Last week was all about appreciating those who give time for others. Across the world we remembered our Veterans on Friday. Last week was also National Shelter Staff Apperication Week (Nov 6th – 12th). I have been volunteering for my local Animal Shelter for nearly 18 months now, and have been lucky enough to see first hand the amazing work that the staff at the Irvine Animal Care Center do for the community and all those pets looking for their new forever home.
Both of my kitties have been rescues, one in fact from the Irvine Animal Care Center, and both have been the most loving, cutest pets I could possibly have, and I know this has alot to do with the care and love these animals receive at Shelter organisations. So this week, a group of us volunteers decided to get together and provide some treats for all the staff to show our appreciation. Everyday, one or two volunteers would bring in treats of many varieties.
So my contribution, of course, Cupcakes!
These started as simple Vanilla and Chocolate Cupcakes.
As I knew I would be making the puppy, kitten and rabbit faces for the tops, I didn’t want to go to over the top with Frosting, so I simply topped them with a Vanilla or Chocolate Fudge frosting.
The idea for the animal faces came from finding a very cute candy mould in Micheals. These were originally made for Candy lolly Pop’s – but perfect are they as CupCake toppers!
So early Saturday morning, I made my delivery down to the IACC, before alot of the staff were at the Shelter, or were out working with the animals. When they came back to the office this is what they would find:
From the feedback I got, the cupcakes, along with all off the treats brought in throughout the week went down really well. Sometimes the staff at animal shelters get over looked for all the hard work they do, especially here at the Irvine Animal Care Center, providing a loving temporary home for these homeless pets whilst they wait for their forever homes. If you are in Irvine over the Holiday Period, you should go and visit the Center for their annual ‘Home for the Holidays‘ Event on Dec 3rd!
So if you happen to be visiting a local Shelter (of any kind, not just animal!), but sure to say Thank you to the staff and volunteers there for all the time they give. If your thinking of a pet for you or your family, please think about Adoption first – there are so many loving pets in shelters and rescues all over the country, just looking to be your new furry best friend.