Do something you’ve always wanted to do today. . .

If it’s big. . . start planning the framework now. Figure out the small steps you need to take, when you need to take them, and then start walking in that direction.

If it’s small. . . just do it. Do it now.

Today, I am working on some big plans. Something I have always wanted to do–I am working with a group of like-minded people to start providing FREE spay/neuter services to people in Freeport. It will take us a little time to figure out how to best make it work, but we will get there some day by starting today.

I am also doing some small things today: I started back on my FitBit tracking so that I can take better care of this body I need to live in for what I hope will be a long time to come. I need to eat, sleep, and exercise better so that I can be healthier for those I am here to serve. Major changes in lifestyle start with a single step, so I took that step today. I will take it day by day and try to do better each day.

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Change is Hard

November 25, 2014.

That day was 482 days ago. It is an important date to me. It is the last day that an animal died at the SPCA of Brazoria County for no good reason. I am proud that I can honestly say that the homeless pets who find themselves at the SPCA-BC are only euthanized if they are sick or injured beyond any reasonable ability to save them or if they are so aggressive that there is not a reasonable chance of rehabilitation.

Euthanasia is Greek for “good death.” Killing an animal for no reason is not a good death. . . it is killing. I became Executive Director of the SPCA of Brazoria County on New Year’s Day of 2013 because I was compelled to do something to stop the killing of animals who deserved to live. I decided to make a difference.

I did not do this alone. Change is hard, and there is only one staff member still at the SPCA-BC who was there when I started. Thank you, Susan Willard, for being by my side and carrying part of my burden on this hard journey.

I did not do this alone. Change is hard, and my family has suffered through my tears, my absence, my insomnia, my irritability, my distraction. They have supported me unwaveringly. They volunteer, they donate, they pray, they love. They give me a peaceful place to retreat.

I did not do this alone. I am honored to work beside the most passionate people I have ever had the pleasure to know. Our shelter team is the best you will find anywhere. They work long, hard hours and sometimes see the things that your worst nightmares are made of. But they keep going, driven by their conviction that what they do is good and the pets they save are worthy.

I did not do this alone. Our community has stepped up in ways that I never could have imagined. Volunteers, Fosters, Donors, Networkers, Rescuers. We walk this path together because every single wet nose is deserving of all that we have to give. We laugh together, we cry together, we get angry together, and we support each other. We have to because change is hard. But the rewards are magnificent. So we also celebrate together.

I did not do this alone, and I will not continue this alone. We have only completed the very beginning of our journey. We still have much to do. Pets in Brazoria County are still being killed for no good reason.

Please walk with me the rest of the way. Animals shouldn’t die for nothing. Life means something. Let’s do this together. Because they are worth it.