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Coffee Break: When the Public Came Through for Your Organization

Can you tell us about a time when the public came through for your organization in a big way? That’s the question we asked for this issue’s Coffee Break, and you responded with stories of how your communities stepped up in times of need.

In October 2008, we had a fire at our shelter. We were very lucky that with the help of many of our neighbors, we were able to get all of the animals out safely. Many people in our community came forward to provide foster care for our animals—and many of them wound up adopting their fosters! The financial support, as well as donated items to help us get back on our feet, was amazing!

Susan Frisch, manager, Dessin Animal Shelter, Honesdale, Pennsylvania

Due to budget cuts, our community discontinued its recycling program. Our league collected aluminum beverage cans, which is a large portion of our yearly budget. We were given the names of local salvage companies who would take the cans if they were paid a fee for the Dumpster and freight. The league did a publicity blitz and used word-of-mouth to let villagers know we were still collecting cans. After only three weeks, the collection bin was full to the top, and we were back in the recycling business. “It takes a village,” and ours pulled through for the animals.

Mary McCullough, vice president, Hot Springs Village Animal Welfare League, Hot Springs Village, Arkansas

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