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"wonderful tree house" Discussed on The Community Cats Podcast
"New Big adoption center was Wonderful Tree House humane society and they have a cat cafe in their cat cafe. They have feline leukemia. Positive kitties if you could have anything in the world. Would that be something that would interest you absolutely like anything else? It's taking the stigma away from these animals that are labeled with a disease and being able to go into area for the public and see these cats running around playing being normal cats. I think that is an incredible way for people to understand. Feeling the Kimia and to remove that stigma that is attached to them. Sometimes I think the biggest most amazing thing for our volunteers and our staff is that they see the feline leukemia. Kitties happy and healthy an all admit when I first started at the shelter volunteering. I didn't understand fluke. I didn't know feeling a KIA and my husband was mortified to go in our feeling leukemia. Rome because he was afraid. Bring it to our cat and it's just over a short amount of time realizing that okay. The rest of the cats in this building aren't getting it and these cats really happy and healthy and just seeing it with your own eyes is really a truly powerful way to change people's minds. I think a cat cafe is a wonderful way to welcome people in to see the cats and see them thrive. And I think that's fantastic. Let's talk a little bit about the forest program at 'em are and what does it mean to the organization that how does it benefit? The community. Pharmacists are really important program that I help run. It's an amazing way to be able to keep loving owners and their cats together and I really over the years doing this work. I think everybody kind of goes in their field. Whatever it is with certain ideas in certain thoughts and I know I certainly did with feeling the welfare and over the years of really changed my mind and change the way I understand the human animal bond in the way people love their pets and the way their pets are just so much happier with them than going into a shelter or changing their whole life and so the forest program. It's this opportunity for our organization to help keep animals in their home. The point of the program is to help animals in owners when a cat has a disease or injury that would otherwise force and owner to give up the cat get care we can come in and help offer financial assistance so that the cat can stay with their owner and doing the shelter work for several years for so many years. You see the stress and the heartbreak that goes along with surrendering a pet on both sides for the people and for the animal so being able to prevent that he and keep people in their animals together is really really important in today's climate where we see a lot of people not being able to afford their own health care You think about okay. Then how can they possibly afford the health care for their animals? And so really. There is some assistance for people but the assistance for pets is. It's obviously getting better. But it's not guaranteed and it's not there so the farmers program fills a big void in it allows people and animals to stay together. I really feel strongly about it. I really think really positive thing and I always said I think it sort of the trajectory of the future of animal welfare is keeping people and animals together whenever possible. That's great she just sort of thinking about the two topics. We've just covered here feline leukemia as well. As far as I'M GONNA put my executive director hat on and say what? Wait a minute you know. These cats are GONNA cost US money as far as program is going to cost US money. Are these really expensive programs to run so for the feeling the keyboard and care for life program it is an expense but it is an astronomical because like we were talking about before a lot of the time the feline leukemia. Cats are pretty healthy until sort of the feline. Leukemia goes into that terminal stage. So you know. It's really dot a super huge undertaking. The forest is definitely a bigger undertaking. Because these are cases where cats might need dentals that are well into the thousands or they may have been hit by a car in need major orthopedic surgery but until I think as society in general we can come up with a better solution to these huge astronomical. Medical costs when animals are sick or injured. These animals lives matter. They matter to owners and they matter general to our organization so as much as I really think that morale for us is wonderful and major player in in a welfare as the big picture I think one of our major strengths is acknowledging the individual animal the individual cat or kitten and the individual person as well well said well said the other reality. Is that many of those fires? Cats are going to need the assistance anyway if they were being surrendered to the organization. Absolutely we'd be paying for that F. H. O. R. that amputation. Either way so it kind of washes in the end before I go on to. Actually talk about adoptions as shelter director that should be what you spend a lot of your time involved with etc this will be my own version of I Dunno Feline Disease Jeopardy. I'll give you one more one more topic to touch upon and you get to choose so there's F. I. P. Ringworm or Fiv. You can choose one of those topics if you have anything you want to share with our listeners. Do I just choose one of those topics. I could talk all day about all three of those topics. Let's see which one do. I feel strongly about well. I feel with the FIV. So I think I'm going to pick FIV because for a very long time. Mri FOR US has been on the forefront of taking these animals in sheltering them in finding them homes when for a long time especially early on in my career we had so many shelters asking us to take them as transfers. What is special about? Mr Processes that from the very beginning we've kind of said okay. Let's be open minded. Let's think out of the box and so with Fiv we had our FIV positive cats running loose with our regular cats and we adopted them out as regular cats and we talk to people about the FAA. Be Sort of the whole you know. They can be a little bit more prone to the dental disease and their immuno-compromised so having that conversation with adopters but knowing Fiv cats that have lived to twenty. We could send the cats into their homes with the best intentions knowing that. There's a very good chance they were going to be fine and live a long life. What I think is really incredible is that we are not getting those requests for Fiv transfers on any level that we were getting before. And I think again it's a testament to the fact that people see. Fiv cats out with the other cats they see. Fiv cats living long healthy lives. And I think that has changed the hearts and minds of many people many shelters many veterinarians. I think that's really power fall. And so of course we still get. Fiv POSITIVE KITTIES and they're still living out with all our other cats but you know I think it's a great example of sort of the way we have approached cats and kittens that are different and sort of found them outcomes that were really the same as normal cat and then seeing that was successful and worked out well and of course. There's I think there's a published study now about. Fiv Cats cohabitating with non FIV cats and no evidence of transmission. So I think that also helps a lot. You bring up a good point as a shelter director. You're dependent upon a lot of resources and support with regards to protocols cleaning various diseases. What are your resources that you turn to? We are really lucky to work with a couple of really incredible veterinarians who really strive to keep learning. They want to know the next thing. You know the next new research the next interesting thing that comes out and so for us. I think has been a huge resource because these veterans who work with are very very invested. Very very smart and love to learn new things. They're not stuck to some. You know sort of this is the way I learned it in vet school and this is the way it's always going to be. They're hungry for knowledge and they're eager to share that with us and help our cats in that way the UC Davis Corbett School of Veterinary Medicine. They have incredible resources. That kind of how I got kick started in sort of knowing what was going on around me. Were those resources from there but yeah for the most part just kind of on top of the new research coming out you and I share a lot of new findings and research together. But what really is key is her. Veterenarians are super enthusiastic about learning new things. That helps a lot. Let's talk a little. Bit About Adoptions your adoption team you have increased the adoptions quite substantially. I think over the last several years at Mar for us. Would you like to share with us? Any of the sort of special campaigns that you do over the course of the year we sort of chug along as normal but like everywhere else. We get really busy in the spring and in the summer we have had kind of pop up adoption events here there and we have found that fee waived is really the way to go anything sort of less than that is not very effective during the spring and summer months we sort of do those on an ad needed basis if the shelter population just gets higher than we're able to have capacity for but we do have one adoption event scheduled every year. We didn't call you black Friday. We tried it on Saturday this year. But it's the weekend following Thanksgiving and this past adoption event. We sent home thirty three percent of our population which is really good. We really have. Successful adoptions if the funny thing about it was the day before the adoption event we actually did. More adoptions of the day of the event I'm not sure what that was about. But it was just really awesome to see. We got homes for couples special kitties to during that time and that sort of is a big draw for us to do those events. It's an awesome opportunity to find homes for kitties that sort of need a little bit more supporter understanding if folks are interested in finding out more about the Merrimack River Feline Rescue Society or if they had any follow up questions. How would they do that? Who We have a really nice website which is M. R. F. R. S. Dot Org the acronym for Our Name and that website is. It's like a treasure trove of resources and information and then we have sort of a general email address it's.
"wonderful tree house" Discussed on Humans of Hospitality
"A coaching inn that dates back to the sixteen hundreds clevedon house. A stately. Home and Schouten Glenn an Eighteenth Century Manor House which is enjoyed half a century of award-winning five-star hospitality. In the new forest. And you'll hear Shootin. Glenn has led the way over the decades. It was one of the first hotels in the country to open a spa in nineteen ninety under Andrews leadership it has also become very family friendly with wonderful tree house lodges. They're more on those in a moment. The Beehive Kids Club and classes at the hotels cookery school the kitchen and by hosting Chris Evans Children in need events. It's broadened its fan base even more and helped to raise millions of pounds along the way. So how'd you introduce so much change and still maintain the historical spirit of a place? Keep listening and you will find out Anderson Bridge. Thank you so much for agreeing to be on the PODCAST. It's hugely appreciated. And can you just explain to people listening? Where on Planet Earth? Are we please Andrew Very Grand? Well we I guess. Location-wise we're actually on the Hampshire quarter literally. And if you look behind you window then there's little stream they're cheatin- bunny and and that is actually the Hampshire Dorset border so you see. You couldn't get more Saif. Westerly of you tried We're in cheating gladden hotel and SPA and I'm very specifically Il than in a tree house And this is the US. This is our moosh recent tree house and the fourteen three hundred altogether and this is one of them and and I suppose it's probably like things evolve. It's the one that we're we're most proud off and again to give the listen as a bit of insight you know we're we're we're sitting in this sort of open space with an enormous wraparound debt. Which has got a couple of hot tubs on it? And looking out you've got trees and Buds and And older the wildlife you'd expect and although exceptionally Dan and drake which is a Scottish term outside you know inside it's cozy and we will go. I lovebird which is which is the roaring away and is nice and toasty movement. Here you could be an author. That's an exception description all too often. I get sat in a chair mark. But that's peaceful. You hear the word treehouse. I certainly didn't imagine them of. I've heard a lot about them. And it's great to finally come and see them but yes. I didn't really appreciate. The grandeur is beautiful and very decorative was was the original ones. Where similar to this or is this very similar? I mean this is this is this is sort of slightly on steroids as they say but and I suppose there's a bit of artistic license in three houses and and in that really they are wooden buildings on stilts. The Nice thing is you don't have to climb a rope ladder to get in them. And they are as US over the implied exception luxurious. And there's nothing there's nothing rustic about them and I think actually many respect we didn't we purchase it. He didn't want to be sort of almost a bit of a cliche. In a way we want them to be a sort of a step up from our rooms and suites in the main house already and and something very very different and I think like I love. I love collaboration and I I love when you sort of almost plan to seed in allow an idea to grow. I suppose is a good analogy there with with the tree house but when we first started this idea we wanted to build some really family friendly accommodation in the grimes and originally we were looking at doing something which was just more more straightforward than actually. It was a it was a chance meeting with a company Blue Forest. Who helped his Really come up with this idea and they they do really luxury tree houses all sorry oh small. Domestic three houses for the rich Russians and people with huge gardens and and And a moment of incense and we have worked with them on this idea and we had this really unique valley which which had a path at the top of the valley and the land. The land fell away and we thought you know if you could actually have the sweets facing the valet so your tree up in the trees and you walk in and the an answer. The whole thing's designed around really ran the trees. And actually what what what? What was what was really interesting in terms of working collaboratively and I'm very harmoniously. We went to the local planets and said look we have a valet. We know it's in Greenbelt. We know it's in. It's in a protected area as well too. It's not just green belt but it's from for from a nature perspective. It's an era of special interest. And it's one of the. I think it's the last remaining undeveloped low lying valley in the county so we said we know we can build anything there but if we were to build something there what we'll hope would look like and they've said we can't say yet but if we did what would and they said well you know this lobster tree so that he can't damage any tree roots and you know obviously the materials you need to use it would be very sustainable and local and etc etc so it went on and that's why we ended up with these round buildings which were which were very sustainable and as an older footings with dug by hand and so of course. I added to the cost to them but then became became became a bit of a Labor of love. The rush just behind you there. The trees which is just a and he's actually at head height so so it it so so yes so am that's evolved and then and then he's not getting into the detail and your start thinking right. Okay how could we just make these perfect and so we introduced things like we have these hatches which actually is a completely new idea. I I stole the idea from project. Worked on the Scotsman in Edinburgh The idea being that actually if you don't want to there's nothing worse than standing in your pajamas. You know opening the door for someone bringing food to your room when you just don't want anybody to see you looking like that. And so I should have a hatch where your food can be delivered and then we evolve that into treehouse. Breakfast which comes in Hampshire. And when you wake up in the morning the hemp is already there so while I'll bake is being baking all night or since morning and you know. The chefs are being cutting fresh. Fruit and making Nice yogurts and things like that and so when you wake up in the morning in your this aroma from your hat from your your your hatch and an in their this handful full of lovely again. Local fresh and homemade ingredients homebake ingredients and dishes which then can either lay up on your table that we're sitting at night or you can take on your balcony or where we can have embedded wherever have it and then you go a this bean to cup coffee machine. So it's not silly thing with with Paul is this. This is a a proper Barista's style coffee machine where you can. You can have your coffee and then you go toaster and you need a microwave and and so you know the idea. Isn't you come in to cook your meals but breakfast is very much a Sort of you have that in your tree and and I suppose I could go on the whole thing was. Everything was focused around views on this idea of of of the local flora and fauna. Not Yes of course you know this flat screen. Tv's in every rooms including the bathroom but but it wasn't about the TV's. It's very much about as I say just sitting here and you know we could turn around and look for hours of what's going on you know in in the trees behind you because even at this time of year is fascinating you're right and it's It's deep winter congratulations. They are stunning. I could literally just move in. They the quite quite capable of just being house. We could spend the rest of your life you mentioned in the planning process great opener. I love that in the fact that yes not we would like to build this cam. Weeper we cannot build anything we know that. But if we could what would it look like? That's brilliant. What was the timeframe for that conversation to actually Stein to decoys by hand it literally was a I think. Probably the whole process was by two years from when the day we opened. Did we did a lot of We did a lot of work. I guess at risk in terms of designing because obviously when you're older narrowly you might submit a basic scheme and then stopped it but I think we felt come to nine because I think because we'd worked with they knew what we're expecting. We're very lucky in the new forest. We've got a lot of local sport we've all of always although now thankfully there's a lot more choice in the new forest we've got obviously takes in line with and some other really nice hotels restaurants but but for for decades literally the new cheating was the the only place to go in the forest and as for me. It's really positive that we got more aid. Could I live here in an pay so I can enjoy myself it also? I think it helps us. In terms of employment helps bring quality people to the area Does not deserve daytrippers and and and people standing around pops in tents and things like that so is it really good for for everybody But but but but yeah. It was say we did. We did take risks but I think you have to and say you know it it it entrepreneurial street which should have you have to believe in a project and and unbeliev. GonNa work and and that just did it just helps you have all the right conversations. We're GONNA come back to your journey a little bit and your entrepreneurial drive but we started. We treat houses but just again for people who don't know that you and Glenn will also come to the rest of the hotels within the group but can you just described the shooting. Got a little bit. 'cause it's huge from a hundred and thirty acres of grounds. It's emanating again. It's I I suppose it's it's it's an institution but actually it's an institution which has constantly evolved and I think it Probably going into too much detail for people. I suppose it I is based around an original Manor House. Which is dates back to the the the sort of seventeen seventeen thirtyish dumb but as I say sort of cheating lenders we knew it tonight new. It today really started in nineteen sixty six when a very clever gentlemen combatants can hotel with his brother then it sort of morphed into Martin and his wife Brighi and they actually. They went hotel a toll but they they loved staying in hotels and they're they're secret was they traveled and traveled in trouble and every time they came back from somewhere. They were inspired. By where the bane in terms of and so it just and they they were very sort of selfless in terms of every penny went back into the business and they again. They took some risks. They they borrow money in the midnight while the early nineties when interest rates were up sixteen seventeen percents money which you know almost took them under at the time. But you know they were. They were always until I knew. I remember Martin telling me that Heat wanted on all all the bedrooms bathrooms and the even the a at the time is. Why do you want to do that? And you can't believe you know actually having unseat bathrooms and so they were. They were in their own way. Visionary Really Action and I'm not convinced that Martin ever really got the recognition. He deserved in terms of being such a trail. Break Blazer really especially for these countries and and they were. They put SPA IN ONE THOUSAND. Nine hundred ninety. I did the SPA. Which interesting we actually were. Just thirty is on literally with just completely is building site at the moment. I'm where we're spending about a million pounds on a completely redeveloped. Just disappeared area Ob- What they did has literally lasted as obviously with good maintenance. But it's lasted this thirty years. And they they sold in two thousand and six they had it for forty years and and and they developed from being billy when they first bought eight bedrooms bathrooms and when they sold the ad fifty two rooms so he fifty eight ribs and then An IMMI- on I I worked for them. Previously worked for them twice so part of my journey as I came here. Originally Ninety seven refugees later came back two years off the Bat But is why we. I say to them twice. And then they sold the hotel to London regional and but since then we've either the tree houses we've added the kitchen a restaurant and cookery school which we will in collaboration with James Martin and that team so until we've really I think I think you know where I still keep in touch with Moss Brighi Law and they've always been great today..