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Post Posted: Aug 8, 2013 5:03 pm 
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Dear Friends and IMHS Supporters,

With a very heavy heart, I have turned in my resignation to IMHS. I discovered in recent months that my mother has become ill and I am relocating to Texas to help care for her. I am SO grateful that I have had the opportunity to be part of IMHS, and this compassionate community.

As someone who has spent decades working to solve the companion animal overpopulation crisis, I want to share with you some unique attributes of this mountain community that position it (you) to impact on the regional homeless cat and dog problem.

First is the kind attitude of such a broad number of residents. If an appeal for help for the shelter animals is posted, people arrive in short order toting pet food, cat litter, cleaning supplies, or to offer a professional service for free (including grooming services and veterinary care!). Volunteers have stepped up in increased numbers to help with dog and cat enrichment to elevate the quality of life for shelter animals, transport animals to offsite events and vet appointments, work in the Second Chance Thrift Shop, create displays for events, sell raffle tickets, and so much more...many of those volunteers are young people who should inspire all of us through their compassionate action. Local businesses give funds, services, and time to help the animals. IMHS can also do more for animals today than in previous periods because more individuals are reaching into their hearts and giving monetary donations that are critical to pay for the programs that help animals.

Another tremendous asset that helps animals and people here is agency collaboration. While some communities are torn apart on that old "kill versus no-kill" argument of the past decade, which isn't helpful and only serves to create division between otherwise like-minded agencies and individuals, greater Denver and the Foothills has sheltering agencies working together on effective solutions (including strategic transfers between shelters to help increase adoptions and lower euthanasia)that move us closer to the day when we can place every homeless animal into a responsible lifetime home. We’re moving ahead every year regionally, even as human population increases! Not just the Metro Denver Shelter Alliance, but our friends at Park County Animal Control and the Conour Animal Shelter too.

Local veterinary clinics including Family Veterinary Hospital in Evergreen, Aspen Creek Veterinary Hospital, and the kind staff at Lone Rock Veterinary Hospital in Bailey have all given free or discounted services that have helped IMHS save animals (or prevent births of homeless animals). What a big-hearted community!

The IMHS Board of Directors (including past members who gave SO much of themselves) is deeply committed to moving IMHS forward to provide even more assistance to animals in need and to engaging people who want to promote kindness to animals. I've been enormously privileged to work with such dedicated people and to have received their support in our united work for animals. I envisioned myself at IMHS longer, and wish I could be here to see future plans come to fruition.

IMHS has a staff of deeply caring, hard-working people who bring diverse skills to our efforts to help animals, and will help the agency improve our services. I will be here through next few weeks of transition, and want to you to know that just as it has been every day I’ve been here, and every day after I’m gone, the focus will remain on the animals whom we serve. I have received many kind words in the time I’ve been with you...please note that nothing can make me happier than support from anyone who appreciates my contributions to animals than to see you give even more to IMHS.

On behalf of the animals we serve, and from the bottom of my heart, thank you!

Marta Anderson
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While this is life-changing for you and an unexpected change for IMHS as well, you will never regret leaving to care for your mother. Never. I wish you both the best in all ways.

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The same from me, Marta. I will miss seeing your smiling and caring self. I hope the best for you and your family.

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While this is life-changing for you and an unexpected change for IMHS as well, you will never regret leaving to care for your mother. Never. I wish you both the best in all ways.

Well said and I couldn't agree more.

You both will be missed. You are doing the right thing, though.

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Marta, thank you for your dedication to the animals and this community. It has been an honor and inspiration to be able to have worked with you during your time here.
I appreciate your efforts and who you are. I wish you well and keep you and your family, especially your mom in my prayers. With gratitude, Jo Miller


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Marta, thank you so much for stepping up and taking care of the shelter and the critters. You have added a bright smile along with your knowledge and ability to do what is right. I wish your mom a speedy recovery and you the very best in whatever you pursue. Please stay in touch with us. You are part of the community now no matter where you physically live.

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I am so sorry.
Sorry to hear about your mother being so ill, and sorry to hear you’re leaving.
You came to IMHS during a time of great change, and brought stability and organization.
Your dedication to our little furry friends was exemplary, as shown by the high adoption rate that IMHS has achieved.
I know the animals will miss you, and I will miss your bright smile and warm greeting every time we met.
Good luck, and know that you made an impact on this community, and that you will be sorely missed.


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Marta, as much as we are going to miss you, you are doing the right thing.
I hope someday in the future you will come back to us!

Thank you for all you did for the animals you helped place, and for doing all you did to improve IMHS - you made quite a difference!


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Marta.
We are so very sorry to hear you are leaving IMHS. We know you will take good care of your mother.
You have done such a wonderful job making IMHS a welcoming and safe place for animals needing care and a way to find forever homes, and making IMHS a fiscally responsible and special part of our community.
We thank you for making it possible for us to bring Brady into our home. If he could talk, he would say how much he appreciates you understanding how sad and frightened he was, and would thank you for giving him a chance to be his sweet, gentle self again.
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Marta, I've enjoyed getting to know you just as much as I've enjoyed volunteering to play with the cats. Best wishes with this new direction in your life.

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You will never be sorry for your service here and certainly not for the rising to the loving challenge you are about to undertake. God bless.

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Everyone-

Your kind words mean so much...I can't tell you how grateful I am from the outpouring of support I've received in the past several days. This community truly is special, and I'm so grateful that you all are here to help support the care of the animals at IMHS after my departure. The animals are in such good hands with you!

Thank you again so much for your deep sense of compassion, and for ALL you do for the animals!

Marta

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