Dear CGPR volunteers,
I am writing this letter as a cry for help in keeping pyr rescue alive after Martha’s retirement. I would first like to thank all of you who have already messaged me your willingness to help should I take over the group at the beginning of 2016, and must apologize to those to whom I have not been able to respond. For those of you who don’t already know me, I currently already have a very busy life, as I put in at least 50-60 hours a week to run my grooming salon and kennel. As it appears right now, I am the only volunteer with the facilities to house and care for the big dogs. However, I am not currently in a position to take over the daily tasks of running the rescue, as it is basically another business.
At this time, I am able to care for and handle vetting for the majority of the dogs in foster and nothing else. I am in negotiations with the Town of Indian Trail to add a wing to my existing kennel to house as many as 12 pyrs. However, the permit process is looking quite tedious. At the moment I am at the point where I will need to complete an application for the permit, then will also need an architect to draw up a site plan, which might be costly. Once this is complete I will be required to go before the Indian Trail town council and beg them to allow the addition. Fortunately, I have friends in high places and don’t believe the permit will be a problem. Once the permit is acquired I will need fundraisers to raise the majority of the monies to build the addition. Without the addition, I could foster 4-5 pyrs in my current space, which is also a more temporary/permanent option if enough in home fosters step forward.
It is my understanding via Martha that all of the transport and home checking volunteers will remain intact. Stephen & Rose have graciously offered to remain in charge of all media, including upkeep of Facebook and website. Before making my final decision, I would like to now reach out to all of you for needs, and ask as you respond to be very specific as to what you are willing/able to do. If you all would please send your responses directly to me at firstname.lastname@example.org, I promise to respond as quickly as I can. I appreciate everyone’s understanding that it might take a few days for me to respond, as my busiest time of the work year begins next week with Thanksgiving, and ends at New Years.
Here is my extended, but likely still not all inclusive, list of needs to keep the rescue going:
- Architect, or has connections with one willing to donate time for the site pan, please let me know ASAP
- Someone who is involved in the construction industry who might be able to donate time and materials to help build the annex
- CGPR Vice President, someone able to handle emails(Martha says sometimes 100 a day), and the returning of phone calls on a daily basis, as well as assisting me with coordinating pick up and delivering of the dogs to my kennel
- CGPR Secretary, who can help the VP with some of these tasks, and maybe even the updating of forms, fliers for events, etc
- CGPR Treasurer, preferably someone local I can trust to help manage the finances. It turns out my personal CPA Is a pyr lover and might be willing to assist in this category
- CGPR Event Planning and volunteers to attend events. Most events are on Saturdays, and I will be unable to be present. We have a volunteer(attn Lisa Hite) who is interested in this job task, but will need a committee to assist her
I understand this is a lot to ask. We have all become accustomed to Martha and her superhero talents to handle this all by herself, but now I believe it is time for us all to band together to continue her legacy in the best way possible. Just to let you all be aware, this is not my first rescue rodeo. I have been involved with 8-10 rescues at a time for 20 years, and I have the strength to say no to those we can’t help, yet strive to help as many as I can that are salvageable. I will never expect anyone to make the tough decisions of letting some of the dogs slip past us.
The dogs will for the most part will be groomed and maintained by myself and existing staff, so please keep in mind these other tasks are my main priority in filling for the time being.
Hopefully, all else will fall into place over time.
Please take time out of your day to thank our beloved Martha for all she’s done in 24 years for our favorite breed, and also to consider her privacy after her much deserved retirement. We can do this and give her enough peace if we all work together. Thank you for your time and thoughts and I look forward to hearing from you!