THE CREATION OF MOUNTAIN HAVEN ANIMAL RESCUE AND SUPPORT SERVICES
Once upon a time...rather, for as long as I can remember, I always had a dog. As an awkward kid with a physical impairment, the family dog, Augie always made me feel as if I had a true best friend. Non-judgmental and full of love, she was my companion right through some of my high school years. We shared everything from lollipops and ice cream to good cries, secret confessions and the eventual broken heart of having to say goodbye. She was truly my best teacher when it came to compassion. It was then that I understood the importance of companion pets, I guess you could say it was ultimately my calling. I can’t remember not having a dog in my life since Augie. I owe them so much, each and every one of them, and I want for others to feel the same importance, the same unconditional love, the same companionship.
Sadly, as we all know there are many animals that go unwanted, lost souls who are left behind, who are not recognized for their true potential and capacity for enhance our lives. Because of this dedication and feeling for animals, I have worked in animal shelters and walked away feeling overwhelmed and in some instances disheartened. I applaud those who have tried and give so much of themselves to help, but it always seemed like a sad, end of the road of sorts. The focus was on urgency and sadness, blame and anger. In negativity of this nature, the animals were sometimes secondary and that shift of priority quite often proved to be counterproductive.
Mountain Haven is my dream of bringing in to the light what a rescue and overall companion animal facility can be all about. Life is not always about the cards you’ve been dealt, it is not destined to be gloom and doom, rather life is full of new beginnings and second chances. I see a facility where animals are available for adoption, vet care is on the premises and available to the general public as well, there are educational programs, fun events and activities, surrender prevention services such as a pet food pantry, veterinary help and training, a summer day camp, veterinary technician internship opportunities, spay/neuter clinic, seniors for seniors programs, a gift shop, a community education center, a place where volunteers, pet owners and new potential adopters can all socially mix to celebrate, learn and enjoy the company of animals. There will be programs that reach out to align with other rescue groups and shelters to better serve the community need.
Community is no longer a localized venue, community reaches far and wide thanks to technology. We share ideas, help each other and inspire others to follow suit by duplicating efforts and creating opportunities to make things better. Engagement is powerful and nourishing for all living things. When like minds and hearts come together, amazing things happen, lives are changed and second chances become new beginnings.
Thank you for joining us on this journey to create the vision. We will be taking puppy steps to get us to the overall dream, but we will be making a difference in the lives of animals every step of the way.
" I think dogs are the most amazing creatures; they give unconditional love. For me they are the role model for being alive."
- Gilda Radner