Bake cookies, help animals

CARE's Beginnning

I can’t believe it’s still light out! I think to myself as I exit the doors of the school. The massive building stands in the middle of a clearing, and the evening sun is still illuminating the giant track and field that are situated parallel to it. Huge mountains covered with trees and patches of deforestation follow behind, always leaving me with mixed emotions of what is really important in this country: progress, nature, education, power.

 

I gingerly rub exhaustion out of my eyeliner covered eyes, and stretch my feet in the 3 inch heels I have worn to work that day. I have been completing two jobs at this school the whole semester, and if my first didn’t have six individual roles I had to fill, I would have had no problem taking the second. However, I know I am being underpaid, and under-appreciated, so I leave each day feeling a little more negative. I like being in the classroom though, and I am learning more each day about what it means to be a high school English teacher.

 

Today I told myself that I should have some time for myself though. It’s a Wednesday, and I have recently moved into a new apartment that fits me perfectly. Nothing too fancy, but enough space for myself, my hobby of cooking, and my boyfriend who visits from a few hours away. Food is almost always on my mind, as someone who is underpaid, vegetarian, and living in a city that frequently advertises all walks of life as the delicacy of day (that tends to twist my stomach and pang my heart). It’s still early in the day, I think I should walk to the grocer and make my way back to my place from there, I decide as I walk out of the front gate at the end of a long stretch of complex that the school is settled behind.

How We Help

C.A.R.E. aims to help animals who have been beaten, abandoned, or mistreated in any context. The way we do this is by assessing three main areas of organizations who have started to also do this and understand their strengths and weaknesses. We take this information and apply it to our own group to make sure we are using the best possible responsibility and love we can. The break down of these categories includes:

 

1. Internal Affairs of an Organization

- Overall organization of systems running the group

- Transparency and responsible use of funds collected

- Details on how funds are raised and if they are distributed among the group fairly

- Number of employees and volunteers and what sort of credentials/training they have

- Monthly cost of operations and how this is projected to work into the future

 

2. On-site Actions of a Shelter

- Cleanliness and orderliness of the area

- How employees and volunteers participate at the shelter

- Number of animals and their overall quality of life 

- Facilities available at the shelter for use by animals and humans

- How many animals are adopted each month, and how many are returned (if any)

- Events that take place at the shelter/involving shelter animals or participants

 

3. Happiness

- How happy the animals are while they are at the shelter and who/what makes them that way

- What is the attitude of the employees and volunteers and how do they interact with the animals

- What services and facilities are offered to make sure both humans and animals are content while at the shelter