Hello friends!

We have had such a wonderful December so far and with everything on the horizon, it just keeps getting better and better! Sit back, relax, and have a read of the beautiful moments we have shared as well as the upcoming events we hope you can be a part of.

To our surprise, and joy, we have new furry guests at the barn! A little feral kitty family took up residence and likes to hang out in the hay to stay warm and safe. Mama Kitty brought 5 little kittens to us so we are trying to make their life as comfy as possible by providing food and clean water this winter. With a few more mouths to feed, we would be so grateful for anyone who would like to sponsor them or contribute with a one-time donation to help cover their spay/neuter vaccinations, health checks, etc. We will trap them, have them vetted, and return them to their normal routine when they are ready. We just love having their sweet faces around and I think they enjoy the company too! If you would like to sponsor or make a contribution, please visit the Donate Page on our website.

We had a truly wonderful turnout for our Remembrance Ceremony as well as for our Volunteer Appreciation bon-fire. It was a great day of stories, memories, community, and good spirited celebration. Thank you to all that participated and thank you again to all of our phenomenal volunteers, both near and far! We could not do this work as well without each and every one of you and we appreciate you more than you could know. If you have been thinking about volunteering with Project:Thrive and would like some more information or to simply inquire, you can find out more on the Volunteer Page of our website.

Project: Thrive has started partnering with a truly great group – Animal Haus – who is just getting started and already doing some pretty awesome things for pets! This organization collects dog and cat food to help families who are going through difficult times. Project: Thrive will be collecting unopened bags or cans of pet food to help this group reach out to even more families who need help this coming year! If you feel moved to help out too, you can drop unopened bags or cans of food off at our office or call us to coordinate a pick-up!  Our office is located at 6690 W 39th Ave Wheat Ridge, CO 80033, or to schedule a pickup please call 303.990.2135. The families and pets of Colorado thank you!

Springtime will bring more than just April showers and May flowers to Colorado in 2017. This upcoming spring we will be helping Life is Better Rescue  by finding resident senior volunteers at Senior Care Facilities to help feed, comfort, and engage with the orphaned kittens that Life is Better Rescue takes in every spring. If you know of a Senior Care Facility who might be interested in getting their seniors involved, please let us know. Training will be provided and the interaction between the seniors and the kittens are the things dreams are made of. We can’t wait to get started on this project!

Our Animal Spotlight for December is on sweet and gentle Roja the horse. Roja joined our family when her 89 year young mom (a super, amazing woman) had to have a knee replacement and wouldn’t be able to ride her for a while.

Roja being brushed by young girl

Roja lived most of her life at the stable with other boarded horses and adult care takers. When she arrived she was shy and it took her a while to warm up to daily chats, grooming, and singing in the barn. But, once she got in the groove she decided she really enjoyed sharing in it! She loves the attention but really enjoys the younger crowd and teaches them that being really big just means one has a really big heart and spirit. We just love our big, red girl!

Tis’ the season for giving, sharing, kindness, and caring. When thinking about gift giving this year, we hope you will consider all of the deserving animals at the Project: Thrive barn. They have been so good this year while lovingly teaching humans about kind interaction, gentle living, and trustworthy relationships. They have mended many hearts with their unconditional love and continue to show us humans what kindness and love truly looks like. If you should feel moved to contribute, please visit our Sponsor a Rescue page.  Don’t forget that you can also easily donate through AmazonSmiles as well! It is a great feature of Amazon that allows a portion of the proceeds for any of your purchases to go to the charity of your choice (like Project:Thrive :-)). You can check it out at Amazon Smile .Perhaps you may wish to sponsor one (or many) of our furry friends to help support them all through the year. One time donations are also greatly appreciated and help tremendously. Or, maybe you would like to participate in one of the opportunities mentioned previously. We welcome your generosity with much gratitude and thank you from the bottom of our hearts for your kind consideration.

(Video: A couple of our new kitty friends enjoying some down time at the barn.)

In kindness, Project: Thrive