30 Days to 30 – Day 10 – Causes I am Passionate About

If you want to know what I am passionate about it is respecting and loving animals. It is fighting animal cruelty and giving a voice to the voiceless.

I do not understand how in 2016 we have animals being tortured to death. Burned alive. Beaten. Bloody. Both for fun and for “ritual”.

Due to a widely held belief that high adrenaline levels will produce tender meat and increase the supposed health benefits – dogs are sadistically made to experience extreme fear and suffering prior to death.

They are tortured, dismembered, burned alive, electrocuted, crucified and nail gunned into walls, where they are tortured and kept alive to endure intolerable pain for sometimes up to 40 hours.

This is the dog meat trade. This is animal cruelty. There are some that survive this. Others that succumb to their demons. And it breaks my damn heart, crushes my soul and take the tears right out of my eyeballs.

You can make a difference. 

Please sign petitions. Please donate. Please educate people even when it is tough. Please respect animals. Please love them. Please join me in helping them. Get involved and don’t pretend these sorts of things don’t happen because they do. And they are awful.

Thank God for good people. Let me tell you about Marc Ching and his mission.

This is how movements are born. This is how cultures are created. One man and a single effort, it becomes a nation.  

-Marc Ching

The dog meat trade and the Yulin Dog Meat Festival are very hard things/topics to follow but this man is amazing. Marc Ching I pray for you daily. I pray that one day the dog meat trade will end and no more animals will suffer.

I have never cried so hard and for so many days through the 30 days of the Yulin Dog Meat Festival. I cried when I tweeted and retweeted. I don’t know how I watched those videos and looked at the photos. But I did. It also made me donate. It made me create awareness and join you in your mission.

Yes, 30 days, of this horrific celebration where even people’s family pets are stolen and murdered. Animals are caged for years on top of one another. Bloody. Scared. Tortured.

But it isn’t just 30 days and that is what makes this so hard for me to grasp my head around. It is so hard for me to understand that in this day and age this is still happening.

Please read his story here.

The greatest gift in life is giving.

He has documented death. His death threats. Risked everything to be the voice of the voiceless and teach love, kindness and compassion to his children (and our children). The videos are horrific. The photos are absurd and disgusting. I don’t know how he has found the strength to not quit. The strength he has found are in the lives he has saved and the slaughterhouses he has physically bulldozed. I don’t know how he sleeps at night after seeing hell. A bloody hell.

But this is just the beginning. It is a daily fight. He has done nine trips to China. He is just beginning. We are just beginning. This fight is not over. Please join us.

The Animal Hope and Wellness Foundation is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization focused solely on rescuing abused dogs and dogs from the meat trade throughout Asia. We rescue them, provide full rehabilitation services, and then work to find them perfect homes.

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I do what I am passionate about. I volunteer with animals at the Arizona Animal Welfare League when I can (and I need to put in my many more hours since I have much more time than them). I don’t just preach about. I adopted a dog from here. I have donated money to here. I have donated thousands of money that “I don’t have” to different charities and organizations. I attend as many events as I can. I purchase dog products that support charities and rescue organizations. I even rescued a dog this year from the shelter I volunteer at. I want to actually, someday, rescue a whole shelter. Someday. I am not joking.

Adopt don’t shop. Fight breeding. Help clear the shelters. Spay and neuter your pets.

I also became a vegetarian. The dog meat trade was part of this but mainly it is animal cruelty in general and the ways of what happens to get the food on our tables.

There are several military pet organizations that I love. Dogs on Deployment is one on them. I have helped one solider so far with his dog (I lived in San Diego near the base at the time). Support the troops by boarding their pets. Your support contributes to helping hundreds of military pets.

I recently met Joe from America’s Vet Dogs when I was working the American Legion Convention. Established in 2003, the service dog programs of America’s VetDogs® were created to provide enhanced mobility and renewed independence to veterans, active-duty service members, and first responders with disabilities, allowing them to once again live with pride and self-reliance.  Not only does a service dog provide support with daily activities, it provides the motivation to tackle new challenges.

It costs over $50,000 to breed, raise, train, and place one assistance dog; however, all of VetDogs’ services are provided at no charge to the individual.  Funding comes from the generosity of individuals, corporations, foundations, businesses, and service and fraternal clubs.

Our veterans need programs like these. Please donate. Educate. Inform. Support.

Ok, I have a soft spot for golden retrievers.

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Please support my favorite charities and organizations above by donating even $10. Skip happy hour one night this week. Don’t stop for coffee. You get my point. You can donate. Every little bit helps (and it is a tax write-off).

You can also shop for a good cause with my friends at @farfetchedapparel! They donate a portion of every sale to charities all over the United States! You can also submit a charity. Checkout the Farfetched Apparel Charity Affiliates page and get shopping!

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When I die, please put by name in a paw print somewhere and do something in my honor for the love of fur. That will make me the happiest. I’ll be watching. Animals truly have my heart and they jerk at my heart strings.

Dog Bless You.

XOXO

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