Why we do what we do
The following simple story speaks to why we do what we do.
A sparrow was seen on the ground with its legs in the air. When asked what he was doing he said, “I heard the sky is falling so I have come to help.” The visitor laughed saying, “You can’t stop the sky from falling with those scrawny legs!” The sparrow replied, “One does what one can.”
Our efforts to reduce the number of pets in the system is a small number compared to the vastness of the issue, but even in small measure a difference is being made.
Our primary purpose is to help animals in our care learn to trust and live happy, healthy lives for the rest of their lives.
Our secondary purpose is reducing the need for rescues
As a society we can continue to care for homeless, abused, and surrendered pets, but if we don’t look at the underlying causes, the number of animals will continue to grow. For this reason our secondary purpose is to provide community outreach and support.
We do this through a three-pronged approach:
We believe it’s important to measure our impact. We do this through statistics, surveys, and video stories about our rescues. You can see our statistics below.
The images below show a snapshot of our statistical impact to-date in 2019 followed by our overall impact from July-Dec 2018. These data are recorded in the Shelter Animals Count.
Since we began our work, we have had the following successes:
All data is generated from intake and individual care records.
We have a 0% euthanasia rate and a 100% live release rate. As a sanctuary it isn’t our practice to adopt out our rescues. This is shown statistically as an intake and transfer in which is then offset through an outtake adoption. In 2020 due to the number of intakes we changed our approach to include adoptions and now include a small adoption center at our vintage shoppe.
Since July 2018 we have used euthanasia in four cases due to repercussions of serious illness. Rest in peace Buddy, Princess, Kiki, and Roscoe. Angel, Baby Luna and Autumn Rose died of natural causes. All were buried with dignity and love and are laid to rest on our sanctuary grounds.
Angie Tucker is the librarian at Camden Junior High and is a member of First Baptist Church in Camden. She has fostered dogs for Memphis Pug Rescue, Middle TN Pug Rescue, and West Tennessee Animal Rescue and performed for 7 years in plays produced by West TN Animal Rescue for their Spay and Neuter Fund. Angie enjoys writing, reading, acting, and playing with her pets and animals at the Revelation Garden Vintage Shoppe and Artisan Co-op. She is married to Chris Tucker and enjoys traveling to Durham, North Carolina, to visit her niece and nephew, Mary Katherine and Daniel Watson.
Buryl Gilbert is an Air Force Veteran. He worked for Hostess Bakery in Alexandria, LA from 1985 to 2012, working his way up from maintenance mechanic to Area Fleet Manager. He served several years on the Bakery Credit Union Board, serving one year as President of same. Buryl then moved to Jackson, MS and served as Fleet Manager for US Foods until July 2020. He then retired to Paris, TN with his wife Mary, where he grew up. He has been an ardent animal lover and active in rescue his entire life. Buryl also enjoys reading, LSU football, and is an extremely gifted handyman.
DAWN HARRIS, FOUNDER, PRESIDENT AND BOARD CHAIR
Dawn is passionate about creating a safe world for companion animals. Her background in grief and loss, psychology, and education provides the foundation for Revelation Gardens home-like environment which is so instrumental in helping cats and dogs heal and thrive. Dawn earned a Master of Education from Vanderbilt University and a Bachelor of Art in Psychology with a focus on grief and loss from the University of Nevada, Reno. She has 38 years experience in administration, creative design, program development, website management, and budgeting and has rescued animals (and plants) since she was 3 years old. Dawn provides the knowledge, experience and passion needed to lead Revelation Gardens. She lives in West Tennessee with her husband and cares for the 52 rescued cats and dogs of Revelation Gardens.
Lisa Rock a retired radio broadcaster and former Active Duty Army from upstate New York, lives in Big Sandy with her husband Bill, son Andrew, nephew Issac, cat Tigger, and 5 of the cutest dogs (aka babies) Ellie, Jeb, Lucas, Fritz, and CeCe. In her spare time Lisa volunteers for her church and various non-profit groups through out the state.
Mary Gilbert has a BS in Nursing from Baylor University and an MA in Counseling from LA Tech University. She was the first nurse accepted to work directly from nursing school by Ben Taub General Hospital Trauma Center in Houston, one of the nation’s top trauma centers. She went on to work at Hermann Hospital Trauma Center/Life Flight. She has also worked in Emergency Medical Services as a first responder, and at the Mississippi State Medical Examiner’s Office. Later in life, she returned to graduate school to become a therapist, with an emphasis on Domestic Violence and Grief/Hospice work. Mary enjoys reading, antiques, gardening, and animals. She has been involved with feline rescue her entire life.
SANDRA ERWIN, BOARD SECRETARY
Sandra lives in Camden, TN with her husband Brandon. They moved to west Tennessee from the oilfields of North Dakota in June of 2020 to help care for her elderly parents. Sandra was an administrative assistant for three oilfield services companies for a total of 7 years and brings a strong administrative background to Revelation Gardens. Sandra love animals and currently has 4 dogs and 1 cat, who are all spoiled rotten! She enjoys the outdoors and riding their Harley in the beautiful Tennessee weather!
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