This YEAR IN REVIEW update follows the adage that “Life happens while you’re busy making other plans!”
That was certainly true for us in spades! Last year we had to limit our scope for the year for Paws for Humanity to tend to personal and family matters.
With our more limited time, we were able to start planning programs for THIS spring / summer season! We focused on 2 program goals:
- Working with scouts
- Developing animal training programs and educational workshops for our community
> A girl scout troop had taken us on as part of their community service program, starting a drive for needed supplies for us, and planning a weekend to come out and help work in the barns this spring.
> We officially hired our Dog Trainer and outlined training and educational workshops to kick off the summer on site, and prioritized needed repairs and additions to our facilities to house groups come rain or shine.
> Hazel, our therapy dog, started accompanying Dale on some home and nursing home visits he had for hospice, and when we took in a litter of kittens at 5 weeks, we found a way to provide “kitten therapy” to the hospice team in the office once a week. We’re proud to say all 3 kittens were spayed/neutered and adopted out to loving homes!
> We even had a boy scout troop come camp out on our farm right before the stay at home proclamations rippled through Michiana. We were excited to figure out how to work with troops to help them obtain their badges and training goals!
Then the world shut down. It took the wind out of our sails. As it did the country. As it did all countries. So, we need to find our new normal. and take care of ourselves and the animals we are stewards to. And we need to be patient. And be present. and BE…