According to a recent Tribune column by Barry VanderKelen, the community served owns its nonprofit organizations. This is true as it “foregoes collecting certain taxes ... because the social benefits ... are greater than what the taxes could buy.” To paraphrase, our shelter is truly your shelter.
The board of directors must juggle the community’s needs and advance the shelter’s mission in the face of the organization’s financial constraints. This is challenging and ongoing work, but also a labor of love. While there are still some bugs to work out, we are delighted with our new facilities.
The extra space means that we have more opportunities for volunteers and community outreach programs. We invite you to become more involved with the Homeless Animal Rescue Team (HART) by serving on one of our new committees. Currently we have these committees set up: buildings maintenance, gardening, guardian angel and retail and supplies. Member requirements include an occasional meeting and a little independent time completing assigned tasks. If you have an interest and/or skills in these areas, we would love to hear from you.
Not only time is needed. Private donations from local communities still provide HART with the majority of its funds. So please consider making a financial contribution. If you can, drop that donation off in person when you come in to purchase supplies, toys, gift ware, etc. in our retail shop, visit with the animals, sign up to volunteer, in short, get to know us.
Certainly, a closeup of our “Scaredy Cat” scarecrow, planted for the month of October in our front garden, is worth the trip.
Here’s a line up of activities planned for the holidays:
Nov. 17: Our annual Christmas Party with refreshments and special holiday merchandise. This will be the day for pictures of yourself and your pet with Santa, along with opportunities for Lovepaws imprints and Microchipping. It will be a fun day as well as a chance to do some early shopping for special personal gifts for you, your family and pets. Longtime supporter Dr. Evelyn Pellaton has donated tickets to the Dec. 1 Comedy Pet Theater performance at Cal Poly to be raffled off. The show is a fun-filled afternoon of antics performed by former shelter cats and dogs — right up our alley.
In December: We plan to participate in the Festival of Trees Auction (Dec. 4) and Hospitality Night (Dec. 6).
We also hope that our long-planned cat patio will be underway. We are in the planning stages for a gala Valentine event. Details will be forthcoming in our upcoming holiday newsletter.
As we approach our 30th year, we would like to take this opportunity to thank you for your ongoing support. We look forward to many more years of serving our community and caring for homeless animals.
For more on the Homeless Animal Rescue Team, call the shelter at 927-7377 or go to slohart.org.