Begging for Funds Outdoors

Pamela and her ceramics.

We ended up having such a nice time that we stayed for the whole event. There were nice clouds and a brisk breeze that kept us from suffering, but wasn’t real kind to all the little earrings getting sold. Luckily we had heavy pottery and sturdy soaps near us (our friends Jenecia and Burt were also there…after having TWO trucks break down on them).

Burton scratches Pamela’s dog, Ruby, who brought us lots of visitors.

I wish I’d been able to buy the planters I saw, simply made out of 2x4s. I did get some delicious Manley Christopher roasted mango habanero sauce, which is now marinating some pork in the slow cooker. And I got a really cute little vase with birds on it that Pamela made.

Bonus. Cute baby.

Mostly, though, I talked to people. I wandered all over the place talking to people! I ended up giving away a lot of membership applications and brochures, plus got three new memberships and additional contributions to help the animals here in Milam County.

People talked a lot about the feral cat problem here, and we let them know we are trying to amass enough funds to start a neuter and release program. We got a lot of interest when we talked about our planned animal-owner education videos we are working on.

Jenecia and Ripley tell Pam B about their adventures. Look at Jenecia’s cute soaps!

Now, don’t let me kid you. I also talked to my friends. It was a great occasion to get a chance to talk to people when you aren’t working on something. And I saw so many people!

By the way, here’s my blog post on the MTOL site about yesterday. You can now sign up to get that blog via email, too!

Wait, did you say educational videos?

I did. It turns out that the MTOL President, Jean, also has a background in adult learning, training, and instructional design. And we’ve had some recent experiences that showed us that there are many people in the area who aren’t trying to be cruel or negligent to animals; they just don’t know any better.

Thinking about instructional design. Also thinking it’s getting hot. We can soon go to the ranch and work on our outlines.

So, we are dragging our skill-sets out and have started outlining a course to let people learn the minimal standards of animal care, and provide ideas for even better care. Our area has a lot of working dogs, and sometimes they aren’t treated very well. Just a few changes might make a huge difference, and they don’t have to be costly.

Our videos, we hope, will help with that. We will keep you updated on how this project goes. Heaven knows, I need another project, right?

Author: Sue Ann (Suna) Kendall

The person behind The Hermits' Rest blog and many others. I'm a certified Texas Master Naturalist and love the nature of Milam County. I manage technical writers in Austin, help with Hearts Homes and Hands, a personal assistance service, in Cameron, and serve on three nonprofit boards. You may know me from La Leche League, knitting, iNaturalist, or Facebook. I'm interested in ALL of you!

One thought on “Begging for Funds Outdoors”

  1. Yeah! You don’t seem nearly busy enough. I’m soooo happy that we have compassionate people, such as you and Jean, who are advocates for our furry buddies.

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