February 2011

Supper Club – Casual Notes – 13 February 2011

Treasurer’s Report – The current balance is $317.55. We have no immediate expenses.

Flash Report – Lisa Chapman urged us to take a look at the new website for Fauquier Domestic Violence Services: www.fdvs.org.

Speakers for the evening:

Terri Porterfield is one of the founders and current director of public relations for Reesie’s Project Outreach, which provides fostering for animals whose human guardians can no longer care for them. They assist animals whose humans are victims of domestic violence, providing a minimum three month stay while the victim seeks transition into a non-violent situation. They find new homes for the pets of hospice patients, offer resources for military families, and pet owners  who are losing their homes due to foreclosure. They give hope and comfort to families in stress and have been able to reunite animals with their families. Their vet fund helps owners who are unable to pay for their animal’s exams and shots, and they have a food bank for distributing pet food in emergencies.
They also have a TLC Program, (Teaching, Learning, Compassion) where at-risk kids learn to care for the shelter and rescue animals. Their website is www.reesies.org.

Jenny Spain is the program director of Simple Changes Therapeutic Riding Center, which provides therapeutic programs to individuals with disabilities such as autism, cerebral palsy, Downs Syndrome and learning disabilities. The horses in the program are chosen specifically for their temperament and human volunteers assist the rider. Following the motion of the horse has helped two of the riders in the program to begin walking by strengthening the “body to brain” walk motion. Other clients have shown improved handwriting, verbal ability, trunk control and social skills
There is a two year waiting list for services. Their website is www.simplechanges.org.

Our two speakers from the Fauquier SPCA were Caroline Folker, the Community Relations Manager and Joan Hellandsjo, the Volunteer Coordinator and Events Manager. The SPCA is a private agency but functions as the county pound. Their long term goal is to provide every adoptable animal with a permanent, loving home. All animals taken in are evaluated for health and temperament before going to the adoption center, they are spayed or neutered before going to their new homes, and a medical assistance fund provides treatment for injured animals so that they can also be adopted. There is a pet therapy program of dogs going to visit nursing homes, and a schedule of fund raising and adoption events listed on their website, www.fauquierspca.com. Booth Feed in Warrenton is a drop off location for pet food donations, and the shelter accepts cans, bottles and out of use electronic equipment for recycling to raise additional funds.

All of the programs listed above would welcome donations, but they also rely on and have a constant need for volunteers for a range of jobs, from dog walking to disabled rider assistance to gardening.

Submitted by Patty Knight