Sometimes Heroes Need Saved, Too
I’ve sat here trying to figure out exactly what it is that I want to say and how it is that I want to say it. Since I can’t seem to think of anything nice or soothing and all I have to share is anger, I will post something inspirational. Maybe all of my animal rescue friends need to hear it as much as I do.
We Are Their Heroes
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. 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.
Copyright © Jim Willis 2001, all rights reserved
I told myself that I was going to make a new blog about everything that has happened at Halfway Home Pet Adoptions (HHPA) since it had been a while. I’ve sat here for over an hour, writing this blog out in my head. The only thing that keeps coming into my mind is a photo with a “RIP” that I saw on Facebook and the countless posts from friends who state that 17 dogs lost their life today. 17 dogs that could have been saved if we were allowed to do more. 17 dogs that could have been saved if we would have only known. No more are the days where a dog goes from an Urgent List to a Critical list. No more are the days that those 17 dogs would have had another chance due to the tireless efforts of dozens of rescues and volunteers. No more are the days… that 17 dogs will have a chance at a life that they so deserved. Instead on this day, they took their last breath. Were they at least comforted and shown compassion in their dying moments? I don’t know, I just don’t know.
I am sure that my family enjoys having me around for dinner, knowing that they have my full attention. The days where my phone is constantly ringing and I am amidst 50 emails in an hour about saving a list of 30 dogs are gone. I don’t find myself running around crazy and constantly worrying about how fast I can save the Critical dogs on “The List” because there isn’t one. Life should be more enjoyable and I should be able to fall asleep without crying but I can’t. Maybe things are worse now that I feel like I have no control over a deteriorating situation. What I hoped would help save lives has cost more.
Shelter pets are dying at astounding rates. Kansas City’s shelter pets are dying even faster than in recent years due to shelter overcrowding, pet overpopulation, poor management, lack of city involvement and most of all NO ACCOUNTABILITY. You can try and place the blame in a million places. It’s the City’s fault, it’s Steck’s fault, it’s Kansas City’s fault, it’s budget problems… and the list goes on and on. There are a few constants here and that is PEOPLE and ANIMALS. PEOPLE are to blame for ANIMAL over population. I can go all Bob Barker here but it doesn’t matter because people don’t seem to pay attention.
So, for all of you who neglect to listen maybe I need to tap in to another one of your senses. Maybe you need to see the lives lost because you sure as hell aren’t doing anything about it otherwise.
Today, 17 dogs were walked down a hall and they closed their eyes forever. Today, while you were busy enjoying your life, a dog lost theirs’. While we don’t know most of them or what happened during their time on Earth, we should know that we can do more.
To Dixie, Gabriel, Tony, McKenzie, Murphy, Seamus, Wilma, Pebbles, Bianca, Jordan, Scooter, Isaiah, Zelda, Cream Soda, Loki, Jazzy and Simba:
I’m sorry that we let you down. I’m sorry that I didn’t get the chance to know you but I bet some great people tried to make the end of your life as comfortable and as filled with love as possible. We didn’t know it would happen so soon and we thought that we had more time. Please know that you aren’t any less special to us and you will forever be in our hearts and on our minds. We will work harder and become stronger so that you know you did not die in vain. We will never give up until every dog and cat has a loving forever home. I hope you know that in the end, you found your Forever Home. It was and always will be, in the hearts of all that tried to save you.
Rest in peace sweet babies and know that one day you will get to show these bastards what “aggression” is when they are being dragged away from the Rainbow Bridge by their worthless asses.