January 22, 2012
In my time volunteering with CARA, I have had the opportunity to meet and work with a number of great people who strive to meet the needs of those they care and/or advocate for each day. --- Animal rescue work can be stressful, and in Mississippi, it can be even more so. Lower than average spay/neuter rates combined with mild winters and rural areas (in a state ranking 47th in animal cruelty laws) places a heavy demand on the animal shelters in Mississippi and the Jackson Metro area. However, the CARA shelter staff stays steadfast in the face of adversity, recognizing their mission is to take care of the furry family (all 300 plus dogs and 100 plus cats) that are part of CARA, receiving tail wags, puppy smiles, and cats meows. --- It is costly to operate an animal shelter, providing food, warmth, medical care, and comfort to the 400 plus furry friends at CARA It is a silent cost in society that is readily ignored in the public, at least in Mississippi as most shelters operate purely as non-profits with little or no government support, despite it being a societal issue. Nonetheless, the CARA Board and its members continually look for new ways to raise funds to support those they volunteered to take care of, competing for grants, competing in contests, developing new fundraisers, coming up with new items to sell, figuring out ways to conserve dollars, all to take care of those they volunteered to give for, and in return, receive the gift of barking dogs, lickies, purring kittens, smiling pups. --- In the end, volunteering with CARA is about a love for the animals, doing what is needed to take care of them, and it is an experience that is rewarded with the simplest gift of all, the gift of a dog or cat who says thank you for being with me today, and the gift we get for being with them.
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