Heather MacEven Foran
May 3, 1939 – May 18, 2017
“We need another and a wiser and perhaps a more mystical concept about animals. Remote from universal nature and living by complicated artifice, man in civilization surveys the creature through the glass of his knowledge and sees thereby a feather magnified and the whole image in distortion. We patronize them for their incompleteness, for their tragic fate of having taken form so far below ourselves. And therein do we ere. For the animal shall not be measured by man. In a world older and more complete than ours, they move finished and complete, gifted with he extension of the senses we have lost or never attained, living by voices we shall never hear. They are not brethren,they are not underlings: they are other nations, caught with ourselves in the net of life and time, fellow prisoners of the splendor and travail of the earth.” Henry Beston
Mother’s Day. A happy day for most. Flowers, cake, tons of ice cream, and taking mom to the restaurant. Cards proclaiming love and gratitude, decorated with pictures of flowers, hearts, mother cats and kittens, momma dogs and pups, and all kinds of other baby animals. As for us, an animal rescue organisation, this Mother’s Day, we chose to feature the picture of a mother cow and her baby. Becoming for Alberta. Cattle, here a cow and her calf, hold one of the closest bonds in the animal world. Amazing and wonderful to witness. Cows would walk for miles to find their calf, will tell them apart from hundreds of others. When calves are taken away from their mothers, each time, the cow bellows for days, mourning the loss of her child. Heart wrenching to listen to. A sad, longing, desperate call, day and night. Dairy calves are taken away from their moms after 24 hours, this is how long their time with their mom lasts, the one and only day they get together. One short day to lick them, nuzzle them, let them nurse, comfort them. The cow’s milk is for us, not for their calves; our babies, not […]
What if, at your local pet-supply store, you could purchase a dog-training tool that would make your dog weaker, klutzier, and less intelligent? And what if this tool increased your dog’s frustration and fearfulness about the world and made him or her less likely to bond with you? Would you buy it? Of course not! Yet, millions of these “tools” are sold every year to unsuspecting American dog lovers who want the absolute best for their dogs. The tool is a “crate,” which is just a euphemism for a cage. In fact, dog crates are substantially smaller than the cages that are used to house dogs in laboratories.
ONE DAY we hope to not see these images, ONE DAY we hope to not have to work all day to help the abandoned, abused and left to die. ONE DAY we hope that people get it and have their pets fixed. ONE DAY we hope shelters are only used to hold pets for a day if lost to be reunited with their owners because they were micro-chipped or tattooed.
These two sweet loving dogs were two I had to leave behind on my latest trip visiting a shelter. On their last few weeks before likely euthanasia. This is the reality of not fixing animals. The sadness and reality of living the last 3 months of your life in these small cages. Getting out if you’re lucky once a day in solitaire. Watching possible families pass your cage day after day to find a cuter dog, easier dog, more acceptable purebred. Just wanting that chance to show how good he/she can be once loved by the right people.
Until we can have our “ONE DAY” please adopt from rescues and shelters. Please have your pet fixed and either micro-chipped and/or tattoo. Just because a dog/cat is in a shelter doesn’t mean it […]