Mr. Randy Martin
115 West Ventura Avenue
Clewiston, FL 33440
Dear Mr. Martin:
After I started following her posts in 2014, I was absolutely in awe of everything she did for these animals. She works full-time as a teacher, which is no easy job. She spends the rest of her time volunteering, walking the dogs, getting them out to socialize, seeing which dogs get along with others to share the critical information rescues need to help get the dogs out the front door — cleaning, feeding, taking pictures and videos, getting the pictures and videos out online asking people to share, asking for help from rescues, transporting animals and so much more. I realized that these time-consuming activities make all the difference for these animals being “seen” and having a chance to find a forever home.
Kathy also does the same for the cats and kittens — all on her own time as a dedicated volunteer. The examples I have shared with you here are just the tip of the iceberg on the impact Kathy has made over the years, but I wanted to share some representative examples of her commitment to serving the community and in particular the animals of the Clewiston shelter. As we all know, this shelter is a small, off-the-beaten-path shelter at the base of Lake Okeechobee, which means there is little if any foot traffic or opportunity for these animals to be seen. This is why Kathy’s efforts have been critical to the success of the shelter in lowering the kill rate and successfully finding forever homes for these deserving animals.
Hundreds of us have shared posts, donated to the rescues who take these babies on, transported, fostered and adopted these babies, donated time, food and critical supplies to the shelter; all because of how much we were inspired by the tireless work of one woman — Kathy Irey. Because of her, thousands of animals have been saved.
I can’t imagine how many animals’ lives will be lost if Kathy is not personally investing all that time to post, network and bring visibility to these deserving animals. And because of the positive impact she has already made and will make in the future, I respectfully request that you reconsider reinstating her as a volunteer. Thank you in advance for your consideration.