We’ve got a situation down at EHF. Their two washing machines have died and that spells T R O U B L E. It’s the kind of emergency right up there with all your toilets backing up when you have family staying with you. Or when the car dies in the middle of the freeway right after you’ve emptied your bank account to pay your credit card that you maxed out to pay for that after-hours plumbing emergency.
“Oh boo hoo, a couple of washing machines broke down”, you say. I say, “oh guuuuurl, let me tell you how big a deal these two machines are.”
This clinic does not squander donations. Everything that comes in goes towards the basics needed to keep the hospital running such as medications, surgical supplies, and oxygen. OXYGEN. You can’t anesthetize animals that need lifesaving operations without oxygen. And bottled oxygen does not come cheap.
This is the best example of how frugal the clinic is.
That repurposed bucket that used to be filled with laundry detergent is now filled with all the sand we need for the hospital litterboxes. Free, biodegradable and works like a charm.
While I was there, both washing machines ran from sun-up to sun-down. The first and most basic rule of making sick animals healthy is to not let them lie in their own filth. When the hospital is hopping, you are constantly changing bedding. If you’re the one tackling the hospital laundry for the day, your name might as well be Sysiphus. I don’t know how, but 2 towels go in the hamper, 14 come out. It’s useless to try and figure out how this happens, it just does.
Another cost saving method utilized by the hospital is reusing surgical drapes. You know those blue paper drapes the doctor covers you in when you get poked and prodded? Yeah, no. The clinic can’t afford to use disposable drapes so cloth ones are washed, sterilized and reused. So no washing machine, no surgical drapes. And if they did pay for disposable surgical drapes, then there goes the money for oxygen. Do you see the conundrum here?
But wait, there’s more. Not only can the hospital not clean their limited supply of bedding and surgical drapes, volunteers can’t wash their own clothes. When the poop isn’t on the bedding, its on your clothes. And if you don’t wash your clothes, that’s just nine kinds of nasty.
If you can, please take a minute to donate $5 to the Esther Honey Foundation at:
If you do, the clinic critters may do the following as a token of appreciation:
And best of all: