Howler Magazine - - Editorial -

Be­ing in­volved with causes in our com­mu­nity draws us to­gether. It hits my heart to see an an­i­mal in dis­tress, so I have had some per­sonal in­volve­ment with an­i­mal res­cue ef­forts. A few peo­ple have re­ferred to me as Doctor Dolit­tle, which just makes me chuckle.

So many oth­ers who help with an­i­mal res­cues are unsung heroes. Dawn Scott in Flamingo Beach, who we sadly lost last year, was in­stru­men­tal in many pro­grams that trained peo­ple in the area to care for their pets and treat them with love and kind­ness as mem­bers of the fam­ily. Cham­pi­ons who have stepped for­ward to help fill Dawn's big shoes in­clude those in groups such as Bar­bara's An­i­mal Friend­ship Cen­ter. There are many oth­ers who work tire­lessly and im­merse them­selves in the care of an­i­mals in need.

We also have a ded­i­cated com­mu­nity of vet­eri­nar­i­ans with big hearts and a giv­ing spirit. I per­son­ally want to thank Dr. Cavallini for car­ing so much and help­ing me with Bean, a dog I res­cued and wrote about in the Au­gust 2016 Howler. I still think about this sweet dog. Please sup­port our vet­eri­nar­i­ans. They give back so much that re­mains un­seen, yet still have to main­tain a busi­ness. Never take for granted their ef­forts, or for­get that money makes the world go round. Sup­port­ing them re­quires pa­tron­iz­ing their busi­nesses.

Many vol­un­teers worked hard putting to­gether the Dog Day Af­ter­noon fundrais­ing event last month at Lucy's in Brasil­ito. Spe­cial thanks to Pam Graham for all her ef­forts. Many in­di­vid­u­als and busi­nesses came to the table with auc­tion items and prizes they do­nated to make this fundraiser a suc­cess. I want to thank the or­ga­niz­ers and Lucy's as well as those on the list of spon­sors be­low. I en­cour­age you to also sup­port these an­gels of an­i­mals.

Dog Day Af­ter­noon was well at­tended and raised much-needed re­sources to as­sist Bar­bara with her on­go­ing an­i­mal res­cue ef­forts. Of course, this money goes a long way, but is never enough to meet the needs of vul­ner­a­ble an­i­mals in­def­i­nitely. Sup­port­ers of an­nual events tend to for­get that these groups need con­tin­ual sup­port all year long.

I have writ­ten about this sub­ject more than once, and it never gets old. The car­ing na­ture of our an­i­mal heroes is amaz­ing and their ef­forts never stop. It's a night and day process that re­peats it­self with new chal­lenges. Count­less an­i­mals are be­ing dis­carded all the time: kit­tens dumped with no mother to feed them, dogs in dis­tress from tick fever or mal­nu­tri­tion, and all man­ner of wildlife from birds and snakes to howler mon­keys and other won­der­ful crea­tures.

Thank you for sup­port­ing our com­mu­nity and not for­get­ting those crea­tures that have no voice. Please con­tinue all year long to make sure this ef­fort never ends.

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