If you saw the heading of this column and you’re still reading I will assume you’re an animal lover! I am too! Much of my free time is devoted to animals. Aside from having a pet, there is a plethora of ways you can become involved with animals and their welfare. Read on from here because every issue of this newsletter will be filled with ideas and suggestions for you to do as much or as little as you would like when it comes to animals!
There is immense satisfaction felt in helping animals.
My point is that those of us that share our love and time with animals find they bring us so much more in return!Â Below is a brief list of suggestions that you too can help with animals and their welfare!
- Join PETA (People For The Ethical Treatment of Animals)or HSUS (Humane Society of the United States) or the Michigan Humane Society.
- Buy your clothing from “Fur Free” Designers and retailers. Many designers and retailers have gotten on board and no
- longer utilize senseless and unneeded fur or fur trim on their garments, thus, letting up on the unnecessary torture and killing of innocent animals. Some of these include J. Crew, Tommy Hilfiger, Vivienne Westwood, Kenneth Cole and most recently Zappos.com, Overstock.com and most recently Donna Karan! For a complete list go to www.humanesociety.org/furfreeshopping.
- Buy your eggs and liquid egg products from companies that are labeled “Free Range” on their packaging. These hens get to walk around all day and return to their nest when they feel like it!Â If it does not say “Free Range” then these hens are kept COMPLETELY confined 24/7. They are in a very tiny, dirty cage where they cannot stand up or stretch out their wings, let alone socialize or feel the sunshine.
- Volunteer to help with animals by giving your time to a local shelter or animal haven. Many of these places have too many animals and not nearly enough help. Whether it’s practically every day or once a month there is always work to do and the people that run these places are so grateful. Plus, there is always time to snuggle up or play with the animals when the work is done!
It wasn’t very long ago that I found out about an animal haven, went out to see it and was working immediately! Since that first visit I have gone every week and developed a strong bond with this place; the people that own it, the people that work there (one and the same) and the animals! I have cultivated wonderful relationships and can feel the gratitude from the people and the animals. Not to mention, I have learned so much, which is always a great feeling! The name of this incredible haven is SASHA Farm. The acronym stands for Sanctuary and Safe Haven for Animals. It is not far from Ann Arbor if you’d like to come and visit.Â I know Dorothy and Monte would love to have you! www.sashafarm.org.
They have over 200 animals, each one was either orphaned, neglected, abused or has its own sad history prior to being rescued by this place which is truly a heaven on earth for animals! Practically every kind of animal is there; cows, pigs, cats, dogs, goats,horses, donkeys, potbellies, sheep, ducks, chickens, turkeys and doves!