A Call for Compassion for All Creatures

“If you have men who will exclude any of God’s creatures from the shelter of compassion and pity, you will have men who will deal likewise with their fellow men.”-St. Francis of Assisi

Katniss and Effie, my cats

Katniss and Effie, my cats

I absolutely adore my cats Katniss and Effie (Hunger Games fan, guilty!). I adopted these girls from the MD SPCA over a year ago. Yes, I treat them like children, I call them “my babies,” and I could go on and on about the quirky personalities they both have! Rescuing them from life in a shelter was a must and allowed me to support a great cause.

St. Francis of Assisi is described by many as the patron saint of animals and the environment. His words and actions called for justice, love and mercy not just for humankind, but all of God’s creation. I admire him and feel encouraged by him to extend my willingness to serve others to animals in need.

This weekend, I volunteered with K-9 Lifesavers, a local nonprofit that rescues homeless and abandoned dogs from high-kill shelters and other high-risk situations. My sister and a friend joined me at the pet adoption event, and we each were in charge of an adoptable pet for the day. I was paired with Ken, a Pointer Mix, and he was full of so much love that he gave me a big hug when we first met! By the end of the day, we found a few adopters for the dogs, including Ken!

K-9 Lifesavers pet, Ken

K-9 Lifesavers pet, Ken

Volunteering for events and nonprofits like K-9 Lifesavers is rewarding and, like St. Francis said, shows respect and care for all creation. I encourage you to do some research on your local pet shelters and nonprofits and get involved. It doesn’t always require a huge amount of time (our event was only 2 hrs and is once a month!), and the sacrifice is well worth it.

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