the number for a Mala is a string of beads used to count mantras (Sanskrit prayers) in sets of 108 repetitions. You can use mala beads to meditate and you can wear the mala to receive its healing and spiritual powers. The practice of chanting a mantra while using mala beads is called japa meditation. 

There are lots of views as to why 108 is such an important spiritual number. In the Buddhist Yogi tradition, the 108 beads symbolize essentially two items: 

The Sanskrit alphabet has 54 characters, each with a masculine and feminine connotation (54 x 2 = 108). This symbolizes how we embody the masculine and feminine energies, and Shiva and Shakti are within us, connecting us to the entire universe. 

Even still, when we look at the Chakra system, there are many spiraling and interconnecting lines of energy within the human body. The Sushumna Nadi, a strong energy channel in our bodies growing from the tailbone all the way to the crown of the head, is said to have 108 intersections with other energy channels in the body. This is also the location where our physical and spiritual chakras converge and the center-point of our energetic system.


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