It’s so hard to believe that it’s already November. I swear time speeds up the older we get! Regardless of whether it feels like August or 2007, November is a time when I reflect on all that I am thankful for personally, but also professionally. I truly am blessed to bear witness to acts of heroism – acts of saving animals’ lives – not in a big, “media-splashy” way, but in the everyday actions of our animal-loving staff, volunteers, board, adopters and donors that make up the Bideawee family. For that, I am truly grateful.
Animal sheltering work is something most people see from a very different perspective than those of us who work in the field. I know I’ve spoken about this in past articles, but it can appear to be a dream job to those who love animals. And sometimes, that is exactly what it is. But much of the time, working in animal welfare is fraught with long hours, hard and dirty labor, and heartbreaking scenarios that the extraordinary people who work in this field take to heart every day. If we weren’t sensitive to what we see, we wouldn’t be as driven to provide the best possible care we can to the animals we know and love. Working in animal welfare is truly a labor of love. One that we wouldn’t trade for anything in the world – even on the toughest of days. I am eternally grateful for the team at Bideawee – all of our staff, volunteers and foster families. They do whatever it takes – whether they are saving an innocent cat or dog’s life or providing comfort and care to the people who love those animals.
I’m also eternally grateful to our adopters who don’t realize that the dog or cat they are bringing home is not only saving one life – but two (!) by freeing up a kennel to make space for another animal waiting to be rescued.
And for all those who support our efforts – compassionate, generous animal lovers who sustain life-saving programs at Bideawee – we simply could not do our work without you. The bottom line is that you make it possible for us to rescue, shelter, feed, and provide critical medical care to animals who depend on us. For all of you, I am immensely grateful.
So, to everyone who loves animals – whether you work in the field, volunteer your time, or support us through financial donations – know that I am giving thanks to all of you for helping Bideawee save even more innocent animals and helping people who love them this November and beyond. May you have a wonderful Thanksgiving and holiday season. And may you and your pets enjoy the warmth and comfort of family, friends and love.