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Send healing thoughts!
At first I got so sick I couldn't even go to work, then I realized that I need to focus on what I am for, not against. Otherwise, I would burn out and not be able to help.
I am not able to foster right now but I found out there were many ways I could help without fostering. I had my daughter's class make posters for havanese rescue that is building awareness. I teach kids all the time how to handle small dogs (every chance I get). I talk about buying from a responsible breeder or rescuing (avoiding pet shoppes).
I am not a quilter, but I helped organize some things for the quilt this year and also help with the advertising. I write supportive notes thanking those who can foster. So there are lots of things we can do with our outrage!
We cannot help them all but we can help the ones we do have. My company actually matched funds for rescue last year. I use Goodsearch instead of Google which raises a penny each time I use it (it does add up if everyone does the same).
I got so mad when I read about puppy mills. Even more outraged when I read about the livestock laws allowing this travesty in certain states. I had no idea. It is way worse than I ever imagined. Thank goodness for Lu and the people of rescue who find amazing ways and resources to help those they can.
What is even more amazing is how fast HRI was able to get this whole thing moving, finding foster homes in a time when they already have many in current foster care. We havanese people are rather amazing. Lu and Company extraordinary. I cannot name them all but they know who they are.
Artists, make things to sell that raise funds at Nationals for HRI. Write stories, poems, publish letters to the editor...there are so many things we can do with this. Think of how many dogs we can save one at a time.
I'll get off my soap-box now. It is just honestly folks, I had no idea until last week. No idea.
Riki and Daisy