“I wish I could rescue animals, too!”
I read a comment on my blog recently pertaining to a story about turtles I had rescued. The commenter wrote, “I wish I could rescue animals, too!”
I replied that she can, of course – she just has to keep an eye out for animals in need, and when she finds them, do something about it.
This got me thinking about how we are so conditioned to not see suffering in today’s society. In America, we tuck those suffering in extreme poverty into their own neighborhoods. We tuck the millions of orphans needing homes into foster care. And we tuck the cruelty of mass produced animals in factory farming into sheds and stockyards far from the road.
We like to go about our days thinking everything is fine. We like to think other people will stop to help those in need – but most won’t. You have to be willing to step up and set an example.
I guarantee if you start keeping an eye out, you will start to see animals (and people) that could use your help. The most common animal needing help is wildlife injured by transportation. In just the last year while out biking, I have found four birds injured that I took to a rescue. If you drive frequently, you will easily find animals injured on the side of the road.
In my car, I carry thick work gloves, a towel, and a box with holes punched in it so I am ready. I have picked up possums, squirrels, a seagull, an iguana, and countless turtles.
Another great way to help animals is to speak up if you see a dog living on a chain or living outside in the cold. Talk to their owner about your concern (nicely), and if you live in a place where leaving an animal outside is illegal, call the authorities.
Remember – you CAN make a difference. It is EASY to make a difference. You just have to be willing to do so.