We Are One

Currently, we stand between the tragedy and devastation of Hurricane Harvey and the potential destruction and ruin of Hurricane Irma.  There is immense sadness, challenge and need; yet, as we have seen in Houston, it is a time that underscores and defines the human spirit – our persistence, our compassion and our unity.

We are one.

It is at times like this that we demonstrate the borderless nature of true community; not one based in geography, but rather in a fellowship of shared goals – to heal the hurt, to fix the broken, to rescue the lost and restore hope where there is none.

We are one.

Regardless of the size, scale or nature of the disasters, one ingredient is common to all effective and successful relief endeavors – togetherness.  Whereas selfishness and disrespect can amplify need and loss, unity and trust elevates and overcomes.

We are one.

The power in unity comes not from being identical in thought, form or action, but rather our ability to look past any differences and focus on our commonality.  Within animal welfare, a great strength comes from our diversity – it spawns innovation, challenges the conventional and develops solutions to previously unsolved problems.  Yet, an even greater strength comes in the starkness of our common goal – to save, care for, protect and celebrate our companions.

We are one.

Many animals are counting on us in the days and weeks ahead and through the continued challenges we face throughout animal welfare and they deserve our collective best.  We said earlier that it is at times like this that define the human spirit, may it also be a time to underscore the humane spirit – as one, for the animals.


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