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Re: Best Friends for animals

> I am SO tired of having animal rights and shelter
> organizations tell me how horrible their plight is, and how I am not
> doing enough to help! 

How true! Several years ago I took the time to write 25 animal charities
to tell them I had selected only one to contirbute to so that I could
give more to one place. I chose 10th Life because no donations went into
marketing, gifts, or newsletters (a member donates the correspondence
costs), they put no animals to sleep, and they take care of cats.
Runner-up was Delta Rescue, which I had been contributing to for several
yrs before that. DR still sends me requests occasionally and he sent me
one early this yr telling me that I am wasting my money and condoning
the killing of innocent animals by donating to organizations other than
his. How could I do this to him?

Generally I like this guy. He writes so well and has given his whole
life over to helping animals. The reason he was runner-up? He says he
has 1500 cats at his shelter, but he never writes about them. Sorry, I
like dogs, but if I had to choose, it would be cats. Sound silly? Well,
it's my money. I wrote him back, explained 10th Life, told him (again)
why I didn't choose DR, and chewed him out for practically outright
condeming me. The letter was very personal (though it was a form letter)
because that's the way he writes. And I took him that way.

By choosing one charity and commiting to it, it's a little easier to say
no to the others because I know I'm doing my part. If I won the lottery,
they'd all be getting gifts from me, but on what I make, I just can't do

> Hi, Kitty, 
> Slugger sounds like quite the character. Rescued critters always come
> with baggage, don't they? It's great you have made room in your heart
> and home for one more needy cat. Maybe Slugger will become less confused
> about expressing his true feelings over time. (We can hope.)
> Your donations to The Tenth Life could not be more important. The
> organization works hard to meet a huge need. I only wish the people that
> run that operation could somehow expand to accomodate and/or adopt out
> more cats, because I have never known them to be able to accept a new
> cat under any circumstances. They are the only place locally that does
> house unwanted cats and they can't meet the demand. More no-kill kitty
> sanctuaries like Tenth Life are desperately needed across the U.S.
> As for me and Best Friends, I became a member after reading several
> copies of their magazine. Although Angel Canyon is states away from me,
> I send what I can to them because they help me understand what goes on
> behind the scenes at the sanctuary, and reading the magazine makes me
> feel good and hopeful. I am SO tired of having animal rights and shelter
> organizations tell me how horrible their plight is, and how I am not
> doing enough to help! Like you, my donation money has its limits.
> I also choose to support Best Friends because I believe that the folks
> there would help me find a home for any animal in need at any time,
> anywhere. They were very helpful when I contacted them about the caged
> doves I rescued, and they eventually found a good home for them not too
> far from me--but it took a little while and the birds and I bonded
> during the wait, so they still live here. Feathers everywhere.
> Wendy
> Original Message-----
> From: kmrsy@comcast.net
> Sent: Dec 3, 2003 4:26 PM
> To: gardenchat@hort.net
> Subject: Re: [CHAT] What are you reading?
> Wendy wrote of visiting Best Friend's Sanctuary "when hubby and I are ready to 
> bring
> > >home another animal."
> I'd love to adopt an animal from our local SPCA, but I'm always full up
> and often with one waiting in the wings. Slugger, another stray tomcat
> has taken up residence out in my Florida Room. My 4 cats are all scared
> to death of him or hate the sight of him because he has long been a sort
> of bully. He walks around with a bowlegged gate, not apologizing to
> anyone. But he is turning out to be a sweet cat, though a bit confused.
> He hisses when he obviously means to purr.
> I have been contributing to The Tenth Life Foundation now for several
> years. This is a home for cats who've used up their 9 lives and need a
> place to stay. I remember getting the Best Friends requests, but I only
> have just so much $ to donate.
> Kitty
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