Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Random hearts: what gift do you get the person who has everything? How about something that's not for them. We heart Animal Charities!!!

The greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be judged by the way in which its animals are treated.

I hold that the more helpless a creature, the more entitled it is to protection by man from the cruelty of man.

Mohandas (Mahatma) Gandhi

They are our most loyal friends, fans and family members.

They give us unconditional love, snuggles, and warm bodies. We laugh at them and with them. We talk to them like they are our babies (well, they are aren't they?... Maybe a wee bit furrier than babies but they are still our babies)

They help us feel better when we are down, less lonely when no one is around...and most of the time it is waaaay more fun to hang with them then it is any of our human friends....right JN?

They give us all that but what do we do? Yes, some get fed, some are loved (smooshed, cuddled and rubbed to an least in this house) and others are given homes...but there are the millions that are abandoned like they are used socks.

Ignored, tossed to the side and many beaten as if they are not even living, loving and thoughtful creatures.
Then there are the ones that humans take for granted...

the ones that keep our Earth beautiful, safe and healthy and eco-systems growing...the wild ones that we depend on for food (that we don't need) or just to keep our feet warm...or for a fin or 2 to make a buck...and even a pelt to make a nice shade of lipstick.

You have to watch how rad this video is! It is not's amazing! You may cry because your heart will grow and it could hurt ;)

So while they give us all of this...while they keep us safe and protected...happy and harmonious...what do we do? Wait?!?! Don't answer know the answer.

We suuuper crazy-style heart Animal Charities...
They give voices to those that don't have one.

Here are 8 charities that are among the highest rated in the US and some in the world. (That means most of the $$$ raised is used for helping the cause...not on salaries and bloated running costs)

Donations to these will make the most amazing gifts for the holiday season!!!!

Shambala- They protect and provide sanctuary to exotic animals who suffer from mistreatment and neglect.

Jane Goodall- She is a Godsend...her institute works on the preservation of apes and their habitats and create a network for youths to care for and have compassion for their environments and animals

Noah's Wish- It is one of the organizations that saves and rescues animals after disasters like hurricanes and earthquakes

Ocean Conservancy- Protects the ocean and all creatures in it and know that all living things are connected to the ocean.

Marine Mammal Center- They foster marine mammal survival and protect their habitats. They have rescued over 12,000 mammals and educated over 100,000 children on protecting our environment and these gorgeous creatures.

American Humane- Not HSUS or Humane Society...AH deals with Child and Animal welfare. They are a fantastic organization!

Delta Rescue- Stands for Dedication & Everlasting Love to Animals and is one of the largest No Kill, Care for life sanctuary in the world! They are a home to over 1500 creatures!

Farm Sanctuary- Works to end cruelty to farm animals and promotes compassionate living through rescue and education

Charity Navigator is an amazing site to help you "navigate" what the best and most efficient charity is for your needs.

P.S. Give what you are comfortable with...even $5 can make a difference in the life of a beautiful bunnycat

P.P.S. Snuggle your snugglers even harder tonight...they love you even when you don't have makeup on

P.P.P.S. There may be a few missing that you see the ads for on TV...that doesn't mean they are not great because any amount of help for animals is simply means they are not as efficient as some others.

P.S- Do you heart Oprah? We do! And guess what? She hearts us too!
Check out our blog on The big "O's" Holiday gift guide extravaganza!
XOXO- Things-We-Heart

1 comment:

Karin Holloway said...

These are lovely pictures and heartful ideas