when i took the very first steps in the beginning of SAINTS...for a few moments in time, i was alone. but it was just for a couple of thundering in the silence heartbeats before support for SAINTS started to grow. the first to hold out a hand that held our future hope were a few who knew me and had helped me in rescuing animals before...and then new people stepped in and joined us on the senior and special needs road.
together we have gotten this far...seven years into the journey that holds the end of the lives of the animals in our arms.
when maggie first proposed the 1000 saints idea..i thought it was an utter brain storm. it is the first sustainable long term plan that we would have to see us not only into the future but help us to deal with each day that we now have.
i think maggie secretly hoped that the 1000 saints army would grow in a blink of an eye..well it is not. it is growing slowly..first 1 1000 saint and then 2, next there were 5 and 12 and today there are 24.
it might look somewhat disappointing to some but to me it not only brings $600 per month of peace of mind but the well lived knowledge that the numbers of 1000 saints will continue to grow.
we are a long way away from our goal of a fully self sufficient and self sustaining fundraising program to cover the monthly costs of senior and special needs animal sanctuary care. and so what? rome was not built in a day and neither was saints. we are just finishing our 7th year of saintsrescue.ca.
and when i looked back at the animals who have benefitted..i mean really benefitted from the work we have done...to have found compassion, respect, dignity, medical care and love at the end of their days when all hope was supposedly gone...i know that we have done well.
my favorite saying is...hope floats til it sinks. i only partially believe this because i don't believe in standing by and passively watching homeless and unwanted, senior and special needs animals sink.
i am ok with the 24 1000 saints because tomorrow or the next day, it will be 25 and then one day it will be 50 and 100 and 642.
but to help us all out here i would like to suggest that becoming a 1000 saints might make someone...(like esther or tess or morgan or the rock or ellie or percy or pops or gideon or crosby or floyd....) a really great christmas present that will sustain and enrich many senior and special needs animal's lives!
so when someone asks you, what would you like for christmas? maybe it is one more person in the compassionate army of 1000 saints to help sustain and build farther into the dream?