Dear CAHS Community,
Saving the lives of animals is truly a community effort. Did you know that we are surrounded by every day heroes?
Paddy O’Paws, our live virtual fundraiser, revealed just how many Humane Heroes we have in our community. This was the first time that our beloved Paddy auction was held virtually. It took an incredible amount of coordination and planning to make the experience just as meaningful as our typical in-person event. Fortunately, the hard work of our staff paid off. We had close to one hundred members in attendance, and bids were high on some terrific items. In total, we raised over $50,000! Each and every person who participated in our live and silent auction, or donated directly as a Humane Hero, has acted as a hero to animals in need.
Each year we rescue and adopt out hundreds of animals. We can accomplish this work only because of your support. Thanks to our devoted community members for saving lives. Special thanks to the local restaurants who made our night delicious, as well as my co-hosts, Knute Orgen, and Thom Pollard, who made the night entertaining.
Who else can we thank? I want to thank our newest corporate sponsors as well: Poppy & Vale, a beautiful new store in North Conway, Julie Chin of Rockstar Luxe – Keller Realty, and James Patry of Androscoggin Valley Health Care. We are so appreciative of their sponsorship and want to encourage our community members to support these local, animal-friendly businesses. If you have a business and would like to join in this opportunity to be a Humane Hero, please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org. You can also visit our sponsorship page for more information.
Every single person can be a Humane Hero by supporting our shelter. Please donate here. You can be a hero at any level of giving, as all amounts are helpful. In addition to providing a one-time donation, you can choose to become a monthly donor. We appreciate monthly donors as we rely on this consistent support stream in light of unpredictable rescues and rehabilitation cases. You can help purchase items on our shelter wishlist, or make a donation in honor of a loved one. We have a medical support fund for animals in need of costly care, and want to encourage you to consider planned giving options as well.
You can find more information about all of these ways to give on our new website. While you’re visiting our new site, be sure to take a good look around. There are some neat features, including a page where you can share your pet adoption stories with the world!
Looking for other ways to help? As the weather warms and the world slowly reopens, consider a dog park membership to get your dog some exercise and socialization in a beautiful, wooded setting. You can also consider the possibility of joining our strong force of volunteers. Our volunteers help with all aspects of operation and are vital to our work. You can also consider fostering an animal in need.
We want our supportive community members to stay connected to CAHS and the important work we do. Stay tuned for more events announcements on our Facebook page, and be sure to subscribe to our newsletter! We plan to have adoption events and a food drive as spring sets in, and we don’t want you to miss them!
Thank you to our heroic community, and the many Humane Heroes that save lives each day. Again, we are truly thankful for community support which comes in so many forms. This is hard and heartwarming work, and we could not do it without you.
Tim Westwig, Executive Director