We are blessed at Haven to have an incredible group of devoted Board Members. One of them is especially precious to me – my very own Ma! She didn’t grow up surrounded by animals and with the passion I have for taking in strays so it has been so much fun to see her perspective as she has been exposed to the wonders of animal rescue and rehab. So… in her own words….
From Haven 12:10 Board Member, Beverly Whitham, Bristol, RI
Words that come to mind when I think of HAVEN are —–
feeding/nurturing/caring/passionate/patience/loving/compassion/commitment/and sometimes a sheer gut feeling with a wing and a prayer.
Being a part of HAVEN 12:10 is a most rewarding experience, indeed. Seeing the compassion/drive/and sheer gut that goes into everything she does, CJ has made a wonderful sanctuary for numerous pets and needy animals. Her involvement in the community and passion for “finding” and helping to rehab the animals is amazing.
I was a participant in the feeding/nurturing of a little pup…. taken too soon from its mother and helped bottle feed and cuddle the little one. Needless to say, it was most rewarding to see that – Murphy – became a member of CJ’s pack and was finally -at about a healthy 60 lbs. – adopted and has a wonderful new family in PA and will live happily ever after!
I was privileged to meet DB Cooper at the Animal Shelter and was so sad to see that he was frightened beyond belief and cowered at the mere touch of a human hand. Of course, CJ was positive that with TLC and nourishment that this pup would turn out fine. Well, home Cooper went with CJ & myself — and she was right!!! Now, Cooper is an energetic, loving pup and ready for a forever home.
Placing a pet with their forever home has its own rewards. Jubilee was placed in a loving home and I was there to witness the joy of bringing a family together with a wonderful dog. They have other dogs and the integration was flawless, thanks to CJ’s planning and recommendations.
It has been an honor and privilege to see the work that HAVEN has done with numerous dogs, cats, horses, and yes, donkeys. Hoping for, as CJ would say,
“Many more opportunities to rescue, rehab, and rehome animals in need.”