It is awesome that Revelation Gardens provided a true sanctuary for this special needs senior in his final year. He could have had a sad end to his long life, but instead he had a safe, caring exit. Thank you Dawn and others working…
March 16, 2022 Marcos Santander
CAMDEN, Tenn. — One local animal care organization is helping rescue pets in a special way before finding their furr-ever homes.
“Our original focus was pets whose owners passed away, we wanted to give them sanctuary and we immediately filled up so we expanded quickly to accommodate just about any kitty or dog that had a need in our community,” said Dawn Harris, President and Founder of Revelation Gardens.
Harris says she noticed an increase in animals being surrendered and wanted to help pet owners avoid giving away their pets.
“We started Buddy’s Bowl which is a community outreach program to help pet owners have the resources they need to keep their pets. We don’t solve all the problems but I try and equip them by connecting them to resources in the community,” said Harris.
Harris says she had to think outside the box to raise money to help the rescues.
“I tend to be really creative, I try and create things, I up cycle. There are some wind chimes that were pet food cans so 100% of the proceeds from all sales support our rescues,” said Harris.
She also says the organization prides itself in having the rescues free roaming.
“It helps them to be more socialized and ready to be in a home environment and they learn to interact and be safe and feel loved. We also show nature videos and we do a lot of enrichment activities and really help them heal and feel safe,” said Harris.
She says the organization is always looking for volunteers to help take care of the rescue animals.
“The CDA program taught me the importance of sound methods, evaluation principles, and organizational analysis, all of which underlie my business practices.”
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I see myself as a catalyst, an educator, and a coach supporting people on their life journey. Through a virtual retreat format, I weave together evidence-based methods such as mindfulness, art, music, and journal writing. Through probing questions and theoretical and empirical instruction, the client and I work together to develop a program in the online transformation rooms. The goal is for the toolkit we develop to be readily available and become second-nature, so that when life presents difficulties, they have the ability to stand firm amid the “storms of life”.
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The CDA program also taught me the importance of sound methods, evaluation principles, and organizational analysis, all of which underlie my business practices (thanks Dr. Heflinger!).
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