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Happy Father’s Day (from Janet) Janet Bovitz Sandefur Animal Advocacy Animal Welfare

A parent doesn’t have to be human to be a great Dad to their kids.

Dads, in general, do the following:

  • They defend their family
  • They protect their young
  • They provide food and shelter
  • They stand guard
  • They stay close
  • They instill survival
  • They encourage independence
  • They teach by example
  • They comfort
  • They reprimand
  • They provide structure
  • They play with their children

Dad’s are role models.

They leave us their legacy, their DNA.

Without Dads, life could not be created.  We wouldn’t exist.

We need to protect Dad’s of ALL species – yep, they’re that important.

Here’s to being a Dad, and here’s to having a Dad – no matter WHOSE Dad we are talking about;
they ALL matter.

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Happy Father’s Day!

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Be Careful Where You Blow and Throw! (from Janet)

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Most people know the basic no-no’s when it comes to be “animal aware”.

  • We shouldn’t leave animals in hot cars.
  • We shouldn’t keep driving if we hit an animal with a car if the animal is still alive but injured.
  • We shouldn’t leave animals outside in warm weather without water and shade.

The list goes on and on, and it should.

But here’s one no-no that may not be on your Animal Aware list, and it should be on your radar:

  • We shouldn’t toss our chewing gum any place but in the garbage can.

Many gum loving people are not aware that even a tiny piece of chewing gum can choke an animal, domestic AND wild. This is especially true for wild animals like bunnies, who may find a wad of chewing gum in the lawn. Gum, for animals, is too sticky and chewy and more difficult to manipulate in the mouth, causing choking and asphyxiation.  Sadly, some people chose to use chewing gum as a way of killing smaller animals who tend to eat or nibble in their gardens. Small animals will gravitate to chewing gum because of the smell and taste, without realizing before it’s too late that they can’t handle it once they put it in their mouths.

So chew away! But after you’re done (and teach your children and students and older folks this too), put it in a tissue and toss in the the can, NOT on the ground – not on any ground. Not ever.

And yes, it’s gross to pick up someone’s else wad of chewing gum on the street – but if it’s saves a life, then it’s worth it to carry that small box of tissue to do just that.

And, we have to say it: sometimes we grapple with these kinds of postings. We all know that there are all kinds of weirdos out there who get enjoyment and fulfillment out of hurting animals. Sometimes, posting a helpful hint about what NOT to do to help animals, is just the incentive for a weirdo to go do it, just because they can.  Remember that if you see ANYONE doing ANY harm to ANY animal for ANY reason, speak up and report it. That goes for reporting even the weirdo who wants to see if an animal can really choke to death from chewing gum. 

Here’s to responsible gum chewing!

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Life Stinks Sometimes (from Janet)

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For those of you who are connected to me in the fight for animals, you know that I don’t share too much about my personal life through any of our social media platforms associated with my site,

I do this for the main reason that this, my endeavors in Animal Advocacy and Welfare, is my ONLY focus, my ONLY goal for helping animals in need. Plus, I simply don’t find much in my personal life that trumps saving or bettering the life of an animal in need worth talking about on social media to the world.

However, sometimes, just sometimes, life outside of my endeavors comes rushing up and smacks into me in such a way that I cannot ignore it, push it aside, or find time for too much else.

And this is one of those sometimes.

And so, today, I am personally sharing, not knowing until after I share whether it was a good idea, or a poor one.

For two reasons: #1 I always want my name to be associated just with helping animals in need, and #2, I am very, very private.

But here I go.

In the last six months, we have had some family medical issues that have been pretty serious.

Fast forward to last week – my Mom had a stroke.

My attempts at being a glass half-full individual have been challenged a lot, especially in the last year.  I am always being challenged on many levels when it comes to the horrible, absolutely vile things I see, hear and read about in Animal Welfare. And on a personal level, our family is facing a few challenges that would even make a saner person feel just a little more crazier than normal.

My normal is being passionate about my endeavors in Animal Welfare.  So, what also makes me feel crazy is when I am unable to devote myself to helping animals in need when other aspects of my life get in the way.

So this is one of those times when I am going full steam ahead with and for my family, and only half-steaming on the Animal Welfare front. And this leaves me feeling a bunch of things that I would rather not feel.

The not so surprising thing about me is that I usually put animals before people.  So, it surprises me that right now, I don’t have the extra energy to devote to much else except being on the home front, which is exactly where I need to be.

There are many days (MANY days) where I wish I could have a clone or two of me to get by and get done all the things I need and want to do. But wishing isn’t working.

So, for a little while, my e-mails will pile, my requests for signs and shares will be sporadic, and my posts will be a little less.

Life really stinks for me personally sometimes. But still, we are blessed because it could be so much worse. Ah, there’s that glass half-full thinking again!

So even during this past week, every day – EVERY day – I am still mindful of making a difference in the life of an animal in need, and I know that for every moment I am not moving forward on those goals, there is someone else out there who is making the effort to JUST DO SOMETHING.

How wonderful it would be if for every day that I am silent on social media, someone is making a ruckus for an animal in need. I would like to think so. Maybe it’s YOU tonight, in my place.

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