Rescuing Pets and Wildlife
If you think an animal is being abused or neglected, you can call:
1. The police,
2. The Anti-Cruelty Society (in the Chicagoland
area) at 312-644-8338,
3. PETA (People for the Ethical Treatment of
Animals) at 757-622-7382, or
4. Your local animal shelter.
Please speak up for those that cannot speak for themselves. When we find ourselves in a position to help others, we were put there by God to do His work.
If you find an injured wild animal, the Humane Society of the United States has information to help (202-452-1100 or 866-720-2676 Monday through Friday 8 a.m. to 11 p.m., or Saturday and Sunday 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Eastern Time). You can also contact your local wildlife organizations for information and a list of rehabilitators in your area. If you do bring an injured animal to a rehabber, please leave a donation if you can because they are self-funded.
Just a reminder when you’re adopting a pet, to take the time to meet the scared ones, the shy ones, the ones that don’t stick out to you. The ones that hide under their beds or blankets or litter pans. The ones that hiss, the ones that bark and shake and cry and look at you with confusion. The ones that cower. The ones with the boring colors or missing limbs. The older ones, the frail ones. The ones who seem beyond repair. The ones who seem to have given up. Because they are not beyond repair… and they have not given up. They just need you. And sometimes you just really need them, too.
- Lisa Stephen