Theologian and philosopher Albert Schweitzer said, “Compassion, in which all ethics must take root, can only attain its full breadth and depth if it embraces all living creatures and does not limit itself to mankind.”
The purpose of this challenge is to elaborate on a hypothetical scenario wherein I’ve inherited $5 million, with instructions that I must give it all away. I can choose any organizations I like to be the beneficiaries. Here is where I’d like the money would go (already, I feel enriched by the experience of writing this post!)
CANADIAN GUIDE DOGS FOR THE BLIND (www.guidedogs.ca) The ancient bond between human and dog is a deep and complex one that often merges the roles of companion, caregiver, protector, ambassador, friend, or family member into one four-legged friend. These roles are never so evident or in urgent need of fulfillment when it is the human who needs the services of a seeing eye dog. For 30 years, Canadian Guide Dogs for the Blind has been making this possible, graduating more than 600 working guide dog teams for the visually challenged.
DUCKS UNLIMITED CANADA (www.ducks.ca) I live in a place where I can still see a vast and colourful variety of free-flying resident and migratory birds–like Bald Eagles, Spotted Towhees, Least Sandpipers, Varied Thrushes, Red-Shafted Northern Flickers, Wood Ducks, Blue Herons, and Sandhill Cranes–in the proverbial backyard if not a handful of wildlife sanctuaries throughout the Lower Mainland. Nevertheless, the encroachment of cement and brick buildings means diminishing natural habitats for our feathered friends to live, nest, and raise their hatchlings in. I was keenly reminded of that fact upon my most recent visit to the George C. Reifel Sanctuary in Delta, BC.
LONG RUN THOROUGHBRED RETIREMENT SOCIETY (longrunretirement.com) What happens to racehorses when they’ve run their final race? For the successful ones, they’re often sent to stud farms for years; for those with less illustrious careers, their immediate fates can be far worse. Toronto, Ontario-based Long Run Thoroughbred Retirement Society, a Thoroughbred Aftercare Alliance-accredited aftercare facility, gives a dignified retirement to these hardworking, four-legged athletes by caring for them on foster farms and placing them in permanent homes.
NEW STRIDE THOROUGHBRED ADOPTION SOCIETY (newstride.com) Surrey, BC-based New Stride Thoroughbred Adoption Society, a Thoroughbred Aftercare Alliance-accredited aftercare facility, retrains retired thoroughbreds for a second career as pleasure mounts, and puts them up for adoption. Medical attention of these horses, and careful pre-screening of potential owners are performed prior to placement.
NORTHWESTERN CANADIAN GREYHOUND LEAGUE (www.ncgl.ca) Although greyhound racing in Canada does not command the same [commercialized] prominence and popularity as it does in the U.S. and other parts of the world like the U.K., Ireland, Mexico, Spain, and Australia, the reality is these sleek, beautiful, gentle and intelligent dogs–who can live up to 15 years–often have no home outside of the racetrack after their brief racing careers are over. Founded in Alberta in 1999, the Northwestern Canadian Greyhound League locates, boards, behaviourally tests, cleans, neuters, and gives medical attention to retired greyhounds before placing them in loving homes in Alberta and BC. Education of potential/future owners on the care of this athletic breed is also undertaken by the League.
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