Kris and I are getting married! For me, it's a second chance at love. For Kris, it's an exciting first marriage. For both of us, it's a new beginning and a dream come true. You see, both of us are in our 40s and both of us had written off the notion of finding love again. The thing is, we both have big hearts and a ton of empathy to go around. Those of us born with that affliction tend to gravitate toward nonlucrative careers. Naturally, we both work for a nonprofit organization called Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Los Angeles (spcaLA). In fact that's where we met. We were both volunteers with the organization and were subsequently hired one month apart. Kris is a behavior and training specialist whose responsibities include the training, enrichment, socialization, and mental/emotional well-being of the animals that enter our shelters. I'm a humane educator. I hold anti-violence, empathy-based programs for adolescents at schools in at-risk environments. One of these programs is a court mandated weekend juvenile delinquent program for youths who have commited acts of animal cruelty. Another one is a middle school elective course on Humane Education with a dog training component where students learn to train dogs, using only positive methods. I am not telling you this to bore you, but to let you know that although my job is deeply rewarding, it comes with a nonprofit salary. All my jobs seem to have this issue. Before this, I was a social worker for disabled adults, and, before that, a middle school teacher.
Kris and I live paycheck to paycheck with our three dogs and whatever animals we are fostering at the time. We know a lot of good people that are helping us with our small wedding. We have also been doing our best to save all we can. With some creative planning, we are getting closer to reaching our wedding goals. However, at this time, a honeymoon is out of the question.
We are requesting help in our wedding funding shortfalls and a nice, relaxing honeymoon. (We are secretly really really excited at the thought of an all-incluse resort near a tropical beach). Neither of us have been able to fund a vacation destination in years.
We are graciously thanking you in advance for any help we receive, and our hope is that we can pay this forward someday.