July 30, 2013

This Guy

When the day has been long and complicated with P & L sheets, staffing issues, changing insurance premiums, rising medical supply costs, major computer glitches, and you walk down the steps into the adoption center and see this guy, with this cat, you know it is all worthwhile.

It's Bill, and his presence is made known by the pristine gray baseball hat set aside on the adoption center counter. You see the hat first because Bill is usually a blur whizzing around cleaning cat dishes and pans. It's rare to see him sit, but when he does, it's a reminder that while we all have our own swirling mass of responsibilities, it's of the essence to remember who we are doing it for, and why. The dogs and cats in our building do not know how hard we work to pay the bills, but they do know the importance of a kind human hand. Thank you to Bill and all of volunteers for helping us out in this very important department.

July 16, 2013


Dogs and cats, they end up homeless. Sometimes they get dumped, sometimes they get lost and not found.  Sometimes their owner has a crises in the family, and they cannot take one more added stress like a spouse relentlessly pushing to get rid of the cats because they are not using the litter box. Sometimes, something has to give, and the animals, through no fault of their own, end up at the pound.

It's easy to get pissed when this happens, and it's easy to shout from the rooftops how wrong it is. But you know what? Why spend the time languishing about the irresponsible public, and why not give them a break. Spend that time working on ways to help people keep their pets. Spend that time getting the abandoned ones into new homes, it can and is being done. Spend that time showcasing the unfortunate ones to be awesome and wonderful pets. 

Angels of Assisi staff, volunteers, and community members spent a lot of time the last few years pushing for change at our local pound, including letting volunteers in the building and allowing animals to be adopted from there. And for dogs like Diamond, who was left at the pound with this note, it was worth every minute.

She got adopted yesterday after volunteers spent their time taking her photo, walking her, giving her a fair behavior assessment, and helping us process her adoption application. It was rewarding, it was fun, and she will never be in danger of losing her life due to homelessness again. Time well spent, and we loved every second of it. 

We cannot know for certain how long we have here. We cannot foresee the trials or misfortunes that will test us along the way. We cannot know God's plan for us.

What we can do is to live out our lives as best we can with purpose, and love, and joy. We can treat others with the kindness and respect that we wish for ourselves. We can learn from our mistakes and grow from our failures. And we can strive at all costs to make a better world, so that someday, if we are blessed with the chance to look back on our time here, we can know that we spent it well; that we made a difference; that our fleeting presence had a lasting impact on the lives of other human beings.

— Barack Obama

July 15, 2013


This past week brought about another milestone for the staff and volunteers at Angels of Assisi and the Regional Center for Animal Control and Protection. For the first time, animals were allowed to be adopted straight from the pound without long waits, pre-arranged appointments, and phone tags.

Here is how the process used to work:

- Family sees an animal at the pound and expresses interest.
- Family is told they cannot adopt straight from the pound.
- Family fills out an adoption interest form.
- Family is confused on how or who to go to for application.
- Busy RCACP staff tries to filter info to area rescue groups, who are also very busy.
- Cracks are filled with requests, misinformation, and frustration.

On July 1, the municipalities officially became in charge of the pound. Shortly after, RCACP staff approached Angels of Assisi and asked if we would come on-site to facilitate adoptions once or twice a month. We really liked the idea, so much that we thought it best to do it up right. Why not simplify the process and have a dedicated Angels of Assisi staff member at RCACP everyday throughout the week, and make it easy for folks to adopt?

If this past week is any indication of the good things that can come from breaking down the barriers, we'll take it!

Thank you to the RCACP staff and volunteers for all the help in getting the animals adopted, and thank you to the Angels of Assisi staff for adding in extra spay/neuter surgeries and paperwork. Mostly, we thank the families who choose to take one of these animals and give them a place to call home.

Simplify, simplify, simplify.
― Henry David Thoreau

July 8, 2013


Dear Angels of Assisi,

I wanted to send a follow-up to express my gratitude for all the work that you accomplish each and every day. Lucky, a.k.a. Dakota, (I changed his name to better suit his situation- he is one very 'lucky' husky ) is doing wonderfully, and I can't begin to express what a wonderful addition he is to my family.

Thank you for 'saving' him. He's absolutely perfect!


Julia, Al & Lucky

Check Out

Shea and her owner getting checked out from the Angels of Assisi wellness clinic. So far this year, over 4000 pets have been seen for regular exams and updated shots. We thank you all for the support, and the commitment to keeping your pets healthy!