When Governor Brown’s “Stay Home, Save Lives” executive order was announced, we asked our volunteers to stop coming in for their shifts because we knew that in the close quarters of our small shelter, it would be impossible for them to stay the recommended 6 feet apart.
Life has continued here at the shelter and our staff are still caring for the stray animals coming in. This means that dirty laundry and dirty dishes have also continued to pile up! We asked a few volunteers to come in if they felt safe to do so, based on their availability and their self-assessment that they were healthy and not in a high-risk category. Louise, Tiffany, Esther, Kristi and Serena felt that they were up to the task and each come in on a different day of the week for a two-hour shift to help wash dishes and clean, fold and put away laundry.
Laundry and dishes are one of the many less-than-glamorous tasks of shelter life, and right now we are also asking these volunteers to do this without their usual fringe benefit of spending quality time with the animals. We are very appreciative of Louise, Tiffany, Esther, Kristi and Serena for taking on these unappealing duties with their usual positive attitudes. We know that each one of our volunteers has been here with us in spirit, and we also greatly appreciate each and every one of them for doing their part by staying home. We look forward to the day when we can welcome all our volunteers back again. In the meantime, the laundry and dishes are in good hands!