January 18, 2012
Writers are often advised to write what they know about, and those of us who care about the welfare of animals are often told that we should start with concerns in our own backyards. And this my partner and I do. We helped rescue an abused dog last year who has become the light of our lives. We donate goods and cash to community and provincial animal rescue in British Columbia, and nationally across Canada. But where the suffering of animals is concerned, I think of John Donne. No man is an island, indeed. To paraphrase Donne, any animal's suffering diminishes me, whether in the neighbour's yard or in the streets of Cairo. If I can help one animal anywhere to know that somebody cares whether it is fed, cared for and loved, I am doing my part toward raising the bar of awareness, and of kindness, which all humans must aspire to . World Vets helps me feel that I am a part of that great work of caring and cherishing our animal brothers and sisters.
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