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Champion a Pet Issue

Joshua Neuman

Having a pet cause is like having a pet. It’s there for you every day of your life, anchoring your being, reminding you that there’s something outside you that needs you and demanding your service—lest it soil the carpet. Adopt a pet cause this year and anchor yourself not just to “doing good” in the abstract, but to “doing good” through the lens of that cause. You’ll find yourself with renewed focus and efficacy. Plus, you’ll finally have a sense of which section of the Times to read first.

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  • seabreezn

    Living in your own part of the world , you probly notice there are many people , animals , issues to involve yourself in & help out . If you choose . One problem in our area is people move and leave their pets, who quickly become feral to survive . Living in a very cold climate in the winter this is heartbreaking to see . So , we had a closed in space under the sun porch - we doubled heavy construction grade plastic & stapled it in three sections to stop the winds as much as possible plus snow drift . Then we made various beds in boxes with straw and blankets ( donated by neighbors in our case ) so they could snuggle in deeply to keep their body warmth from evaporating in to the bitter air ..At first we had a few cats and I trained them to know my whistle meant chow time ! Over the years we have been able to eventually pat some of the animals and have them spade , shots and get a new home via a shelter who was happy to do it . Once established this doesn't take alotta time , just consistency & saves the innocenct . Meanwhile during the course of everyday , while out & about when we see people who need help , we simply help ( be it groceries onto the conveyor belt/in the car etc ) share our spirit while in the moment of the day which usually produces smiles & connection...One thing that gets in the way of being instinctively connected in the moment so your aware of what's going on around you is multi-tasking ..being part of a community is well worth putting the cell in my rear pocket . This isn't entirelly selfless or Saint making - You do get what you give in life = karma , juju whatever you want to call the flow of the universe ...& no matter where you live- N.Y.C. / bakersfield CA./N.H./Florida /Detroit...people/animals have emotional radar & most know when your just being an earnest person . Follow your gut & a better world unfolds before you bit by bit..Happy Trails !

  • thesearles

    For me, children are the most important animals. Abandoned, orphaned, abused, at-risk children--especially those who are institutionalized in Romania--are my "pet project." They need so much, and ask so little. How to choose? Think small. Commit. Do. I'm connected through NOROC, Inc.

  • landers

    I'm finding this a difficult one to get into. There are so many different issues that I feel strongly about, I am not sure how to determine which one I should commit more fully to without feeling like I am ignoring something valuable.

    • seabreezn

      Walk throughout your day and be aware of who or what needs a smile , assitance etc and you'll be doing the whole world a big favor bit by bit - I find the key is to just get off your tush , stop pondering what to do and get out there into your community with your good intentions at the forefront..this is a path to a connected life in your community as well as a way to free your spirit ...Good Luck & Happy Trails !

  • Annalee Shelton

    Great reminder! I champion the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust in Kenya, an incredible place where baby elephants orphans can grow and go back to the wild. They need a helicopter to stop the poaching, help me and Kristen Davis here: http://www.crowdrise.com/nopoaching

  • Sara Henderson

    My pet cause is also literally for pets. Last year I started a company called BOGO Bowl - when people buy our high-quality, all natural dog food we give a matching bag of the exact same food to an organization of the buyer's choice in their own community so the impact is local. So far we've given away over 90,000 bowls of food!

  • aapremlall

    Mine is The QueensWay :) We're on our way to making the Queens High Line!

  • Bernard M Lynch Jr

    If I'm any more militant about gay kids being hazed in my former high school or being hazed at all, I'll be arrested for sure! How do you spell "bully?" C-O-W-A-R-D.

  • Tracey Middleton

    I do have a pet cause - and it's pets. Or more specifically, the 3.5 million homeless pets currently being killed every year. I used to help out at a shelter where it was always a mad scramble up against the clock to find a home for a dog before it was put down. I've also worked an agency fundraising for non-profits, but despite the really great work they did, the money raised never seemed to be enough. Now I'm the Animal One at TheBigIdea.org. We're part movement, part brand. As a movement, we're coming together to use the power of our spending to generate vast amounts of money for experts tackling some of the biggest problems we face today on a scale not possible before. The problem I have in having a pet cause is that my day starts with what I call 'coffee and a cry' as I look through photos of pets on death row being circulated to try and save them before it's too late. But having a pet cause gives me loads of oomph and kicks me up the butt when I'm flagging. I totally agree that it gives you a focus. I used to focus on one dog or cat at a time. Now, I'm not going to stop until there are no more homeless pets.