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Welcome to Shelter Life at the East Bay Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals.

We began as the Oakland SPCA in 1874. Today, the East Bay SPCA includes two animal shelters and three clinics in our community.

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Friday, May 19, 2006

Sweet Sorrow

Today is my last day as an employee of the East Bay SPCA. After four years (okay, nearly four years. It would have been four years at the end of June), I am packing up my leash and treat bag and moving out of the state. Since the SPCA can't keep me on as a long distance correspondent, I have to say goodbye.

I've learned an amazing amount in the time I've spent here. I've seen things that make me smile and will for years in the future, like the thirteen-year-old who asked that her presents for her Bat-Mitzvah (a Jewish coming of age ceremony) be instead donations for the animals at the SPCA. And I've seen things that will creep into my nightmares, like the abandoned kittens who were so sick their eyes were crusted shut and who were covered in ants besides. I've met a colorful collection of characters from co-workers to clients, from cats to canines (that was seven 'c's if you were trying to keep count). I've watched and been a part of stories that will fascinate and/or horrify people, and you better believe I plan on telling them. I am not the person I was when I first arrived at the East Bay SPCA. I am wiser, better at the skills I've learned here, and boy do I know a whole lot more about dogs than I used to.

To better facilitate the many queries that leaving will create, I've put together this nifty set of 'Frequently Asked Questions'.

Q: You said you're leaving the state. Where are you moving to?
A: I'm moving to Ohio.

Q: Ohio??
A: Yup. Ohio. Cleveland, Ohio more specifically.

Q: What the heck is in Ohio?
A: Many things, but the short answer is that my family is there and I've wanted to move closer to them for a while. Now seemed like the right time.

Q: What are you going to do there?
A: I don't know for sure. My current plan is to try and work part time with a Cleveland animal rescue organization, and also to try and start my own dog training business.

Q: Your own business, huh? What will you call it?
A: I have absolutely no idea. I'm trying to come up with a name that's witty without being corny. If anyone has any suggestions, I'd love to hear them.

Q: Don't you have, like, twenty dogs? What are you going to do with them?
A: I have four dogs. They're coming with me and my fiancee in our Honda Civic Hybrid. We're all six going to drive cross country.

Q: And your stuff?
A: That's coming in a moving van we hired to shlep it all to Ohio.

Q: Will you miss me?
A: Yes, [insert name here], I will miss you very very much.

It has been a pleasure and a privilege working here. Thank you, everyone, for having me.

Kacey,
You will be missed.
Thank you for all that you have contributed to our shelter and all the animals whose lives you have saved and all the animal lovers who you have assisted in providing their animals with the best care.

...and I will miss you for your the support you have given me.

 

Kacey,

Thank you for your thoughtfulness and genuine desire to help with Clover and the chance to work with you again in trying to train Finnian. He will never be an obediance candidate, but will be the wonderful dog he is meant to be. You have helped me see that each dog is what he or she is and to work from there.
I wish you great success in the future and hope you get your own business started. I know you will do a wonderful job. If you ever need a testimonial, let me know.
Rose Epting

 

Kacey,
Thank you for all you concern and support with Clover and for the training experience with Finnian. He will never be great at Obedience trials, but will be the wonderful pet he is meant to be. One thing I have learned from watching you is that each dog is different and needs to be trained as an individual.
I wish you luck and hope you will start your own business. If you ever need a testimonial, let me know.
Rose Epting

 

Kacey,
Thank you for all that you have taught me, it was truly a joy to have known and learned from you. Best wishes on all of your future endeavors, you will be missed.
Nora

 

It has been a treat to volunteer on days that coincided with your shift. You have been incrediblly helpfully, friendly, and always available to answer my dumb questions.

We are all going to miss you!

Steve

 

We love you Kacey! It's just not the same around here without Wren keeping dogs in line during housebreaking and Pan wailing away in Nann's office. Have a safe trip, and take lots of potty breaks!

 

I am another volunteer who hates to see you go. You never tired of assisting me with handeling a difficult dog or getting a gentle leader on an unwilling subject.
You were always calm and gracious no matter how difficult the day was.
I will especially miss your blogs. I loved to read them especially when I was busy with work and couldn't come to the shelter. It helped keep the SPCA in my life when I couldn't be there.
Have a great trip (4 dogs in a Honda?)and I know you will succeed at whatever you chose to do.

Susan

 

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