What uncertain times we are facing and I am sure you would all agree … thank goodness for our pets! I believe that we can get through anything as long as our pets are wagging their tail or batting our face with their paw each morning, as well as patiently waiting for us when we return home from work. They are our constant company and the unconditional love that we love so much keeps us grounded and in control in a pandemic. I’m sure you would all agree that this pandemic has brought out the very best and very worst of human beings, but not our pets.
For most of our pets they are our constant, our normal, our consistent love and are unaware and unaffected by COVID. Some cats, however are struggling with the invasion of their space from working from home whereas some dogs may feel a little separation anxiety when we return to work. Whatever the situation, we know and are comforted by one fact: they unconditionally love us. They have no agenda, no objectives, no motivation from their love, but to be simply loved or cared for in return.
Talking of unconditional love, I am absolutely overwhelmed by the incredible generosity shown to myself, the staff and the business. The unbelievable kindness you have shown is helping us keep our doors open and we are all so very thankful for the substantial amount of Warm Night purchases we received. Such a beautiful story of this community business being supported by community spirit. Thank you. I will never forget the generosity and love you have shown us.
Divine Creatures will continue to stay open, however the travel bans are continuing to prove a significantly financial burden to the business. We are a COVID safe business with a high degree of processes and procedures which are regularly updated based upon the latest NSW health advice.
Please ensure you help us keep open and stay safe.
We are asking for our clients to please pump their hands with sanitizer upon arriving at Divine Creatures, wear a mask and please understand our new requirements of retrieving your cat when you check out. With the increasing community transmission and hot spots popping up in local and tourist areas, we will need to continue these procedures until COVID numbers start to decline. Please be assured that this will only be temporary measure as long as we continue to work together!
Being the Boarding and Pet Services Director for the Pet Industry Association, I have been heavily involved with lobbying at Government level to ensure we are deemed essential services, included in Tourism and hospitality grants, that we are included in job keeper and that we are recognized as a business and an industry as a whole which has been catastrophically impacted by COVID. Hon. Emma Hurst from the Animal Justice Party has proactively assisted lobbying at Parliament level and we can not thank Ms Hurst enough for her support for the welfare considerations that the members of the Pet Industry Association delivers.
As a client of Divine Creatures, please thank Ms Hurst and support he AJP by becoming a member here!
Due of the financial strains the business continues to feel, I have continued to provide rescue and sanctuary to cats who need us the most. I am in the process of starting a charity or non for profit organization jointly with Kate Marsden, whom you know as our Cattery Supervisor. Together we are on a mission to rescue the ones most in need and so far we have independently rescued 9 elderly or high care cats.
We have successfully re-homed Duncan, Lisa, Elton, Phoenix & Gracie. These high care cats naturally come at a high price for their medical bills and we are again pleading to you all for continuous help and support. Once the organization has been founded, we would be asking for regular sponsors to sponsor a cat to stay and receive high care at Divine Creatures. For now please continue to help and gift a warm night to our very special Warm Night Appeal!
In the mean time – we are looking for a solicitor who can help start up the charity for us and a web designer who would be interested in donating their time for this important cause, if you are a solicitor/web designer or know one who might be able to offer their help, please contact us!
Please stay safe!
Purrs and Smooches from,
Cat Aunty Jules