President John F. Kennedy has said, “As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them.”
Being appreciated is a gift and there are many to whom we are grateful for. Saying “thank you” means a lot to all of us and more than that, it is a sign of respect to the person who has helped in some way. It’s proof that we are not taken for granted and recognition that we truly matter.
And here at the Western Hills Humane Society, we have staff, volunteers, partners, business leaders and community members who don’t just talk the talk; they take action and do what needs to be done – truly an example of living and leading everyday.
Every week homeless, abandoned and surrendered dogs and cats are adopted from the Western Hills Humane Society. Some have been at our shelter for quite a long time and some have above and beyond needs of care. As a no-kill shelter, we don’t take lightly the fact that our job demands some long days and difficult decisions. With each guest that is adopted, while we collectively share a sigh of relief, there is no doubt that, if they could, each animal would thank everyone who assisted them through their journey (sometimes long) to find a loving home. And while they cannot vocalize a thank you, we’d like to do it for them.
As we kick off our “13 Days of Gratitude” series, we’d like to thank the many people who have helped us along the way and share stories about some of our guests who have found their “furever” home and their humans that made it all possible.
The mission of the Western Hills Humane Society is to protect and enhance the lives of animals in need in Lawrence County by providing shelter, medical care, spay and neutering, adoptions and to encourage responsible pet ownership through education.
We can’t do this alone and thankfully we don’t. But still our needs are great.
Today is Giving Tuesday, which is a movement focused on giving to non-profits across the nation – whether it’s some of your time, a donation, gift or the power of your voice in your local community.
To say that 2016 was a challenging year for us at the shelter is an understatement and it’s true that we are in need of financial donations to remain committed to our mission. Would you consider making a donation today?
If you can’t make a financial donation, we invite you to learn about our volunteer opportunities assisting our staff in the office, socializing and walking our guests and caring for our facility.
We are incredibly grateful for each of you reading this today and look forward to sharing our stories of gratitude over the next 13 days.