Phase 1, Step 1
“When we give cheerfully and accept gratefully, everyone is blessed.”
― Maya Angelou
Since embarking on this endeavor several years ago, I've given to many charitable pet organizations, whether it be a donated cat tower for auction, a financial contribution, or placing an ad in a fundraising leaflet. But it all kept me conveniently at arms length from the reality of animal shelters.
I was spared the knowledge of what agencies run "kill shelters" versus "no kill shelters." I was spared the stories of puppies born with extreme disease that ended their little lives before even being euthanized. I was spared the experience of chasing someone into the woods to rescue a box of kittens that he planned to kill. I was spared the looks on the eyes of loving dogs and cats that will not live to find that so-called "fur-ever home."
Being a very sensitive person, I think I would have a hard time working at an animal shelter or a veterinarian's office. I don't think I could resist the temptation to take every sick, abandoned animal home with me. And then, Animal Services would be calling on me for very different reasons!
And, so, I was recently approached by Nancy, a friend who volunteers at a local shelter, the South Animal Care Center (SACC) in Brevard County, Florida, and she asked me if I would be willing to help them to breathe new life in to their cat rooms. "Maybe you could suggest some wall colors or something to make them look less dismal and institutional," she said.
Well, not to reveal too much just yet, but I'm very excited about the possibilities we're creating for this little shelter, in its little corner of the planet, all stemming from Nancy's verbalization of the term "community." If I can do my part to bring more good people to meet and take home a lovable cat, dog, or bunny, then I feel I am doing good work to feed my soul and the souls of others.
Here are some photos of the first piece installed in Cat Room #2, or, as I like to call it, "The Harbor Room."