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Alberta Flood: Animal farmer

Alberta Flood: Animal farmer

Posted on: July 03, 2013
Author: Jennifer Kohle

Michelle Hebert is an ATB customer service representative in Forestburg, approximately 292 km from Calgary. She has found a way to help other creatures affected by the flood.

As a mom and due to work and ball and renovating and farm stuff, I'm unable to physically be in southern Alberta, so I wanted to do something. I started by thinking I'd take used stuff, but they aren't accepting any as far as I can see. But I found a few sites that took donations for animals and decided that was right up my alley.

I'm on the agriculture society and help run the riding arena. I have horses, so I know what it takes to pasture livestock! Also, I used to work at a vet clinic and still groom dogs on days off, so I know what it takes to run a clinic full of stray animals. Many animals were left behind or displaced and I want to help them and their owners.

So, I've decided to work with The Canadian Standardbred Network's Feed for the Flood initiative and be their east drop-off location (they have three from Edmonton to Calgary with a few sub-locations) for any animal supplies and feed. I have talked to local businesses about getting dog and cat supplies donated and I'm asking all my fellow horse lovers and farmer neighbours for hay and straw and tack donations. I hope to fill my barn with goodies.

If you know me, you know I can't sit around while animals suffer! And if you don't know me, now you know me.

Reach me at or

- Michelle

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