Tonight I am writing about the plight of cats that are left abandoned. Here in Rappahannock County Virginia where I live, we have had several abandoned pet cats show up. This is a rural area with few houses within the immediate proximity. We are largely surrounded with forests. One of my cats, Shadow showed up in the summer of 2011. I heard what sounded like a baby crying at the front door of my cottage. It turned out to be a starving, emotionally hysterical cat that I named Shadow. Shadow immediately became a cherished member of my cat family. Then in the fall of 2016, another abandoned pet cat was hiding under our porches. He snuck out in the middle of the night and went through our trash scavening for food. He finally started showing himself and peered into the house longing for a home. I humane trapped him and got him his shots and took care of him. He now lives with my sister and her crew of rescue cats. Then in the spring of 2018 – a cat with a black and white tuxedo markings began living under one of our sheds. He ran to my car begging for help. Everytime I pull in the driveway he would come running to my car and want to jump in. I named him Snow Ball and he is now my foster cat.Then our neighbor had a family acquaintance drop her cat off at his house – she claimeed that she was going on vacation and was coming back. Her cat ended up running onto our property and hid for ten days. The woman never came back from her supposed vacation to get her cat. The cat is a super friendly, young male cat. One evening when I pulled up from work – he came out to greet me. He is now my second foster cat! He appreciates all the food and caring that I give him. My message is that cats are not meant to be fending out in the wild alone and un-fed. Cats are not “throw away” animals! I hope when people see a stray cat show up in their neighborhood that they don’t just ignore the cat and that they take compassionate steps to assure the cat has food and care taking.
Thanks to my friend Laura Fiori who was my Heart Math teacher in Charlottesville for helping me with my first video.
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Cynthia Fain talks about her new book Mystical Animals of Ancient Oak
I am rescheduling my class that I was going to have on Saturday Sept. 22nd at the Sugar Loaf Unitarian Church in Germantown, MD. I will be posing details about the new date soon. Thanks to SUUC for all their help in offering to provide a venue.
Tonight as we watch Hurricane Florence threaten the Carolina’s let’s not forget about all the farm animals that will be left behind to drown. One of the tragedies of agri-business is the practice of viewing farm animals as economic commodities. The farm animals left behind often drown due to hurricanes. We always see the photographs of the many farm animals left bloated and dead.
I hope people got all of their companion animals out of the path of the hurricane. No one should leave behind any animals with this serious storm coming.
This evening I read on line that Fairfax County Virginia is starting a bow hunting season on deer. As anyone who has read my blog or Face Book posts knows, I am totally against these managed hunts of deer. Bow hunting is profoundly cruel and often results in prolonged suffering as deer don’t usually die quickly and they bleed to death. The counties around Virginia and Maryland have severely over developed the land and have left no continuous habitat for deer and other wildli…
I have been writing about the battle Animal’s Australia has been waging to stop the barbaric live animal transport industry. The news today is that their hard work has paid off. Here is a quote from their email blast – “Emanuel Exports has had their licence permanently cancelled by the regulator. One of the world’s largest exporters of animals will no longer be able to operate. ”
This type of investigative work is hard work, costs money and takes a lot of courage. I hope we can stop these type of inhumane, exploitative industries all around the world.
If anyone knows people who would like to participate in my upcoming workshop – Opening the Heart Through
The Sacred Path of Animals & Nature” – A
“Mystical Animals of Ancient Oak” Workshop – please let me know. I can email you a copy of my flyer if you have places that you go to that have a public bulletin board. I live outside of Culpeper, VA so I have not been able to drive up to MD and do many flyers. I still hope to move back to MD soon.
I wrote the post about the deer getting hit by the car because one of my major goals as a book author is to promote compassionate awareness of the needs of wildlife. We have built highways, shopping centers, homes etc. over their habitat and then we think nothing of seeing their dead and injured bodies all over the roads. I intend to start a major movement about driving with awareness of all life (including human of course). For far to long we have taken the deaths of animals on our roads for granted. I like to think of all the animals who tried to cross our roads in vain as just as important as we are. They are on their life’s mission.
Today I over heard a man telling someone that he had hit a deer while driving. He never mentioned what happened to the deer or if he even cared. As humans, we have become to immune and apathetic to the suffering and deaths caused to animals by our cars. When I lived in Charlottesville, VA I was driving on Garth Road and saw someone hit a buck crossing the road at night. The car hit and ran the deer as if life did not matter. I saw the deer struggle to get off the road – sli…
For decades I have humane trapped and rescued abandoned cats. One of my cats showed up in June 2011. I heard a terrible distress cry coming from outside my cottage and I found a starving and emotionally traumatized cat. He had clearly been someone’s pet that was abandoned. He is now a part of my family and shows his appreciation to me every day. Tonight I have a kitten in one of the cottages here that wandered from a neighboring property. He is not neutered. He is very friend…
Tonight I just read a FB post from Mercy for Animals. One of the companies involved in Live Animal Transport has had it’s license suspended by the Australian Government. This is due to the hard work of animal protection organizations that exposed the hidden horrors that have gone on for decades on these ships. I hope this investigation ends this miserable industry and that anyone responsible for the cruelty is prosecuted.
Tonight I am following up on the post that I wrote about the horrors of live animal export. I just viewed a video of sheep baking to death aboard a live animal transport ship. One of them has a black tongue. This all gets to the issue of making animals economic commodities which has been a massive disaster. I encourage everyone to get educated about this issue and to voice your opposition. These animals end up in countries where the slaughter process is just as inhumane as the transport across the boiling hot seas. Please voice your opposition to this. Groups such as Mercy for Animals and Animals Australia are working on exposing this horror.