January 21, 2015

Amor Vincit Omnia

Another large shipment of beautifully hand knit blankets arrived yesterday, a gift for the cats in our adoption center. They came in solid colors, in patterns, in primary colors, and in pastels. Each was pristinely handcrafted, and beautiful.

These donations are very special to us, and are completely given from the heart. You see, the lady who so painstakingly knits them suffers from Alzheimer's Disease. There are many things she can't remember anymore, but her hands have never forgotten how to handcraft gifts of love. And those who love her, bring them to us.

Our cats in the adoption center will each be going home with one of these precious gifts, and we know that their creator will feel the warmth our Angels of Assisi family is sending back to her.


January 17, 2015

Eyes Wide Open

When Marley came through the door at Angels of Assisi, it was impossible to tell his front from his back. Matted fur hung clump after clump to the floor, and his back legs were twice the size of normal because of the excessive hair wound tight around them. We had to pull back the hair stuck to his face to find his eyes, and the stench was overwhelming.

After sedation, Marley was painstakingly shaved down. Mats were entwined in his toes, ears, and globed all over his entire body. In the days afterwards, he did not know exactly how to feel, and it took him a minute to get his bearings. But with a little time, patience, and medications he did, and we were all delighted the first time he played with a toy. The transformation continued, and last weekend he got his very own family.

We wish you every happiness, little Marley Monster Dog. Thanks for being brave enough to overcome some pretty major obstacles, and know that you are safe now and forevermore.

We do not need magic to transform our world.
We carry all the power we need inside ourselves already.
J.K. Rowling


January 13, 2015


 A social media post from the Martinsville Henry County SPCA:

 This is an offer to the person who left a box of 7 puppies on the SPCA doorstep this morning. Please let us help you with your momma dog. We will assist you in getting her spayed so you are not forced to make this decision again. No judgement. Your puppies are safe and sound and we are happy to rehome them. They are adorable!

Thank you for the kindness and compassion shown in your message to the person who left the puppies. The reassurance that the puppies will be safe was wonderful, and what a kind gesture it was to comment on how adorable they are.

I believe this message is a true testament to what a humane society, spca, rescue group should be- a safe haven to help with animals when the owners cannot. The reasons for this may vary, and I think we need to ask ourselves a few questions before we are quick to judge people, one being: how many paychecks away am I from not being able to pay for my bills, home, and ultimately pets?

Big props to the Martinsville Henry County Humane Society for making a tough situation easier for all involved. My guess is that mama dog will be in for spay, and even if she is not, you have taken down roadblocks and paved the path with kindness for others to get the help they need.