"Do your little bit of good where you are; it's those little bits of good put together that overwhelm the world." Archbishop Desmond Tutu
In recent years, I have had the great fortune to meet three truly exceptional women who have dedicated their lives to rescuing and caring for animals. Their animals range from horses to hissing cockroaches and everything in-between. These women do not run non-profit organizations and they do not collect money from donors. They just get up every morning to feed, exercise, and care for their animals.
They take them to the vet, make sure hooves are trimmed, donkeys get to go on walks, dogs go on trips, cats go on diets, hay is distributed, water is available, flies are taken care of, horses are hosed in the heat, poop is picked up, lizards get baths, snakes get soaks, tortoises get salads, and on and on. They make sure fences are mended, equipment is in working condition, living spaces are clean, and much, much more. In addition to all that they do, they donate money and pet food to animal rescues, even when money is tight, and one friend finds time to volunteer at a rescue after taking care of her own critters.
As I am hoping to make my Sunday posts a bit more serious and reflective than the week-day ones, I want to take a moment to let Cindy, Jan, and Rachael know how very much I admire your commitment to what must be close to one hundred animals in all. Well, that includes the chickens, but you get the picture. Many, many animals whose lives have been saved and that now live in secure and loving environments. I am completely in awe of you and the work that you do and so blessed to be your friend.