The Waterville Area Humane Society was the recipient of a gift from Care & Comfort’s Waterville Administrative Team’s Jean Fund. Since 1970 this organization has provided sanctuary, care, and humane treatment for lost or unwanted pets while helping them find their homes.
Animals arrive at HSWA for a variety of reasons. They may be found as strays running at large who have either become lost after wandering from home or have been abandoned by their owners. Some owners, for a variety of reasons, may find that they can no longer take care of their pets and surrender them to the shelter for re-homing. Through the efforts of the staff and volunteers, the shelter’s homeless guests are rehabilitated to support bonding and trust with humans, fully vetted, spayed or neutered and microchipped before being ready for adoption. For those that arrived due to deciding an outing on their own seemed like a fun idea, they too receive a safe, warm space in which to relax while waiting for their worried humans to arrive and take them home.
“As someone lucky enough to have a rescue dog in my own home, the work performed by the shelter is very close to my heart … as it is to many of our employees,” said Mike Stair, Care & Comfort’s President & COO. “It is no secret that pets add so much to our physical and mental well-being; they are loved and cherished members of our families. This committed organization and its volunteers provide shelter, food, medical care, and facilitates adoptions for so many animals each year. I praise our Waterville team who made this gift possible and chose to help give our four-legged friends a helping paw up on their journey to a new home.”
The Jeans Fund, an ongoing collaborative fundraising effort between Care & Comfort and their employees, has contributed more than $83,000 in the past ten years to community-based non-profit organizations. Every Friday staff may wear jeans to work for a donation, the agency then matches every dollar raised, and the employees of each branch select their local beneficiary semi-annually.