Compassionate Humans

Changing our approach to animal rescue can save both animals and humans

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Compassion can be painful.

The more compassionate you are, the more likely you are to be affected by compassion fatigue, also known as emotional exhaustion, vicarious trauma, secondary traumatic stress or secondary victimization.

This often misunderstood and trivialized affliction is also referred to as secondary-traumatic stress disorder (STSD) and is actually a form of post-traumatic stress disorder. It affects caretakers of all kinds but this article focuses on the animal rescue aspect.

While I don’t speak for every single person in animal rescue, I do know, from personal experience as well as accounts from many of my fellow rescuers and…


The ugly truth about racism and colorism and how this kind of thinking screws things up for all of us

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We’re all guilty of some degree of racism. Yes, all of us. Even people of color.

But if you look like me (severely melanin-deficient) you’ve never actually experienced racism. You might think you have, but you haven’t.

Why do we insist on dividing ourselves into “us versus them”?

We’re just different shades of humans. And that’s mainly due to how far away from the equator our respective ancestors made it. But we’re taught that paleness equals superiority. Even among the black community, this fallacy persists.

“Colorism — the prejudice based on skin tone, usually with a marked preference for lighter-skinned…


This Happened To Me

Two Experiences In The Same Family And What We Did

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You think you’re safe. You’re relatively young and overall healthy. This Covid-19 “hoax” is nothing to worry about.

Scare tactics.

Fear mongering.

The Government is trying to keep you secluded because — what exactly? They want the entire economy to collapse?

Maybe it’s no biggie, but maybe it is. Trouble is, you won’t know until it hits. And your experience will probably be wildly different from someone else’s.

I’m finally starting to approach normal again, after more than three months.

I was really angry about it because I had already started secluding myself in an effort to avoid the Novel…


…because I didn’t agree with the white supremacists

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The last couple of months have been interesting. Or, mindblowing actually.

Bear with me as I try to reason through this mindf**k.

“When someone shows you who they are, believe them the first time” ~ Maya Angelou

I’m aware of my white privilege. More so every day. I’m also learning how much more I have to learn. How much more there is to become aware of…

In light of recent events, one of my Facebook posts sparked some unexpected outrage. It was regarding the “pretend-patriots” proudly showing off their idiocy in Michigan. Their antics would never have been tolerated had…


Why are we still allowing predators and dimwits any kind of power?

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If you don’t reside in the US I’m very happy for you…

I’m an advocate of free speech. Or rather, I used to be.

I used to believe that things need to be allowed to be said — even by outright crazies. Because people, in general, used to have enough sense to see through it all and then either ignore it or take action against the perpetrators.

But we have now clearly ventured into the Twilight Zone. This has become absolutely absurd and dangerous.

America is collapsing. Faux News propaganda is closely followed by scores of formerly sane people who…


But COVID doesn’t care if you believe in it or not

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Covidiots are everywhere. And they seem to be multiplying! WTF!

I’m pissed! Yes, furious! Being high-risk I literally have not left the house since March. Neither has my son, and my fiance has been working from home for the past two months. He’s left for brief grocery runs only.

Because the average person can’t be trusted to behave responsibly.

If you listen to actual science and do your best to be mindful of others as you scurry out to pick up necessities you are mocked, verbally attacked, and even coughed on! By people without masks. “Nice”, caring, respectful, well-educated conspiracy…


Compassionate Humans

How a determined community came together and overwhelmingly proved the power of No-Kill

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An unprecedented campaign by one of Colorado’s regressive shelters during the pandemic proved how community engagement saves lives.

When the Humane Society of the Pikes Peak Region in Colorado reached out and asked the general public for help with fostering and adopting from the pool of abandoned pets due to the COVID-19 panic, the response surprised them, though not No Kill Advocates.

They emptied the shelter.

The compassionate community of Colorado Springs wanted to help all the healthy and treatable pets in their shelter system. …


Corona Think

What will we do about it?

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It has become clear in recent days that many of our leaders are struggling to actually lead. They also seem to lack the capacity for empathy.

The key quality for a politician appears to be a cold desire for enriching yourself at the expense of others. Concern for human welfare is often seen as a weakness.

This cold ability to look the other way is how many reached their position, after all.

We can choose to look at the Covid-19 pandemic with fear and sit paralyzed in our own individual bubbles, staring in utter horror at what’s unfolding before us…


Compassionate Humans

A Pet Owner’s Guide to Coronavirus

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Shelters and rescues have been seeing an influx of homeless pets because of COVID-19. We need to all do our part by not surrendering pets unless we have no other choice.

They are also having a harder time getting pets out. Fostering and adoptions are down.

We have to do everything we can to help animal welfare organizations address high volume emergencies.

According to the CDC:

“There is no reason to think that any animals including pets in the United States might be a source of infection with this new coronavirus. To date, CDC has not received any reports of…


Compassionate Humans

How the term lost its meaning

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This is a story that’s deeply painful for me to write. Because to me, it’s self-evident that homelessness shouldn’t merit a death sentence.

And yet, I find myself in a minority among people that I used to respect. Because efficiency and profit seem to take precedence over compassion these days.

The politics of animal sheltering has become a literal battleground with No Kill advocates on one side and the Pro-Kill Coalition on the other.

When people argue for and against euthanasia in the case of humans, the debate always boils down to how we can be certain that the person…

Ingela Canis

Recovering naïve believer in genuine goodness. Finder of humor in the absurd. Introverted optimist navigating reality with the help of coffee.

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