On March 26, 1986, I placed a notice in the then "Evening News", which read, "Anyone interested in starting an animal shelter in Beacon, come to a meeting at the town hall on Main Street at 7:30 pm." That's all it took to start ARF!
That night 23 people showed up and the labor pains began! All we had was an idea and childlike innocence. Everyone in the room owned at least one cat or dog, and that was the extent of our knowledge of animals. Of the 23 original people, 2 are still actively volunteering at ARF: Barbara Racic and me. The others have retired, moved out of state, or passed away.
Well look at us now!!! I still find myself looking at the progress we have made and how great we have turned out. It all seems unbelievable, yet so true. The experiences we have had, the people we have met, the animals we have saved, the kittens & puppies we helped bring into this world, the animals which have died.....the tears, laughs, heartbreak...it's been quite a life for me.
Probably the most amazing thing is that we are 100% volunteer (no payroll expense) and ALL of our money comes from donations. Now think about that...100% donations, with NO money from the city, county, or state. I love that!
When I was a little girl, I don't think I ever said "When I grow up, I want to open an animal shelter," but I'm glad it happened.
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