One day after celebrating its record setting year, Maine Monster Control announced an ambitious and exciting plan to help find new homes for Monsters left homeless because of the recent rough economy and crash of the housing market.
The creatures who need your help are the Monsters Who Live Under The Bed. “When a family can no longer afford to make the mortgage or rent payments, they often end up leaving everything behind and running out on their debt,” explained Dawn Summers, the head of MMC. “In these cases of hasty retreat, things are left behind. First and foremost are the Monsters Who Live Under The Beds. ”
Summers estimated that have been several hundred such cases of abandonment in Maine over the past three years. In some situations, a new buyer or tenant is quickly found, and the Monster has a new bed under which to live. In most cases, however, the Monster is left all alone in a big, empty, scary house.
“People need to remember that this is Maine and things are different,” Summer explained to this Modern Philosopher as she gave me a tour of MMC headquarters. “The so called Monsters aren’t at all scary. They live under the bed because they are more afraid of us than we should be of them. When they get left behind, they have no idea how to care for themselves. It really is quite tragic.”
For the moment, Maine Monster Control has set up a temporary shelter for those creatures in the warehouse behind the office. In this warehouse are hundreds of beds under which the Monsters live until they can find a permanent home.
“Thankfully, business has been slow, so we’ve been able to allocate funds from our budget to the Monster House, which is what we call this warehouse,” Summers explained as she showed me around the place. “We don’t just leave them in here alone all day. Staff and volunteers come in to talk to them, read them stories, feed them, and coax them outside into the sunshine. In a few cases, the Monsters have enjoyed the “non-under the bed” world so much, that we were able to team them up with another otherworldly creature and send them off into society. Most of them, however, have only known life under a bed and are too frightened to start over or try something new.”
That’s where you come in, Modern Philosophers. Wouldn’t you love your very own Monster? I purposely re-blogged my post about Vlak, the Monster who lives under my neighbors’ bed, in hopes of getting you itching for a Monster of your own.
What do you say? Are you willing to open your home to a Monster in need? They all have their shots, they are all “Good” Monsters, and they are loyal, adorable, and lovable. Just think, your kiddo will never wake you up in the middle of the night again after a nightmare because he’ll have his very own Monster there to calm him. And no more cleaning under the bed because Monsters are excellent groomers and extremely neat.
Can you open your heart to a creature who needs you? If so, you can call Maine Monster Control’s special adoption hotline at (207) MONSTER. Check out the MMC website to see all the Monsters who are looking for a good bed under which to live.
This is finally your chance to bring a little piece of Maine into your world. Won’t you please help?