Another positive for 2014 our success rate in rehoming those cats and dogs is higher than it has ever been. That is such a wonderful thing to be able to say. Our reputation in the community is one so positive that we should all be proud and has resulted in a huge increase in the number of people that want to volunteer at HSOV. We have so many new dedicated individuals that want only the best for our animals. I can’t remember the last time we had so many regular “dog walkers”, fosters, and event volunteers. People that give up their own vacation time, lunch hours, or afternoons, just to help clean cages, do laundry and do dishes, walk dogs, cuddle cats, take countless pictures to update our website and Petfinder and publish this newsletter. There are little “ fan clubs” for long term residents to specifically work on finding them homes. Our volunteers have created new innovative ways to show off our adoptable animals to the public and have resulted in so many finding the perfect home.
The staff at HSOV, has worked so hard this past year. Twice they were hit with huge hoarding situations involving cats. Without missing a beat, they took it in stride and rose to the occasion, caring for the already crowded shelter animals. Though it is a job like all of us have jobs, the shelter staff cannot help but become attached to the 4 legged critters that they care for daily. That in itself brings joys but also heartache as they see the animals come and go. To our staff, I say “Thank you for always being our front line of caring”.
As we go into 2015, we will face new challenges and it is my firm belief that we will continue to improve every day at HSOV. That can only happen with all of us working together in the right direction. That can only happen with the physical and financial support of this community. That can only happen if we all keep remembering how far we have come and how far we can go in the care of the animals that grace our doors. Becky Johnston