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Celebrating Extraordinary People Doing Extraordinary Work

National Volunteer Week: April 6-12, 2014

When I founded Animal Rescue Corps (ARC) in 2010 I had been in the field of animal protection for more than 20 years –working for seven different organizations at local, national, and international levels – I wanted to create an organization unlike any other, driven solely by compassion.  I found inspiration in some other earlier established volunteer-based organizations like Peace Corps and one of the first and largest, the Salvation Army.

ARC volunteers on scene

ARC is now fortunate to count many hundreds of volunteers among our ranks, carrying responsibilities ranging from taking care of animals to helping with administrative needs. We have veterinarians who volunteer their time and skills to care for animals who desperately need medical attention. We have a remarkable group of creative individuals who volunteer their talents to visually document and communicate the lifesaving work ARC does so that others can connect with our mission. We have people across North America volunteering their time and vehicles to transport animals from rescue operations to our incredibly hard-working placement partners where their journey to a home begins.

Compassion in Action

ARC’s volunteers differ greatly in age, background, experience, skills, and physical abilities, but all of our volunteers are united by a singular motivationto save lives. When called, ARC volunteers do not hesitate to put their lives on hold to come to the aid of abused and neglected animals. The work is not easy or glamorous and they receive no paycheck; they are rewarded simply, yet profoundly, by witnessing the animals they’ve worked to save reclaim the lives that had been stolen from them.

Recently, I blogged about how grateful I am for Animal Rescue Corps’ outstanding group of dedicated and selfless volunteers. But as National Volunteer Week comes to an end, I wanted not only to take another opportunity to recognize and celebrate ARC volunteers, but also to ask a few of them to share in their own words why they devote their time and energy to animal rescue. Here’s what they said.

If you want to get involved in something really meaningful, become an ARC volunteer! Not only does ARC stand for Animal Rescue Corps, but as a volunteer it also means the opportunity to work with A-mazing people, who have R-espect for all creatures, and who are 100% C-ommitted to their welfare. Compassion in Action describes my own philosophy and values, and it is embedded in everything that ARC does. I have a deep respect for the dedication and hard work that Scotlund and the whole team does every day to end animal suffering, to be a voice for the voiceless, and to be a positive inspiration for change. As an ARC volunteer, I am appreciated and valued, and I know that I am participating in creating a better future for animals, and for humanity. While there are many worthy causes that need volunteers, to me there is nothing more compelling than ARC’s mission. I love being part of this organization and helping in any way I can to support it. ARC rocks!

– Marybeth Wilcox

Boston, Massachusetts


Living in Nova Scotia there are no organizations that do what ARC does. Being able to volunteer with them has been amazing, even though I have not been on a rescue with them yet. I’ve helped more in supportive ways through having the opportunity to do humane education here in my local communities. Also I was thrilled to be able to be a part of Canada’s first BARC course. I was behind the scenes keeping the food flowing and the beverages ready and I loved every minute of it. I love being a part of such a great organization and I can only hope that in the future I will get to participate in a rescue and get the full feel of ARC and what they can do!

– Lisa Elliot

Halifax, Nova Scotia


People ask me why I volunteer at ARC. I often tell then that I am making a difference in my community. You will never find a more grateful and accepting comrade than an animal you have comforted. I have made a lot of new friends, and not just the four-legged kind. Working side by side with strangers who share similar interests can form lifetime friendships. I have discovered skills that I never knew I had and have been surprised at what I am capable of achieving. ARC has changed my life! I have a passion to help save the animals who are victims of illegal abuse and natural disasters. The love you get in return is overwhelming! To be part of this wonderful group is simply amazing. 

Thanks, ARC, for changing my life.

– Connie Irwin

Nashville, Tennessee


Giving love and care

National Volunteer Week is about inspiring, recognizing, and encouraging people to seek out imaginative ways to engage in their communities. It’s about demonstrating to the nation that by working together, we have the fortitude to overcome challenges and accomplish our goals.

I am tremendously honored to have Marybeth, Lisa, Connie and all the other ARC volunteers out there across North America as part of the ARC team. Together, with all our unique talents and abilities, we are fighting great injustices and saving the lives of countless animals.

If you are passionate about animal protection and want to be part of making a difference, I invite you to join ARC’s efforts.

  • Sign up for ARC’s mailing list to be alerted to our activities and when we’ll have a Basic Animal Rescue Course (BARC) near you.
  • If you are interested in being a rescue volunteer, send an email to with your contact information, city and state, experience, and interests and note any special skills.
  • Volunteer at a local level! ARC encourages everyone to find a shelter or neighborhood animal protection organization and see how you can help your community.

Thank you for your compassion. This week, and every week, I am deeply grateful for your extraordinary support and service.

With much respect,

Scotlund Haisley

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One response to “Celebrating Extraordinary People Doing Extraordinary Work”

  1. Lorraine Frost says:

    I love the passion and empathy that your organization and all of its amazing volunteers have!!

    Please tell me if there is anything similar here in Canada as I am extremely interested in doing anything possible to help you accomplish your goals.

    I live in Brampton, Ontario, Canada…………

    Lorraine Frost

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