The last couple of weeks have been like riding a roller coaster. My position as an ACO was being eliminated along with one other ACO and four ACAs (Animal Care Attendants). I was devastated to say the least, but was fully prepared metally to accept my fate of being unemployed and no long an ACO.
But it's not happening. Not to me.
Just days before what was to be my last day, I got a reprieve. It felt like a stay of execution. I was called in and informed that the funds had been found, worked and aquired to save my position. My lay-off was being recinded. No words can describe the relief I felt. I am still an ACO.
How is this possible? Through the efforts of the SOS (Save Our Shelter) campaign and the hard work of management, staff and volunteers. I want to give my deepest thank you to those involved. Your hard work has saved the shelter from completely closing AND has restored my job. I cannot put into words how much I appreciate you all!
But what about the others? There are still five other members of our Shelter Team that are still being layed-off. These people are friends and valuable members of our shelter team. Losing them is still going to make shelter operations very difficult.
We need to keep pushing forward with the SOS campaign, keep the public aware, donate, license pets, and everything we can to keep the shelter open AND bring our team members back!
It IS possible! I am living proof that we can do it!
Let's keep it up!!