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Safeguarding the Animals

Our task must be to free ourselves… by widening our circle of compassion to embrace all living creatures and the whole of nature and its beauty. -Albert Einstein

Whenever I become forlorn at the state and plight of animals — be it habitat loss, animal cruelty, or negligence — I’m constantly reminded of the most amazing and bright souls who give so much of themselves to creatures in dire need:

  • Puss, One of Our Feline Rescues, Nabbed from a Field

    Volunteers who, in their precious spare moments away from family and work, run to the most absurd places to catch feral cats — TNRing them (trap-neuter-release) to control feline overpopulation

  • Those making regular excursions deep in the Everglades to rescue dogs and cats that have been heartlessly abandoned in the middle of the swamps (more on this wonderful, growing group — 100+ Abandoned Dogs of the Everglades Florida — later)
  • Blythe Spirit (formerly "Zero"), Our Sweet Rescue — Always With Us

    All the crucial, hardworking efforts of groups rescuing horses in the midst of the president’s and Congress’ recent restoration of the horse slaughter industry in this country (more on this later, from a personal horse rescue perspective)

  • Just Friday evening…. Nancy Grace highlighting the plight of NYC’s abused and overworked carriage horses (something I’ve long been tracking); profuse thanks for bringing this issue to the national stage
  • Late last week, “dungeon” chimpanzees, caged their entire lives in tiny cells for experimentation, freed and transported from the Coulston Foundation research facility in Alamogordo, NM to a sanctuary in Ft. Pierce, FL by the group Save the Chimps — and feeling grass for the first time in their long lives. Read more, and watch the touching CNN video here.
  • Teaching a Shelter Dog to Play: My Brother's 6-Yr-Old Rescue, a Retriever Finally Learning to Run and Retrieve...

    The countless individuals and organizations rescuing, rehabilitating, and finding homes or releasing animals of all varieties

  • And the list goes on…. Far too many inspiring people and groups to mention here, even in my region alone (I recently wrote about our trip to the Everglades Wildlife Sanctuary and Aviary of South Florida’s Flamingo Gardens — a site worth visiting)

A recent post by Pat Bean on her blog Pat Bean’s Blog provided yet another most amazing reminder of these profound efforts to help those with no voice. Read about Thomas Young and his small zoo and wildlife sanctuary — Queen Wilhelmina State Park — near Mena, Arkansas. Learn about the rescue and rehabilitation of thousands of bears, hawks, owls, eagles, and countless small mammals into the wild…. And how even the wild animals flock to him. Sadly in my efforts to find out more information about Mr. Young, his sanctuary had suffered at the hands of Mother Nature, and he himself was confined to a wheelchair with Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever (after a tick bite). Unfortunately I couldn’t find much else — save this site, which I believe is the sanctuary. This was 2009; one can only hope that Mr. Young has returned to his healthy self, and the sanctuary and resident animals have his love and expert help. May his work continue to inspire future wildlife rehabilitators.

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  1. marialla #

    Thank you for exposing the cruelty in such a hopeful way. It always bothers me when someone goes on and on about all the horrible things happening in the world – whether animals, nature or people – but never say anything about the good stuff others are trying to or are doing to make the state of things better. I find this one-sided negative reporting so very debilitating and depressing – so full of hopelessness. Your more balanced approach gives hope, inspires and sheds some light on actions that people can try for themselves.

    April 30, 2012
    • ABSOLUTELY! Ditto, ditto, and DITTO! How can we move forward if we’re skulking in the horror and negativity — of which I’m more than aware exists? Education and knowledge — Absolutely. Being mired in the horror, and becoming frozen with inactivity — which helps no one, least of those who need it the most? Not worth it. Don’t get me wrong… I most definitely have my sobbing fits of utter despair when nature backfires on me, when I try to help — or when I see acts of cruelty and loss of habitat for our wildlife. But so many are trying to combat these idiots and factors…. So many bright, strong, and compassionate souls. Thanks very much for your words, and inspiring thoughts. 🙂

      April 30, 2012
  2. That Einstein quote says it all! What a compassionate post.

    April 30, 2012
    • Thanks so much… Of course after writing it, there were so so so many more people and groups I wanted to highlight. Perhaps later! These were all off the top of my head, with recent events. There’s always something in the quest to protect these babies…

      April 30, 2012
  3. One doesn’t have to look far to find a creature who needs a person. My daughter rescued this little waif she named Cupcake. http://stacyallbritton.com/2012/04/16/the-best-cupcake-ever/

    I wish “rescue” weren’t necessary, but thank you for your post about it. I’ve nominated you for the Versatile Blogger Award. http://stacyallbritton.com/2012/04/30/im-versatile-who-knew/ You have a beautiful site! ❤

    May 1, 2012
    • WOW… what a GORGEOUS kitty! and what a sweet post! i just can’t believe how this happens; and i sure wish “rescue” wasn’t a word that was needed, either… or, that more people were educated about the situations. but on the bright side, there are so many who contribute to help – so many, in all sorts of ways. i snagged a very similar looking kitty years ago – he must have been 15, abandoned by his owners upon their move – and the new inhabitants simply refused to feed him. he was starving. this was pyewacket, in honor of “bell, book and candle” – it was halloween. 🙂

      you’re so kind for the nom – how very sweet!!

      May 1, 2012
      • So happy you snagged that animal. I just don’t understand how someone can watch another being starve. Thank goodness for kind souls in the universe. ❤

        May 1, 2012
  4. helenefg #

    Its good that you write about this. We must be goder to see this.

    May 1, 2012
    • Most definitely… I do want to write more, since there are so many people working so very hard to protect and help these guys. Thanks much for your kind words!

      May 1, 2012
  5. whatkasiadid #

    Beautiful quote. *Noted*

    July 17, 2012
    • It’s amazing how many wonderful animal-rights quotes come from (seemingly) unlikely historical references — Einstein, Lincoln, etc. And they’re obviously well-spoken types. 🙂

      July 18, 2012

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