Folks, we try. We really, truly try to “please everyone all of the time.” But sometimes you just can’t. Our first and foremost concern here at the Homer Animal Shelter is the safety and welfare of the animals. We try and accommodate everyone that walks in those doors looking for a cat or dog. But occasionally it is just not a stable, safe, and/or loving environment and we will in that case say “No.”
We do not place cats as “mousers,” or in predominately outdoor situations. Cats are toward the bottom of a food chain out there, prey to eagles, owls, wolves, coyotes and roaming dogs. The list of predators in this area is long. Also cats prey on smaller birds out of doors; the mortality numbers for just one single house cat are staggering. Nor will we knowingly adopt out a cat if you have plans to “de-claw” (a procedure which both the Humane Society and the SPCA are firmly against as cruel and inhumane, with accompanying life-long pain and behavioral issues).
We do not adopt out guard dogs, bear dogs or other such working animals. Again, we are looking to make the best match possible for both you and your pet into a loving and stable home.
We truly value and appreciate all of our wonderful friends and the Forever Homes they provide for these animals in our care. And, without apology, we will continue to ask those hard questions when you come in looking for a dog or cat. We are their voice, and we care! And yes, once in a while we will say “Sorry, no.”
Sherry Bess/ Brian Smith
Homer Animal Shelter
There are so many people to thank for their efforts in the arts these past few weeks. Too many for letters to the editor so instead I thought I would highlight the number of people involved. April started with the Jubilee Gallery Exhibit at Homer Council on the Arts and South Peninsula Hospital, showcasing youth art of 60 students from the Homer area.
A few weeks ago, HCOA had a Broadway Babies Cabaret, directed by Jessica Williams with a cast and crew of 14. There was a crew of volunteers throughout the weeks in preparation and during the shows. As well as the Wasabi crew cooking, and serving appetizers and drinks. There were 168 very entertained members of the audience.
The Jubilee Performing Arts Show featured 65 students with at least 14 supporting staff and volunteers. There were 450 enthusiastic audience members. Announced at Jubilee Show were the 16 recipients of the HCOA Summer Youth Fine Arts Scholarships. Which took another crew of volunteers to review applications, interview and adjudicate the applicants.
Behind every artist there is always a cheerleading team consisting of parents, teachers, friends and mentors. And every event relies on a crew of volunteers for support.
The beauty of all of this is the circle of support: the personal support around each artist, as well as the financial support from each program. Proceeds from the Cabaret will directly support the Homer ARTS Camp in June. Proceeds from Jubilee goes directly into the HCOA Youth Summer Fine Arts Scholarship Fund. The experience of creating art either for an exhibit or a performance, fosters self discipline, self confidence, self esteem, appreciation for others, team work, and fun. All the supportive parents and other adults and friends feed into this positive cycle of support for both the children and adults. And the audience that claps and cheers and supports the performance multiplies the experience by 10 fold.
As for positive thoughts about themselves and their possibilities, I would venture to guess that each person who performed their art or hung their art, had moments of inner delight of their very own that will always be a part of who they are. And those supporting our artists were inspired, with inner moments of self-satisfaction that they were assisting the growth and self awareness of another.
The HCOA mission is to provide everyone in our community with the opportunity to participate and experience the arts. By my conservative calculations, over the past month, HCOA has reached at least 1,000 people in this community and raised almost $8,000 to put back into the community supporting our youth to pursue their artistic interests this summer.
This all sounds like a very good formula for a better world. Thank you Homer for your circle of support for our artistic community.
A “Big” thank you to the Jenson Fund of the Homer Foundation for their donation to Big Brothers Big Sisters and our clothing project fundraiser. Through their generosity we have been able to rent a storage unit to assist us with our clothing donations. Because we do not charge children and families to participate in our mentoring program we rely on fundraisers such as our clothing project to help support our local BBBS program. Thank you, Homer Foundation and also to everyone who donates clothes in our Red Bins at Ulmers and Safeway.
The Homer Invitational Track and Field Meet ushered in spring sports recently at the Homer High School track. With 14 teams in town from as far away as Glennallen, the track was a busy place bustling with athletes, coaches, race officials and spectators. A welcome cadre of community volunteers sporting running shoes was among the crowd. These volunteers are members of the Kachemak Bay Running Club. I want to say a hearty thanks to all you KBRC folks for showing up and volunteering your time and supporting our high school track and field team. Your good cheer and passion for the sport of running and belief in life long healthy lifestyles is great energy to have around. Thank you for all the ways you support Homer youth.
Mariner track and field mom
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