What is there to say about this year that hasn’t already been said? It was strange- sure- and stressful too. Some might even say it was the worst year they have experienced thus far. There was definitely a lot of struggle, loss, tragedy, and more. We don’t have to pretend that those things didn’t stink, because they did and a lot of families, individuals, and pets were negatively impacted and faced extreme hardships. A lot of you, our volunteers, were majorly impacted as well, and we know that it wasn’t easy. We have had to come together as a community and be more creative than ever before to find ways to care for one another in a way that would keep us all safe- and that was no small task. But you stepped up- you ALL stepped up- to do what you could to help those in need. 

When we announced that we were closing our doors at the start of the pandemic, we were flooded with emails, texts, calls, messages and more offering to give a shelter pet a temporary foster home. So many animals were able to stay with loving families, some of which became forever families! When a skeleton crew was allowed to come back to the shelter to work in person, you sewed masks, donated cleaning supplies, and made sure the animals had everything else they needed too. When we could finally have a few volunteers back into the shelter each day, many of you jumped at the opportunity and offered help right away, even knowing the risks. You graciously followed our guidelines to keep one another safe and respected your fellow volunteers. You missed out on all of the parties, activities, woods walks, and all of the other fun parts of being a volunteer, but kept on helping out anyway. 

We are a small facility, we don’t have the latest and greatest equipment or the money to buy a lot of brand new supplies, but we do have the most important secret ingredient any organization can have- and that is you. Compassionate, dedicated, volunteers and supporters who would do anything to ensure that all of the homeless animals that walk through our doors receive whatever care they may need in order to get a second chance at life. That quality truly shined through during this past year. Without your help, we would not have been able to help all of the animals that came through our doors. In person, not in person- it didn’t matter. You all showed up when we needed you the most and that is what defines members of the LHS family- loyal, dedicated, and willing to do whatever it takes to help shelter pets, and one another.

Animals like Patches, Rambo, Annie, and others would not have gotten all and the love and attention they deserved if it weren’t for you! From the bottom of our hearts, we thank you for all that you have done and continue to do to make sure the animals at the shelter get the love and attention they need and deserve. We wish you and your loved ones a safe and happy 2021 and look forward to seeing you in the new year!

Best Wishes,

Your LHS Family



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