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Animals Near Extinction, Abused and Neglected - Let's Be Their Voice!

Updated on April 10, 2013

Animals were put on this earth to be looked after by human kind, to be respected and cared for, to be lived alongside. We are meant to provide them with a safe place to live, to give them shelter and food, and above all - to love them. Each and every animal put on this earth is a beautiful being, created just as you and I were. Animals have brains, and they have feelings and emotions just as we do.

Look around you, watch the TV, read the news, look to foreign countries - look to your next-door-neighbour. There's animal abuse, torture and neglect everywhere we look. It's disgusting, it's heart-wrenching and it's cruel.

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My heart literally crushes every time I go online to read the latest in news about Rhino poaching for money in South Africa, or when I catch an image that someone has randomly posted about dolphin slaughtering for fun in Denmark.

What about the inhumane way that dogs are caged and tortured in China? I feel sick just writing this, but I feel that it's important to get the message out there. I'm not posting images of this, as some people feel the need to do all over Facebook. What good does that do anyway - besides upset whoever had the unfortunate experience to stumble upon that image?

How the hell are we supposed to help animals by just sharing graphic images on animals being killed and not do anything about it?

It infuriates me to say the least. Should we just sit back after sharing such an image and give ourselves a pat on the back - as if to say that we've "done our little bit" for the animals?

This article isn't about blaming people, or doing what they do - posting shocking information and then expecting a miracle to save these animals. I'm writing this because I think we all need to stand together and get involved, to actually do something and not just feel sorry, shed a tear or be filled with rage about what's happening to animals around the world.

Let's channel this rage for our beautiful animal friends somewhere that can be of use.

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BEAUTY WITHOUT CRUELTY

A list of cosmetics and skincare ranges in South Africa as well as throughout the rest of the world that are NOT tested on animals:

Changes for Good: Top "Beauty Without Cruelty" Products

"Animals are, like us, endangered species on an endangered planet, and we are the ones who are endangering them, it, and ourselves. They are innocent sufferers in a hell of our making."

Jeffrey Moussaieff Masson & Susan McCarthy, When Elephants Weep

Animal Abuse and Neglect

I'm sure you know a few cases of animal abuse and neglect, without needing to think very hard. Whether it be it from watching or reading the news, hearing heart-wrenching stories from other people, or witnessing any form of animals being abused or neglected - I doubt very much that there's a single person on this planet who doesn't know about some inhumane way an animal has been treated.

Last week I opened my Facebook page to find a horrific image of a dog who'd miraculously survived an excruciating ordeal, an ordeal by humans who felt like torturing this poor animal. I'm not going to describe what I saw, because today I still can't get the image out of my head. My eyes sheds tears and my heart bleeds at the very thought of what this poor, defenseless dog went through - I'll never forget that image. Man's best friend. All they want is love and to give love, and instead they get treated like this?

What makes me even madder is the purpose of posting this image on Facebook. For sheer shock, I'm guessing that is its purpose. No link to helping animals in need, no indication of whether the dog is receiving treatment or that it has found a loving home to help him re-cooperate - just a shocking image with a caption "If you're against animal abuse, share this". What an utter load of crap. Excuse my language, but it is! I will never forget that image, and I'll keep wondering every day what happened to him. I can only pray that he either found a very loving family home with people who are able to provide extra care and who are beyond patient, or that he was put out of his misery and was put to sleep by some kind-hearted vet.

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"Wild animals never kill for sport. Man is the only one to whom the torture and death of his fellow creatures is amusing in itself."

JAMES ANTHONY FROUDE, Oceana

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Hunting Animals

Animals have been hunted for food in order for man to survive, for centuries. Over the last few decades this has however spiraled far out of control. Animals aren't simply hunted as a means for human survival anymore, they're hunted today as a "sport" - they're hunted for fun.

The rhino population in Africa is almost extinct because of disgusting human greed for their horns. More than two rhino's are killed every single day due to poaching. According to The African Wildlife Foundation, there are less than 5 000 black rhinos in the world today.

People are hunting animals every day for their sick pleasure or for greed. Animals, who are innocently going about their day-to-day way of life, are being butchered and slaughtered by man.

Man, who was put on this earth to live side-by-side with animals. Man, who was meant to care for and look after these animals. Man was not put on this earth to take some sick pleasure in hurting them. But this is what's being done every day, probably as you're reading this very sentence.

What possess a person to completely shut off all emotion and hunt down an animal? To see the fear in their eyes and to kill them for no other purpose than for the thrill of it, for the money? Perhaps we should ask Donald Trump Jr this question. He caused controversy in March 2012 for a series of photographs that were made public in which he boasts his fresh animal kills. A self proclaimed hunter, his response to backlash from animal rights organizations was, "I have no shame". What a disgrace this public figure is to the human population.

Another public figure who is known to be a supporter of illegal hunting is Sarah Palin, who openly supports aerial wolf hunting in Alaska. Not only does she support aerial wolf hunting, but she actively partakes in it! With people around like this, it's no wonder the animal population is drastically decreasing.

Thankfully, there will always be the good to fight the bad in any situation and the above two examples are no exception. Ashley Judd is a public animal activist and continues to promote awareness against Sarah Palin's hunting activities. Watch her video where she speaks to Larry King about her plight against this form of hunting, at the end of my tribute hub to this amazing public figure here.

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Extinct Animals

These animals have been wiped off the face of the earth, mostly due to humans:

Atlas bear, Aurochs, Bali Tiger, Caribbean Monk Seal, Carolina Parakeet, Caspian Tiger, Dinosaurs, Dodo,Dusky Seaside Sparrow, Elephant Bird, Golden Toad, Great Auk, Haast's Eagle, Japanese Sea Lion, Javan Tiger, Moa, Passenger Pigeon, Pterosaurs, Saber-toothed cat, Short-faced bear, Steller's Sea Cow, Thylacine, Toolache Wallaby, Western Black Rhinoceros, Woolly Mammoth, Woolly Rhinoceros, Yangtze River Dolphin

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Ten of the Most Endangered Species Today



  • Black Rhino
  • Giant Panda
  • Tiger
  • Beluga Sturgeon
  • Golden Seal
  • Alligator Snapping Turtle
  • Hawksbill Turtle
  • Big Leaf Mahogany
  • Green-Cheeked Parrot
  • Mako Shark



I Challenge You

Instead of just writing another article about strong opinions against animal abuse, neglect and endangerment, I wanted to do something different.

I want to make a difference.

And, I challenge each and every person reading this article to make a commitment to helping animals from today onwards. Whether you donate whatever money you're able to afford each month to an animal organization, whether you donate your time on a weekly or monthly basis to an animal shelter, or whether you are in a position to make an even bigger difference (for example going to government to make a change) - we can all do something!

How You Can Make a Difference TODAY!


  • In your comments, please let myself and everyone else reading this article know how you are going to make a difference (or if you already are, how you are making a difference) towards helping our fellow animals.
  • Please share this article as a means to spread the word.
  • Get family and friends involved with your projects - the more people that help, the bigger the difference we're going to make.


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Animals SAVED from extinction!

While researching for this article, I came across a website featuring 10 animals that have been saved from extinction through efforts made by animal organizations.

This is fantastic news, and just goes to show that we really can make a difference!

Read the full article here.

My Promise

As I've asked this of everyone else, I feel it's only fair to be the one to start with the challenge and share what I plan to do.

I have contacted a local animal shelter in my area and I will be giving up my Saturday afternoons at least once a month, if not more - to give love and care to animals that have been abused or neglected. These mostly include cats and dogs rescued from squater camps nearby.

Every animal organization is in desperate need of volunteers, and I am grateful that I'm able to help out in some small way.

I'll update some photos and news every now and then on my efforts to helping these animals, and other projects along the way.

LET'S MAKE A DIFFERENCE!

A story of true love, Christian the lion reunited with his owners..

What are you doing to make a difference to saving or helping animals?

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Thank You for Your Support!

Thank you for taking the time to read this article.

Please don't forget to share this with as many people as you can. Even if it only makes a difference for a few animals at first - at least we're trying, at least it's a start.

"Never doubt that a small group of concerned citizens can change the world. Indeed, it's the only thing that ever has." - Margaret Mead, American Anthropologist

"We are fellow passengers on the same planet, and we are all equally responsible for the happiness and the well-being of the world in which we happen to live."

Hendrick Van Loon

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      Melanie Chisnall 4 years ago from Cape Town, South Africa

      Thank goodness for that...they are few and far between though, well the ones willing to speak up about these things anyway.

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      Melissa A Smith 4 years ago from New York

      Cruel is one way of looking at it, but humans are opportunistic just like many other animals.

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      Melanie Chisnall 4 years ago from Cape Town, South Africa

      Hi Melissa, thanks so much for stopping in to read and comment. I read that hub and it makes me so sad to read that. I don't really know what to say...it's a cruel world we live in, and it's so hard to try and find the good. I had no idea about that. Thanks for pointing it out.

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      Melissa A Smith 4 years ago from New York

      Peter Dickinson has a great hub regarding the photo of the chimp and the white tiger called 'Just What Is The Point Mr Antle?' that you should check out. Such photos are staged.

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      Zircon 4 years ago

      No animal should endure this pain, I understand it, I'm bullied and teased every day, I've seen animals be abused before too! Please do some kind, and report any abuse or neglegance you see.

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      Melanie Chisnall 4 years ago from Cape Town, South Africa

      Hi Erin, it's amazing to meet people who want to support the fight against animal abuse. Unfortunately, it's never going to completely stop, but if a small group of people just start doing something small to raise awareness and to help and spread the word, the message could get to people in a position of power who are able to do something permanently about it. I'm glad you found this hub helpful, there are so many other resources online as well that you could draw from for your project. Good luck! :)

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      erin 4 years ago

      I am doing my senior prodject on animal abuse and raising money to the nearest animal shelter i think this is amazing how you guys support this and lets make it so no animal abuse will happen it makes me sick so lets put an end to this! but do you guys have any ideas of what i could so or say during or for my prodject!!

      Thank you

      Erin

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      Melanie Chisnall 4 years ago from Cape Town, South Africa

      Hi Maralexa - If I can just inspire a few animal lovers like yourself, then I know that writing this article has done its job. Thank you so much for your kind words, and for enjoying my article - it means so much. :) Like you, animals and stories of animals touch my heart in so many ways. We so often read about bad things happening, but what are we doing about it? Just going, "Oh, shame..." - that's not helping any of them. Even if we all just do something small, it will make a huge difference in a few of these incredible creatures lives.

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      Marilyn Alexander 4 years ago from Vancouver, Canada and San Jose del Cabo, Mexico

      Thank you for writing such a strong and loving hub. Your words have touched my heart. I can't agree with you more when you say to us, do what we can to help animals, save animals and love animals. Thank you so much for your very positive images of animals. They certainly inspire me to strengthen my efforts to support the incredible creatures with whom we share this planet.

      Voted up, etc. and shared.

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      Melanie Chisnall 5 years ago from Cape Town, South Africa

      Hi Mary - It's good to meet fellow animal lovers, and you sound like one with an enormous heart! The more people are aware and who make a small difference - the better for our animal friends.

      I'm going to go read your hub now about your fostered Maltese. Thanks for stopping in to read, comment and for sharing :)

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      Mary Hyatt 5 years ago from Florida

      I am a devoted lover of all animals! I worked alongside my husband who was a vet. and that was so satisfying. I foster dogs locally. In fact I wrote a Hub about my fostered Maltese that I couldn't give up: I adopted him. It just makes me sick when I see what humans do to innocent animals. I love my little schnauzer dearly. Those are my two sweet babies in my profile photo (2 kids, too) .

      I voted this Hub UP, etc.etc. and will share, Mary

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      Melanie Chisnall 5 years ago from Cape Town, South Africa

      Hi Mr Archer - I've always grown up with animals and can't imagine life without them. They really are our furry friends - and they deserve the love and respect that they give us every day without question. I, too hope that this causes at least a little ripple to help more people become aware, spread the word and do their bit - even if it's something small - to help. Thanks for reading and commenting - I appreciate it.

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      Mr Archer 5 years ago from Missouri

      Great hub. You truly have a passion, and it shows. Well written and very informative writing. Hopefully, it will cause people to view our furry friends in a new light, and help them.

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      Melanie Chisnall 5 years ago from Cape Town, South Africa

      Hi Lightshare - this is very close to my heart. Thank you for taking time to read and comment, much appreciated! :)

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      Lightshare 5 years ago

      You are great MelChi...!! God bless you

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      Melanie Chisnall 5 years ago from Cape Town, South Africa

      Hi Amethystraven - You are so right. We were put on this earth to coexist, and to treat each other and each species with the care and respect that each living thing on this planet deserves. What makes one better than the other? It's disgusting and sometimes - often - I am ashamed to associate myself with the human race. That being said, at least there are those of us who want to make a difference and try and be the voice of the animals that can't speak for themselves. Thanks for reading, and for your comment - greatly appreciated.

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      Melanie Chisnall 5 years ago from Cape Town, South Africa

      Hi Olde Cashmere - Thank you for your kind words, and for commenting :) Animals will also always be close to my heart, in fact - if I hear an animal being abused in any way, even if it's just a smack - all reason goes out the door, I just want to help in anyway that I can, and I don't think about anything else except helping that animal. I also wish there were more people out there like us, who cared enough to try to do something to help. The more of us that stand together and be their voices, the better chance we have at making a difference!

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      Amethystraven 5 years ago from California

      Coexistence is key to survival. Humans seem to be the only species on this planet that have the ability to make choices. Other species act on instinct. They act on impulsive circumstantial instinct. Humans have the ability to premeditate. Why some of us choose to murder and destroy each other, and other species for pleasure is beyond me. Once upon a time, taking another life meant food, shelter, clothing, and tools. Essentially, it meant coexistence and equality. Not fashion, status, or look what I can do.

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      Olde Cashmere 5 years ago from Michigan, United States

      The well being of animals is something I will always hold close to my heart. I commend you MelChi for pouring yours into this beautifully written hub to raise awareness and make a difference. It is astonishing how much abuse continues in our so called ''civilized'' societies. I'm voting this up, sharing, and rating this beautiful, interesting, useful, and awesome. Thank you for your bright and loving spirit, the world needs more people like you.

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      Melanie Chisnall 5 years ago from Cape Town, South Africa

      Hi CyberShelley - It saddens me to live in a country where illegal hunting of rhinos is made possible due to the nature of human greed. It's disgusting. And you're right - if we don't do something soon, there won't be any rhino around for our grandchildren (or children!). Thanks for your comment and support!

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      Shelley Watson 5 years ago

      MelChi,

      We have lost 440 Rhino due to poaching, up from 330 last year, Animals need all the help we can give them if they are still going to be here for our grandchildren! I am blessed to be close them and we do what we can.

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      Kathy 5 years ago from The beautiful Napa Valley, California

      Hi Again, melChi...thank you for visiting my hubsite...really appreciate it...I want to let you know that I shared this, too....as I am so impressed w/your words...and that you have the personal strength (I read in comments) that you will be volunteering at a shelter...very very difficult to see so, I commend you your commitment towards helping animals, giving love to them. This IS our place; we are to be stewards and hold dominion; not domination...so many people read it wrong. And, yes; when I was first introduced to some of the extremely harsh realities of treatment of animals, it was through a graphic picture given me as I passed by a demonstration in Berkeley, CA.....decades ago. I was so shocked and (practically) debilitated for a bit that I immediately wanted the WORLD to know; to see what I saw; believing that everything would change once others saw/knew what I had just learned. Sadly, of course, this huge, immediate change did not occur; and I've been fighting the 'good fight' since then. I don't view the tragic pictures anymore; I know what's

      'out there.' And I know it serves to turn as many away as it might spur one to action and, there ARE serial graphic photo posters out there who seem to do it for the shock factor. It is just the initial reaction/response that I can - somewhat - understand. Other than that; yes, it is too much and serves to scare people, who otherwise might have been able to muster the strength to help...away....we agree...I love this hub!!!!!!! Look at all the great support you are garnering for animals! YES!!!! Your friend for animals, kathy

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      Melanie Chisnall 5 years ago from Cape Town, South Africa

      Thank you unknown spy! The Pandas are also my favourite...we really do need to do whatever we can to save them. Thanks for reading, and for sharing! I appreciate it :)

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      IAmForbidden 5 years ago from Neverland - where children never grow up.

      Amazing amazing hub Melchi! The Pandas are so cute and very huggy-like! These animals need our help. All my votes and shared!

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      Melanie Chisnall 5 years ago from Cape Town, South Africa

      Wow! Thank you everyone for such an overwhelming response to this article! It is encouraging to find so many other huge animal lovers out there who feel the same way that I do, who want to start making a difference and not just feel sad about what's going on today.

      @Lucky Cats - After reading your comment, I agree with you to a point about other people trying to raise awareness by positing graphic photos on social network sites. Although, I still don't think it's the right thing to do (at least post an update on how the animal is or what else they're doing about it that's helpful), I do think that there are people out there who want to help but just don't know how. That's what I'm trying to do with this article, I hope it can raise a lot more awareness. Thank you so much for your kind words! I loved reading about the cats you rescued, and it is great to meet another huge animal lover! :)

      @mecheshier - I have just read your article and am flabbergasted. I didn't know that humans were responsible for the beachings of whales and dolphins on the shores across the world - what a horrific tragedy. I hope more drastic laws are put into place to avoid more sea life having to die like this. I'm glad to see that in most cases, some of the whales and dolphins were saved. Thanks for your comment and for sharing your article - it's an eye-opener!

      @bdegiulio - It's a disgrace to the human race, and people wonder why the end of the world might be near. Because we are messing up this planet, and killing off all the animals. It's disgusting...I'm going to be volunteering soon at the animal shelter - I'm a bit scared because I don't really like seeing animals who've been neglected or abused, but I'm willing to put that aside and give love and care to these animals. That's all they're asking for, and that's why we're here. Thanks so much for your feedback, and for sharing! I really appreciate it and you're willingness to help. Every little bit helps. :)

      @sgbrown - Wow, you are already such an animal supporter! If only there were more people out there like you - maybe there are and they just don't know how to help, hopefully by all of us promoting more awareness we can help get the message across and make more of a difference. I'm so glad to hear the horses were saved and adopted to better homes. People who don't have the ability to look after animals should make sure they place them with other people who do. Thanks for your kind words and for sharing, I appreciate it! :)

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      Sheila Brown 5 years ago from Southern Oklahoma

      This article really has me thinking of some way that I can help. I am a big animal lover and am disgusted by the way that many people treat our animal friends. I have called in to the authorities, poachers spot lighting deer several times here where I live in the country. I also keep an eye out for neglected animals. I have called the authorities on neglected horses at one time. It was so heart wrenching to see such beautiful animals skinny to the bone and no food in sight. The horses were removed from their owner and adoped out.

      This is a wonderful article and I am voting it up, and sharing in hopes to make more people aware that there are things that we can do to help our animal friends.

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      Bill De Giulio 5 years ago from Massachusetts

      MelChi. What a wonderful article that really touches a nerve. I too cringe at the thought of people killing animals for fun and sport. Where is the sense in all of this. This planet is blessed with such diverse and beautiful creatures and instead of being the caretakers of these species we contribute to their extinction. I will share this on FB, Twitter, and all the other sites to which I belong. I will come up with some way to help here be it volunteering or contributing to a worthy cause. You are correct in that we need to do more than just watch and sit back helplessly, action needs to be taken. Thanks for sharing and raising awareness. I will vote this up, and share, share, share.

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      mecheshier 5 years ago

      What an amazing Hub!! So insightful and informative plus beautiful pics. I am a true advocate on saving animals (and plants. Every hand can make a difference. Thank you so much for sharing.

      PS I am not trying to solicit my website, but I have an article on whale beaching you might be interested in: http://living-green-newsflash.com/blog/whale-beach...

      Voted up for awesome

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      Kathy 5 years ago from The beautiful Napa Valley, California

      hello my dear Meichi

      Such a wonderful service you have done through the intelligent words you've written here. I am in total agreement with you. I am equally disgusted, dismayed and disheartened by our behavior towards other sentient beings. It is with great sadness that I, too, have viewed the FB posts to which you refer; and read the gut wrenching stories of abuse, neglect, abandonment, torture.....I agree with you. Sometimes, I cannot visit FB or open the home page for fear of what I'll see. However, we may disagree about the motivation of most who post pictures there. Over time, I've come to know some of those honestly concerned people; and I ca attest to the fact that they are trult attempting to open the eyes of people who, as of yet, are not as aware of the atrocities which occur on a daily basis....to animals...by our own kind. I am not excusing but, I do believe that most are so overwhelmed by what they've seen/learned/read that they feel such an urgency to alert/educate others about it with the hope that more people will act; in so many available avenues; to stop the abuse.

      Having said this; I have to agree with you that some DO post for, what I fear, other, not so activist, reasons....the shock value? I do not know. As I said, oftentimes, I can't open FB for this reason.

      You have given your readers an excellent tool to begin efforts to stop the misuse, abuse and acts of cruelty - on all levels - perpetrated upon animals. And I applaud and thank you for this. If you get a chance, please read some of my hubs r egarding this issue and you'll see we're on the same page.

      Sometimes, I wish for ignorant bliss; sometimes, the stark and horrendous reality is almost too much to take...but, we continue on, working towards a better world for all.

      Again, thank you so very much for this hub; you've offered others a fantastic tool and given a giant step towards saving/helping animals.

      Your friend, with respect and admiration, Kathy