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Florida Week for the Animals Returns for a 7th Year

Florida Week for the Animals LogoNot to hurt our humble brethren is our first duty to them, but to stop there is not enough. We have a higher mission — to be of service to them wherever they require it. —St. Francis of Assisi

Never, never be afraid to do what’s right, especially if the well-being of a person or animal is at stake. Society’s punishments are small compared to the wounds we inflict on our soul when we look the other way. ―Martin Luther King, Jr.

St. Francis watches over the critters in the gardens of the Ancient Spanish Monastery in Miami

St. Francis watches over the critters in the gardens of the Ancient Spanish Monastery in Miami

We tend to think animals are lower than us, but all the scientists in the world couldn’t design and operate a bumblebee’s wing. We can’t jump or run very fast, and we can’t carry vast weights like an ant can. We can’t see in the dark and we can’t fly…. Humans compared to animals are almost totally deaf, and we can’t smell a fart in an elevator by their standards. We are finite and separate, and neurotic, while the consciousness of an animal is at peace and eternal. We strive and go crazy to become more important. Animals rest and sleep and enjoy the company of each other. We think we have evolved upwards from animals but we have lost almost all of their qualities and abilities. The idea that animals don’t have consciousness or that they don’t have a soul is rather crass. It shows a lack of consciousness. They talk, they have families, they feel things, they act individually or together to solve problems, they often care of their young as a tribal unit. They play, they travel, and medicate themselves when they get sick. They cry when others in the herd die, they know about us humans. Of course they have a soul, a very pristine one. We humans are only now attempting with the recent rise in consciousness to achieve the soul that animals have naturally. —Stuart Wilde

TNR Resident at the Ancient Spanish Monastery, Miami

TNR Resident at the Ancient Spanish Monastery

February 14-22 is the 7th Annual Florida Week for the Animals! Help celebrate this wonderful event, and speak up for the innocent and voiceless of our state — this week and every day. It doesn’t take much. We’re currently in the process of TNR’ing (TRAP-NEUTER-RETURN) the abandoned, stray, and feral cats of our neighborhood, much to their chagrin, wink. You can also investigate the links to the right, under “Florida Nature Blogs.” Blogs like janthina images, Walking with Alligators, naturetime, and Our Florida Journal showcase and highlight the plight of Florida’s unique and beautiful creatures. And don’t forget to check out FLA Week for the Animal’s constantly growing Calendar of Events to see what’s happening throughout the state. From the lovely Michelle at Florida Week for the Animals:

Rescued Florida Panther at Flamingo Gardens: Sadly, this guy can’t be returned to the wild, because he underwent a painful de-clawing procedure at the hands of humans

Rescued Florida Panther at Flamingo Gardens: Sadly, this guy can’t be returned to the wild, because he underwent a painful de-clawing procedure at the hands of humans

7th Annual Florida Week for the Animals Coming February 14-22, 2015!

(Tampa, FL) The 7th Annual Florida Week for the Animals will be celebrated from February 14-22, 2015! During the extraordinary governor-proclaimed week, animal shelters, rescue groups, educational institutions and humane organizations across the state will be hosting over 100 wonderful animal-related special events that will be saving lives, building relationships, helping animals and strengthening communities. Educators, students, businesses and caring citizens across the state will be joining in to celebrate and help animals.

Events in the spotlight will include pet adoption events, low cost spay/neuter & vaccination events, Valentine’s Day pet promotions, Volunteer days at Jungle Friends Primate Sanctuary, Husky Olympics. thank you to Eglin Air Force handlers and K-9’s, Cat Depot’s ‘Love Me Tender’ gala, Boxer Friends Dog Bowl, displays and R.E.A.D. dog programs in libraries, Doxie Derby, Pucker Up for Puppies, Wetlands festivals, Veg events, SF Siberian Rescue of FL Painting for Pups, Mardi Gras in the Park, Museum events, Tree donations/sale to citizens for upcoming Arbor Day, children’s book donations, horse adoption/help with supplies events, pet food donations, Manatee activities for the family, farm animal sanctuary events, wildlife center activities and therapy animals visiting hospitals and living-assisted homes.

Also to be included are search & rescue orgs, vegetarian and vegan meetups, parrot education classes, low cost clinics, puppy & dog training, educational events and fun-filled activities for families to enjoy friendship, food, music on behalf of the always amazing animals. There is more being planned!

Precious lives will be saved and exciting new relationships will be built in communities during the exciting week. For more info please call 901-791-2455 or visit http://www.floridaanimals.org/; Email michellebuckalew@comcast.net.

Alligator Pair in the Everglades, Florida

Alligator Pair in the Everglades, Florida

A sweet, dozing cormorant in the Florida Wetlands

Gopher Tortoise in His Burrow

Gopher Tortoise in his Burrow: One of the oldest living species, and now listed as threatened in Florida

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  1. Reblogged this on Spirit In Action and commented:
    Thank you for sharing this, Feygirl! I didn’t know we had a Florida week for animals. But what a great idea!

    February 9, 2015
    • You’re so welcome! Check out their Calendar of Events — it’s wonderful… 🙂 Thanks for spreading the love and the info!

      February 9, 2015
  2. Anabell #

    Thanks for the info Fay… I will make sure I enjoy this weeks with my friends at the water conservation park.

    February 9, 2015
    • You’re very welcome! I’m thrilled you’ll be able to get out and enjoy the amazing land and critters… 🙂

      February 10, 2015
  3. OMG….declaw a panther…. I won’t even do that to my cats…..sigh….thanks for posting this… Michelle

    February 9, 2015
    • I know, I cannot FATHOM. And all the ones I’ve seen in this condition, at various rescues — former “pets” (something that needs to be outlawed, ASAP) — are on a constant supply of painkillers, so that they may not suffer from the botched surgeries.

      February 10, 2015
  4. The statement by Stuart Wilde captures so much of what people need to know about the animal world FeyGirl. Thanks for sharing it. –Curt

    February 10, 2015
    • Absolutely! I just love that quote, as well — and it sums up perfectly, for me, why I escape to the wilds and the critters in the first place. Perfection! It’s a beautiful reminder of the amazing creatures with whom we share this place. 🙂

      February 10, 2015
  5. Your fauna is so fascinating. Very good photos and best of luck for the project Fey Girl.

    February 10, 2015
    • Thanks so very much! It’s a truly wonderful event, to highlight the plight of the domestic and wild critters in the state. I hope it’s hugely successful!! 🙂

      February 10, 2015
  6. Great post! I love the quotes, if only we could all remain aware of the sentiments they express. How appropriate that Florida Week For The Animals kicks off on Valentine’s Day! I shall go forth next week and be among the animals (mostly the birds) and attempt to “share the love”!

    (Wonderful to see your posts again. Thanks for mentioning Our Florida Journal!)

    February 10, 2015
    • Absolutely! You’re always among FLA’s wonderful critters, and capture them so beautifully. I’m thrilled that I’ve done TWO posts in as many weeks…. A trend, a trend! 🙂

      I just love that quote — and it sums up perfectly, for me, why I escape to the wilds and the critters in the first place. Perfection!

      February 10, 2015
  7. saymber #

    Reblogged this on As I see it and commented:
    If you live in Florida (or not) this is important – “whatsoever you did for least of these, you did it also unto me” comes to mind when I think of our role with Mother Nature’s creation. Animals are tangible ambassadors from God here to remind us there is still good in the world. How we treat animals reflects our character.

    February 10, 2015
    • Completely TRUE…. Thanks so much for the re-blog and the beautiful thoughts! 🙂

      Come December, I’ll be writing a bit on the GEORGIA Week for the Animals — I wonder how many states have implemented this wonderful event.

      February 10, 2015
  8. Would that every week were animal week.

    February 10, 2015
    • ABSOLUTELY. I want to think / hope that for a growing number of people, it is… 🙂

      February 10, 2015
  9. a beautiful reminder from Brother sun. Thank you for this post.

    February 10, 2015
    • Absolutely… It’s a wonderful event and an honor to write about it. 😄

      February 14, 2015
  10. I was wondering the same thing — about how many states are involved. I went to look for Texas, and behold! This year we’re having our second annual Week for the Animals! You can read about it here. Look at that list of organizations that’s involved. I see that the Utopia Rescue Ranch is on the list. That’s one of my favorites — it was started by Kinky Friedman: Texas’s favorite gadfly.

    I just was looking at some of his quotations, and this one seems so appropriate: “Money can buy you a fine dog, but only love can make him wag his tail.”

    February 10, 2015
    • Oh how wonderful!! I’m so glad that more states are implementing the week and highlighting this oh-so- important subject.

      Heh I love that quote! How sublime and thoroughly true. 😉

      February 14, 2015
  11. What nice quotes and great writing from you!

    February 12, 2015
    • You’re so very kind.. thank you!! It’s easy to write about the wonderful critters. 😄

      February 14, 2015
  12. Reblogged this on IdealisticRebel's Daily View of Favorites.

    February 16, 2015
  13. I reblogged this on Idealisticrebel. I hope there is great participation. Hugs, Barbara

    February 16, 2015
    • Thanks so very much! I too hope it was a successful week for spreading the word… 🙂

      February 24, 2015
      • It always is. Making people think is a good thing. Hugs, Barbara

        February 24, 2015

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