Thursday, May 9, 2019

Thankful Thursday - A Special Gift

Our regular readers may know that I volunteer for the Jackon Galaxy Project's Cat Pawsitive Pro Program by writing updates on the shelters that participate in the program.



Our wonderful program manager, Christie, makes sure all of the volunteers get a thank you gift at the end of the semester. The gifts arrived a little early this time because she didn't want to miss out on a special opportunity. 

I was elated when I opened mine! Christie sent us all a Mutts comic strip personally autographed by Patrick McDonnell.

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This is special to me for a few reasons. One is that Lola came from NYACC. Another is I'm a huge Mutts fan! I look forward to the daily antics of Mooch and Earl because they really brighten my day. 

Patrick McDonnell started the Shelter Stories series 20 years ago in honor of National Animal Shelter Awareness Week. A few years ago I had the pleasure of hearing Patrick speak at a screening of Shelter Me here in NYC. I loved hearing the stories of the real Earl and Mooch and seeing Patrick's genuine love of animals. It was a heartwarming film and made me love the comic strip even more. 


In an age where many people prefer compensation for their work vs. volunteering, getting involved in CPP has been a wonderful experience for me. I've met great people, I get to hear first-hand stories from shelters about the success of the program, as well as happy tales of cats, previously considered unadoptable, finding their forever homes. In a world that can be stressful at times, this brings me joy. All of the writers are genuinely appreciated by both Christie and Jackson, and I love being part of such a great team! 

Thank you! 

If you'd like to read about more things that people are thankful for, hop on over to Brian's Blog



Dawn

19 comments:

  1. What a wonderful way to say thank you for all your, and your co program supporters hard work. I have to admire not only Patrick's work and talent but also devotion to the cause. So many people each giving what they can in time and skills to make good things happen.... wonderful!
    Purrs
    ERin

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  2. What an awesome gift! We volunteer as a therapy cat team, and consider the fact we CAN do it as its own reward... but it is so nice to be acknowledged too.

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  3. What a great gift. We think it is pretty special, and my mom likes that cartoon too.

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  4. What a special gift! We know your mom will treasure it forever.

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  5. That gift is so wonderful and y'all should be really proud to have it autographed and purrsonilized. Thanks for all you do to help others and thanks for joining the Thankful Thursday Blog Hop!

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  6. What a terrific cartoon, and it's a worthy gift for your volunteer work. Hang it where you can see it often, which will lift your spirits!

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  7. That is a wonderful gift and well deserved!

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  8. Oh! Thank is the coolest thing ever!

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  9. That's an incredibly special gift! I adore the Mutts Shelter Stories.

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  10. That is a special gift. I love Mutts.

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  11. I love Mooch and Earl...ever since I first started reading them. Was a great gift. I would have been thrilled too.

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  12. It's always nice to be recognized - whether you are paid for your services or not. And autographed too!!! Awesome!

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  13. It was so cool to receive this! I love that Patrick took the time out to thank the CPP volunteers.

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  14. I love the Shelter Stories series and I'm happy that people who do difficult, sometimes heart breaking work, are rewarded.
    xxoo

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  15. What a wonderful way to say thank you and it is something we are sure you will treasure. Volunteering is so important to helping all animals and we send you our thanks also

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  16. OMC! That's such a special gift! We love Shelter Stories. :)

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