The Second Chance Pack
My name is Mark Hanks and I am an owner of Kindred Spirits Veterinary Clinic. I have been involved with the Bangor Humane Society for over 20 years. I moved to Maine in 1992 and worked with Dr Benson at Broadway Vet. When he interviewed me he asked me if I would be comfortable doing some gratis work for the Humane Society, and I said yes.
A year later he called me at 10 o'clock one night and said it was time to put up or shut up. At the time there had been a large seizure of dogs from a hoarding situation. There were cocker spaniels, siamese cats and animals that were hard to identify under their overgrown, flea infested coats. I remember one dog had nails so long they curled around. One cat I saw that night had a skin infection so extensive that it would later require a skin graft. But I was hooked. That night we stayed for hours. Examining, clipping, cleaning, vaccinating, performing the best first aid we could. Most of those animals found homes. I later saw some of them as their vet in their new new loving home. Nothing could show the mission of the Bangor Humane Society better.
Since then I had a brief stint on the board (not my forte), raised money through Paws on Parade, and have volunteered to spay, neuter and do other surgeries on homeless pets. I have met many executive directors and working groups, and have never felt more proud of the work they do than with the group there right now. Somewhere along the way they started giving prizes for the most money raised at Paws on Parade.Then they started giving the BHS "Top Dog" Trophy as a reward for the top fundraising team.
Our team grew, we raised more.But I began to hear rumblings that our team was actually intimidating smaller teams. Not in a New Jersey Sopranos kind of way, just that no one could beat our numbers.That was never my intention. I just wanted to honor those homeless animals that I remembered as a young, impressionable veterinarian.
But then, a few years ago, Russ Maynard came along. He wore a tutu, or maybe it was a swan. He raised more money than we did. He had fun and carried a little chihuahua.I had never heard of this guy, but I knew that he was going to bring new energy; and I liked him. So as last year's top fundraising team captains, this year we are leading two packs. I will be leading the Second chance Pack. All dollars we raise will be used for vital veterinary care for injured or neglected animals.
Thank you for joining us this year. If you choose to be in our pack, we will give you fundraising tips. Believe me, when I started I thought, "OMG, how can I get people to give to our cause?" Twenty years later, I have some ideas.
No matter who wins, the homeless pets benefit. But, don't get me wrong, I want to win. So please, choose me and not him.
Dr. Mark Hanks, DVM