We had the good fortune of connecting with Kasie Barclay and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Kasie, can you talk to us a bit about the social impact of your business?
Halfway Home Rescue is a small non-profit organization that is operated entirely by two women fueled with the need to protect, help, and educate the community when it comes to animals and their care. For the last 14 years, our rescue has taken in hundreds of dogs and cats from the surrounding communities, fixing them up with current veterinary care and training before adopting them out to new families. There is a major over population of pets that has a tight grip on Arizona, accompanied by the surge of cost of living, rise in cost of veterinary care, and the never-ending reasons for bringing your pet to us. The rescue puts the community first, and we offer outreach programs so that surrendering a beloved family doesn’t have to be necessary.
We help spay and neuter pets, offer a food pantry so that low-income families or those in a tight spot can get assistance in food and supplies for their animals and offering Trap Neuter Release for feral cat colonies. We also offer low-cost vaccines, training, sometimes we help our community members help their pets cross the rainbow bridge.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
I built Halfway Home Rescue in an apartment, as an 18 year old, with only $20.00. For the majority of the fourteen years that the organization has been in business, I ran everything by myself. I had to learn quickly on how to become successful with very little to work with. I built friendships in the community and took on the job of marketing and because of the rapport I created, donations and their support made it possible to tug boat along.
What sets me apart from others in this line of work, is that I keep a cool head and can remain objective. I am able to emotionally handle the onslaught of emotional and physical damage that operating this rescue can cause. Many times rescuers experience compassion fatigue, but I combat it and push through,
knowing that lives are depending on me. It was not easy to get where I am today, and the hard work still isn’t over since our organization is run only by two women.
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
Due to being disabled, I do not get out much. I have few opinions on outdoor activities, as well as setting up social settings. However, if I must, I would take them up north to Sedona. There are multiple resorts that show off the landscape’s natural beauty many activities. This would include horseback riding, arts and crafts for the children, and hikes to explore the wilderness that Sedona has to offer. You can attempt your hand at fishing, ATV riding, and when you are done, a spa is waiting. There are a few restaurants these resorts offer, and quaint cabins to really set the mood of camping.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
There are so many! Operating a rescue can be difficult, money draining, and it sometimes feels like there is never an end to what we do, and it often becomes discouraging.
I would like to personally thank the Veterinary staff at Sun Valley Hope and the Spay/Neuter Clinic (Phoenix) for believing in us and our mission, and ensuring we have the tools available to do our job. The mentorship in the veterinary medicine aspect is always invaluable.
I would also like to thank our support system! The many followers, donators and supporters that have come together from across all social media platforms have been vital and an amazing thing to witness. Friendships have bloomed, lives have intertwined, and Pawsitivity is being spread through each encounter.