Celebrating Beyond National Homeless Animals Day

by Caryl Loper on August 5, 2016

This year, 2016, we honor National Homeless Animals Day on August 15th. Let’s celebrate National Homeless Animals Day, every day and beyond.  Mahatma Gandhi summed it up in one powerful and meaningful quote:

“The greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be judged by the way its animals are treated.” ~ Mahatma Gandhi

When we value the life of the smallest creature, we respect and appreciate life with dignity and grace. The measure of one’s character begins in the course of an honorable walk, qualified by the integrity and regard for all of life’s existence.

The conduct in which animals are treated coincides with how we act towards others. My philosophy has been … “minister others with kindness and love, all of God’s creatures, both large and small; and, our world will flourish with compassion and generosity of spirit.”

Those that have a strong affinity and rapport with animals, nature and life, and live in servitude, they serve from a heart of giving and love. They honor the fellowship of mankind and all living creatures. Furthermore, it is my belief that if we wish to strive for world peace, we must honor all life.

“Until he extends the circle of his compassion to all living things, man will not himself find peace.” ~ Dr. Albert Schweitzer

Our own personal obligation is to exhibit the union of compassion and goodness to all aspects of life.  It begins here at home.

It has been my mission, one step, one day at a time, to be an advocate for animals, rescuing critters, both domestic and feral. Years ago, in a community effort, Gary and I and our neighbors contributed our care and love, and trapped and released a network of feral cats in our community. Today every single cat is being nurtured and loved.

At one point, one cat in the feral community ended up adopting us. Torrie Bell along with one of her kittens, Red Foot, took residence in our home. Small baby steps, constant attention, sitting and playing with them have been a feat of accomplishment to winning both of their hearts. It took years of consistent devotion and love to show them that they are safe and loved. Later on we ended up taking in two beautiful feral kittens. Again, we instituted a strong, consistent foundation of tenderness and love.

Irrefutably, feral behavior displays and signifies the effect of the environment. When we offer an attentive environment that nurtures and cultivates a healthy emotional foundation, a tremendous shift will occur.  Whereas, a neglectful environment that abandons us can scar and daunt our being, fill us with trepidation and fear, stunt our natural fortitude to love and be loved.

In recognition of ‘National Homeless Animals Day’ make a difference in an animal’s life.  Pay homage to this day, volunteer at a rescue center, adopt an animal, or donate money to assist an organization that helps in the plight of homeless cats and dogs.

“Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter.” ~Martin Luther King Jr.

Or, as Anne Frank states with such optimism …

“How wonderful it is that nobody need wait a single moment before starting to improve the world.” ~ Anne Frank


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