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Celebrating the 8th Annual Florida Week for the Animals

“I hold that the more helpless a creature, the more entitled it is to protection by man from the cruelty of man.” (Mohandas Gandhi)

“I will not kill or hurt any living creature needlessly, nor destroy any beautiful thing, but will strive to save and comfort all gentle life, and guard and perfect all natural beauty upon the earth.” (John Ruskin)

“There is no fundamental difference between man and animals in their ability to feel pleasure and pain, happiness, and misery.” (Charles Darwin)

“The worst sin toward our fellow creatures is not to hate them, but to be indifferent to them: that’s the essence of inhumanity.” (George Bernard Shaw)

Florida Week for the Animals

Profuse apologies for the extended delay from my happy place, my place of serenity — but keeping up with a few moves and a few jobs has forced a brief hiatus. HOWEVER, thanks to the wonderful people at Florida Week for the Animals, I’ve been given the opportunity to post about this most wonderful annual event. Running February 20-28, Florida Week for the Animals hosts an amazing number of events throughout the state, through this upcoming weekend.

Help celebrate this amazing week, and speak up for the innocent and voiceless of our state — this week and every day. It doesn’t take much. Check out their Calendar of Events (2 pages worth!), which is constantly updated with new and exciting activities. And click here to see if there’s a similar Week for the Animals in your own state!

More from the lovely Michelle, at Florida Week for the Animals:

Animal World USA is pleased to announce the 8th Annual Florida Week for the Animals is scheduled February 20-28, 2016.  During the fun-filled week animal shelters, rescue groups, wildlife centers, educational institutions and humane organizations across the entire state will be hosting 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 the animals.

Events will include adoption events, low cost & free spay/neuter events in honor of World Spay Day, R.E.A.D. dog programs in libraries, Siberian Husky Olympics, festivals for the shelter and rescue animals, 5K’s and Walks for animals, Ponies for Pups polo benefit, events, pet food donations, farm animal sanctuary events, wildlife camps, bird tours/activities, Wetlands festivals,  galas for homeless animals, pet food donation drives, and therapy animals visiting hospitals and living-assisted homes.

Also to be included are a salute to our working K-9 and handlers, low cost vaccinations, educational events, vegetarian dinner theater and meetups, and fun-filled activities for families to enjoy friendship, food, music on behalf of the always amazing animals. Scores of precious lives will be saved and lasting new relationships will be built during the dynamic week which has approximately 100 events scheduled!

Please note that events and activities will be added through the week as energy grows for the animals.  For more info call 901-454-0807. Please see the exciting website and learn how to become involved at

Florida Panther Kitten (Copyright John Kellam), Big Cypress National Preserve, Florida

Florida Panther Kitten (Copyright John Kellam), Big Cypress National Preserve, Florida

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

Alligator Pair in the Everglades, Florida

Alligator Pair in the Everglades, Florida: What’s not to love about these gorgeous, ancient, fascinating creatures?


26 Comments Post a comment
  1. Hey there!! Welcome back to the blogosphere!! My son’s wife is also involved with cat rescues…looks like you are too!! Thanks for a nice reminder of the creatures we are supposed to look after.

    February 23, 2016
    • THANK you! And… YAY for your daughter-in-law! 🙂 For us, it’s now just kitty rescue, but it’s really all over the board — horses, dogs as well. Our girls are rescues from the horse-racing industry, not a pretty thing, as they were slated for slaughter. It still boggles my mind that this is a booming industry, today.

      February 23, 2016
  2. A wonderful post with great photos! Love your babies – my last and only cat is going to be 16 in May. Good for Florida for celebrating all animals. Thanks for sharing – no apologies necessary!

    February 23, 2016
    • Thanks so very much! I know this special event / week is held in other states; hopefully yours as well? ( And much love to your 16-yr-old… I hope he / she is happy and healthy in his / her age!

      February 23, 2016
  3. Regina CANEPA #

    Very VERY VERRRRY NICE!!! Love your help for these folks and love all your pictures!!! 👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼‼️

    Sent from my iPhone


    February 23, 2016
    • Heee, THANK you thank you! 🙂 All the true thanks goes to the people at WEEK FOR THE ANIMALS though…. I’m SURE they have one in California; you should check the link above!

      February 24, 2016
  4. Pam #

    How wonderful ! I hadn’t heard of this. Nice to hear from you, and best wishes!

    February 23, 2016
    • Thanks so much! It’s nice to be back, even if for a brief bit. 🙂 These WEEKS FOR THE ANIMALS truly are wonderful, for all the attention they give to the critters. So many events, too!

      February 24, 2016
  5. George Rogers #

    What a great positive idea! And thank you for sharing.

    February 23, 2016
    • Absolutely! It really is a wonderful event — and I added a link for those states that have included the Animal Week throughout the country as well. I’m thankful for the people at the organization for all their hard work to organize such a monumental feat for our critters!

      February 24, 2016
  6. Congratulations with the Animals week, and your great effort for nature! 🙂

    February 24, 2016
    • Thanks so much Bente! I was just happy to share the efforts of those who work so incredibly hard to organize these Weeks throughout our country — all on behalf of our wonderful but voiceless animals!

      February 24, 2016
  7. Good to have you back at a great time. Those gators are really wonderful – great shot.

    February 24, 2016
    • Thanks so very much! Even though I haven’t been able to post, I’ve been really trying to keep up with everyone’s blogs, including your own wonderful images. That gator shot is an old one, but a personal favorite. I scare my poor family to death I know, crawling on my belly to get the shots, but I know the gator seasons and am careful to know WHEN I can crawl on my belly. 🙂

      February 26, 2016
      • I can see why they might get a little excited about that!

        February 26, 2016
  8. How wonderful to see you again! It’s hard to believe that a year has passed, but so it has. I remember the last time this week rolled around, I checked, and saw that Texas does promote a similar effort.

    The panther kitten is adorable.I was out and about a couple of weeks ago — maybe three — and found big cat prints down at the watering hole at my nearby preserve. It was exciting, though also caution-inducing, as the prints were fresh. We’re surrounded by such riches, and it’s wonderful to know there are people dedicated to keeping it that way!

    February 24, 2016
    • Thank you so much! I miss posting, but I’ve been trying my *absolute* best to keep up with everyone’s wonderful blogs, including yours. 🙂

      I’m so incredibly grateful, like you, that there are people completely dedicated to protecting our natural world and its inhabitants. The biologist who took those images of the panther kittens… Can you imagine that insight? I’ve seen a few big cat prints as well, and I was SO hopeful that they were panther prints — alas, I was told they were bobcat! Ah well. I love bobcats too!

      February 26, 2016
  9. I have been sorely missing you. Welcome back. – Lynn

    February 25, 2016
    • Thank you so much!! It’s wonderful to be back, even if for a brief spell. 🙂

      February 26, 2016
      • Brief? Oh, say it ain’t so.

        February 26, 2016
  10. aubrey #

    Such beautiful quotes – their sentiments do a lot towards reaffirming my faith in the kindness and understanding of humanity. The strength of their sincerity is marvelous.

    Oh, and PANTHER KITTEN!!!!!!!!!!

    February 29, 2016
    • Aren’t those quotes so lovely, and just perfectly put? My heart always swells when I see how, in centuries and millennia past, the love and compassion towards the earth and her inhabitants was so incredibly vital.

      The biologist who took those images of the panther kittens… Can you imagine? I see that tongue and I melt. Here’s to their protection in the midst of all that’s happening in the ‘glades right now.

      March 2, 2016
  11. Hello there my lovely soul! I have MISSED you so!!! So good to see you again and what an important and heartfelt post. Your spirit is so alive in your mission to care for all living things. Lots to catch up. Take care and hugs. Sharon

    March 31, 2016
    • What a kind soul, you are! And a heartfelt DITTO…. I’ve missed you and your beautiful poetry and vision as well. I truly hope that all has been well with you across the miles — and I look forward to more of your gorgeous posts! Take good care, XO! -Christina

      April 1, 2016
  12. love your cats. Lovely post!

    April 1, 2016
    • Thanks so very much! They’re quite a crew — our family is filled with rescue kitties, dogs, horses… I even had a rescue ferret at one point! 🙂

      April 1, 2016

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