According to the ASPCA, approximately 7.6 million companion animals enter animal shelters nationwide every year in the United States. We clearly have a problem controlling the population of stray animals here in the states, but internationally, it’s even more of a problem.
Yet, the common thread amongst these sad stories is the strength that the animal shows in the face of adversity, and Lily, a dog that was horribly abused in Cape Town, South Africa, has a story so inspiring it will fill your heart with joy…
Meet Lily. She was born in South Africa and left to fend for herself.
One of these people was Manono Makhaphela, the school principal of Luhlaza Secondary School Khayelitsha. He found Lily to be a “nuisance” and ordered two janitors to “get rid” of the stray dog by burying her alive.
Fortunately, the school’s kitchen cleaner witnessed the incident and immediately called International Fund for Animal Welfare’s Mdzananda Animal Clinic in Khayelitsha. When they arrived, Lily was buried in a five-foot deep pit.
She also received an outpouring of support. IFAW sent swatches of fabric to donors around the world inviting them to write messages to Lily on them. The hope was that they would receive enough swatches back to make Lily a warm winter blanket.
They received enough for a blanket for Lily and then some. “What was truly overwhelming was the depth of emotion people shared in their words of love and support. They felt compelled to act – in the end we received more than 3,000 signed swatches back from our supporters,” said Ronelle Petersen, Supporter Relations Representative for IFAW Southern Africa.
To learn more about IFAW and all the wonderful things they do, check out their site here.
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A note from S.J. Francis: Anyone that knows me knows I abhor any kind of harm caused to an animal. If you wish to harm an animal, think twice about it. Don't let me find out about it. I will track you down. I will have you arrested and I will press charges. When I was a teenager, I once beat up an older larger teenager for hitting my dog. Also when a teenager, I once slapped a woman after she slapped my dog. Mind you, my dog did nothing to warrant being hit either time. I even sat through a trial and prosecution of a man I had caught beating up his beautiful dog named Lily. There is never a reason to harm an animal. There was no reason for what happened to the dog above. Thank God someone caught him and reported it. If you don't like animals, just leave them alone. ~~S.J. Francis
PETITION: I just signed a petition to Help Abolish Kill Shelters in the United States. I even made a dontaion to help spread the petition. Will you add your name to the petition? Thanks in advance!
Abolish Kill Shelters in the United States:
https://www.change.org/p/the-white-house-barack-obama-abolish-kill-shelters-in-the-united-states-2 Each day, thousands of adoptable pets are sent to their deaths by the shelters that have been put in place to help them. This is a great injustice that has been neglected by our country's leaders. These dogs, cats, and other animals deserve a chance at a loving life. The inhumane treatment of animals in kill shelters across America cannot be ignored. These animals who desperately need loving homes are given little to no chance at the happy life they so greatly crave. Dogs and cats are killed in the dozens at large-stream shelters daily.
Thanks for visiting my blog for the animals. It's always great to connect with another animal lover. If you and I don't speak up for them, who will?
Until next time….hug your animals. Tell them you love them. If you don’t have a pet, adopt one. Make adoption your first option when seeking a pet. Adopt. Don’t shop. Can’t adopt. Please consider fostering one. The animal will have the taste of home and the shelter will cover the expenses. Can’t foster? Make a donation or volunteer at your local shelter. Please, don’t hunt. Unless you’re starving down in a ditch somewhere, there is no logical reason to do so. Whatever you do, however you do it, please be a voice for the animals large and small. All it takes is one to make a difference, good or bad. I’m one for the animals. Are you? Stay safe. Be strong. Be happy. Smile. Show compassion. Be nice to one another. Pass it onward.
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