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GIVE'R: Zoe's Animal Rescue Society

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Our GIVE'R charity is all about spreading love through wet kisses and furry hugs. Find out why the Bikergang is showing some sweaty support for them at the Friday night GIVE'R class!

What does Zoe’s Animal Rescue Society do?
Zoes takes in unwanted, stray, injured, sick dogs and cats and gets them any care that they need, including the very important spay and neuter! Once they are medically and behaviorally ready, we find them a FURever home. In the past, we have also rescued a pig, a goat, a chinchilla, and a guinea pig! All beings deserve kindness.
Another aspect of Zoe’s is our Helping Hands Program, where we help low income, isolated and/or marginalized individuals access vet care, food, and shelter so that they can keep their animals. We are strong believers in the well-documented therapeutic effect that animals have on people, and we stand behind the no-mamas-left-behind rule, meaning that if we take kittens or puppies, we will not leave the mom. Instead, she will be spayed and returned to her owner or taken into our care.
We also provide education in schools and communities to teach about the basic needs of animals and safety around animals.

What's the difference between adopting and fostering?
We take adoption seriously, and hope that it is a lifelong commitment for the new family. When you adopt, you are now responsible for that animal's needs and costs. Alternatively, when you foster with us, Zoe's is responsible for the animal and we provide you with support and all the supplies, including rides to the vet for your little one if necessary. We also cover all vet care. That being said, we stand by our motto that "Once a Zoe's animal, always a Zoe's animal" and are always willing to do what we can for the animal, even after adoption. 
To adopt from us may seem like quite the process, but we take this commitment quite seriously. You fill out an application on our website and if it is a good match you are contacted for a meet. Then, if you have animals, the animals meet. If all goes well, we call 3 references and then a volunteer will do a home check. We have a 3% return rate, so we feel like this process is worth it, but we understand if some people don't want to go through it. In such cases, we suggest places like the Humane Society where you can adopt off the floor and are still helping an animal in need.

Why adopt? We say adopt because it will change not only your life but theirs. It is so rewarding to see your adopted animal blossom and feel safe. Knowing that their fate would not have been the same without you fills your heart with a type of meaning and joy that I can't describe; you just have to experience it. 
 
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How does Zoe’s create PAW-sitive change?
The most rewarding experiences are seeing families take what we teach them and put it into action. That skinny dog you saw shivering in the cold is now the chubby, shiny dog, snoozing comfortably in his doghouse. That mama dog you fixed and brought home to her family after 8 weeks away is now raising her puppies so they can be safe and find homes, wagging her tail and getting head pats. The families who chose to breed and would never alter their animals are now coming to us, requesting that their same dog be altered. Families that once didn't acknowledge us, scared of what we were there to do, now come smiling to greet us as we have shown them kindness and respect. This all makes us feel like we are doing something right. All beings deserve kindness, and we believe that we are improving lives of animals and people simultaneously.

How can our community help if we're unable to foster or adopt an animal?
Help by being a responsible pet owner, and spread the word about the importance of spaying and neutering. Lobby our government to bring about harsher laws for animal abuse and neglect. Attend or share events of local rescues and animal welfare groups. Follow our Facebook page; we’d love you as a volunteer!

How does the YEG Cycle Bikergang support Zoe’s through a GIVE’R class?
We are so, so excited to be associated with such a generous benevolent organization such as YEG Cycle. The money that they raise for us will literally mean more animals lives saved! More families that get to stay together! More positive change in our community!

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Ride for Zoe's Animal Rescue Society at Whyte & 124th on Friday's at 6:40pm!

Zoe's Animal Rescue Society on social media:
http://www.zoesanimalrescue.org
https://www.facebook.com/Zoesanimalrescue/
https://www.instagram.com/zoesanimalrescue/





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TURN IT UP: Soundcloud X YEG 124TH

The new studio is almost ready for you to rideĀ in, Bikergang. While you're waiting, start rocking out to the sounds of our newest Motivators!

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Motivation by Motivators

From the OG's to our stellar new Mo's, here's what inspires them to ride with YOU!

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"My motivation comes from a variety of places. I think a large part of it, is me really just motivating myself on the bike, dealing with things that are going on in my life that I just need to work out. It also comes from the Bikergang. They motivate me to be the best that I can be up on the bike, because it is so important to me to let them know that their goals, intentions and dreams are 100% possible. Sometimes we get lucky and they share their stories, other times they are trying to work things out on their own. Either way, it motivates me knowing that I can help them to achieve anything they want."
Ruhee
@ruheekassam

"Motivation for me is a feeling and vibration that runs through my body. I get it from the Bikergang, my community and the people that surround me. It's addictive and contagious."
Kelli
@kellikinch11

"I find my motivation from the people I surround myself with. I am consistently striving to better myself and I am inspired by the amazing people I meet at YEG Cycle. They are all so passionate about what they do, and it motivates me to keep going and never give up on my goals!"
Alex 
@alexboisclair

"What motivates me is what I love, which is having the choice and the ability to live my dreams and make it a reality. I find motivation in the power of choice, we have the power everyday to change, grow and achieve. It starts with the power of choice and decision. I look at every day as a new day, the start of something new, a clean slate to create. It doesn’t what happened yesterday, last week, last year; live in the now! 
It’s up to the decisions we make and the choices we make that shapes us. One of my favourite sayings is; “the biggest risk you could take in life, is not taking one” - Denis Waitley
Don't let the fear of other opinions influence your decisions; see other people going out and crushing their goals and dreams is what puts a fire in my soul!"
Caleb Jansen
@cjjansen1 

"My MO-Motivation comes from a variety of different places. Firstly, it’s a blast being up there and knowing that a group of people around me are also having fun is the best. Secondly, feedback from the Bikergang has continually shaped me and what my class has become. Thirdly, Katrina - a fellow Mo & mentee - is someone who is still relatively young in her own journey as a Mo, but that hasn’t stopped her from having an enormous impact. Her creativity, desire to try new things, and constant encouragement has continually pushed me and driven me to try and keep up with the amazing things she does at the studio."
Nathan
@nmlehman

"We are lucky to be in the business of happiness - a business that has led many amazing people into my life! While the easy answer would be to say that every single person motivates me, what I have come to learn most recently is that each of these people that have walked into my life have taught me to find motivation in myself. My daily motivation comes from this space inside of me that is driven to show up as the best version of myself everyday. I don’t believe in the idea of depending on people to motivate and change you, I am a firm believer that every tool you will need to grow and evolve in this life is waiting inside of you, wanting to be tapped into. As every moment passes, as we walk different paths and roads, we meet different people who continue to inspire and unleash the next motivation that we are needing, but have yet to tap into." 
Oliver
@olly.gram

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"What motivates motivatordao? Well simply, it's me. I'm very hard on myself and always see setbacks as the greatest motivation. There are times when I feel out of sorts, have a long day at work or when something didn't go as planned. In those moments when I press cancel on my workout, I honestly feel like crap. Bouncing back by working out my frustrations and any trace of negativity at the gym or on the bike is the best way to recover and uncover that positive me that I may have lost momentarily. I don't always feel motivated but I am aware of that feeling and don't stay for too long. Comparing myself constantly to myself makes me strive for a better me." 
Dao
@motivatordao

"My motivation comes from accepting that I am not perfect; never will be. And this acceptance is facilitated by knowing that the sun brings new day; a new opportunity to grow.
There are some days where I lack self-love, self- control, emotional intelligence; this can easily bring me down, affecting how I treat myself and others. But I continue to be motivated to overcome those internal demons, and while I will fail along the way, tomorrow always presents another chance to try again." 
Yasmeen
@yaaasskween

"I find my motivation in growth. I am incredibly motivated when I am able to look back and see the progression of where I started, where I have come, and where I have left to go. I use this reflective motivation in everything I do: physically and mentally. I think that being able to recognize room to growth is so motivating!" 
Katarina
@katarinadreisbach
 
"Helping people is what motivates me! Everyone is on a different journey and we are all dealing with separate challenges. Being a part of the bikergang means banding together to create positive change! Whether we put a smile on each other's faces for one class, one day, or even a whole week, it all makes a difference! For me, motivation comes from spreading happiness!"
Erin M.
@ecn_mcisaac

"Regardless of whether it's the best of times or life is throwing inevitable obstacles my way, I commit to checking my busy mind and ego at the door. When I show up physically and clear myself mentally before heading into a ride, I am able to support for every single person who made a conscious effort to bring themselves here."
Stephanie
@stephgmendes

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"Where my motivation comes from is knowing that I have the ability to create a positive connection with everyone that walks through the door at the studio. YEG Cycle is a safe place for the Bikergang to not only sweat together, but share 50 incredible minutes in a room full of people from all different backgrounds. For me, the best part of this is that we are gifted with the platform to bring everyone together to help find positivity and strength on the days when they may need it most. I just want to positively impact someone’s day, and hope that they continue to spread that - it's a butterfly effect!"
Chelsea 
@cschelly

"I find my motivation in the feedback from both the Bikergang, and motivator and mentor Nathan. Every time I doubt myself, the Bikergang is there to lift me back up again and remind me why I do this. Nathan never ceases to inspire, amaze, and push me."
Katrina
@katienele

"Find that answer, chase that dream, live your life, with no regrets. The Bikergang. They are the reason I do what I do everyday. The reason why I push myself to be better. Knowing that in any second you could be the best part of someone's day. Spin has helped me through some of the most difficult times and knowing that I could be helping someone get through theirs is so powerful. Seeing the smiles on the Bikergang faces, whether it's from their favourite song, move or dumb thing I've said. Keeps me coming back for more!"
Natalie 
@nataliematt3

"I am definitely a GOAL-GETTER – setting goals for myself is my favorite form of motivation. Putting short and long-term goals as well as BHAG’s (big hairy audacious goals: a shoot for the stars kind of goal) into writing is what really drives me to get out there and GET AFTER IT, whether that’s in the studio or in my own personal life."
Lindsay
@lindsaycox_
 
"Motivation for me comes from change. The definition of insanity is, "Repeating the same action and expecting different results". If you don't like something, you can't sit back and expect it to change on its own. My motivation comes from people giving a shit and deciding to work for change. Ive seen so many changes in bikergang since I started, mentally, physically and emotionally. This drives me!"
Greg
@zookeepergreg
 
"What motivates me is: the end result to what I am working for and the feeling that I know will be waiting once it is complete."
Celine
@celinehargreaves