I like to use my voice – quite firmly and without hesitation – to speak out for animals. Whenever I see cruelty and neglect directed at animals, it really hits me at my core — and my reaction can be visceral at times. But I usually manage to focus my anger into action to advocate for necessary changes in society. I pay attention to what is happening at the local and federal level in regards to animal protection laws. And I vote accordingly. This is one of those “line in the sand” issues for me. Oftentimes, special interests and lots of dark money will work against animals. I like to think of myself as somewhat of a pirate – I’ll unfurl that Jolly Roger and sail into town with a sword in one hand and a musket in the other. OK, theoretical weapons but you get the idea. I’m a little rough around the edges, especially when it involves something I feel strongly about.
But I believe education is key and I always try to educate friends and family, as well as the general public, about things they can do to help animals. Many people, I find, are quite clueless about what is actually happening in the world – even in their own communities. When I tell them something that is going on, like a horrific hoarding case or criminal abuse case, they are stunned. So I find it necessary to shine a light on the things that society needs to know, and give members of society the tools they need to make change happen.
So if you love animals like I do, PAY ATTENTION. Do some research, read local and national news, follow animal welfare pages on social media. I will highlight some notable rescues and sanctuaries, as well as advocacy organizations, in the near future.
Together, we CAN make a difference in the life of animals — and we’ll all be much better for it.