Everyone’s “Best Friend” Receives Their Second Chance


Everyone’s “Best Friend” Receives Their Second Chance

By Amy Lignor


It is not an overstatement to say that dogs and cats crave a home of love, friendship, loyalty and kindness – the four attributes they offer to the owner who shows them the same. The numbers for those animals that have been lost, harmed or run away, have risen every year for over a decade, with more and more shelters actually using the name “humane society” in a misleading way. These particular societies have one thing in common…the animal will be put to death in a certain number of days, depending on the State, if not adopted. In other words…these poor animals that have already lived through a nightmare may have been better off on the streets.


12109001_1636420659931540_8719365557663705994_nAccording to the ASPCA, there are over 13,500 community animal shelters nationwide that are “independent.” No national organization monitors these shelters that use the generalized terms of “humane society” or “SPCA.” The ASPCA (Humane Society of the United States) has increased peoples’ awareness when it comes to these locations in an attempt to make these facts known:


Approximately 7.6 million animals enter shelters nationwide every year, with approximately 2.7 million being euthanized. (Dogs: approximately 35% are adopted, 31% are euthanized and 26% are returned to their owner. Cats: approximately 37% are adopted, 41% are euthanized, and less than 5% are returned to their owners.)


These statistics grow more frightening with each year. Everything from a State’s budget issues to simply an overcrowding of strays has been used as an excuse to explain why so many millions of animals are being euthanized. The figures are even more repulsive once finding out that industry trends show revenue will continue to rise even higher.


In this world, people care about animals. They want to find that “Best Friend” and have them for life. The animal, whether cat or dog, becomes a huge part of the family…a part that is as important as any other person on the family tree.


In comes…the second chance. For those shelters that are either struggling or simply choosing to empty their cages by ending lives before it is time for the end to appear, there are those out there who are working day and night, taking their own love and caring and absolute humanity to save lives and give these creatures a second chance at being able to enjoy life and find that perfect home.


There are so many to mention, but one such organization is called, McLovin Second Chance Rescue, located in the state of New Mexico. McLovin is also important to mention, seeing as that this shelter (located in Las Cruces, NM) saves dogs and cats all over the U.S. However, they are pulling a great many from one of the highest kill shelters in all of New Mexico, located in Roswell.


Giving love, homes, and friendship to the aged, unwanted, and injured, McLovin is the perfect representative of what it means to give a second chance. Sometimes with the knowledge that certain animals do not have long to live, McLovin still gives them a home on the basis that a moment of love is better than nothing at all.


The background of the actual name “McLovin” is a heartwarming story. It was in March of 2015 in the move to Las Cruces that the owner’s Mastiff (“McLovin”) was hit by a car and died shortly thereafter. He was the very first rescue, and in his honor these individuals fight for all the animals. And, as millions already know, that fight is highly difficult when it comes to funding. Donations are needed to give these loving animals a second chance. And there is a ‘wish list,’ posted by the shelter on their Amazon account, where people can purchase items for the dogs and cats and the order will be directly shipped to the McLovin Second Chance Shelter.


The world is still humane – a good thing to be reminded of when you see the news, the battles and the turmoil that goes on all around us each day of our lives. When it comes to our smaller family members, those best friends who need, want and deserve a life of kindness, our humanity makes even more of a difference than anyone could possibly imagine. So, remember, the term “humane society” is a generalized term. There are those out there who do create the numbers that are beyond revolting: numbers that are worse than actual wars.


SPREAD THE WORD! The $5.00 spent on that Starbucks coffee in the morning can do a dog or a cat so much good. It contributes to their health and well-being until a family, such as yours, can adopt their “Best Friend” and show them a home!


For more information, go to: https://www.facebook.com/McLovin-Second-Chance-Rescue-1633035926936680/

Source:  Baret News


The ‘Green’ World Delves into Animal Bias


The ‘Green’ World Delves into Animal Bias


By Samantha Lewis


All headlines are packed with the horror and destruction that prejudice and violence are bringing about in the United States. People hurting people based on religion or skin color – issues that should have gone out of this country many, many decades ago. But there is also a mindset, pit bull, Breed Specific Legislation, BSL, Obama, United States government, petitions, dog-fighting, feargreat prejudice happening in the animal world – a bias that millions are trying to stop and are barely making headway with their work.


Look throughout history at dog breeds. Every decade has a “most hated” breed; a breed that people have put a stamp on as being the most vicious, horrible and dangerous, leading the rest of the population to want them put to sleep immediately. One of the most beloved breeds in 2015 – the German shepherd – was once seen as the worst and most dangerous, with many cities not even allowing a family to own one within their limits. Now, of course, the pit bull has taken all the headlines for the past five years and longer. They are seen as the ultimate attack dog, with people believing that no pit bull can be part of a family because they will always being about violence. Is this a truth? Simply put: No. So where is this mindset coming from? The horrific people in this world who breed the species just so they can make money by fighting them. The pit bull is one of the most abused creatures on Earth, with sick human beings making them dangerous.


In comes BSL. BSL stands for “Breed Specific Legislation,” and can encompass everything from requiring a special license to breed or house certain species of dogs; to addressing the ridiculous mindset of total elimination of a breed. Some jurisdictions, as stated above, have tried to enact BSL’s because of a growing number of incidents involving pit bulls being used in dog fighting, causing even the U.S. Army and Marines to take administrative action and stand behind the dog.


According to the President of the U.S., he was sent a petition asking him to take a stand on this issue. After looking at it, Obama and the United States government put on record (at least one thing they agreed on) that they are completely and officially against BSL, and believe that no breed (pit bull or otherwise) should be exterminated because of a ‘belief.’ If you think real closely, this frame of mind was used on humans, remember? The complete extermination of souls? It wasn’t right then; it’s not right now. Back-up for their opposition against killing comes from the Centers for Disease Control which stated quite unequivocally that: “dogs of any and all breeds can become dangerous.” Danger is not limited to one breed of dog – a pit bull is not the enemy – and an entire breed cannot be banned or exterminated just because there are those within the breed that can attack.


Pit bulls are the main animals feeling the heat of these petitions, however, a breed that was actually begun in the U.K. by breeding bulldogs and terriers together to be used in blood sports, such as bull- and/or bear-baiting, and cock fighting. These human mistakes, these horrific so-called sports, were completely banned in 1835, when animal welfare laws came to pass. However, the 21st-century has seen a huge rebirth of dog-fighting and blood sports, using the male pits and basically throwing the female pups by the side of the road because they are deemed unnecessary.


Even certain supposed “human societies” and “no-kill shelters” bend the laws for pit bulls, putting many into quarantine or straight to sleep even if they have shown no danger or viciousness whatsoever. They are put to sleep because of the “belief” that they will be evil eventually.


Fact: Pit bulls fill the role of companion dogs, police dogs, and therapy dogs perfectly. Fact: It is not the animal’s fault that they are the majority being used for illegal dog fighting in America, as well as for guarding illegal operations to be used against police. There are horror stories regarding these poor animals, and everyone from Army veterans to owners have stood up in court for their pit bulls and won their cases to save their beloved pets.


It comes down to this: if a pit bull is living in the house next door and is outside within his gate, he is the same as any other dog – from miniature poodle to Belgian shepherd to Chihuahua. You never go up to a fence and try to pet an animal that’s protecting its own home and family. And you should never harm the animal simply because you “believe” they may someday be mean. No offense, but your human neighbor is more likely to grow mean far before their dog will.


If you don’t believe me…just read the headlines. It’s time to discard bias (it was time a long time ago) – against both humans and animals. If this is not done, America will become a society no better than the one who once screamed ‘Heil!’ at a madman.


Source:  Baret News Wire

Bart’s World


Bart’s World

 ~ Samantha Lewis

When it comes to deciding what is the worst, as well as the best, for the animals in our very human kingdom, problems arise. Very often people forget the Humane Society’s out there, the shelters, the no-kill establishments – all of these that work so hard for a lost animal, a beaten animal, or one who has had a difficult beginning and just needs to find a home that loves him or her. Although some roll their eyes, it is a fact that the animal part of the home is just as important as the child part of the home. An animal – dog or cat (or even others out there), turn into a child to the owner. The animal is a protector, a companion and, the ONLY one in the world to love a person unconditionally. So where does the protection end when it comes to the creatures out there? Answer: It never ends. And Bart is the newest in the headlines that brings this fact to light.


Bart - The Zombie, Miracle Cat via Tampa Bay Humane Society

Bart – The Zombie, Miracle Cat via Tampa Bay Humane Society

For those who may be unaware, or caught up in the glitz and glamor of the Super Bowl, a cat actually clawed its way out of a grave last week in order to live and return to its family. Did the family wish to bury the cat alive? No… But because of very odd circumstances, the cat was perceived as dead and gone to its heavenly reward. Rescue workers helped save Bart, who is now referred to as the “zombie cat” – although this feline should be referred to as the cat that literally proved that his species does have more than one life.


But the news does not end there. Sheery Silk, the Executive Director of the Humane Society located in Tampa Bay, told the news that she met with the owner of “Bart” for about an hour to discuss some facts that had come to the surface that she was “really uncomfortable with.” This turned the tale from an owner who had supposedly loved his pet and been heartbroken burying him after he had been hit by a car a couple of weeks ago. The owner believed beyond a shadow of a doubt that the cat was deceased and asked a neighbor to help bury him near his home. Severely injured, and not having any water or food for the last week, “Bart” returned from that grave after five days of being underneath the dirt.
The Humane Society posted the cat’s eerie, yet miraculous tale, on the organization’s blog. They most definitely titled him the “miracle cat.” Now, however, suspicions have arose regarding what Bart’s fate really was and the Humane Society does not want to return the cat to the owner, Hutson, who says he wants his cat back. Should he have him?


He has stated that he will go to court if necessary to fight the Humane Society because, according to him, he did nothing wrong and it’s his right to take the cat back home. In addition, Hutson’s neighbor set up a ‘page’ to raise money for the cat’s medical expenses. Now that thousands have been raised, people have shed a shady eye on the fund, even though the owner and his neighbor state that the extra funds will be donated to emergency veterinary services in the cat’s name.


Strangely, the Humane Society website also has a statement posted: that all of Bart’s medical expenses have already been covered by their own emergency medical fund. So, why the cash being taken from others with kind hearts who wanted to see Bart well? Add to that a YouTube video where a voice is heard saying the words: “He might not have been dead, cuz when I found him he was moving and stuff,” and you have a very odd situation that not a lot of people understand – nor do they feel that everyone is being ‘straight’ regarding Bart’s so-called death and burial.


Now…no one knows the truth as of yet, although the Humane Society is adamant that they believe Bart should not be in his former home because of his fragile state. And Silk hopes that the owner will surrender the cat in order for them to find a special needs home that will help Bart to heal and to grow.


In a world of pain, animals and children are the only outlets when it comes to love and comfort. When it comes to children, they are the only souls left to change this world that seems to be, according to every news flash seen on CNN, heading straight for absolute collapse.


There are places…homes…where children are being treated horrifically. There are homes where animals are being abused, as well. Bart may have a mixed-up and unknown backstory at the moment, but he definitely shines a light on the protection and care we need to focus on the ‘smaller’ people and species our world must nurture in order to survive.


Source:  Roadtrekin.com

Prophet, the Homeless Dog in Florida Needs Help


by Ernest Dempsey

Religions tell stories of many prophets who helped people through providing guidance toward better living. The prophets cared about the people and their lives. But there is one Prophet in South Florida who currently needs help from caring people.Prophet

Animal rescuer and advocate for animal rights, Denise Carey-Costa shared the story of Prophet – a stray dog who appeared at a church in South Florida. He was injured and need help when he showed up at the congregation. People gave him food and water. But Prophet needed a shelter, a home or some safe place to stay.

Denise-Carey Cost teamed up with Temple Boyd to help Prophet and find him a shelter. Due to lack of room at local recues, Prophet had to be placed at a boarding facility. While the two rescuers will be helping with the dog’s espenses at the boarding place, his medical bills and overall care will need a good deal more than these two animal rescuers can afford.

A fundraiser has accordingly been launched at https://fundrazr.com/campaigns/et6X4/ab/61Kcg1 and a request is being sent to all caring folks to contribute to Prophet’s life with as little or as much as they can afford.

Let’s be godsend for Prophet in the same spirit as prophets have been god-end for people in need in history.




~by Diana Lynn

Colorful butterflies feeding on minerals in a dirt road

Colorful butterflies feeding on minerals in a dirt road

 Colorful butterflies surround every pothole puddle for miles along the stretch of road that connects Queen Elizabeth National Park to Bwindi. Other protected areas rich in butterflies are Kibale and Bwindi National Parks, which are also greatly forested. There were thousands of brightly iridescent colored butterflies everywhere I walked.  If you stood still, they would light on you and then flutter away.  These butterflies seemed content to stay on the African’s bodies but not on the tourists, except for me.  I seemed to be a magnet for them.  And one of the tour guides in Bwindi took me out for a couple of hours to observe everything, because I was easy going and really enjoyed taking “in” their Africa’s smallest details. He told me, that he had never seen the butterflies land on a white woman before in such large numbers, there were no bare spots on my body; all were taken by these awesome and engaging butterflies.  He was miffed and I was thrilled; I believed they came to me because of the Reiki and the energy work that I do.  When the butterflies were on my body, they were receiving the Reiki which in turn gave them a strong dose of vibrant energy that insured their safety from the animals and the elements for the next 36 hours! For me to have all these butterflies on my body were several moments of sheer joy with their sharing with me; it felt like gentle nudging’s of shared connection for me and much more for the butterflies. The vibes that I felt from them:  “Where did you come from?”  “Are there more of you?”  “We haven’t felt this before.”  “Stay, we like this vitality.”

This is what Nature loves to share with people, their individuality!

Contact Diana Lynn at Pathways to Understanding (208) 584-9034 or

e-mail Diana@pathwaystounderstanding.com

 Uganda's most stunning butterflies Bwindi Impenetrable National Park Located in south-western Uganda, at the junction of the plain and mountain forests, Bwindi Park is known for its exceptional biodiversity, with more than 160 species of trees and over 100 species of ferns. Many types of birds and butterflies can also be found there, as well as many endangered species, including the mountain gorilla.