A Letter From Our President

Hi everyone,

I hope that you and all your animal companions are well as we saunter, from a summer that scarcely appeared, into a lovely autumn. Of course, all the feral kittens who our volunteers rescued over the three months of “calendar-summer” followed their own season, “kitten season”–and they still appeared, regardless of the absence of warm temperatures. We were kept very busy helping our adult ferals, too.
Feral cat colonies continue to be a prominent focus of ARMV, with volunteers providing care to these “fringe felines” every day through Trap-Neuter-Return (TNR), feral-cat-only sterilization clinics (known as “Sunday Spay Days,” sponsored through the Merrimack River Feline Rescue Society and held at the MSPCA Nevins Farm in Methuen), along with feeding, sheltering, and monitoring sterilized colonies.  Although our mission is to ease the suffering and improve the lives of the cats and dogs in our community, helping people is intertwined with our undertaking.
We recognize that building community involves building relationships with the people in our neighborhoods. So we are sensitive and flexible to the various personal and economic situations that people find themselves in while they do the best they can to care for their animals. ARMV volunteers will do whatever we can to provide relief and assistance, so people in our community can be assured that their animal friends receive the care they need. One of the ways we build community is through our No Excuses Spay/Neuter Clinic, featured in this newsletter.
Of course, ARMV could not exist without our dedicated volunteers. From our foster, feral, and veterinary caregivers to our adoption and administrative volunteers, ARMV is a community woven together with a shared calling: to serve a larger community. We will be introducing you to some of our volunteers with periodic profiles, beginning with this newsletter.
In closing, I want to acknowledge the amazing contributions and passion of my predecessor, Cathy Ahern, ARMV’s first president. While living along Haverhill’s waterfront, Cathy began rescuing hundreds of homeless cats who were starving and living a dismal existence at the river’s edge. Those first riverfront rescues became the impetus for the creation of ARMV. Cathy has recently relocated to Florida, where, as all who know her would expect, she is already busy helping animals in her new home state. But she will always remain part of our ARMV family.
For the animals,
Barb Cusick