Carolyn L. Cheney – Board of Directors
The purpose of this article is to thank all who assist us in keeping the Central Aroostook Humane Society shelter going and taking the best care of the animals for which we are entrusted. Although we do receive funds from towns and townships that contract with us, it is never enough therefore the donations play a big part in our budget. Although we can never budget exactly the amount of donations that will come in we are always very thankful for each and every one of them.
There are not sufficient words to say thanks to all the individuals, service groups, businesses and school groups who help us with monetary donations and donations of goods (animal food, cleaning supplies, and animal treats. The past holiday season the monetary donations were so appreciated as were the donations of supplies. The week before Christmas our lobby was overflowing with cat and dog food, toys and treats. Donations are welcome year round, but this time of year with heating costs, medical care and all other expenses the donations are really appreciated. We try to thank everyone individually for his/her donation, but if we miss anyone, please accept my apology.
Children’s donations have increased greatly in the last few years. They love to bring cat and dog food and especially treats and toys to the animals. Also, many children lately have decided not to receive toys, etc. at their birthday parties, but have asked their guests to bring donations for the animals. I have a lot of admiration for these kids to be thinking of the animals and giving up their presents. Our shelter staff often hosts school groups to educate them about animals, and perhaps that is making the children more aware of the needs of the shelter animals and their own animals.
Other ways of giving include giving a donation in honor of someone’s birthday. A number of folks do this. Many of our donations come in the form of memorials. When someone passes away, especially if the person was an animal lover, there is no better way to honor that person. We always let the family know of the people who donate. A number of folks make donations in memory of a beloved pet. We have one person who adopted an animal from us a number of years ago. The pet has since passed away, but since the pet’s adoption we have received a donation from them in honor and now in memory of the beloved pet.
Again, we are truly grateful to those who contribute; this in turn enables us at the shelter to care for every animal that comes through our door. Donations are welcome year round, and monetary donations can be sent to 26 Cross Street, Presque Isle, Me. 04769. Shelter hours are Tuesday through Saturday, 10:00 to 4:00, closing for lunch 12:00 to 12:30. Keep your pets safe and inside when the weather is bitter cold! Just a friendly reminder, please have your four legged critters spayed/neutered.