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In Search of Happy Endings

Published 05/26/08
By Sandy Haynes, Grassroots Coordinator

I don’t want to let the current state of the economy get me down. I want to be one of those people who can make lemonade from lemons. And fortunately it’s worked thus far — at least for the most part. But relatively speaking, I’d have to say I’m pretty lucky. I still have a place to call home. It may be a rented place, but at least I’m pretty much assured it won’t be foreclosed upon.

But when I walk or drive past homes and see that extra placard added below a For Sale sign that says “Bank Owned” it always makes me sad. One more family losing their home. Unfortunately, there’s not much in the way of a silver lining there.

And it actually horrifies me, when I read over and over about the impact this is having on companion animals around the country, who are being abandoned at shelters, or even left by the side of the road to fend for themselves because their guardian has decided to move to a rental home or apartment that won’t take them.

So apparently my dog is pretty lucky too, since I would live in a cardboard box before I would ever give her away. But then, she’s part of my family, and do you really give family members away? I’d like to hope most people know the correct answer to that question.

And what about all the wild and exotic animals languishing in circuses, zoos, pet shops, fur farms, etc.? What if people don’t continue to donate to fund critical work to keep them from abuse and exploitation? Or to fund those animals lucky enough to have found lifetime care at sanctuaries like the Born Free USA Primate Sanctuary?

Despite tough times, animals are counting on us to be there for them.

In the end, my hope is that as many people as possible will weather this economical storm without being too much worse for wear. And that when the clouds clear, the sun peaks out again, and the financial freeze begins to thaw, the pot of gold at the end of the non-profit rainbow will still have enough money in it to ensure that the animals as well as the people will be taken care of.

For now, I’ll be doing my part to be sure that happens.

Blogging off,

Sandy

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