October 12th
Gratitude - what we are thankful for.

This year, in particular, we’ve all been through our fair share of challenges. COVID-19 has impacted every single one of us in one way or another. Frustration and uncertainty are on everyone’s mind. Yet, despite all of these challenges, we must recognize that we still have a lot to be thankful for. Gratitude is what will get us through these challenging times! 

This year, the staff at the Humane Society had to adjust to a whole new operating process. When the pandemic was first declared, we were forced to close our shelters to the public, all in person programs were cancelled and some staff were laid off. 

Then slowly, we moved to a new model. Although our shelters still remain closed to the public, adoptions and events have resumed online, our animal hospital and our spay/neuter clinics have reopened and laid off staff were rehired. To allow for social distancing many of our staff continue to work from home. To reduce the number of animals (and staff needed to care for them), we’ve turned to our foster families. Since March our foster parents took in an impressive 377 animals and that is one of the many things that we are grateful for.

“I am thankful to be surrounded by wonderful, hardworking individuals, that put the needs of animals first, before their own.” ( Becky Wells, our Interim Manager, Animal Care) 

With a reduced number of staff physically working in the shelters, the rest of us, myself included continue working from home. Since joining the Humane Society in June, I’ve only had one opportunity – a retirement BBQ for our Animal Control Officer, Gary Boes to meet the majority of my colleagues in person. My daily interactions with staff are mainly through Zoom, emails and phone calls. As a new employee in a Marketing and Communications role, it takes a fair bit of extra effort to ‘feel the pulse’ of an organization. That is why I’m grateful for my colleagues, who patiently answer my numerous questions, explain our policies and procedures and listen to my ideas.

One of the things that really stood out to me right from the beginning is the support from you – our animal welfare ambassadors. I was only in my role for a month when Mildred (the dog found in a plastic bag on a side of the road) was brought to our Kitchener shelter. Your response to "Mildred Needs your Help Campaign" was astounding. With over $20,000 raised, Mildred's medical needs were covered and the remaining funds went to helps other vulnerable animals in need. Please continue to show your kindness and support. We are truly grateful for it.

I’d like to leave you with a beautiful quote from our Executive Director, Kathrin Delutis.

“I am thankful for my family….my biological family, my friends who I have chosen to be family and my KWSP Humane Society family. For me family is about being loved unconditionally; family adds balance to my life; as a family we love and support one another.  My family pushes me to be the best person I can be, to inspire my loved ones. I am so very thankful for my family!”

Happy Thanksgiving everyone.

By: Anya Barradas, Manager, Marketing and Communications