Posted on 2021-01-19 12:13:00
We made it through 2020!
As the person steering our organisation through the stormy waters of 2020, I was at first quite overwhelmed. How would we navigate our way through this? And what exactly was “this” even? Over the next few months, we experienced fear, sorrow, dreadful loss and unprecedented challenges. All of which forced us to stretch and grow and learn more than we ever thought possible.
The most important lesson we learned was that we could not do it alone. Our colleagues, volunteers, Committee Members and Trustees all stepped up to ensure that we not only survived, but thrived against all the odds. Mostly, we could not have done it without YOU – each one of you – our loyal donors, supporters and bequestors. Our appeals for financial help were unfailingly met with your incredible generosity, heartfelt messages of support, and genuine concern for the animals in our care.
Thanks to you, I can put my hand on my heart and tell you that never once were our high standards of animal care compromised because of the pandemic. Our passionate team – from the live-in lockdown team, to inspectors, clinic and other key staff working overtime and weekends without compensation – enabled us to meet the crisis head on, rescuing, housing, treating, rehabilitating and re-homing a truly incredible number of animals.
We know things are not going to miraculously return to normal this year. But we are ready for the challenge. Luckily, the animals are none the wiser and still wag their tails or purr happily when they see us. As long as we can continue to provide for them, with your help, we can ask for nothing more. Thank you from the bottom of my heart. You can be really proud of the SPCA that you support. I am.