Friday, January 11, 2013

2013 Second Simple Goal: Explanation

I think dogs are the best thing that God ever made. I love them. When I give to charities, they are almost always dog-related, but I really want to get serious this year about making a standing, recurring donation. There are two charities that I feel a strong connection to: {Kane's Krusade} and {St. Francis Rescue}

I love all dogs, but bully breeds hold a very special place in my heart because they are so often victims of abuse and neglect and, on top of that, are maligned by the media. It literally makes my heart hurt when I think about it. 

Kane's Krusade is an amazing (I'm not using that word lightly) education and outreach group up in my homeland of Springfield, MA. Check out {their Facebook page} to learn about the work that they're doing. Kim and the volunteers that work with her are nothing less than angels that work miracles for {misunderstood dogs}.  

St. Francis is a pit bull rescue group closer my current home in East Texas. Pit bull fear, neglect, and mistreatment is an issue everywhere, but I feel it strongly here. Maybe it's just because I'm more sensitive to it now than I was when I lived in other parts of the country, or maybe it really is worse here; I don't really know. But I do know that here in East Texas we are in desperate need of bully breed advocacy and rescue groups, and the people at St. Francis (and the Nacogdoches Animal Shelter, with whom they work closely) are in the trenches. They deserve all the help and support they can get. 

When I am overwhelmed by the sadness and evil that I see in the world, people like the folks at Kane's Krusade and St. Francis remind me that there is more good than bad in the world. Like my high school science teacher, Mr. Vennell, used to say: There must be more love than evil in the word, or we wouldn't still be here. 

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