Every single person that contributes to our mission of rescue is essential and valued. Still, there are some donors whose extraordinary gifts over the years have created an essential foundation for our work. Many had not been to the rescue in a decade or more; so much has changed. Since or founding, our facilities and our programs for the dogs have morphed from buckets and tubs and potty breaks to a fully functioning, more modern operation with enrichment programs to support the dogs. To showcase all – and to show this unique group of donors all that they have contributed to – we hosted them last weekend for a Big Dog Brunch.
The morning began with Mimosas in the garden – made beautiful by the return of my wayward gardeners. It looked magnificent.
Despite an unwelcome heat wave, the roses’ second bloom appeared on cue
along with the Agapanthus,
Blanket Flower, Yarrow and Verbena.
From there, we took folks in small groups on tours of the facilities including the in-ground, heated swimming pool, senior yard and sanctuary, vet clinic, kennels, puppy palace, yards and training pavilion.
The volunteers were able to share how each resource benefits the dogs and invited them to demonstrations of swim therapy and playgroups.
At the brunch that followed, each received a small book capturing all of the special projects – a take-home reminder of the impact they have made.
Saying ‘thank you’ is one thing; giving people an opportunity to touch, see, feel – and be touched by – all that they support (hopefully) makes a lasting impact and demonstrates our genuine appreciation.
The garden – like everything they saw that day – was a labor of love. A volunteer effort. Created from dirt and weeds, it – and all that surrounds it – are a reminder of what can be accomplished when you just say “try.”