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Brianne Harvard

Brianne's Story :

I am a proud member of the Wiikwemkoong First Nation.

Although I love swimming, and baking with my grandma (and we make the best bannock) my favourite thing in the whole world is riding.  I would sleep in the barn if I could.  People often ask me how old I was when I first started riding horses, and I have to say that I don’t actually remember.  I can’t remember because I started riding before I could walk.

Now I spend every minute with my horses, often getting up before sunrise to get them ready for the day.  When I am not riding my pony Ayasha and dreaming of when we reach the Olympics, or helping to train the other ponies  (especially the babies that still have to learn their manners), I foster orphan kittens for the Northumberland Humane Society.  Sometimes the kittens are so small they need to be bottle fed which means my mom and I have to sleep with them and wake up every two hours all night to feed them.

I got started fostering after I rescued my first kitten from a local barn.  I convinced my Dad to let me take him home to save him.  After the 5th kitten that I rescued, my mom and dad were worried that I would turn our house into a zoo.  So now we foster baby kittens only until they are big enough to find their “furever” homes.

Although, I am sad to see them go, I know that we have given them a loving start to life . Fostering has taught me that one person can make a difference, and that sometimes small acts of kindness can have huge impact in the world.  Even the smallest creatures deserve a chance at a life filled with love and happiness.