In Loving Memory Of Our Dear Colleague,
This week NAVS and the entire animal protection community are grieving the loss of long-time friend, mentor and advocate, Mariclare Haggarty. Clare lost her valiant battle with lung cancer on April 9, 2013. Clare is survived by her sisters Joan (Jim) Eggers and Sr. Carol Haggarty, RSCJ, and their families. She is also survived by countless animals and friends whose lives she touched in meaningful ways.
Starting as a volunteer more than 22 years ago, Clare’s tireless dedication and compassion for animals led her from a career in the field of advertising to NAVS where she served as Director of Programs and Communications. She inspired all of us at NAVS to work with professionalism and passion and helped guide every aspect of our programs on behalf of animals and humane science.
Clare was committed, heart and soul, to sparing animals from needless suffering. She didn’t just adopt animals into her life, she chose the wounded and abused and gave them extraordinary lives of care and affection. She took special pride and joy with over-seeing the NAVS Sanctuary Fund, which has helped countless shelters, rescue groups, and animals over the past 15 years. Her dynamic leadership and boundless love for animals has left a profound and lasting legacy of compassion and the hope for a better world for all creatures.
At the celebration of her 20th anniversary with NAVS several years ago, she was honored and thanked for her efforts on behalf of animals. The words from one of the songs from the Broadway musical Wicked seemed especially appropriate then and now:
“I’ve heard it said that people come into our lives for a reason,
Bringing something we must learn
And we are led to those who help us most to grow if we let them
And we help them in return…
But I know I’m who I am today because I knew you…
So much of me is made of what I learned from you
You’ll be with me like a handprint on my heart
And now whatever way our stories end I know you have re-written mine
By being my friend…
Who can say if I’ve been changed for the better? I do believe I have been
and because I knew you…I have been changed for good!”
Stephen Schwarz (Wicked)
On behalf of all of us at NAVS, we will treasure our memories of Clare and continue to be inspired by her legacy of compassion.