First and foremost, let’s all take a deep breath in, and a nice, long exhale- it’s been a long year. These are scary times. We are facing unprecedented challenges. I walked out to the pasture today and stood amongst the cows and sheep. I matched my breath to theirs, and I found myself relaxing. I felt my heart fill. Thank goodness the animals have role-modeled resilience, courage, and hope for us. No matter how chaotic things seem to get, they remain connected to a deep, universal well of love and serenity. They have taught us that when we stop and breathe, quiet our minds, and listen inside ourselves, we connect to the heartbeat of the earth herself. Her wisdom becomes our wisdom, and her peace becomes our peace.
We all know COVID-19 has turned the world upside-down, and that it has affected businesses of all kinds, including non-profits. In March, we made the decision to cancel all of our 2020 events including tours and school programs, and for the first time ever, ThanksLiving was hosted virtually. All of these events were a large source of income for the animals, but we knew these decisions were necessary and in everyone’s best interest. But not all was lost…
In the late summer, under state guidelines, we were thrilled to be able to safely welcome back groups of 6 or less for VIP tours. Shortly before that, we were able to resume construction in Dalton. We decided to open to these levels because the animals still need to be cared for, and we can not do so without the proper facilities or the income. But you are so very important to us! And of course so are our beloved animals, visitors, volunteers, and team members. So what are we doing to make sure everyone is staying safe?
First and foremost, we pay attention to the state guidelines and comply with whatever the state is suggesting. We will continue to look to state officials and if they recommend changes, we will comply with those as well.
No tours are allowed to have more than 6 people, and tours are outdoors with masks required. If you’re interested, you can find more information and book your own tour on our VIP Tours page.
On-site staff members and volunteers are required to take their temperature before each shift. They are also following social distancing protocol and when they are unable to distance because caring for the animals requires more than one person, masks are worn. Staff who is able to work remotely are all working from their homes.
Lastly, we have increased sanitation measures throughout the property, and areas are being cleaned more often.
If you have any questions about these changes, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or call us at 570-763-2908. Please stay up to date with us through the Moosletter, our Facebook and Instagram pages, and here on our website.
We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause and hope you understand why we are taking these important proactive steps. We are so very grateful to you for being there for the animals. We are sending out lots of love and prayers that you and your loved ones stay safe and healthy, and that this situation is brought quickly under control. In the meantime, let’s all shine the light of kindness and hope everywhere our minds turn, for what the world needs more than ever is the hope that is only borne of connection with each other and the beings with whom we share this beautiful, fragile planet.