I don’t think that it could be said any better than this…..
Month: September 2015
The neglect changes you.
The abuse hardens you.
The suffering breaks you.
The ignorance angers you.
The indifference disturbs you.
The injustice destroys you.
On a daily basis…your faith will be tested.
Your heart will be wounded….
Your soul will be altered.
On a weekly basis…you’ll question yourself.
You’ll question your strength.
You’ll question the world.
On a monthly basis…you’ll fall down.
You’ll get up.
You’ll go on…
On a yearly basis…you’ll look back…
You’ll see faces…
You couldn’t save them.
You’ll learn to mourn.
You’ll learn to trust a little less.
To do a little more.
To fight a little harder.
You’ll learn to try.
You’ll learn to fail.
You’ll learn when to hold on.
When to give up.
When to let go.
You’ll learn who you are.
What you stand for.
Why that matters.
Then… at times… you’ll forget why you matter.
You’ll question what you’re doing.
You’ll wonder if it’s worth it.
But…here’s the good news… When you forget…
When you question…
When you wonder…
All you have to do…
Is take a look around…
And you’ll see them.
You’ll see their faces.
You’ll see their smiles.
You’ll feel their love.
In their eyes, you’ll see their journeys…
You’ll remember their beginnings…
You’ll know how far they’ve come…
You’ll remember when they didn’t know you…
When they didn’t trust you…
When they’d given up.
You’ll remember how you healed them…
How you loved them…
How they loved you, too.
And as you look back…
You’ll want to move forward…
For them… and because of them.
In your darkest hours, you’ll look around…
To find the differences made…the hope given…and the lives saved…
Because you existed.
In those moments, when you look into their eyes…every doubt will be erased.
Every question will be answered.
Every worry will subside.
Because in that instant…in each of your hearts…
You both share the very same thought: “Every bit of pain was worth it…for this moment here with you.”
And honestly…no matter what else happens…
Those moments hold all the strength you need…
To keep going.
Rescue is pain.
Rescue is joy.
Rescue is worth it…because they are worth it.
And that’s the honest truth.
~ Ashley Owen Hill
I thought it would be a good idea to share some information about animal shelters and what happens to the animals that pass through their doors. The following was taken directly from the ASPCA website.
*The following data are ASPCA estimates unless otherwise indicated.*
How many pets are in the United States? How many animals are in shelters?
Facts about U.S. Animal Shelters:
There are about 13,600 community animal shelters nationwide that are independent; there is no national organization monitoring these shelters. The terms “humane society” and “SPCA” are generic; shelters using those names are not part of the ASPCA or the Humane Society of the United States. Currently, no government institution or animal organization is responsible for tabulating national statistics for the animal protection movement. These are national estimates; the figures may vary from state to state.
- Approximately 7.6 million companion animals enter animal shelters nationwide every year. Of those, approximately 3.9 million are dogs and 3.4 million are cats.
- Each year, approximately 2.7 million animals are euthanized (1.2 million dogs and 1.4 million cats).
- Approximately 2.7 million shelter animals are adopted each year (1.4 million dogs and 1.3 million cats).
- About 649,000 animals who enter shelters as strays are returned to their owners. Of those, 542,000 are dogs and only 100,000 are cats.
- Of the dogs entering shelters, approximately 35% are adopted, 31% are euthanized and 26% of dogs who came in as strays are returned to their owner.
- Of the cats entering shelters, approximately 37% are adopted, 41% are euthanized, and less than 5% of cats who came in as strays are returned to their owners.
- About twice as many animals enter shelters as strays compared to the number that are relinquished by their owners.
Facts about Pet Ownership in the U.S.:
- It’s estimated that 70-80 million dogs and 74-96 million cats are owned in the United States. Approximately 37-47% of all households in the United States have a dog, and 30-37% have a cat. (Source: APPA)
- According to the American Veterinary Medical Association, approximately 40% of pet owners learned about their pet through word of mouth.
- The majority of pets are obtained from acquaintances and family members. 28% of dogs are purchased from breeders, and 29% of cats and dogs are adopted from shelters and rescues.
- More than 35% of cats are acquired as strays. (Source: APPA)
- According to the American Humane Association, the most common reasons why people relinquish or give away their dogs is because their place of residence does not allow pets (29%), not enough time, divorce/death and behavior issues (10% each). The most common reasons for cats are that they were not allowed in the residence (21%) and allergies (11%).
Facts about Pet Overpopulation in the U.S.:
- It is impossible to determine how many stray dogs and cats live in the United States; estimates for cats alone range up to 70 million.
- The average number of litters a fertile cat produces is one to two a year; the average number of kittens is four to six per litter.
- The average number of litters a fertile dog produces is one a year; the average number of puppies is four to six.
- Owned cats and dogs generally live longer, healthier lives than strays.
- Many strays are lost pets who were not kept properly indoors or provided with identification.
- Only 10%of the animals received by shelters have been spayed or neutered, while 83% of pet dogs and 91% of pet cats are spayed or neutered.
- The cost of spaying or neutering a pet is less than the cost of raising puppies or kittens for a year.
I have been asked what types of support we need. The simple answer is EVERY type of support….. Financial, moral, logistical, etc. I am kidding, sort of.
Public Benefit Flying is expensive so a monetary donation is always welcome and we have even set up a couple of ways to contribute.
- Crowdrise is one place that we are running a fundraising campaign and can be found at the link below.
- The other and more traditional way is a one time or recurring payment through PayPal.
- Aircraft donations – As much as we would love to have a plane donated to our cause, we would be just as happy to have a plane loaned, leased or rented at a reduced rate. We aren’t picky!
- Items for use or resale like old blankets, animal crates, baby clothes, books, etc. These items would either be used during movement of the animals or as fundraising materials to support the charity in its entirety.
- By shopping at you favorite store online you can save money with exclusive coupons and the store will contribute a portion of your purchase to Angel’s Wings. You pay nothing extra and do not need to make a donation on top of the price of the goodies you buy online. By using iGive you can also raise money by searching the web. Each search will earn a penny for our charity.
Download the free ResQwalk app and start walking for animal welfare organizations today!
Of course we would like you to choose Angels Wings Transport to walk for but…. No pressure!
- We are in need of a Web Developer, Animal Foster Families, Pilots, Ground Crew, Fundraisers, Social Media Coordinator, App Developer and pretty much every other position that you could think of. We are 100% volunteer and we need your help.
We are in need of volunteer pilots in Northern California and Central Oregon!
It is our plan to make routine flights between Seattle and the Los Angeles area in the near future but until that can happen, we need your help. In the past two weeks alone we have had 5 dogs that we were unable to move because there weren’t any pilots that could bridge the gap between Sacramento and anywhere in Oregon.
If you are a pilot that would like to help and possibly receive a tax benefit for helping a 501(c)3 non-profit, get in touch with us and your information will be entered in our database for future missions.
The one question remaining would be…… Who can be a mission pilot?
While we are currently focusing on the animal transportation, we also assist with patients,Soldiers and blood products so we do have varying standards of training and certification.
Animal Transport – Student Pilot Certificate or Higher
Patients / Soldiers – 250 Hours of PIC and Instrument Rating or Commercial Pilot Certificate
Blood Products / Organs – 250 Hours Total Time
We currently have three different airplanes at our disposal and while they are far from being the biggest or fastest airplanes but they get the job done.
All of these are simple and inexpensive airplanes to fly but they lack room and speed. These planes will easily carry 5 – 10 animals in crates if they are all small but larger breeds requiring crates can reduce the capacity to 1 or 2 animals at a time. Medical patients are limited to one patient per flight and we may need to turn down a request if the patient needs an escort or special equipment. The denial of service is related to the space and weight carrying limitations of each airplane.
All of the planes that we currently use are rentals but we have plans to purchase a larger aircraft in the future to better meet our needs. Maybe, if we are very fortunate, we will receive a twin or large single engine as a donation.