3 Ways You Can Lend a Helping Paw this Animal Advocacy Day

The famous civil rights activist Martin Luther King, Jr. was once quoted saying “Never, ever be afraid to do what’s right, especially if the well-being of a person or animal is at stake”. The ASPCA founded National Animal Advocacy Day on April 30th in the spirit of this principle, so we can speak up on behalf of animals, who otherwise don’t have a means of their own to protest inhumane or abusive treatment. I’d like to share my own story with you all, as well as some tips on how anyone can lend their voice to this important cause!


  • Here is a great place to tell your unique journey towards becoming an animal advocate!

    • What does animal advocacy mean to you?

    • How did you get where you are (this can be a personal story about a pet or volunteerism)

    • Why should people care about animal rights?


There are countless non-profits dedicating their time and resources towards fighting for the safety and happiness of innocent animals. Here are a few of my favorites- check them out, and let me know what others you support as well.

Best Friends Animal Society


Situated on the Utah-Arizona Border, Best Friends Animal Society is the largest no-kill animal animal shelter in the United States. With a mission to “Save Them All”, through minimizing animal homelessness and eliminating all kill shelters, the organization has set the standard for animal advocacy. Best Friends believes in joining forces with like minded organizations, communities, and individuals to make this dream a reality.


Animal Welfare Institute


Founded in 1951 to combat animal experimentation, the AWI has since expanded to address areas of animal suffering like factory conditions, the trapping industry, and marine life preservation, among many others. With net assets exceeding $11 million in the 2017 fiscal year, the AWI puts around 90 percent of its profits back into its programs, which means that a donation towards them has a more direct impact on animal welfare.




Based out of San Francisco, WildAid was formed in 2000 to fight the illegal wildlife poaching industry, most notably the ivory trade, which is a multi-billion dollar a year criminal industry. The organization receives nearly $290 million dollars a year in donations, and has successfully helped to broker ivory bans in heavy trading cities like Hong Kong and in countries like Taiwan and the U.K. WildAid encourages people to avoid buying wildlife products, and hopes to protect fragile land and marine ecosystems by educating the public on the environmental dangers of poaching.

So, you may be asking yourself: How can I have an impact? Even though many organizations do receive donations and volunteer assistance each year, every single voice adds to the conversation, and helps to further the sort of change that animals still desperately need. Check out some of the tips below for how you can get involved with animal advocacy in your community!

Pick a Spin Class with a Purpose.

Donation based exercise classes and fitness events are becoming a growing trend nowadays. Whether it’s yoga, cycling, or a charity 5K, participating in events like these are a great way to connect with like-minded people in your community, break a sweat, and donate money to a

great cause. Just make sure to check out the organization you’re donating to thoroughly to make sure that your donation is going to be put to the best use!


Start a Fundraising Campaign.


Any individual dollar counts, but it’s always great to be able to donate your time by planning a non-profit fundraiser of your very own. Creative ideas like holding a silent auction, car wash, or trivia night are a great way to engage your community in a non-traditional way. Who knows- you could end up starting a local tradition that equals a much welcomed annual contribution to a non-profit.


Leverage Your Expertise.


Are you a graphic designer, musician, educator, or scientist? Do you have a particular skill that you feel would be valuable for a non-profit’s effort in spreading the word or gaining patrons? Try donating your time and expertise to the cause. You could make flyers for their latest event, hold group discussions, or lead mentorship efforts- the possibilities are limitless. Don’t sell yourself short- send a message to your favorite charity organization explaining who you are, your background, and how you feel your experience can help their efforts. They’ll be glad to have you.

Animal advocacy shouldn’t begin and end on April 30th. Add your voice to the cause by sharing your favorite charities and fundraising tips in the comments below, and spread the word to your friends on social media!


Here are two kittens we rescued and found homes for. They were a little feral at first but within a week or two had warmed up to people quite a bit. Their names are Simon and Theodore.




Thanks so much for visiting!  Feel free to leave a comment.  I'd love to hear your rescue stories or ways you believe we can help animals around the world.




Visiting the Koh Phi Phi Islands in Thailand for the Second Time


I was so happy in the above photo because during our week in Phuket we dealt with a lot of weather like the below photo.  Those spots of water are not on the lens of my camera - the rain drops for really that big!  The good thing is it did not rain at night there and we were able to take a trip into the city of Phuket which I will write about later and I thought was extremely beautiful and interesting!


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Happy Mother's Day to ALL Mothers!

 After reading many beautiful and heartwarming articles written by mothers and daughters about Mother's Day, I wanted to share some of the photos and stories of animals I've seen around the world taking care of their young.  Some of you know that I've been involved in animal rescue for many years and have a soft spot in my heart for all animals.  I am always amazed at how protective and caring animals are of their offspring.

  I really wanted to write a post in honor of all mothers and especially those that are often overlooked on Mother's Day each year.  If you have pets you are a mother they could not survive without you!  I wrote a similar post about animal mothers and their offspring for Mother's Day a couple of years ago.  One of my readers was very grateful that I had posted it.  Sadly not humans have a mother at all or one that they are close to. 

My husband and I have also taken in several stray pregnant cats.  We found homes for all of the babies and mothers including the seven orange ones in the second photo down.  We actually kept the mothers - Princess (the black cat) and Peaches (orange cat) for ourselves. 

The monkeys that I saw at the Monkey Forest in Ubud, Bali we're so fun to watch.  The babies were so cute and well taken care of by their mothers.   I thought this mother was showing tremendous patience with her little one.Bali-345410_960_720
Bali-345410_960_720Here is a mother monkey feeding her baby what appears to be some coconut:
Bali-345410_960_720I saw many elephant mothers with their babies in the Serengeti National Park while in Tanzania:

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My Earth Day Post: How Becoming a Vegetarian Can Help Our Planet

Retaurant-411940_960_720I took the above photo while I was in Oia on Santorini island in Greece eating a meatless dinner.

First of all I want to say I am not trying to talk down to people who eat meat or convince everyone who reads this to become a vegetarian tomorrow.  Maybe a few people will start thinking about becoming a vegetarian one day or eat less meat such as trying "Meatless Mondays".

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Visiting The Bacab Eco Park in Belize


Our second stop on my Caribbean cruise aboard the Norwegian star was the Belize city port.  In order to get from the ship to shore you must take a smaller boat.  Belize is a fast growing area.  It is still not as commercialized as the Cancun area but according to the locals is growing very quickly.           

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