Friday, November 14, 2008

Connect With...A Purpose Recap

Go Directly to the November 2008 Events Calendar.The Connect With...month end with service. On Saturday, November 1, twenty volunteers from a number of local professional and social networking groups met on Pine Street to get dirty. The service project benefited, Stray Rescue - a local no-kill stray animal rehabilitation and service organization.

Thanks to the $1 million award from Zootoo, Stray Rescue was able to get this great and huge building. And we were all there to help with the landscaping. We pulled weedy vines, manicured the ivy -which was growing everywhere and going away, trimmed bushes, and took down a very nice juniper tree I was admiring. We swept the side walks of debris and fallen leaves. Upon departure, we we good and sweaty, but we got it all done...and under schedule, too.


At the end we learned more about Stray Rescue and their upcoming plans. If all goes well, then they should be able to move into this building the first of the year (2009). The demolition was recently completed and now construction proper can begin. This facility is a gazillion times larger than the existing ones in Lafayette Square or on Manchester. I got a chance to look over the plans -- it's gonna be nice: Dog Kennels as well as Cat Kennels (they don't have them now), an obedience training area, a nice lobby, and a Veterinary clinic area. I didn't get a chance to ask, but I hope that clinic will be open to private clients as well. It would be a great way to generate revenue for the organization and having a Downtown area Vet would be great for all of the pet owners in the City.

Later..the After-set, sponsored in part by Ray Hill's American Pilsner. Hats off to Dave, Scott, and Pamela for their preparation efforts for the BBQ after the service event. The BBQ was hosted on the patio of the Blu CitySpaces Condiminiums Downtown St. Louis. Good eats and great company. I am so glad I'm connected.

The commemorative Zootoo Shelter Makeover Crew T-shirt.

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