Ask me what I adore more than the Rockabilly culture, hands down it is animals.
Two years ago the clothing store Rowena in Edmonton Alberta https://www.facebook.com/Rowenaedmonton?fref=ts hosted an on-line photo contest to bring awareness to the Edmonton Humane Society. This was my first contest I had ever entered and closest to my heart.
As I live on a farm with horses and other smaller critters animal care is a priority to us and is part of my daily lifestyle. Care is more than a four letter word to me as I made a commitment to these animals not only to love them, provide food, shelter and clean water as well as to home them in the best surroundings I can for the entirety of their lives.
If you have read any of my posts on my site http://www.bossmarebetty.com or seen posted pictures on my FB Page http://www.facebook.com/Thebossmarebetty/ you would know animal welfare and the relationship between man and animal are near and dear to me. I have a new age type of philosophy in regards to animals, their intelligence, spirit and ability to remain connected to a desire of offering un-conditional love, no matter the predicaments that had preceded them.
We know this first hand with our much loved dog Murray whom we brought home from our local shelter last Christmas. He was found in a barn with 40 other dogs tied up. As he is a senior he had been in the shelter for several months as puppies are the first to get re-homed as they have the cuteness factor.
Murray had something else we desired and his age was an asset to us. In the year Murray has been with us I have learned much about his capacity for trust and love. We do not know his full story and probably never will.
With his exposure to many dogs he has had to trust that the kids and our larger animals meant him no harm and this year we introduced a rescued kitten to our menagerie of animals that was bred to be used as live target practice.
When you let go of the past and stay in this current moment animals have a chance for recovery, rehabilitation or rescue as long as we do not hold on to these old images of them. It is time to give animals a greater respect.
Since this is the second contest for Rowena I decided to do something a little different, I wanted my photo to have a greater impact and awareness for the animals and for this I exchange this blog for votes/likes.
That’s right, read the blog post and don’t vote for me. This is an endeavour for the animals and let’s get the word out, its time to change our attitude of animals and their relationship to us and maybe we can start to change perceptions and an all too often scenario that plays out for some animals in their lifetime.
For this post I will be referring to the Edmonton Humane Society where a donation will be made by Rowena’s on behalf of the contest winner. Regardless where you are located you can google animal humane societies in your area to find ways you can help locally if you so wish.
This is a very thorough site which was well designed and offers a lot of information. It is important to know the Edmonton Humane Society is not affiliated with ANY other; not the Alberta SPCA, or the Canadian SPCA, they are solely on their own.
A couple of facts that floored me were that, it costs $6.6 million dollars to run the EHS every year! People’s donations make up 40% of the help they receive so this means EVERY dollar counts.
In Alberta when donating to a registered charity you can claim a % of what you donated in your income tax. I have attached a screen shot of a pamphlet found on-line from the Govt. of AB regarding charitable donations.
Edmonton Humane Societies Charitable Number 11923-1066 RR0001
There are many ways to support animal rescue and recovery, on the EHS website was a Wish list of sorts of the items that are needed in order to care and rehabilitate such a Pet food, Pet care items, Maintenance items such as zip ties and toothbrushes. The link below will take you directly to the page and what is needed.
Don’t have money yet you have time, although this page is titled for the kids I still think anyone can do these even if you are in a team environment you could do one of these as a cause.
Kids can help too.. Simple easy ways to help
I really felt connected to the EHS vision statement and felt it would be something we should all aspire towards.
The Edmonton Humane Society leads the community in elevating peoples’ beliefs, attitudes and behaviours to enhance the quality of life for companion animals.
We as a race have a lot of power and control of choice and we have to make better choices when it comes to our animal friends. There is a plethora of ways an animal can find its way in need and I can assure you it is probably through no fault of their own.
Animals are not great gifts, they are cute as babies and they grow up. During this time one requires knowledge, time and space to handle what may arise just like raising a child. You will get out of an animal what you put into it and one should never conceive the gift of an animal/human relationship as something temporary.
Blessed are we, whom know the true love one receives from an animal. Let no man then cast that animal aside.
We owe a good life to all animals that walk along side us on earth whether they are small or tall, furry or scaly.
As there was much to see on the website I wanted to highlight and share one more piece and this relates to weather in both cold and warm climates. Although we are into Spring and I still have snow, as harmful as the cold can be, so is the heat.