Forever Amber Acres Animal Sanctuary is embarking on a bold initiative to achieve our long-term vision for our organization. Before gaining our 501-c3 status in 2014, we envisioned a time in our future when we would truly fulfill our commitment to purposeful rehabilitation of the special needs rescues that call our sanctuary “home.” Over this past year, as we’ve expanded our volunteer outreach, military veterans, children, and families facing a variety of challenges from PTSD to bullying are finding their way to us. What’s truly remarkable is that as they spend time in the company of our animals, they report that positive human-to-animal bonding and the satisfaction of caring for our animals is providing an enhanced sense of peace and well-being. Encouraged by our "Barn Buddies" - our volunteers, several of whom are mental health professionals themselves, we’re taking our first steps toward developing a certified Animal Assisted Therapy
(“AAT”) program which we hope to pilot on a small scale in late 2016.
This past fall we were extremely fortunate to welcome Brad Buening, an Air Force veteran of 30 years, to our team. As Volunteer Coordinator, Brad is bringing quality volunteers, many military veterans themselves, to our organization. We’ve identified a number of projects that meet two critical objectives needed to move forward: 1) bolster our long-term sustainability by creating additional revenue streams to support growth and 2) enhance our existing environment to better serve all of our constituents, most especially participants in the eventual AAT program. Based on the success of Brad’s recruiting efforts, we anticipate that our veteran volunteers would play a significant role in the construction aspects of some of these projects including our dream goal of covering the 60’ round pen to enable year ‘round usage for training and therapeutic purposes.
I’m excited to share with you this short documentary on FAAAS that was just recently completed by Cidney Kelly, a photo journalism student at Ohio University, who also serves with the Army National Guard. WATCH
Building our base of support continues to be a primary focus for us. Please help me spread the word
on the importance of the work we’re doing and our plans for the future by sharing this video
with your network of family and friends and tell them "why" you support FAAAS!
To learn more about our organization visit our website at www.foreveramber.org
and "like" and follow us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/ForeverAmberAcres
. I thank you for your continued support of our animals and the people that we serve!
YOURS IN SERVICE,
Founder and Executive Director