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November 19, 2008 > Ohlone Humane Society: The reason behind our season

Ohlone Humane Society: The reason behind our season

This is the season for giving thanks. There are a couple reasons behind the success of the 2008 season at the Ohlone Humane Society Wildlife Rehabilitation Center. This is the 11th year that the support, generosity and compassion of our members and the community has allowed us to provide the wildlife of the Tri-City area a second chance.

Each year approximately 1200 wild animals in need come through our door and into our care. We work diligently in meeting our #1 goal and that is the eventual release of each animal back to to the wild where they belong. None of this would be possible without the dedication and hard work of each and every one of our volunteers. Not only do they play a vital role in our success but they are truly compassionate, unique individuals. Over the last 5 years I have had the opportunity to meet some amazing people - volunteers, members of the community who are critical first responders in the rescue of these animals and the best Animal Service/Control Officers in the field. Often our volunteers go to extraordinary lengths to help animals in need without so much as a thank you. On behalf of those who cannot speak for themselves I extend my gratitude for the compassion you demonstrate over and over again without public recognition.

I am so blessed and priveleged to have the opportunity each day to appreciate species that some only read about or see in pictures. Each species is as unique as the vital roles they play in their habitats. The diversity of these species and the complexity of their relationship within their delicate ecosystems is hanging in the balance. There is no greater feeling than being a part of something that is bigger than yourself and beyond the scope of reason or measure. This is something we can all achieve and experience by teaching our children at a very young age to respect and have compassion for all living things including our planet Mother Earth. We can all make a diffence and the time is now and not just for this season. Give back, give thanks, teach respect and compassion each and every day and demonstrate it through your actions. Never take a moment for granted because we have no guarantee of another tomorrow. Take time to appreciate your friends, your family, your companion animals, the wildlife, nature, the beauty of this planet, the things you have to be grateful for at this moment in time and, most importantly, the gift of life.

Looking back at this past year, there are many reasons for giving thanks this season and every day. First and foremost, I am thankful for the gift of life and celebrating life as well. OHS Wildlife was adopted by it's first corporate sponsor Amcore Sunclipse North America this year. We are so grateful for their support and sponsorship and the generosity of their six local company divisions and employees of Mercury Container, Master Box, Kent Landsberg-San Jose, Kent-Landsberg-Hayward, Master Assembly and Silicon Valley Container. These companies and their employees held a donation drive for items from our supply wish list and raised $547 dollars through creative ideas such as selling water balloons for $1 to the employees to throw at targets hung around the necks of their supervisors (who graciously took a beating on our behalf).

I am thankful for the relationships I have made over the years and the individuals I have met. Many of these I consider to be friends and family. I am grateful to the friends and family of Laura White and to have had the opportunity to have known her. Laura became a volunteer withus three seasons ago. This year, her time here with us and her family and friends was cut short by her untimely death. Her family and friends made donations to OHS Wildlife Rehabilitation Center on her behalf. She is forever in my heart and is truly missed. I extend my most heartfelt condolences to her family and friends. On behalf of OHS Wildlife, I express our gratitude for your kindness and celebrate her life and life itself.

I am thankful to have the opportunity to be part of a collective effort in each animal's journey from start to finish through the rehabilitation process. The end result of this process is a second chance to know what it means to have been born wild and free, a natural birthright to which these animals are entitled.

Thank you all for your continued support and your compassion for the wildlife of Tri-City.

Happy Holidays!

David Anderson, RVT
Center Manager -OHS Wildlife Rehabilitation Center

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