I resigned from my rescue group today:
Hello there, 'Furrever Friends'
I am writing to make you aware that I am resigning my position from Furrever Friends Rescue & Volunteers, Inc.
Please be aware that as I write this my whole heart is being torn out and I'm well aware that I'm bashing away at the foundation I have long built myself around on my way to becoming an adult.
It was my time at West Deptford Animal Hospital (WDAH) that lead me into rescuing really ... and that was when I was 16. Through WDAH I was able to help shelter animals (like Maggie, Lady & Dexter) and pets destined to die (like Lizzie and Nilla). And then "Furrever Friends" came about when I was a freshmen at college with the start of the "50 Cats House" trust me, there were A LOT more than 50. This is what threw me into rescue and was the creation of Furrever Friends - literally, a bunch of friends working together who voted on the best of a handful of names and went with "Furrever Friends"! I think it was mostly me, Nicole, Shea, Kathy, Marie & Debbie actually. :) The ball has just kept rolling since then and look what it has become now!
I don't want to leave the group I started, I really don't. I do feel though that Furrever Friends, now as an established 501c3 and non-profit, is more than capable of standing on its feet without me. Each one of the beyond dedicated volunteers, donars, adopters, supporters, EVERYONE that makes up the Furrever Friends Rescue & Volunteers' network makes FFRV such an incredibly unique group and a very self-sufficient one at that too.
I wish you all the best of luck in your continued journey together to do what you can for the animals – my thoughts will always be with you and the great work that has been accomplished over the years. I can only imagine what the future holds! I am so very proud to have been a part of Furrever Friends.
I'm in North Jersey now and a slave to the cats here at Tabby's Place. So, somehow I know we'll meet again. I'm not sure quite where and I don't know just when, but you're all in my heart ... so until then, smile.
Founder of Furrever Friends
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I've done rescue for like 8 years and 'Furrever Friends' was created by me (with the help of a handful of volunteers no longer with the group) about 6 years ago. It was privately, quietly, dedicatedly mine for about 2 years before I started working with some more involved people who will continue on with the group as I leave ... and it's just no longer my group in any way. I guess it does a lot of good and that's what should matter in the big scheme of things, but right now I'm being selfish and crying a lot for myself and the things I used to be able to do with this group.
Today was just kind of random. I certainly know it wasn't a "good" time to resign, but recent events in the rescue world, recent personal conversations (even unrelated ones) tying into 'stepping up' to the plate on things - and resigning was something I needed to do- and such made me realize that there would be NO good time to resign, that I just had to 'step up' and act.
I sent an email to my board and I sent an email out to contacts of mine from Furrever Friends and rescue ... some new, some very old contacts. I've had a handful of responses already. But one of the first ones just tore me up ... as if I wasn't heartbroken enough about this whole thing.
Hi Jen -
I'm so sorry it's come to this. I had thought that things were going better for you at FFRV -
But after hearing about your resignation, it appears that the situation you had told me about just kept getting worse. I'm sorry you had to go through all that heartache.
Please know that all your efforts have truly helped a LOT of animals, and you inspired so many people to help out in situations that might have seemed helpless. Your willingness to jump into the "50 Cats House" and try to make things better was nothing short of heroic. You proved that you could make a difference against incredible odds, and that others should persevere in spite of huge obstacles.
I'm proud that you've considered me one of your friends. And I'm proud of you for all that you've accomplished. But you're not finished yet! There will be plenty of opportunities for you to help animals at Tabby's Place, and
wherever else you go.
And don't let the problems you've experienced make you feel bad about yourself. You know in your heart that it was never your fault. You were treated badly and you deserve better.
You're a terrific person with a heart of gold! Please keep in touch.
In a sea of irrational people and events recently, here is someone I have looked up to saying she looks up to me ... It's just absolutely incredible and breaks my heart all the more that I have to walk away like this ... recognized by some and barely noticed by others.