And a Happy New Year to All!Reflecting on the past year brings us much gratitude. There have been so many instances of happiness that it is truly amazing. Watching animals finding homes, being allowed to witness so many success stories, there is not enough room in this column to express all the joy that is found daily at our shelter. And none of it could be possible without you.
Without your help and your donations, we would never be able to operate such a unique and successful sanctuary for our animals. For every person who abuses, abandons, or neglects a pet, we have a humane and caring group of people to jump in and reverse the situation - fostering, adopting, loving these unloved, unwanted pets.
For every one of these individuals, we give thanks. It's great to be part of such a positive and outgoing organization, and it is an affirmative and upbeat reflection on our community. Without your caring and joyful assistance, none of it would ever be possible.
We have so many unsung heroes and unknown helpers that it's impossible to direct attention to each and every one of them, but I'm going to try.
Thank you to all of our volunteers for all of the work you do, every day, rain or shine. Because of you, the animals survive and our shelter becomes a place of rescue and protection for those who had been lost, abused, neglected, abandoned. Without you, we would be nothing more than a waystation on the downtrodden path of these animals' already bleak lives ... just another water hole. Because of our wonderful group of volunteers, our officers, and our committee chairpersons, and especially the clean-up crew, we are able to make a difference in the lives of many deserving pets day in and day out, every day of the year. Thank you, guys! You've done well! We love you!
Thank you to all of those folks - often literally unknown helpers - who bring us food and litter, toys and supplies every day of the year. Donations come into the shelter constantly from loving and giving hearts who really do make a difference in our operation. Like our volunteers, these are the unsung heroes who always remember the animals on their weekly shopping trips. Thank you, guys! You've done well! We love you!
Thank you to all the local business owners who help raise money for the shelter with community events. Along with and next to their own needs, they help raise money for the shelter. And not to forget our local citizens - non-business people who organize events that benefit the shelter as well as taking care of their own goals and projects. Thank you, guys! You've done well! We love you!
Thank you to all of our area vets, here and in Astoria, Warrenton, and South Bend, for all of the care and assistance you've given to our critters. Without you, many of our rescues would have ended as sad stories. Because of you wonderful vets and assistants, we were able to witness the survival of so many of our four-leggeds that would have died at the hands of those who would continue to harm them. Instead you managed to help them survive and become the beloved pets so many of us know and love. You are truly unsung heroes. Thank you, guys! You've done well! We love you!
A very special thank you to Ed and Katherine of Oceanside Animal Clinic here on our beach, who have donated unbelievably countless hours of their time without complaint to assist, treat and care for our animals. Without you, rescue operations very often would have ended in death rather than life for our little friends. Unsung? Hey, this time there should be a song! I could spend several weeks listing the services and assistance you've performed for us. Who else would take phone calls in the middle of the night when a "throw-away" kitten was in trouble, or come in on a weekend to assist an injured dog needing emergency surgery - even when you weren't on call? Thank you, Ed and Katie! You've done well! We love you!
And, thank you to all of you who have taken the reins of support whenever the need arises and completed whatever task was necessary to help and care for our animals. You are truly unsung heroes! Thank you, guys! You've done well! We love you!
Don't forget our membership drive! Yearly membership is $15 for one person and $25 for a family. All proceeds go to provide shelter, food, medicine and needed supplies to keep the animals healthy, happy and safe. Donations of food, kitty litter and pet toys are also appreciated.
The South Pacific County Humane Society Animal Shelter is at 330 2nd Street NE, next to the County buildings in downtown Long Beach, phone 642-1180. Our mailing address is P.O. Box 101, Long Beach, WA 98631. Web site: (www.beachpets.com). We're open from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday; closed Sunday and Monday. Monthly meetings, open to the public, are at 5:30 p.m. on the second Thursday of every month.