Donor Profile: Meet Joan O. Brodeur from Enfield
Joan and her great-grand-niece Bella
Joan has been a dedicated Our Companions donor since 2004. In 2014, Joan became a member of Our Companion’s Forever Home Society when she included Our Companions in her estate plans. In July of 2015, Joan adopted two cats (Frankie and Ashley) from Our Companions’ Sanctuary in Ashford whom she loves and spoils each and every day.
Interview with Joan
How did you learn about Our Companions?
It was a long time ago, but to the best of my recollection, I heard an interview on the radio where you were explaining Our Companions and its mission, and then shortly after that I read an article in the paper about Our Companions. Needless to say, both these events impressed me.
Why did you decide that Our Companions was a charity you wanted to support?
I was particularly fascinated with Our Companions’ concept of the Sanctuary where animals live in a home-like environment while they prepare for their forever homes. What a wonderful idea…this made me look deeper into Our Companions, and the more I learned the more I was impressed. My love of animals and their welfare has always been a part of my life.
What has surprised you most about Our Companions as you got to know the organization over the years?
The leadership of the organization has been very impressive. I’ve known many animal lovers in my life, some gave money, some gave time, some gave whatever talent they had to a fundraiser, but I’ve never known people to give themselves over body and soul to an idea and actually make that idea become a reality. And I’ve been impressed by everyone at Our Companions I’ve had personal contact with. To say it is a remarkable group doesn’t begin to capture what I think of Our Companions.
What might someone be surprised to know about you?
45-50 years ago, while living in Cheyenne, Wyoming, my husband and I helped form a group called The Cheyenne Animal Shelter. Within a few years, we took over the town-run dog pound. It eventually became a million-dollar humane animal shelter which, to my knowledge, still exists. Nothing compared to Our Companions, of course, but still a step in the right direction, with spaying and neutering a must. That was radical 50 years ago.
What would you tell someone who is thinking about (donating, volunteering, adopting, etc.)?
Anything you do for, or anything you give to, Our Companions helps the animals tenfold and you can go out to the animal Sanctuary and see it for yourself in the eyes of the animals. Don’t hesitate – If you love animals, this is the right organization for you to get involved with.
Frankie and Ashley