Do you believe in miracles?
Yes, of course I have always believed in miracles and have seen many in my life. Other than waking up each morning in this beautiful world, I believe the first miracles that I experienced were the births of my children.
What would you consider to be the miracles that you have seen happen? I know now that they come in many forms and happen to everyone.
Each time an animal in need gets a new forever home it’s also a form of a miracle. At times you see an animal that you believe will never get adopted find their forever home after being in the shelter for months.
When this happens it brings tears to almost everyone’s eyes. They are tears of happiness and many other reasons.
Giving up on an animal that has been impounded for months is something that none of us like to do. Having enough space is a blessing when it comes to being able to keep the animals.
Euthanizing an animal for nothing more than a lack of space is heart breaking for all concerned.
With the opening of our new facility we will be able to save many more lives in the years to come. The added cages will benefit the animals that are lost or unwanted.
As you know I do believe that the building of our new adoption center is a miracle. It took years and the help of many people, but I believe that our “higher power” also had a lot to do with it.
Over the years the multitude of people that have added VVHS to their prayers is amazing. Often I felt my prayers weren’t being answered quickly enough as did many of you that have spoken to me.
The need for a new facility has always been known, but reaching the goal has been very hard to achieve. At times it seemed almost impossible.
You have read me beg and you have felt my tears and heartbreak over the years. This time can you see my smile and feel the happiness in my heart?
People are now coming forward asking what is still needed in order to operate the new facility.
I will list some of the things that we will need to open our doors for business. Some things are minor, some are larger items. There is something affordable for everyone.
In cash we need approximately $10,000 more for total completion. With positive thoughts we can make this happen.
Before I go any further I would like to stress the importance of each and every one of you and all that you have done to help the animals.
Thank for your patience and dedication. We are very thankful for everything you have done, but the animals need you; we need you, now more than ever.
We have been very fortunate when it comes to items being donated to our thrift store, the Good Buy Shoppe.
Some of the furniture you will see in the new facility are items that have been donated by you and your neighbors.
We would really like to place old office chairs, reception chairs and desks in the adoption facility. These items don’t need to be expensive, just matching and free from stains and rips and holes.
Many of you frequent our existing building and know that most everything we have is old and in need of repairs.
Most of our office equipment has been replaced recently so we don’t have to worry about some things that will be moved.
It would be fantastic to put many of the other items to rest. They have more than served their purpose in this world.
Anything that can be donated to us will help cut the cost on the new facility. It may enable us to even build more than just Phase I.
Unfortunately we can’t stop with Phase I. Phase II is greatly needed to fill the need for the surplus of homeless animals in the Verde Valley.
If you don’t know what to donate or if you are afraid of repeats, gift cards from Ace Hardware, Office Max or Wal-Mart would be ideal.
The items we need are simple and range in prices. There is something to accommodate most every budget.
Some of the things that would greatly help us in moving are: 2-100 ft. heavy duty garden hoses, 6-30 gallon plastic trash bins with lids, Hanging file folders, File folders/letter size, Copy paper, 6-13 gallon waste baskets/stainless steel, 4-Industrial mop buckets on wheels, 4-heavy duty mops, Plastic picnic table with 4 chairs, 2-large wall clocks/black or brown, Industrial cleaning caddy on wheels, large white board with dry erase markers, Cleaning supplies, toilet paper/tissues, Paper towels, trash bags/all sizes, 2-55 gallon trash bins on wheels, 4- park benches, Pens/pencils, picnic table umbrella, 6-reception area chairs brown/black, 2 station coffee pot, 1-large and 2 small bulletin boards, digital picture frame 8 x 10, Litter pans, 18 risers for dog kennels, Non-clumping cat litter , puppy food, Kitten food, cat and dog toys, Laundry soap, bleach and fabric softener, laundry bins.
Those are some of the things that we would like to replace for the new building. The existing facility will still be in operation, so we will need to keep things for that building also.
When Phase I is complete, we are half way to the completion of the new building. With the Verde Valley growing by leaps and bounds we will eventually need all of the space we can get.
To make a cash donation you can stop in the shelter located at 1502 W. Mingus or mail your choice of donation to: Verde Valley Society, P.O. Box 1429, Cottonwood, AZ 86326
You can also continue to support us by donating, volunteering and shopping at the Good Buy Shoppe. The proceeds from the shop help fund the Verde Valley Humane Society.
Today I have given you many ways to help the animals at the Verde Valley Humane Society in the days to come and even now.
Please keep following the Verde Independent for our upcoming fundraising event. With the help of many local artists and businesses early this spring we will be presenting “Loving Bowls.”