August 28, 2014

Happy 1 year rescue anniversary, Samuel!

From Veal Crate to Sanctuary: The Beautiful Rescue Story of Samuel the Calf 

After defying all odds of ending up at the slaughterhouse, Samuel was given a second chance at life, and he is certainly making the most of this opportunity at his new home, Gaia Sanctuary.
Capturing the hearts of people from all over the world, Samuel and his incredible story allows us to see how intelligent and emotionally complex farm animals really are. Rescues like Samuel’s, while they remind us of the cruel and barbaric practices taking place each and every day, simultaneously give us hope of the beautiful world we can create when we start to see animals as our friends and not as our food.
It’s obvious when you look at Samuel’s lust for life that he doesn’t want to die. He wants to live just like the rest of us. He wants to feel love and experience friendship. He wants to be free to eat, play, and sleep as he pleases, and thankfully, now he can.
Samuel was born into an industry which does not value the life of each individual animal. The almost inevitable fate of a calf like him is to spend their few short months on this planet confined in tiny veal crates, near to starvation, unable to walk, and crying out for their mothers.
Samuel was born a twin, and twins born into the industrialized farming industry are seen as surplus as they are often smaller and weaker than their sibling, and farmers do not want to spend money raising them. This would usually result in slaughter in the first few weeks of life, but in a strange twist of fate, this same fact ended up being the very thing that saved him. As the farmer did not consider Samuel’s life to have any value, he agreed to let him be rescued by Gaia Sanctuary, an animal rescue located nearby.
Like all calves born into the dairy industry, Samuel was torn away from his mother just hours after birth and confined to a tiny crate, only just big enough to stand up and turn around in. Scared and unaware of what was happening, he and all of the other calves in the farm cried endlessly to be reunited with their mothers. When the rescuers arrived to take Samuel away to his new life, he saw them and immediately tried to escape through the cage.
Sadly, his twin brother was to suffer a different fate as the farmer would not agree to release them both. With a heavy heart, they put Samuel into the van and headed back to the sanctuary leaving his brother and all the other crying calves behind with the heartbreaking knowledge of what their future held.
Having been awaiting an early trip to the slaughter house, Samuel was extremely underweight and in a seriously poor condition. The milk he was supposed to have from his mother to nourish him and build strength in the first few hours and days after birth was instead being collected for human consumption. Thankfully, with a lot of love, care, and bottle feeding, Samuel began to recover and gain strength. He was ready to begin enjoying life outside of a veal crate.
Since his rescue, Samuel has gained a huge following of people who have completely fallen in love with his gentle, inquisitive, and fun nature. To see a cow come from such a desperate situation, enjoying the sunshine, wagging his tail as he eats the fresh grass, and springing around with excitement when he feels happy is a reminder of what life should be like for all animals. Thanks to the photographs and videos from the sanctuary, we have been able to catch an intimate glimpse into Samuel’s life as he grows up.
It has been an emotional roller coaster for all involved to say the least, especially after complications with a hernia operation left him bedridden, unable to go outside in fear of infection to the wound. Having been cooped up indoors, watching Samuel return to the field which he so loved was a truly touching moment.
Captured on video, Samuel was so excited to be outside again in the sunshine, with the grass under his feet, and his new friends in sight once more, he began to leap around with excitement, running around the pen like a child in a playground.
Samuel has befriended many different animals at the sanctuary including goats, dogs, sheep, chickens, and of course, humans. He has inspired change in the way people view cows, with many of his new found fans pledging to give up meat and dairy after falling in love with his special story, a story which has now been made into a beautiful children’s book.
Being able to watch Samuel grow from a scared, lonely, and debilitated veal calf, into a gentle, loving, and friendly creature, able to explore the world without fear of abuse or torment, reminds us all of how different the future of this planet could be if we continue to reject the widespread exploitation of animals.

Photos by ©Gaia Sanctuary - Text by One Green Planet

June 26, 2014

Yes. There are angels among us.

"In July 2013, I moved into a duplex apartment at the border of Brooklyn and Queens. The plan was to sublet half of my apartment out to stray cats. Not only would they get to stay here as long as they need, but I would try to help them find permanent homes through the power of social media and occasional cat videos. This is a blog about my adventures in fostering, and the struggles of trying to make a living out of something that’s never really existed. Oh yeah, and I’m allergic to cats.”

All via Scratching Pad

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June 25, 2014

queen:

queen:

We’re in the running to win 50k and ZipCar credit—this would be HUGE for us. The number of lives we could save is unimaginable. For all those who can’t foster or volunteer, this is a very easy way to help us!

http://bit.ly/voteACR

http://bit.ly/voteACR

http://bit.ly/voteACR

Go to the above link, and click “VOTE” on the right, search for “Anjellicle” and vote for us!

PLEASE REBLOG & VOTE. We’ve gotten a LOT of clicks—but not nearly as many votes. Please, please, please vote! ^________^

Like listen: I know it’s a pain in the ass to click and click and find it and click again (I’m serious) but this could make SUCH a huge difference, so please just do it.

When we find cats like Jonesy Bones and pluck them off the street because they’re sick, starved, and dying, Kathryn Willis—our director—never says no. We need the funds to be able to continue to pull cats off the kill list at ACC as well as random, tragic cases like Jones or Donatella (pictured in main post), both of whom I fostered/am fostering.

June 18, 2014
"Look, you follow me home and I’ll ask mom if I can keep you, okay?"
Photo via Imgur

"Look, you follow me home and I’ll ask mom if I can keep you, okay?"

Photo via Imgur

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May 9, 2014

Faith in Humanity Restored

Blind dog rescue: Fiona - Video

(Source: sizvideos, via marinanfetamina)

May 7, 2014

"One stormy night my girlfriend saw what we thought was a dead sparrow below our balcony. he was barely breathing, covered in ants and completely blind.

We brought him home and put him in a box. after spending a night in our bedroom, he woke us up with high pitched tweeting. we tried feeding him, but without any luck, so we placed him on our balcony. he continued tweeting non stop for three hours.

Finally, his father found him and started feeding him. he brought his chick huge bugs and bread every 10-15 minutes all day long for two weeks straight.

He was getting bigger every day, but he was still blind. i called a vet, and he told me to try simple eye drops. it worked like a charm! he even started hiding from us behind our flowers. soon, his father started showing him how to fly trough the window.

One day he just left – we knew this day would come eventually. we became really worried because that same night, and for the next few days, there was really stormy weather. however, three days later, he came back and fell asleep in one of our pots.”

Photos and text by tomas banišauskas

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May 4, 2014

Elvira The Cat Always Remembers Her Rescuer

Even after Elvira the Itty Bitty kitty has found her forever loving home, she never forgets the person that rescued her and nursed her back to health.

“Found her and her brothers literally under cow poop in an old barn. She nearly died a handful of times. I took care of her for about a month and found her a home with a very lonely friend of mine. I drop off food once a month for her,” she wrote.

Every time she visits Elvira. The kitty knows and jumps on her to give her kisses and a lot of play time.

“She is fully grown and slightly fluffy. I walked in, she pounced on me, then gave me kisses. She also likes to suck on fingers, lips, necks and hands-cat sweater planned for the reunion.”

Here’s a typical visit where Elvira welcomes her with kisses then play.

Via Love Meow

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April 25, 2014

Via huffington post

Meet Stuart Little, a tiny kitten who recovered from near death thanks to  Fabulous Felines Rescue NWA. Learn about his incredible transportation and see more heart melting photos of the kitten here.

(Courtesy Amanda Rhea/Fabulous Felines NWA)

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April 13, 2014
Firefighter Saves Same Cat Twice
A firefighter who rescued a cat from a well in west Coweta on June 29 stepped up to rescue the cat a second time on Tuesday. The cat, which was taken into the custody of Coweta County Animal Control following its rescue a month ago, was scheduled to be euthanized Wednesday morning. No one claimed the furry feline, which suffered from fleas, and it was not apparent whether it was wild or domesticated. 
The Coweta County firefighter who descended 40 feet into a well at 866 Welcome to Arnco Road to rescue the cat on June 29 decided “for it to die tomorrow would be a waste of what we did.” Coweta firefighter Jim Cadenhead went to the shelter on Selt Road at lunch Tuesday to retrieve Wellie the cat. He was notified of the cat’s pending demise from a shelter rescue group who urged him to take action. But, long before strangers urged him to save Wellie, his two daughters, ages 10 and 11, had pleaded on the cat’s behalf. “They wanted me to get the cat when I rescued him,” said Cadenhead. “They’ve been begging for the cat. When I told one of my daughters about what was going to happen, she told me, ‘Daddy, go get that cat.’ “A group of guys at the fire department had some time and effort in getting this cat out of that hole,” he continued. “We did a big thing and had a positive outcome. This was quickly going from a positive to a negative. It made it worthwhile to go get the cat.” For now, the cat will reside with Cadenhead. However, its future residence remains uncertain because the firefighter already has two large hound dogs that “don’t like cats.” “I might give the cat to my mom — at least that way my daughters can still see the cat.”
Via Times-Herald

Firefighter Saves Same Cat Twice

A firefighter who rescued a cat from a well in west Coweta on June 29 stepped up to rescue the cat a second time on Tuesday. The cat, which was taken into the custody of Coweta County Animal Control following its rescue a month ago, was scheduled to be euthanized Wednesday morning. No one claimed the furry feline, which suffered from fleas, and it was not apparent whether it was wild or domesticated. 

The Coweta County firefighter who descended 40 feet into a well at 866 Welcome to Arnco Road to rescue the cat on June 29 decided “for it to die tomorrow would be a waste of what we did.” Coweta firefighter Jim Cadenhead went to the shelter on Selt Road at lunch Tuesday to retrieve Wellie the cat. He was notified of the cat’s pending demise from a shelter rescue group who urged him to take action. But, long before strangers urged him to save Wellie, his two daughters, ages 10 and 11, had pleaded on the cat’s behalf. “They wanted me to get the cat when I rescued him,” said Cadenhead. “They’ve been begging for the cat. When I told one of my daughters about what was going to happen, she told me, ‘Daddy, go get that cat.’ “A group of guys at the fire department had some time and effort in getting this cat out of that hole,” he continued. “We did a big thing and had a positive outcome. This was quickly going from a positive to a negative. It made it worthwhile to go get the cat.” For now, the cat will reside with Cadenhead. However, its future residence remains uncertain because the firefighter already has two large hound dogs that “don’t like cats.” “I might give the cat to my mom — at least that way my daughters can still see the cat.”

Via Times-Herald

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April 5, 2014

Faith in humanity restored.

Via cute-overload

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February 21, 2014

Hovercraft Deer Rescue

James saw a Facebook post about some deer stuck out on the ice in the middle of Albert Lea Lake, so he called up his dad and they broke out the hovercraft. It’s a father son rescue mission unlike anything you’ve ever seen.

Via GoPro

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June 27, 2013
We are responsible for those we have tamed.
Via Show Your Soft Side

We are responsible for those we have tamed.

Via Show Your Soft Side

June 26, 2013
"If you’re planning to add a pet to your family, please consider an older rescue cat.  Older cats have many virtues:  They’re calmer, more socialized, and more experienced dealing with other pets and people (generally).
Shelters and rescue agency have a hard time placing older cats.  It’s hard to compete with an adorable kitten when it comes to being adopted.”

"If you’re planning to add a pet to your family, please consider an older rescue cat.  Older cats have many virtues:  They’re calmer, more socialized, and more experienced dealing with other pets and people (generally).

Shelters and rescue agency have a hard time placing older cats.  It’s hard to compete with an adorable kitten when it comes to being adopted.”

(Source: beforehandful, via theblurofserenity)

June 23, 2013
Via The Creek Cats

Via The Creek Cats

June 18, 2013
"Promise you’ll take care of me forever and ever??"
Photo by ©Cats Exclusively Veterinary Hospital

"Promise you’ll take care of me forever and ever??"

Photo by ©Cats Exclusively Veterinary Hospital