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                                       "I have nothing to fear; and here my story ends. My troubles are all over, and I am at home."  Anna Sewell

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" The question is not, can they reason? Nor, can they talk? But rather, can they suffer?" Jeremy Bentham 1748 - 1832

Elkhardt County Humane Society - Indiana

"Copper- Wire" - A victim of an imbedded collar that had to be surgically removed. He made a complete recovery and was sent to rescue. He is now working for US CUSTOMS as a detector dog. 

Grosse Pointe Animal Adoption Society - Michigan

"Modi" - A victim of possible dog fighting and then abandoned on the streets to fend for himself. After treating his medical needs he went to rescue. He has now recovered and successfully lives with multiple toy breed dogs.

Marian County Humane Society - Ohio

"Navy" - A victim of neglect, she was tied to a lawn mower without food or water, and had severe mange that was never treated. The caring staff at the humane society took care of her and eventually sent her to rescue to be adopted. She has since recovered and has been adopted.

Marian County Humane Society - Ohio

"Dixie-Lou" - A victim of terrible cruelty; she was starved and her throat was slit. Her perpetrators left her to die in a garbage bag, abandoned and alone. She was nursed back to health by the humane society and eventually placed into rescue. She has recovered and has been adopted. 

Matt - Michigan

"Angel" - A victim of horrendous animal cruelty but a remarkable survivor. Angel was beaten, burned, and hung. Her perpetrators to date have not been found. Angel has now made a complete recovery and lives with a fantastic motivated owner.  

Ogemaw County Animal Control - Michigan

"Mercedes" - A victim of neglect. She almost didn't make it the day she was rescued. She spent several weeks at the veterinary clinic and recovered. She eventually went to Animal Control where she continued to make progress. She was adopted and is living a wonderful life. 

   

 

We Are Their Heroes 

Copyright Jim Willis 2001, all rights reserved

If you worry that you have not made a difference, you have, for only those who do not worry about it have not. If you feel overwhelmed, if the weight of problems is too heavy to bear, remember it is a shared burden and the strength of numbers can accomplish much.

If you think society and government are blind, it only serves to remind that we need to change one mind at a time, one law after another. We effect change by cooperation, not by isolation.

If you consider that we cannot save them all, and what difference does one make?, you ought to know the joy of the one who is saved. Mourn those we cannot save, it is a eulogy to their being. Do not let their loss be in vain.

Be kind to yourself, remember your needs and those of your family and friends of every species. If you give everything, what will you have left for yourself, or for them? Strive to be happy and healthy. You are needed.
Achieving balance in life is a lifelong struggle. We who help those who do not have all that they need should be among the most grateful for what we have.

Be proud of your accomplishments, not your opinions. The quality of your efforts is more important than the quantity. Forgive your own deficiencies - sometimes your caring is sufficient. Everyone can do something, it is up to you to do the thing you can. A kind word and a gentle touch can change a life.

If anger wells up within you, because people are the problem, remember your humanity and that people are also the solution. Concentrate on specific needs, pay attention to the individual - they make up the whole. See beyond the unlovable, the unattractive, the impure and the wounded - see that their spirit is as deserving as the rest. Help them heal. Their eyes are windows to their soul and the mirror of your sincerity.

All species, all beings, share this Earth in a chain of life. Care more about what makes us alike than what separates us. Policies, rules and regulations are not infallible. Apply them judiciously, interpret them wisely. No decision based purely on money is ever the right one.

Listen to your heart. Sometimes we have to do that which we are most afraid of. Be true to yourself and your beliefs. Family may abandon you, friends may disappoint you, strangers will ridicule you. People shun what they do not understand. Help them to understand - kindly, softly, gently.

Those who do not respect all life are to be pitied. Often the wrongdoer is as in need of help as his victims. Forgive, then teach by example. Educate yourself or you cannot hope to teach others. No action based in hatred is ever right and anger drowns out wisdom.

Yours may be a voice crying in the wilderness, make it a voice to be respected. Listen more than you talk, be courteous and reliable. Learn to ask for help. Never waiver from the truth. Know that it takes a lot of strength to cry. And with every defeat, we learn.

All Creation celebrates that which is in its own best interest. The Children are our hope - nurture them. Nature is our legacy - protect it. The Animals are our brethren - learn from them.

Your rewards will not be material, but they will be meaningful, and the courage of your convictions can survive anything. We are small boats cast adrift on a cruel sea, but someday the tide will turn toward a safe harbor. No matter how dark the storm clouds, or deep the pain of heartbreak - never forget: 

We are their heroes.

Link to the website: Pieces of My Heart

 

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