Valley Animal Haven Animal Shelter Volunteer Appreciation

Ahhh! A day off from school here is in the U.S.! Teachers always treasure these days! So do the kids!

My preschoolers still talk about the day ‘the other Miss Pam’, from Valley Animal Haven Shelter came to school and brought a dog and cat to visit. They loved being able to donate food and other items to the shelter. A couple of weeks ago, Pam, the director and our friend, had a Volunteer Appreciation Open House, so of course, our whole family was there!

animal shelter volunteer chalkboard dog sign

I took care of the decorating, since that’s what I love to do! I drew the design on the chalkboard above and made the banner below from dog scrapbook paper. Lauren and I had gone to the 99 cent store for tablecloths and found these awesome pawprint balloons!

animal shelter volunteer banner

Remember the burlap pieces we stamped with pawprints? Here they are decorating the food tables. This is the ‘sweets’ table.

animal shelter volunteer dessert table

Yummy! The cookies on the bottom are some of my favorite!

animal shelter volunteer cookies and kisses

There were also chips and dips, and fruit and veggie trays.

animal shelter volunteer food table

The sign-in table was full of paw-prints!

animal shelter volunteer openhouse sign in table

Aren’t these beautiful! Love all these bright colors on a dreary day! These were given to some of the volunteers who had donated more than 300 hours of time in the past year!

animal shelter volunteer flowers

Each volunteer also received one of these special pins with a wonderful thank you!

animal shelter volunteer gift pins

There was also a drawing for door prizes. Haley won the sign ‘You Had Me At Woof” and Steve won the ornament.

animal shelter volunteer door prizes

Pawprints and kisses!

animal shelter pawprints and kisses

Here is one cutie, Hannah, to say hello and thank you! She even dressed up for the occasion!

animal shelter volunteer dog cutie hannah

Here is the whole group. There are many more volunteers out there too, but these are the ones who came for this special occasion. Pam is the 6th one from the left in the royal blue shirt.

animal shelter volunteer group picture

This was an incredible year for Valley Animal Haven. There were so many special people and businesses who gave time and donations to give the shelter a great first year. There were portable buildings, kennels, food, pet supplies, a trailer and many more items donated. There were several grants awarded to the shelter and even a money award for a contest that was entered. The most important part was the adoptions and saving the animals. There were 385 cats and dogs (and 2 rabbits) placed in ‘fur’ever homes in 2015! It is so amazing and such a wonderful thing Pam and all the volunteers are doing for animals! We are so blessed as a family to be part of such a great and amazing organization.

Sunshine and Blessings

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Corner News-January 16, 2016

Welcome to another edition of the Corner News!  This weeks edition is very short and sweet, but it is all worth it in the end.

Last night, my mom and I were creating burlap tablecloths for an Open House at Valley Animal Haven, the shelter we volunteer with.  We decided that we wanted to stamp some paw prints onto the burlap to make them more personal for the shelter.  So, taking two different stamps and lots of black paint, we got started on our project.

And here is what our dining room looked like when we were done!

burlap paw print

They turned out super cute!  The randomness of the paw prints makes the design even cuter!

 

And why not just look at the handy work of one of the beautiful paw prints.  Isn’t it splendid?

single paw print

So this is the big excitement of what happened this week.  Hope you all have a great weekend!

 

Friday’s Corner News-August 14, 2015

Happy Friday everyone! Hope everyone had a great week ! We are getting away this weekend for one last camping trip before all the school activities take over.

I have been busy with painting projects around the house. This summer I have painted the hallway, Haley’s room, and the living/dining room. I still have a couple of larger projects to do in these rooms, but then hopefully I can reveal them. Here is the color of the shelves for the living room.

living room shelves

Remember I had these pieces of chalkboard from my preschool?  I used one in my bathroom, and now I painted the other to use in my classroom. I made it a Quote Board. Have you heard the funny things 4 year old say?!

Quote board chalk board

I did a little redecorating on my back patio. I added a few late summer flowers and decorations.

late summer back patio

I also have these wonderful paw-prints that I did with my pets. They actually did pretty well with having their paw put in ink and on the paper. Well I have been wanting to frame them with a picture of each dog. I finally found 4 frames that were all the same at the thrift store, and they were half off! Perfect! I will show you the finished product when I am done with all of them.pawprint collage

Have a wonderful weekend and see you next week!

Sunshine and Blessings