Caring About Yard Care – August Sanctuary Update

Hi Everyone!
It may not feel like it yet, but summer is showing signs of drawing to a close. It’s a little darker in the morning and the evening. And the breezes have been a little cooler. Summer is a great time at the sanctuary. The dogs and cats get out on bigger adventures. The staff gets to enjoy the outdoors. And entertaining wildlife is everywhere you look. But none of the joys of summer at the sanctuary would be possible without the hard, sweaty work of our Facilities Caretaker, Tom, and his team of dedicated yard care volunteers. Lawn mowing barely scratches the surface of all they do. They tend the gardens, keep the play yards from getting engulfed in brush, keep the trails clear, and keep the dog cottages yards from being covered in weeds. And this year held some extra special challenges. We had to build a safer shortcut to the White Trail into the woods, we had to move our bridges back into place after a flooding storm, and we had some significant cleanup after Hurricane Henri. None of what we do here would be possible without the workers keeping the beautiful piece of land in good condition. So I’d like to take this opportunity to thank Tom, Jim and Chris, Jeff, Kyle, Michele, and Katie.

Jim meets our sweet new guest, Kiwi! She appreciates a nice garden when she sees one (or pees on one!).
Kyle weed whacks at the Sanctuary by the parking lot while Tom mows it to perfection!
Jeff is spotted mowing the lawns at our Sanctuary! Our fields as well as play yards require regular mowing in the summer months for the dogs to enjoy!
Jim and his wife Chris worked on weeding the gardens outside of the dog cottages. Thank you for making them so gorgeous!
Long time cat volunteer Michele also spends time caring for the gardens.
Tom (left) and Jim (right) put in fresh soil for our beautiful lilies planted outside of the dog cottages!

Ripley’s Corner Office
Hi Everyone!
Work, work, work! It seems like that’s all you two-leggers do all the time. Now there’s some work that is absolutely vital, namely cleaning my box and getting me my food, but once that’s done, I think you all need a bit of a break. Wouldn’t it be nice to take a dog for a walk, or have a seat and let your favorite grey tabby snuggle on your lap? The end of summer is coming fast, and with it, the busy pace of fall. Make sure you fit in some relaxing visits to the sanctuary while you can. Work can wait a little while longer.
Thanks!
Ripley

And of Course…Adoptions!!
The August heat seems to have slowed everything down, including adoptions. Excellent pair Wayne and Garth went home this month, which made room for the adorable Bumblebee.

Thank you all so much for whatever way you support us and our mission. We couldn’t do it without you.
Jon Phillips

Sanctuary Director

jon@ourcompanions.org

860-726-8533

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