Healing Species – News & Media, Humane Education in the classroom.

Bring Humane Education to your school!  Evidence proven program teaches kids compassion, empathy and other beneficial life learning fundamentals.   Sponsor a program in you hometown today! 

For more information visit the link below…

http://www.healingspecies.org/about-us/news-media

SourceWatch – The real drive in public opinion on advocacy.

Think you know all about a particular advocate group?  Better reconsider and do your own investigation.  Seems big corporate America knows exactly how to influence Jack and Jill Citizen.  If you don’t like a group advocating for, or against something you believe in, you can seemingly buy your own support.  After all a majority of people, or sheeple as some may think, are easily caught up in mainstream media and easily influenced.  Always following the crowd for fear of being different and opposing what may very well be the truth.  Consider making your own path in life and research the cause you do, or don’t believe in.  Remember you can always maintain loyalty by supporting less conglomerate groups by keeping it within your State, or community.

FYI…  If you are still having doubts…   Check out “Center for Consumer Freedom” on wikipedia.

http://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/SourceWatch

PAWS & GET INVOLVED! South Carolina

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Animal cruelty can only be effectively addressed when all levels of government and available resources compromise.  Citizens have a voice too and oftentimes have to rally around a cause before anyone listens. Be that voice in #southcarolina and help end #animalcruelty

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Rescue me! Taking matters into our own hands, saving abused animals.

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When it comes to animal abuse, people tend to think that our local law enforcement,  or animal control would be the first point of contact.  Not so much these days.  With more and more media coverage on animal cruelty and the overwhelming posted pics of abused pets on social media, citizens are taking matters into their own hands.  Why not call local law enforcement,  or animal control, whenever a person witnesses animal cruelty?  Far to often though when attempts have been made to report such inhumane treatment, concerns go unanswered, or addressed.   One such reason perhaps would be that in most states animals are considered “property” under the law.  Another reason is the low priority level that animal cruelty cases receive, often because of budget restraints, or low number of officers to handle such cases.  Whatever reasons local law enforcements are stating, as to non-response, people are wanting results.  Animals cannot speak for themselves and animal advocates know this, so the end result is to do whatever is necessary.  
     A recent surge in “no kill” shelters is taking shape and a growing coalition of advocates and rescue groups are emerging.  They are oftentimes taking matters into their own hands, when it comes to saving animals from a cruel environment.  The main initiative here is to “save” as many animals as possible,  using any means necessary to take cats/dogs out of a cruel environment and to keep pets out of kill shelters, or pounds  where possible euthanasia awaits unclaimed animals. Rescue groups “foster” animals much like people foster children.  They provide a temporary safe environment,  until an adoption is secured.  Many shelters are overwhelmed with incoming animals, either from owner surrenders, lost/found, or failed attemps at adoptions.  Rescue groups work with shelters by fostering the surplus of animals. They post pics of the dog/cat on mainstream media trying to find a suitable adopter.  When attempts have failed, or the foster parent has no space for more animals, they use “transports” as a means to shuttle the dog/cat out of the local area.  Sometimes these transports go out of state to other shelters with room, or to other foster parents.  Amazing network isn’t it; well seeing as how animals get a second chance at a cruel free environment,  I can understand the motives behind rescue groups, however this also poses an unsafe environment for both the rescue person and the animal when proper authorities are not envolved.  People can be bitten and both parties involved including the animal could have their lives threatened.   Another consideration is the possibility of a so called underground market for selling/trading animals for profits, or dog fighting. 
     I have only touched the surface of this alarming and seemingly growing trend.  Domestic animal trafficking is widely unregulated by states and I feel it needs to be addressed, hopefully for a good cause.  Every animal deserves no unnecessary cruelty and with that comes education and responsibilities.

Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive Anderson, South Carolina 2014

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Today in Anderson, South Carolina and across the U.S. , people came together by hanging bags of donated food on their mailboxes.  The United States Postal Service collaborated with various charities in helping with the distribution of these bags of food.  #stampouthungerfooddrive was a great opportunity for Anderson Interfaith Ministries to continue helping our community!!

South Carolina Will Not Tolerate Animal Cruelty! Or do We??

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Have you noticed all the chatter on Facebook regarding animal cruelty!!  I have and so have some other advocates. I do not understand the complaining though. Do we really care about these animal cruelty Laws in South Carolina. I personally think we suck at it overall, as animal lovers!  Sure its noble to help lost, injured, and pets waiting for adoption. Those that do, get my utmost respect for “Stepping Up” and doing what is necessary to help our animals. What about the Laws themselves?  You know… The animal cruelty laws that were broke, ignored or compromised because no one was held accountable; or did not let our local/state officials know they were not doing a good job. How about the laws that animal abusers repeated over and over because there was no Law for a registry of animal abusers.  Sex offenders have a registry… Why?  Well because we do not want these offenders anywhere near our kids, that’s why!  We want to know WHO abuses our children and WHERE they live now!  What is the difference between children and pets?  Both require our constant attention and nurturing. We also expect law enforcement to do their job in a timely and effective manner and make dam sure they know about it when they mess up!   Animal Control is no different!  So quit complaining and showing pictures of abused animals, if you are not going to Step Up and help make it change!!   What can you do???  Well… Start by contacting SCRAPS, or PETS IN SC. Let us know you want change!   We can direct you from there…   Feel comfortable contacting local officials/State Legislators yourself… Awesome!!  All we ask is that you tell South Carolina WE will not tolerate Animal Cruelty Anymore!!!  Otherwise do us and Facebook a favor and quit complaining!!  Respectfully Yours… SCRAPS!

Time to end “Good Ole Boy” Metality in Pickens County South Carolina!

     PIckens county South Carolina is tired of the way animal cruelty is handled!  The operations of Pickens county Animal Control is operated in a 19th century atmosphere!  Animal cruelty cases are handled poorly and inefficiently. There is a meeting Monday the 21st at 6:30pm in the Administration Auditorium. This is our opportunity to address the Council about Animal Control. The Clerk to Council I spoke with, Donna Owen, gave me some tips. This is usually a non-interactive meeting. The Council members may or may not interact with us. Donna stated we SHOULD HAVE AS MANY SUPPORTERS AS POSSIBLE show up. Also she mentioned that we would have about 3 to 5 min to present our case. It would be best to have one speaker. Kim Jackson will speak on our behalf. Be the voice for the animals!! Show Pickens County Council we mean business!! Thank You!! 
Here is the link to the council website.
http://www.co.pickens.sc.us/council/default.aspx

Meals on Wheels helps feed Senior’s Pets

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Originally posted on Petmd:

February 28, 2014 /

 

I want to bring to your attention a program for low-income or disabled seniors: Meals on Wheels for Pets. Many people who are struggling to feed themselves also struggle to care for their pets, sometimes the only companionship they have.

 

We know that the human-animal bond can be very strong. During Hurricane Katrina, many people would not leave their homes because they couldn’t take their pets with them. They opted to face a very dangerous situation so as not to abandon their pets. Situations like these continue, so much so that when historic floods hit my part of Colorado last year, the National Guard made a point of evacuating people with their pets. They realized it was the only way that many people would leave.

 

But what would you do if you could not afford pet food? In the past, many people were left with only one option — taking their pets to the local animal shelter. However, these facilities are overrun and often must euthanize healthy animals. According to the Humane Society of the United States, three to four million dogs and cats are euthanized each year.

 

In recent years, workers from Meals on Wheels have begun to notice that their clients were giving some or all of their food to their pets. This can result in the person not getting the proper nutrition he or she needs and may be dangerous for the pets as well.

 

Owners are often unaware that some human foods can be toxic to pets. Grapes, raisins, onions, garlic, chocolate, avocados, and macadamia nuts are just some of the foods that can be deadly to animals. Fatty foods (like some cuts of meats and bacon grease) can cause problems ranging from mild digestive tract upset to very serious cases of pancreatitis. Bones are especially dangerous to dogs in that some types (like chicken or turkey bones) can splinter, potentially causing serious damage to the mouth, esophagus, or intestinal tract. Bones can also cause gastrointestinal obstructions. Digestive tract upset may occur when dogs eat a variety of different foods as they tend to do better on a consistent diet.

 

Over the past 15 years or so, several animal groups have partnered with the Meals On Wheels Association of America (MOWAA) to provide pet food in addition to feeding seniors. In 2006, MOWAA established a program called “We All Love Our Pets” (WALOP), a national initiative to help provide high quality meals for both seniors and their pets. People who qualify for Meals on Wheels will likely qualify to receive pet food as well.

 

Most of the pet food comes from donation bins in pet stores and markets. Organizations and individuals can also give money to Meals on Wheels. There is never enough food in these programs, and donations are always welcome. Other sources for pet food for low income owners include pet food banks and pantries, which are found in almost every major city in the United States.

 

Additionally, Pets of the Homeless is a nonprofit volunteer organization that provides pet food and veterinary care in communities across the United States and Canada. This group states that 5-10 percent of the 3.5 million homeless people in the U.S. have pets. Feeding their pets is one way to help the homeless.

 

As the cost of food skyrockets and the average median income remains the same, it gets more difficult to feed ourselves and our pets. These programs help keep owners and pets together during the difficult times when we need each other the most.

 

Dr. Jennifer Coates

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Amazing Cat helping an Amazing cause!

If you haven’t heard of a cat named LIL BUB,  then I highly recommend checking her out! A cute cat helps us learn for a great cause!

Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/iamlilbub

Lil Bub’s Book:  http://www.lilbubslilbook.com/        (Just bought it).

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Non-Profits Collaborating for Efficiency and Transparency to Attract Donors.

Abstract from the Greenville Journal, “Navigating nonprofits”  March 14, 2014.

There is a growing need within the nonprofit community to consider a merger with other similar companies.  …”independently minded folks”  start a nonprofit to fill that need, said Reid Lehman, director of Miracle Hill Ministries.  However, they don’t always survey the existing landscape to see if their cause could “nest within another organization,” he went on to mention that there is opportunity for collaboration among nonprofits that rescue animals and those dealing with environmental issue…  As more and more nonprofits emerge in South Carolina (5,852 in 2000 to 14,428,  501(c)(3) registered companies/Source: SC Association of Nonprofit Organizations), to “fill a need,”  there is a growing competitiveness among those seeking donations.  This leaves one to wonder if smaller nonprofits are efficient enough to compete effectively, or is the need to nest within a similar well-established organization key to efficiency.

…Wading through the appeals for funds can be daunting, and donors should educate themselves before giving, says John Cocciolone, executive director of the Greenville County Disabilities and Special Needs Board.  Some nonprofits are scams and use similar names to well-known organizations and other tactics to attract funds.  Making the choice based on how much a nonprofit spends on programs versus administration has been publicized as a particularly useful indicator-but Cocciolone suggests donors avoid using it as the only guide.  The comparison is a good indicator for larger well-established nonprofits, he said, but smaller organizations will have a higher percentage of administration costs as a natural consequence of their size…

Do Your Research Before You Donate:  Here are a list of companies dedicated to non-profit transparency.

http://www.charitynavigator.org/

http://www.guidestar.org/

http://nccs.urban.org/   (National Center on Charitable Statistics)

http://charitywatch.org/

http://scsos.com/  (SC Secretary of State)

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