Google+

Take a Moment To Celebrate Your Love For Animals

Historic town of Assisi

View of Assisi from the road photo by pandionhiatus3

[Read more…]

International March for Elephants

ONE every 15 Minutes

iworry banner for Facebook

One elephant is killed every 15 minutes.

Today is the International March for Elephants that is organized by The David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust through their iworry campaign.  The peaceful marches will take place in 15 cities around the world representing the single largest demonstration of awareness for elephants.  The ivory trade is an international crisis that must be acknowledged by governments world wide if we are to see any changes and hope for the elephant.  At this rate of killing, African Elephants could become extinct in the wild by 2025.

[Read more…]

Following the Footsteps of Francis- Happy World Animal Day

st. francis and gracey

“If you have men who will exclude any of God’s creatures from the shelter of compassion and pity, you will have men who will deal likewise with their fellow men”

– Francis of Assisi

Happy World Animal Day!

Today we celebrate the Feast of St. Francis of Assisi, the patron saint of animals.  It is also appropriately and perhaps because of St. Francis that we celebrate World Animal Day.

This day, in many ways, is like every other day for most of us, meaning that we love and care for animals every day.  But today, let’s try to do one extra thing to help out an animal in need.

Maybe you could say a little prayer, or drop off a bag of food or a toy at a shelter, write a letter in protest of the mistreatment of animals, or help spread the word about one of our cousins in need.  Maybe you just scoop up your little loved one and take a little extra time today to express your love and appreciation for your friendship.

And maybe you can do the same to your fellow humans today too.   Just be a little bit more patient, kind and understanding.

I know I want to be more like Francis.

So today and every other day, I will continue to try.

“Start by doing what is necessary, then do what’s possible, and suddenly you are doing the impossible”

-Francis of Assisi

Small Paws Unite for St. Francis Animal Rescue Center

“If you have men who will exclude any of God’s creatures from the shelter of compassion and pity, you will have men who will deal likewise with their fellow men”

Francis of Assisi

This quote is one of my favorites  by Francis of Assisi (Giovanni Francesco Bernardone, 1181-1226) who is known as the patron saint of animals and the environment. We have this icon hanging in our office to remind us to try and do our best for all of earth’s creatures both big and small.

The purpose of The St. Francis Animal Rescue Center is to rescue unwanted, abandoned and homeless cats in the York County and South Mecklenburg County areas and care for them until the cats can find  homes.  They are a no-kill, cage-free shelter that provides food, housing, veterinary care, immunizations and spaying or neutering for the animals in their care.  They strive to find good, loving permanent homes for the almost 100 cats that currently reside at the shelter. Additionally, they want to increase community awareness of the extent and gravity of the problem of homeless animals in the area.

It is hard to believe that a year has gone by since we all chipped in to help our cousins in need at St. Francis Animal Rescue Center. A lot has happened over the last few months and the good news is that Charlene has found a

St. Francis Animal Rescue Center [Read more…]

The Tiniest Tiger Asks You to Be The Change for Animals

Blog the Change

“If you have men who will exclude any of God’s creatures from the shelter of compassion and pity, you will have men who will deal likewise with their fellow men”

Francis of Assisi

Today is Be the Change for Animals day!  One day, once a quarter, Be the Change for Animals is asking bloggers to make a special post to talk about what they are passionate about and how they are trying to make a difference in the lives of animals.

Friends of The Tiniest Tiger know that we like to laugh, learn and share in our community. But we also unite our small paws to make a difference. We are approaching the one year anniversary of our The Tiniest Tiger Facebook page and our streak has grown to over 18,000!

Over the past year, The Tiniest Tiger’s Conservation Cub Club has  united their paws to help many of our cousins in need. Our Friend Anna Marie called out to her Friends at The Tiniest Tiger when her beloved Kaydee was suffering from complications after being neutered.  Kaydee’s medical expenses were mounting and Anna Marie was facing a decision about her baby based not on what could be done for him, but for what she could afford.   After exhausting her own resources  something told her to turn to The Tiniest Tiger for help.

Anna Marie’s heart felt plea launched our first united front to help save one of our cousins in need.  The outpouring of support was overwhelming  and Kaydee’s bill was paid in full. Sadly, Kaydee did not survive. He passed away in Anna Marie’s arms knowing that he was loved and his life mattered.   And mattered, indeed. 

Our motto Small Paws United to Make a Big Difference began with Anna Marie and Kaydee. Over the year TTT’s Conservation Cub Club has united to help out many of our Cat Cousins, both big and small.  After winning the Bissell MVP Pet Photo Contest, we were able to donate $10,000 to PurrEver Ranch Sanctuary. We supported, Meow for Mango, Nosetaps for Nancy, Big Cat Rescue and others.  In our 1st year we have been able to donate $17,000 to Cats in need, both big and small.

The quote at the beginning of this post is by Francis of Assisi (Giovanni Francesco Bernardone, 1181-1226)  known as the patron saint of animals and the environment. 

I have his icon hanging in my office to remind me to try to do my best  for all of earth’s creatures both big and small.

Friends of The Tiniest Tiger just this week posted that there was a no-kill shelter in North Carolina in desperate need to stay in operation.  We had just ended our Nosetaps for Nancy ChipIn and were considering waiting a while before posting our next shelter.

But when I saw the name of the North Carolina no kill shelter was  St. Francis Animal Rescue Center and that today was July 15 ” Blog the Change for Animals” day, I realized that there is no time like the present and there is no time to waste when trying to make a difference in the lives of our animals.

Thank you  Blog the Change for Animals and BlogPaws for all that you do.