2014 March for the Animals

PicMonkey Collage2In a few weeks, George, the dogs, and I are walking in the 2014 March for Animals to help the animals at the SPCA of Tompkins County. (You can see how much the dogs loved it last year!) We hope you will help us change the lives of homeless animals by sponsoring us in the March.

The SPCA, the nation’s first no-kill shelter, provides adoption services, educational programming, and cruelty investigations. It was through the SPCA that we adopted our beloved Norman. With donations like yours, the SPCA is able to continue its lifesaving work. Your generosity allows the SPCA to:

  • Save dogs from high-kill shelters in other communities by bringing them to Ithaca for adoption
  • Provide medical care for dogs and cats that have been victims of animal cruelty and neglect
  • Perform spay and neuter surgeries for low-income community members
  • Conduct SPCA summer camps to teach youth about animal care and kindness to animals

This year, the Ellis-Nosis family wants to raise $500 $800 for the SPCA. We hope you can help us by donating any amount. You can donate online through Firstgiving. You can also send a check made out to the SPCA directly to me (email me for my address). Or if you are local, join us in the March, which will be at Cornell Plantations on October 4.

Thank you so much for helping us help the animals!

World Ranger Day

In areas where many endangered species live, wildlife rangers stand between the animals and poachers. Animal meat, bones, or tusks can command great sums on the black market, and poachers use cruel and deadly tactics against both the animals and the rangers who care for them. Rangers can also be targeted in civil war and unrest. Sean Willmore of the International Ranger Federation told National Geographic that worldwide, two rangers are killed each week, but that number is likely a conservative estimate.

World Ranger Day In Memoriam

An article in National Geographic, “For Rangers on the Front Lines of Anti-Poaching Wars, Daily Trauma,” discusses in detail the challenges faced by rangers and the horrors endured by animals targeted by poachers. Interestingly, despite the danger, many feel called to be rangers and applicants far exceed positions.

I appreciate the work of the rangers, but they should not have to give their lives to protect these animals, and the lives of these animals should not be at risk. The international community must vigorously and relentlessly persecute black market traders while educating consumers about the risks to wildlife.

National Bird Day

Today is National Bird Day! Please think of the beauty of the sights and sounds of the almost 10,000 species of birds that enrich our lives and provide a vital role in the ecosystem. In the next century, almost 12% of these species face extinction risk. Visit Born Free to learn more about what you can do to help birds!

Here’s some information from the Humane Society of the United States about how to feed wild birds during the winter.