Cedar Hill Pet Memorial Project, Inc.
A promise made...a promise kept
"A promise made ... a promise kept" is about the many families who lovingly laid their pets to rest in the Pet Memorial Park in Cedar Hill, Texas. The burial plans made for our pets, who ARE our family members, are promises that cannot be broken.
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This month marks our 5th anniversary of being in business. All we want to say is THANK YOU to everyone who has supported us, worked with us, taken a chance on us and believed in us. Here's to many, many more exciting years ahead.
Mr. Anonymous: may he rest in peace…
Written by Theresa M. Brandon
While the Cedar Hill Pet Memorial Project, Inc., (CHPMP) is preparing to celebrate both their fifth anniversary for saving the property which is the site of the Pet Memorial Park (Park), as well as the upcoming K9 Veterans' Day event on March 11th, we are saddened by the news of a recent loss: the passing of “Mr. Anonymous” on January 25, 2017. We discovered this after noticing a new bench in the Park.
No - this is not an analogy for the lack of anonymous donors, but the loss of a real person, a gentleman from south Texas who, during our time of greatest financial need, made a generous matching contribution so that we could pay the nearly $30,000 in back property taxes, penalties and interest after winning the bid at the land auction held on March 6, 2012.
All non-profits rely on the generosity of people willing to make donations. During that tumultuous time, our organization had literally just been formed within the previous five months and had miraculously raised a considerable amount of funds with just a handful of committed individuals. The potential loss of this historical property (measuring only 1.8 acres and containing the remains of 5,500 beloved pets dating back to the 1940s) caused people to step forward and help us out. Once the echo of "Save the Park" had died out after saving the property, the real work began to renovate and maintain this property in perpetuity.
For the moment, CHPMP has to pause and recognize that all of the work, the renovations, the creation of the War Dog Monument, and the advocacy program for retired K9s to help their handlers with expensive medical care through grants, that none of these things would have occurred had Mr. Anonymous not demonstrated his faith in us through his generosity. His long-time friend, Elizabeth Haley, shared that she had kept him informed of the various milestones we had met over the years, and that he was especially proud of the War Dog Monument. Elizabeth called it the "Domino Effect…that what we do now leads to so many other wonderful things later."
We are glad that our continued efforts and successes brought Mr. Anonymous such joy. After all, he was known as someone who loved his Labradors and doves and animals in general. We hope that there will be other Anonymous folks out there who agree that the small non-profit in Cedar Hill has demonstrated its worthiness to receive additional donations through the "Domino Effect" so that our work can continue in service to this community asset known as the Cedar Hill Pet Memorial Park. Elizabeth shared that she hopes the Mr. Anonymous story will, in part, "…inspire others to do positive things in their lives and communities. It could be any of us that is Mr. Anonymous."
Thank you, Mr. Anonymous. May you rest in peace, sir.