Long-time friend of the sanctuary and volunteer, Jen Douglas, sponsored a day of sanctuary today in memory of Debera Verlinda. Jen shared this message about her gift:
“My friend Debera had the honour of sharing her birthday with Missy! She passed away on July 17th but hope Missy is willing to share the spotlight with her today, as she was truly a special person. Debera and I volunteered together at Homeward Pet on the Wednesday morning dog-walking shift for 13 years. We also volunteered together at CSNW. We had such good times through the years with all the dogs. She was an inspiration to me, she was a talented artist, loving, compassionate, selfless and very courageous and positive throughout her battle with cancer. I feel so privileged to have known her. She lived life to the full for the time that was left and made this world a better place for both people and animals. I’ll always miss her. Here’s to Debera and Missy!”
Jen, this is a such a lovely way to remember someone, and to be remembered. We’re so sorry to know of Debera’s passing and for the loss of your dear friend. Thank you so much for honoring Debera’s legacy and for giving us the opportunity to celebrate her and the compassionate and inspirational life she led.
Another special and inspiring woman whose birthday we are celebrating today: Missy! Party preparations are under way as we get ready for Missy’s 45th birthday! Be sure to check in later today (especially if you share in Missy’s love of tomatoes 😉 ). It’s a good day for birthdays.