December 27, 2011

And To All A Good Night

"Christmas is the season for kindling the fire of hospitality in the hall, 
the genial flame of charity in the heart."
~Washington Irving

Our little building on 415 Campbell Avenue certainly felt the warmth of the holiday season, with a record number of donations and adoptions. Thank you to all who pitched in for the animals: food donations, on-line donations, toys and gifts for the pets, volunteer hours and foster homes, all were extraordinary and very much appreciated. 

We were also touched by those who brought nourishment for the staff, in the form of holiday treats, cards, and kind words. We've been lucky to add some wonderful people to the team this year. In particular, Dr. Phillips has made our Assisi family feel complete; if you have not met her yet, you need to. She is a delightful combination of cowboy boots, enthusiasm, some type of southern drawl that us Yankees find seriously charming, and a knowledge and passion for the animals that fits in with the Assisi mission like white on rice.   

Most of all, we have been relieved and overjoyed with the number of pets who now know the meaning of the word "home", especially some of our long timers: 

Boomer - arrived at Angels of Assisi in October 2010, and is now enjoying the comforts of a warm stove and loving family.

Buster- one of 103 animals from the Bedford Rescue. Happy in foster this holiday.

Butterscotch- recently rescued from the Roanoke pound, where she was terrified to the point that she had to be carried out of her kennel. She is now happy in a long term foster home, and loves playing and soaking up much needed TLC.

Krispy- long term resident at Angels of Assisi, now home and apparently loving her new bed!

Mabel- senior pit bull from the Franklin County pound. The Franklin County Society never gave up on her, and she was recently adopted form Angels of Assisi to an awesome family up north.

And Ms. Piggy- sprung from the confines of a cat kennel in the adoption center, and is now the official Office Cat. She is doing an awesome job of assessing all the donations, monitoring the front window, and napping on Dr. Spangler's office chair.

We have enjoyed our time with you all this last year very much. Thank you for showing the true meaning of Christmas, not only this December, but all the year through. 


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