Wow. What a year this has been – and we’re only halfway in! The past three months have pushed many of us to rethink how we’ve been doing things and why we’re doing them. So, in between cleaning out closets, cabinets and computer files I, too, have taken this gift of time to take a hard look at where our organization fits in these days.
During the past (almost) ten years, harnesslife.org has touched many lives in positive ways. We’ve reached out to enlighten through our various workshops for kids and adults. We’ve helped pets and their owners, rescuers and cat trappers. We’ve tried unique ways to support, share and subsidize. Sometimes we were right; sometimes we were wrong. But in the end I’d like to think that our efforts accomplished our mission to build a better future for local pets and their people.
However, the reality now is that we are no longer able to make that same positive impact in today’s “new normal” way of operating. Therefore, we’ve made the profoundly difficult decision to close down harnesslife.org by the end of 2020.
To be completely truthful, I’ve been contemplating what it would be like to close for almost two years now. Recent events and conditions have just accelerated the decision.
Please know that I value each and every volunteer who so willingly shared their time, expertise, and enthusiasm to make our non-profit the very best it could be. I am continually amazed and humbled by the support from our community, friends and family, too. On a personal note, I have been truly blessed to meet and become friends with many absolutely amazing people. I have learned so much from every one of you. Oh, what a journey it’s been. . . I will never be able to thank you all enough.
So Now What?
We’ll be continuing our TNR subsidies through the end of October (or sooner, if the funds run out) to support any Hunterdon trappers for as long as we possibly can. We will also continue our Pet Food Project to help any local pet owners who may be struggling to feed their pets because of recent business closings and employee layoffs.
Another Thought . . .
There are an awful lot of skills needed to run a non-profit – even a small one. I would encourage everyone who’s reading this to take your passion for a cause, coupled with that “something wonderful” that you can do, and reach out to volunteer with an organization that’s making a difference in today’s crazy world.
You can bet that I will be.