Thursday, April 16, 2009

It’s Moving Day!

By Elena Battles, Chief Operating Officer

I know, I know...we said that last month! As I told the HSSV team, no, your eyes are not deceiving you and this is not a late April Fool's Day joke. We are moving our remaining departments, teams, and animals to the Animal Community Center on Sunday, April 19th!

It’s been a long road to this incredibly exciting day. As with any construction project, particularly one this large, that road has sometimes been bumpy and crooked and sometimes smooth and straight. In that way, it’s not that much different from working in animal welfare. The love, passion, and commitment we have for animals in our care make any challenge worth doing, whatever it takes to succeed. As a bonus, we all have added a few new words to our vocabulary. Who knew when I joined HSSV that one day I’d be talking punch lists, coving, and VOCs like a pro?!

Over the next three days, we’ll finish prepping the Community Center animal habitats with fluffy blankets, cozy beds, and fun toys so that each cat, dog, and rabbit will feel comfortable in their new cage-free space. On Sunday, our dedicated team of staff and volunteers will help move the ~150 animals presently in our care to the Animal Community Center. Each person will make sure that the animal(s) they bring over is settled and comfortable in their habitat…a few minutes of gentle touch and soothing words from a kind soul.

I’ll be back next week to report on how the move went, but I hope you won’t wait for that. Come see the Animal Community Center for yourself- we’re open for business Monday, April 20!

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