"One can measure the greatness and the moral progress of a nation by looking at how it treats its animals." Mahatma Gandhi
I'm sure that you've heard this quote a few times before, I'm certain that you have even thought about it, thus about its significance, but have you ever felt it?
There are approximately 1 billion stray dogs and cats that are wondering the world alone, unwanted, frightened, even sick or injured, with a permanent stain of hunger on their being and an unquenched desire for safety and shelter. They aren't just numbers, they are lives that are put in jeopardy on a daily basis and, let's not ignore the fact that the cause for their disgrace are the actions of people, of owners who forget to spay and neuter them, in order to avoid unwanted future generations, who get bored of having a responsibility, who beat them to death when they turn out more than simple, inert toys, who forget to feed them, because it's a night out with the boys/girls, who move away to another home/town, but leave them trapped in the old house, as it's more convenient, who steal them away from their previous owners in order to sell them and are unsatisfied with their failure, who watch their life grow dimmer each day, because a trip to the vet is too expensive after all and the disgrace goes on and on, not only in actions, but also in mentality.
Sadness doesn't measure up to what these beings have to endure just because the "mighty" man is "superior" to the animals, who, most of the times, remind and teach us values that some people never had and never will have. How ironic is that, right? Let's not forget that we are who we are and where we are by mere chance. It's evolution and you just happened to be a person. You could have easily been in their place and I'm sure that you wouldn't want to be asphyxiated, poisoned, electrocuted or put down with a baseball bat, just because you are a surplus, an inconvenience
. A few of you might think that we are a civilized society and these things don't happen anymore, well, you're wrong. I have seen it all firsthand. We aren't superior or civilized, as long as we can't accept and live with each other in a truly humane way. We can go into space, we can communicate with each other from lengths that were inconceivable in the past, we have a know-it-all for every field imaginable, but, damn, we can't find a proper, healthy, kind solution for providing a home to these stray dogs and cats and for giving them a great quality of life, as they deserve, as any of us. Most of humanity's problems are by our own making and are definitely by choice. Only we can make a difference and the beginning should be realizing that life is precious, no matter in which body its essence may be found.
The idea of this Project is to give a second chance to homeless animals, to adopt them and to share the story and/or a photograph of the lucky fellow that found a warm heart and a stable environment in your home. I have focused mainly on dogs and cats earlier, because, when it comes to adoption, they are found more frequently in shelters. But it can be a bird, a lizard, a snake, a horse, a hen, whichever animal you wish, it doesn't matter, as long as you decide to save it from a distressing situation and to care for it. These are the testaments of our beautiful moments spent with our animal friends and they should be cherished with every occasion and shared with those that will truly appreciate the experience and the honour of hearing them. And, let's face it, who doesn't want to see their silly, happy faces, when the world just doesn't seem so harsh and black anymore?
We will be sharing memories and smiles, that's for sure! And, as a small token of my respect for you, rescuers, I will give each and every one of you a small, symbolic prize.
P.S. Whatever you have to share, just send a note addressed to me and I'll take care of it.
It's time to break the ice by welcoming Clochette into our Project. She was rescued by *oanalivia
and her love from a shelter. They wanted an animal friend for a long time, so they decided to adopt. Clochette got her chance to a wonderful, new life. You can see for yourself how beautiful and happy she is in the following photos. May you live a long, healthy life, Clochette!
I have the honour to present to you another kind rescuer, ^Astralseed
. She fell in love with a Pitbull, Kelly, and a Shiba inu mix, Nibbler. Each has her own story. Kelly had tested heart worm positive and she would have easily been put to sleep if another shelter hadn't been courageous and altruistic enough to cover all the costs and treat her. When ^Astralseed
got her she didn't know any commands, but she has a gentle and sweet disposition and she is an amazing dog. Nibbler was a lonely stray and based on her serious lack of manners, it's very probable that she'd probably never really belonged to anyone or at very best always lived outdoors. She had a few health issues too, but nothing too serious, as Kelly. She's very intelligent, thus she is learning quickly. She just needs time and a lot of patience, in order to become a well-balanced dog. As you can see, these two animals had a very rough start, but their life is blooming already.