Reviewing the Past – Looking Ahead
As 2014 begins Animal Rescue League has to take a look back at what we’ve accomplished in years past and collect our thoughts on what can be done this year and moving forward. We worked hard to become a 501(c)3 no kill non-profit organization and continue to work hard to maintain that status.
The kittens shown above are sisters born March 31, 2013. To learn more about these two cuties and others available for adoption – CLICK HERE
As an all volunteer organization we’ve adopted out hundreds of animals, all while cleaning (scooping) 40+ litter boxes per day – twice! And yes, the majority of animals in our care are cats – that’s because they’ve been the most in need in the community.
We’ve had our animals on television, we’ve been on the radio discussing our plight to keep our shelter doors open, we’ve worked concession stands at the King’s NBA basketball games and also at the Sacramento River Cats baseball games to raise funds for animal care. We’ve worked a KISS concert and a Sugarland concert (KISS fans gave big tips!).
We’ve developed good relationships with the veterinary community and have stuck to our motto “it’s about the animal” in all that we do. We’ve had a number of news articles written about us and have been included in pet related publications.
We have gone into schools to do pet education and learned that teenagers become giggly and giddy around kittens just like first graders do – everyone’s the same when there’s a kitten on your desk.
We’ve solicited prizes for fundraising events, asked for sponsorships, spoke at events, asked for help from…. everyone! All of these things have been to provide funding to care for the animals. Everything is for the animals. After all “it’s about the animal”.
We don’t compromise; we stick to our criteria for providing the animals with quality care and to our adoption process. We don’t have “sales” to get them adopted. We have to be their voice when no one else will and it is a responsibility we take seriously.
We become their sanctuary when they are not adopted – for however long they need and through whatever happens (diabetes, kidney disease, etc.). We try to provide the care they would receive as a beloved family pet and if it is their time to go while in our care we are there for them in their last hour. We cry for each animal that is lost, but we know that they were loved at the end because WE loved them.
As the bus slowed down at the crowded bus stop, the bus conductor leaned from the platform and called out, “Six only!” The bus stopped. He counted on six passengers, rang the bell, and then, as the bus moved off, called to those left behind: “So sorry, plenty of room in my heart – but the bus is full.
He left behind a row of smiling faces. It’s not what you do, it’s the way that you do it. ~The Friendship Book of Francis Gay, 1977
We have had to say no to people wanting to surrender a pet or to bringing us a stray animal they have found – we have to say no because like the bus in the story above we are “full”. We have to maintain a good quality of life for the animals already in our care and to work hard to find them homes – if we can’t keep our doors open these animals will have to go to other shelters where the outcome would be disastrous. We can’t let this happen.
We do, however, have “plenty of room in our hearts”. Our hearts are open to people who have ideas, suggestions, skills or talents that can help us keep Animal Rescue League going and to thrive.
We need people who can help us spread our mission. We need people during the week to help with the chores at our shelter, as well as people who are creative who can think of ways to help us raise funds and find homes for these wonderful animals.
We want to focus on what we can do, and we want to do it right so that in the future we can grow and we can help additional animals waiting to be rescued. We want to help our communities to be a better place for everyone. We want to do it all and we want to smile.
Please Contact Us Below If You’d Like To Help.