IHAD 2010

IHAD Recap 2010 Volunteering: An Inspired Endeavor

Lose yourself in generous service, and every day can be a most unusual day; a triumphant day; an abundantly rewarding day.  - William Arthur Ward, author, scholar, pastor and teacher I came up with the theme of this year's event after reading the thousands of emails that end up in my inbox year after year. Stories of ordinary people accomplishing the extraordinary - transports all over the country: rescuers spend their time, money, love and tears to get animals to their forever home or out of a kill shelter to a foster home. Their homes are practically bursting at the seams, their spouse is putting their foot down and yet they take in just one more animal who is suffering or has no place to go. They make midnight runs to the emergency room because they’ve come across an animal who is injured and cannot wait until the regular vet opens in the morning. They spend thousands upon thousands of their own money to pay for food, supplies, vet care, and medicine to get an animal ready for adoption. It is the spark that moves them to bottle feed infant orphans, to clean up messy crates and to spend sleepless nights walking the floor to make sure that a sick animal makes it through the night. It is the path with heart. To quote Carlos Castaneda: All the paths are the same: they lead nowhere. There are paths going through the bush, or into the bush. In my own life, I could say I have traversed long, long paths, but I am not anywhere. My benefactor's question has meaning now. Does this path have a heart? If it does, the path is good, if it doesn't, it is of no use. So, here's to you, The Rescuer, The Volunteer, the one the public comes to because they don't know where to go or aren’t interested in acting on their own. It is your heart that sparks you to volunteer, it is an inspired endeavor. The following organizations and vendors participating with us this year.

Advocacy

Bikers Against Animal Cruelty CT Votes for Animals International Society for Animal Rights

Rescue

3 Bunnies Rabbit Rescue Angeldogz: call us for email address Circle of Hope K9 Rescue Connecticut Cat Connection – Cat Haven German Shepherd Rescue of New England Protectors of Animals Safe Haven Wildlife Rehabilitation Center Siamese Cat Rescue Center (There is a local contact for this group. Please contact us for the email.) The Chi Society of CT We Adopt Greyhounds Unable to attend: Catales, Inc.

Vendors

Collar Corner: call us for phone and/or email JesJams Ancillary Ware Music provided by Tom Reily and Slim. Food from the Lion's Den in Hartford.

Photos from IHAD 2010

Photos by Marisa Basso (click on photo to advance faster)