I was reminded last night of a website that I wanted to share with all of you. A while ago, I happen to come across a website for bracelets made from recycled tires and metals.
It is a nice way to get something for yourself and donate to charities at the same time. There are bracelets for cancer, autism, diabetes, child abuse and many others. Each bracelet is only $10 and half of it goes to the designated charity for that cause.
While reading through the website, I saw the following list of companion rights. These are so basic that I cannot believe that there are people who do not think this way. I copied and pasted this list from the Imtiredonline.com website.
Before you decide to go to the shelter and pick out that new puppy or kitten, the local reptile store for a new turtle, lizard, or snake, or even take your neighbors rabbit or bird; keep in mind that animals have rights too…
1. A right to family: Every animal requires a different style of family. Puppies desire to be part of “a pack”, cats are more independent but, should have a family atmosphere in which they are loved and respected. Rabbits, guinea pigs, hamsters, birds, and reptiles have the right to their own family dynamics as well.
2. A right to health care: In order to be a thriving addition to your family, all animals must have regular exams, be properly vaccinated, and be free from fleas, ticks, lice, mites, and worms. If health issues arise, your pet deserves to be cared for in every respect.
3. A right to a good diet: The basic necessities for domesticated animals is similar to those of humans. Shelter and food are two of the highest needs. It is important that new pet parents are aware of their pet’s diet needs before they adopt.
4. A right to proper training: All animals need help in knowing what is required of them. Training, for some, is the only way in which they can obtain that knowledge.
5. A right to guidance and correction: When implementing training tactics and correcting that which is done wrongly, all animals have the right to be handled with love and compassion rather than with abusive words and actions.
6. A right to regular exercise: All animals deserve the right to walks, runs, hikes, and days out at parks and beaches, etc. Without proper exercise, some pets can become bored, obese, or hyper.
7. A right to stimulation: In order for pets to live happy and fulfilled lives, all need toys and games and time in play with their human family members. New sights and smells provide strong avenues for growth in the heart and mind of all pets.
8. A right to fun: With stimulation and exercise comes fun times for pets. All have the right to experience new and exciting things.
9. A right not to be rejected: Pets make mistakes just like humans do and when one is made, no animal should ever be rejected because they do not meet up to our expectations.
10. A right to live with dignity and to die with dignity when the time comes: The hardest thing for a pet parent to do is say goodbye to their pets when the time comes but, all animals have the right to leave this earth with dignity and with the same love they entered into our homes with.
The point here is that it is important to respect animal life and know what is expected of you before adopting. It is different for every type of creature you’re interested in adding to your family. Though these rights are not laws, the thought is, maybe they should be.I know that I'm preaching to the choir. If we all do what we can, where we can, the world will be a better place for all animals (including humans).
P.S. Brice and Princess Eva will be back on tomorrow's post with their adventure from today.