The world has changed immensely since my last Director’s message. We are all aware of the suffering caused by the COVID-19 pandemic over the last several months. I applaud those who have endured and recovered from the corona virus, but far more importantly I deeply sympathize with those who have lost loved ones. Please accept my deepest condolences.
On a professional level each of us is addressing the situation in a variety of different ways, ranging from very large to very small steps. At the Shelter, in spite of certain alterations in operational details, including the safety of our staff and customers, our mission is unchanged. REVERENCE FOR LIFE is still the essence of our work. Innocent pets still need medical treatment and supplies, proper feeding, love and care, all of which are focused towards changing their lives for the good through the screened adoptions to loving homes.
Unfortunately, job losses and financial difficulties have forced many of the Shelter’s friends to reduce or even cancel their financial support. Our expenses remain a huge challenge, and your help through donations or monthly commitments would be greatly appreciated. As a Registered Charity all donations will receive a tax receipt for income tax purposes.
Speaking personally, I was diagnosed with breast cancer in January this year. Through the Grace of God and brilliant care of our doctors and nurses, two timely surgeries and cancer treatments were completed. I am feeling very well, and after being away for many months I am now able to devote more time to the Shelter on behalf of the wondrous pets with whom we share the earth. I am very grateful to my dedicated staff who worked very hard, as usual, during my absence. Many friends and supporters of the Shelter offered prayers for me , and I thank you from the bottom of my heart.
Necessity is the catalyst to invention, history shows that humans are amazingly adaptable and creative in situations of crisis. It is wonderful to say at the time of this writing it was just announced that Canada will be receiving vaccinations for COVID-19! Indeed some are saying with the ADVENT of medical miracles, the light at the end of the tunnel is now visible.
The saying “Merry Christmas” has always been a comforting and loving expression. This year it carries a special profound meaning for us all. I wish you all a Merry Christmas and a very Happy New Year.