by Gretchen Pachlhofer, co-founder of www.untoldanimalstories.org
Let’s face it. If you are reading this blog, you are an animal advocate. You love to read stories about animals and nature. It touches that chord, deep inside you, the place that very few humans allow themselves to venture. It’s a special place deep within ourselves that we tuck tightly away for fear of our true feelings being exposed to those around us. That is the source of the feelings that allows us to honor animals. Animals allow us to stop, and feel, and experience being in the present moment.
Empathy for animals is the key ingredient that allows us to take the first step in helping all creatures great and small. Whether it be a stray cat, a dog that has been dumped on the side of the road, or a bird that has fallen out of the nest, there is no way we can just turn away and ignore the situation. If you choose to actually stop and do something to contribute to the given situation, you have just entered the world of being an Action Advocate. Congratulations!
Another choice is to be a Voyeur Advocate for animals. You read the blogs, you identify with the feelings that are unlocked inside as you immerse yourself in your own private reading experience. It make you feel good to read all the wonderful stories that others have chosen to share. Now, I’d like to just toss this out to you—what would happen if you made the choice to take the next step and actually DO SOMETHING to help animals? What would it feel like to actually BECOME an Action Advocate?
I want to share my recent story with y’all (yes, I am from Texas) and hopefully you can take the giant step forward and join me.
I recently relocated to a rural area of the Texas Hill Country. I sold my business and now have a choice to continue to make a difference for animals. I found a group of women who run a shelter located on a ranch in acute need of regular volunteers to help care for the dogs and cats in their facility. I chose to make a commitment to volunteer once a week for 3-4 hours. Volunteering is such a rewarding experience and the animals give back ten times of the effort I give weekly. I jokingly call it my “therapy time” but there is a lot of truth to that statement.
So all of you reading this, I want to throw something out to you. Over the next couple of weeks, think of something you can DO for animals, then TAKE ACTION and do it. And then, if you feel inclined, chime in and tell us what you did. This is not a contest. The purpose is to create a community for Untold Animal Stories for all of us to share and become more interactive. Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org