Spring Outreach in Review… So Far

Hello fans of the Ahimsa House Community Outreach Program!

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Diego and me hangin’ out at Run for the Rescues

Where did the time go?! One minute I was suffering from cabin fever being holed up in the office for months, and suddenly here I am with thirteen counties, ten festivals, six presentations, and a Gala under my belt! Good thing I’ve got my spacesuit on or I probably would’ve forgotten to breathe.Displaying IMG_2056.JPG

THANK YOU to everyone who has played a role in our spring outreach season so far. If it wasn’t for our awesome volunteers (sometimes braving torrential downpours, heavy winds, and crazy traffic), we wouldn’t have been able to reach out to so many people over the past few months. We’re also so grateful for the event organizers that host us and for anybody who has stopped by our booth or listened to a presentation. YOU play a huge role in making sure that anybody who may need Ahimsa House’s services hears about us.

In case you haven’t directly had a hand in our outreach efforts the past few months, here’s your chance to catch up on what you’ve missed:

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Our beautiful setup at Mutts on Main

The end of March made for a crazy beginning to our spring. We attended SPCA Run for the Rescues, the Rescue Dog Olympics, and Mutts on Main all in the same day! There’s no better way to spend a Saturday than by running around to three different dog-friendly events… that’s for sure. The following weekend, we were at the Conyers Cherry Blossom Festival and made a one-day trip to Milledgeville to attend the ArtHealthy Festival on GCSU’s campus.

Next up was ReptiCon, a traveling reptile convention that stops in Atlanta a few times per year. I’m surprised I didn’t bring home a snake… maybe next time! PAWS Atlanta turned 50 this year and we were honored to be included in their celebration as well. What a fun time!

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Practicing my presentation before a Family Violence Task Force meeting

Amidst all this madness, we had been preparing for our annual Gala, which was on April 22nd this year. We had a blast celebrating Ahimsa House with all of our friends and supporters and raised a lot of money that will go toward helping the people and pets in our program. The day after the Gala, we were at it again talking with LPC students at Mercer University’s SAO Conference. We said goodbye to April with Atlanta Humane’s Meet Your Best Friend Mega Adoption Event and two days at the Inman Park Festival. Most recently, we attended STAR 94.1’s Woofstock. I don’t think I’ve ever seen so many dogs in my life… it was paradise!

In between these packed weekends, I was so excited to be welcomed by a few different groups to give presentations on the link between domestic violence and animal cruelty as well as Ahimsa House’s mission and services. I spoke with some great audiences and know they’re prepared to recommend our services to anyone who needs them.

Well that’s what’s up with me! I’m gearing up for FURever Fest at Cobb Animal Control this weekend—I can’t wait to see all those pets go home with their furever families while Diego and I talk to the humans about Ahimsa House.  Have a great weekend and I hope to see you all soon!

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