For those of you that don’t know who is behind Gratitude Gate, my name is Jess. I was born and raised in Bucks County, Pennsylvania and have devoted my life to the care of animals in need. I have been so fortunate to help save so many animals working as a veterinary technician for close to 15 years. While enjoying a sunrise on the back of my horse, two deer jumped out of the corn sending me one way and my horse another. I hit my head causing a concussion that would would put life as I knew it to a halt. Post symptoms left me unable to get out of bed, drive and definitely not work at my job as a veterinary technician. I couldn’t even hold a conversation. It took months to walk without holding on to something to give me balance.
But I was determined. This wasn’t going to stop me. I pushed hard to get better, my animals and family by my side. I knew returning to tech work wasn’t an option. So as I sat at home feeling sorry for what I had lost, I began to dream of place of healing, love and learning. Gratitude Gate came to be out of a situation of sink or swim. A situation so many animals and people are faced with everyday. I had to find a way to continue my life’s work of saving animals and educating people on the importance of their welfare. A year ago, I got the bump on the head I needed to make a difference. Be grateful for life and never take for granted what has been given. Most of all never give up on yourself or a dream. Lives need saving everyday. Starting Gratitude Gate has opened up so many future possibilities for our community and beyond. Each day we are working to build a team to give these beautiful creatures the life they deserve. Help us continue in this mission by sharing our page with others. We can make a difference together!