Tuesday, December 1, 2015

Work a miracle before the year ends

As an animal rescuer and volunteer with animal welfare organizations, I'm no stranger to the cruelty humans inflict. Like one of the Animals Asia staff says in the video, it's stuff you never get used to—you just learn to put your emotions on hold in order to get the job done.

But this one... This one made me cry. For the puppy's pain, first, and then for his amazing recovery. And, especially, for his capacity for joy.


Miracles do happen. But only if you make them happen. Please donate / foster / volunteer at your local shelter or rescue organization before the end of the year. Remember these homeless and abandoned, and often mistreated, little ones when you're doing your holiday shopping... A little goes a long way for them. And no one will be more grateful.

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  1. Oh..my heart is heavy and I am in shock and so sad and crying for this beautiful doggie angel. Yan is an angel also and I hope that SOB was charged...at least I hope so. How humans can learn from animals. I am deeply moved by this

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    1. I apologize for making you cry, Birgit... I sobbed like a child, at the pain and the cruelty but even more at the puppy's sheer will to live. And watching him run all happy and healthy there at the end... Wow. Just remembering it now is choking me up :)

      You have a huge heart, Birgit.

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  2. What kind of a horrible monster does something like this??! The tears won't stop, even though there is a happy ending here. I so admire those of you on the front lines of animal rescue, Guilie. I couldn't handle it emotionally, but do make a point to contribute financially.

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    1. You're right, Debbie... It's hard to see cruelty up close, and I don't think it's something you can get used to, as in that it will one day stop bothering you. Like that person said in the video, you just learn to put the emotion aside to get the job done. I don't think I'm at that point yet... It still gets to me; the tears I can hold, but the anger gets me every time.

      I'm sorry for making you cry, Debbie :(

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  3. circling around Facebook today was that clip of a poor seal who was left alive with a hook pierced through its back by a seal hunter to sit like that on a pier suffering while he prepares to skin it, I guess.... I can't stand animals being abused, shakes me for weeks

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    1. I somehow managed to miss that clip, Dezmond (and I'm not going to look for it)... Normally I try to avoid sharing the bad-ending stuff; I can't deal with it, and I'm not sure it sways all that many "non-converts" anyway. This one starts out harsh but has a wonderful, faith-in-humanity-restored ending that highlights two of what I think are central issues to rescuing: one, the judgment of whether a seriously injured animal should be treated or put down; and two, the fact that rescuing is teamwork... You need a village to rescue a pup: the rescuer, the vets, the foster, the adopter, the fundraisers, the caregivers... And, sure, it's hard work, physically and emotionally, and the rewards are few—but they are SO worth it. So my hope was that by sharing this video someone might be inspired to help out their local shelter/rescue, in whatever way they can. Animal abuse won't stop unless we—all of us—stop it. Together.

      Okay, I'm getting off of my soapbox now :) Thanks for the visit, Dez!

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