March 20, 2020

Dear Volunteers,

Amid the sobering news and situation we are all facing currently, we need to find  balance by focusing on what we can celebrate, what brings us joy. What a perfect way to begin by saying, Happy Spring Everyone!

There are so many simple ways we can bring relief from these uncertain times– getting out in nature (of course, practicing social distancing), cooking or baking, working on a crafts project you had tucked away for a rainy day, reading good books, listening to music, practicing yoga, meditating, watching movies, and of course, spending time with your animals! It is said that laughter is the best medicine and there is a lot of truth to that. When you laugh, the brain is stimulated to shift from the “flight, fight, freeze” stress response to one of relaxation and ease. Find something that makes you laugh and LOL :-).

Candace and I plan to send you at least a weekly email with important updates from the shelter as well as the “good news” stories. We want to hear from you about the things you are doing to keep your immune system healthy and balancing the feelings of stress. If you want to share these activities with us, we can share them with all of the volunteers through weekly emails. It is a wonderful way to stay connected, get to know each other a little better, and have fun!

To start, I am enjoying on-line yoga classes, making soups, baking, daily walks, and hanging out with my cats (and my husband). Candace is enjoying extra walks and personal training sessions with her dog Boomer!

We want to share a brief update from the shelter: as of this morning, our shelter population was down to 4 dogs and 33 cats. Essential Animal Care staff is caring for the animals in the shelter, with help from the Animal Services Officers during the overnight hours.

We also wanted to share The Noseletter, the Behavior & Training newsletter. You’ll find some happy endings stories, interesting links to entertain and inform, and other shelter news. Also click here for a very engaging video sure to bring a smile to your face.

We miss you all and hope to see you in April. In the meantime, be well and take good care of yourselves and your families.

Anne and Candace