“To see what is right and not to do it is want of courage.”
Collaboration is a choice in my opinion. You either commit or you don’t. It isn’t easy and certainly isn’t always fun. It can be frustrating at times, but have the courage to commit. Have the courage to stay. Have the courage to keep moving forward in spite of the deterrents or detractors. Have the courage to make mistakes, learn, and keep going.
These past 12 weeks have tested me personally and professionally, and it’s been a roller coaster at times. The inspiration that helped me continue when I wanted to give up came from the courage and compassion of my colleagues, who also made the commitment to collaboration. As I’ve said before (nod to San Diego Humane): Never underestimate the courage or compassion of my colleagues.
I want to publicly thank and show appreciation and gratitude to the following people, some of whom I didn’t even know 12 weeks ago:
Ellen Jefferson, Austin Pets Alive!
Jim Tedford, The Association for Animal Welfare Advancement
Mike Robbins, Atlanta Humane Society
Christa Chadwick, ASPCA
Kimberley Alboum, HSUS
Holly Sizemore, Best Friends Animal Society
Scott Giacoppo, National Animal Care & Control Association
Dr. Sandra Newbury, University of Wisconsin Shelter Medicine Program
Dr. Aleisha Swartz, University of Wisconsin Shelter Medicine Program
Thank you for agreeing to communicate and collaborate and help navigate COVID-19 with accurate and timely information so that our colleagues had the tools and resources necessary to make the best decisions for their organizations and communities.
Some thought it inconceivable that all of these organizations could work together and stay together. It’s because of the courage of these individuals that it continues. #InThisTogether
More inspiration and collaboration? Join us June 16-17 at the Spring Conference for Animal Welfare. Register today and make a commitment to yourself—to continue to learn, so that your knowledge and insight can benefit your colleagues and your communities.