I hope you and your family are staying well during this unprecedented time. Yesterday I received an inspiring voice message from a longtime donor who simply said, “An arrow can only be shot by pulling it backwards. When life is dragging you back with difficulties, it means it’s going to launch you into something great. So just focus and keep aiming.”
We’re continuing to help animals today while still focusing on keeping our community safe and aiming for that day when we open the doors to a Place Where Happiness Begins.
Today – I am thankful to the AWA team for coming together and crafting an action plan to ensure quality care to the shelter animals, provide help to people immediately impacted and in need of assistance for their pets, and willingness to work under strenuous conditions. Thank you for allowing us to put our freshly sanitized hands to work doing all we are safely able to do.
You may also be wondering about your generous gift to Building a Place Where Happiness Begins, and I can provide reassurance. Thanks to your support we will be building!
With only weeks away, seeing significant strides in the construction of the building, the countdown to the Demolition Party and Public Fundraising kickoff was happening.
Understandably, we are now looking at early summer, given that moving forward depends on things returning to normal. And we know that raising the remaining funds from many small to medium size donations might be more difficult. But this is when creative and committed people come together and find a way.
What is happening right now?
· Hale Trailer employees will be on site next week to assemble the trailer that will house the Pet Clinic during construction. The shelter is packing up to move.
· We’ve applied to the township for a permit waiver to allow us to begin the building process before they return to their offices.
· The architectural drawings are nearly finished. A&E Construction is tightening their prices; the last piece to complete the bridge-loan application.
In 14 months, more than 200 loyal donors committed over $1.8 million! This is an incredible achievement. The funds you’ve given remain protected from the changes in the stock market and fully dedicated to the new building. Thank you for giving us the foundation to move forward.
Everyone is eagerly looking forward to feeling JOY when shovels are in the ground. When giving your hardhat tour I may be skipping with excitement knowing that behind the new doors will be a building equipped to sustain and grow AWA’s amazing programs.
Inside the new building tucked off the back entrance by the elevator is the “Pet Food Pantry.” When designing the building many donors shared their appreciation for this program and ensured it would have a home so it could expand. Recently, the Pet Food Pantry was happening every few months out of a horse trailer parked near the shelter. On average over 60 pet families or 250 meals are provided each time.
As COVID-19 impact intensified, the inquiries for pet food has increased leading our team to roll out “curbside, no contact, pet food grab bags” for people needing assistance feeding their pets.
Like other lifesaving programs you allow us to do each year, and asked us to expand in the new building, the Pet Pantry is so important. As one recipient says, “I have three dogs and four cats…Several of my pets have health issues. Money can really get tight at times. I’m so thankful that AWA has this program to help us keep going.”
Thank you—for believing in the mission, vision, and work of the AWA. I look forward to updating you when we shoot forward.