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12/17/2013 1:43:00 PM
Letter: Donations helping needy creatures


A woman came into the Verde Valley Humane Society last week. Her posture was timid, her face full of anguish. She approached the front desk and asked if there was any way we could give her some food for her dog and two cats.

Several days prior to this visit, our "community cupboards" were nearly bare. Knowing that many of our neighbors are in dire straights financially, we worried how they would be able to feed their animals if we ran out of food.

We broadcast an appeal on our Facebook page (Facebook Adopt for Life Center for Animals) for dog and cat food. Our Facebook "friends" consist primarily of the hundreds of people who have adopted from our shelter, volunteers, staff and everyday animal lovers. Our Facebook appeal garnered us several bags of food but there was still cause for concern, especially in view of the cold weather setting in and increasing numbers of needy folks approaching us for pet food.

Suddenly the shelter door opened and a woman said she needed help carrying in some dog food. We went to assist her, and discovered she had purchased twenty 50-lb bags of dog chow for our community distribution program. Wow! Suddenly we were flush! We thanked her profusely as we hauled in the blessed bonanza.

Two days later I was looking into the eyes of the woman asking for help feeding her beloved pets. I felt so much gratitude toward the friend who had taken the time and resources to help us help others. I told the woman, "We can absolutely give you dog and cat food. Have a seat. Don't worry. It's going to be OK." As she sat, her face crumbled and she laid her head down on the counter and wept. My colleague and I got teary-eyed too. As I gathered up food for her pets (adding a bag of dog treats and some scrumptious wet cat food for a Christmas surprise) I realized how lucky I am. I'm lucky that in my retirement I found a place to volunteer that exists only to help others. I'm confident that 100 percent of my volunteer hours and occasional donations go to help needy dogs and cats from the Verde Valley. And I'm grateful that - on that particular day and with that particular woman - I could say, " Yes, we can help you."

As we go about our errands this month, we are bombarded on every side to donate to this or that good cause. Many are wonderful charities deserving of support. As a volunteer at the Verde Valley Humane Society (Adopt for Life Center for Animals) I can personally assure you that your donations will help needy creatures, both animal and human. We appreciate our community; please consider joining us. You will be making a difference every day. Merry Christmas!

Tessa Unwin, Volunteer

Verde Valley Humane Society

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Reader Comments

Posted: Saturday, December 21, 2013
Article comment by: Tina allegrezza (Red Rose Inspiration For animals)

This is the BEST Shelter in the Verde Valley. They are caring and they often remind me more of a rescue than a shelter (that is why I am strongly in support of them) as they have assisted animals for medical that most shelters would euthanize. They go the extra mile! They are now under a totally new Board Of Directors from years ago and the old Exec Director is long gone. Please support Adopt For Life aka Verde Valley Humane Society in Cottonwood on Mingus. Thank you

Posted: Wednesday, December 18, 2013
Article comment by: Touched by this letter

I was touched by this letter.

It is so much better to give than receive. Doing so anonymously makes your gift that much more meaningful.

Thank you for writing.

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