The stories coming out of the Philippines are unimaginable. Rushing water and wind tearing children away from their parents’ arms. A death toll that may be over 10,000. A city of 200,000 in which no buildings appear to have survived intact.
Please note that the Philippine Red Cross site uses PhP (the Philippine Peso) and not USD. 1 USD = 43.19 PHP.
Please consider donating through NAFCON instead. Grassroots orgs in the US are working in solidarity with orgs in the Philippines to bring relief to those who need it most.
About a year ago, I was in the in the Philippines and I ended up helping with some typhoon relief projects and it wasn’t Red Cross or the other large organizations (or the Philippine government) that made it out to the most devastated areas, but the smaller, more grassroots organizations that brought relief and rebuilding to the areas.
NEW! Please help Dexter by reblogging him so we can collect donations toward his goal - if you are able to contribute, even better! :)
Dexter is a 6 year old puggle in the care of Southern Nevada Beagle Rescue Foundation after being surrendered by his owner. He has a hematoma in his ear which was likely caused by some sort of trauma. It has already been drained, but unfortunately it has filled up again and the vets say now it will need to be surgically removed. Rescue funds are running short lately with many medical cases coming in continuously. Please help SNBRF get Dexter taken care of so they can find him a forever home - thank you!
Three years ago, I decided I needed a canine best friend in my life. After getting my family on board and many days of searching, I came across ESMA’s Facebook page.
ESMA is the largest no kill shelter in Egypt. It was founded in 2007 after a horrific shooting spree of strays occurred. The shelter is currently housing over 1,000 dogs and cats. Most of these animals are in horrible condition and need long term treatment. According to ESMA member Chris, they often find abused and/or sick dogs dumped at the shelter gates.
When I went to the shelter in 2010 to adopt my dog Shiko, I was shocked by the amount of animals ESMA was taking care of. I was also saddened because all these animals were in dire need of help and I had never seen cases of cruelty with my own eyes. I felt better when I remembered they were now being taken care of.
I remember a German Shepherd who was awfully quiet. I later found out he was blind. I remember another dog, this time a normal looking stray (named baladi in Egypt), and judging by the look of his skin, he was seriously abused.
I’m sure we can all imagine how much it costs to take care of such cases. Now multiply that figure by 1,000+.
ESMA is a shelter that runs solely on donations. The founders do not make money out of this. The members do not receive salaries. They do it simply because they want to give animals the love, care, and shelter they need until they find them suitable, permanent, and loving homes.
**Some animals at ESMA have been there for a long time simply because the majority of the Egyptian population prefers to buy instead of adopt, which of course causes more problems for the shelter.
Now ESMA is closed due to lack of funds. The only cases they accept are those regarding animals in critical condition. Other than that, they have shut down.
This is why I am writing this post. ESMA is run by truly compassionate people in a country where animals do not matter. It’s because of them that I have Shiko who literally is the best thing to ever happen to me. It is also because of them that countless animals are no longer in danger and are healthy and safe waiting for homes or already have homes.
I am asking you to please consider making a donation to ESMA throughAnimal Diplomacy.
From their website:
Founded in 2008, the mission of Animal Diplomacy is to support the work of animal welfare and advocacy organizations in the developing world, and the Middle East in particular, through financial and capacity-building assistance. We also aim to raise international awareness of animal welfare issues in these countries.
No matter how much you send, whether it is five dollars or fifty, it all goes straight to ESMA, which means a better life for those 1,000 animals. And hopefully in the near future, means ESMA will once again be up and running to take in animals in need.
Please reblog this urgent post and share it on your personal profiles on Facebook, Twitter, or whatever other social media sites you use.
Freedom hill Sanctuary is a small, not for profit organization, dedicated to providing a loving home to neglected and unwanted farm animals. They reside in the Adelaide Hills of south Australia on 48 acres of land, but they currently have the opportunity to buy an extra 100 acres of land that just went for sale right next door to freedom hill. This will substantially help them rescue and save more animals, and they will be able to set up an education/visitor centre! Which has been one of their dreams from the beginning.
“The aim with the education centre would be to show you the world through the eyes of factory farmed and commercially produced animals. We would like everyone to see the conditions and lifestyles that the farm animal must endure, to hear their plight and then to spend time with each and every one of the rescued beings at the sanctuary. We would hope after a visit that everyone takes time in the future to reflect on what they have experienced in the hope that one day they will consider a life change to their diets.”
but to do this they need some help. They are a small non-profit animal sanctuary, so, they run soley off of the support and donations of people like you and me, they desperately need your help.
Freedom Hill Sanctuary is the first sanctuary of it’s type in South Australia, They do amazing work and the animals they save get all the loving care they could ever need. Going to Freedom Hill, is one of my favourite things. And if you live in South Australia they are having a fundraising picnic on the 29th of September (here is the facebook event) Please, come along.. meet the rescued animals, and please please donate.
They need your help now more than ever, It is kind of a time limit thing, because they don’t want someone else to buy the land before they can manage to raise the funds. If you have any spare money, please donate to them at www.freedomhill.com.au If you can’t afford to donate please share, Imagine what a little amount of money could do for so many animals.
Here is a photo of the land they wish to purchase, 100 acres to make freedom hill a total of 148 acres big :)
Thank you to anyone who is kind enough to donate, or even to share this post, the animals and I thank you so much.
Heartwarming moment abandoned dog learned to trust humans again as couple track down animal they spotted lying in the road on Google Street View
A dog was rescued from the streets of Los Angeles thanks to a woman who spotted the lost-looking canine while surfing Google Maps.
Jennifer Velasquez contacted the Los Angeles-based group Hope For Pawsand let them know where she had seen the dog. She was sitting in front of what looked like an abandoned building, which is right where Hope For Paws’ employee Eldad Hagar found her when he set out to find her.
A local business owner said that he had seen the dog there for as many as 10 years, according to Hagar, who posted a video of the rescue on YouTube.
The dog, which he named Sonya, was shy toward Hagar at first, hiding under a truck instead of greeting him - but she happily gobbled up the bits of cheeseburger he fed her.
After a while, she trotted out from underneath the truck and over to a parking lot, where he tried to gain her trust and get a leash on her.
Eventually, she allowed Hagar to pet her and before long, she was nuzzling up to his side and inviting the affection. Hagar then loaded her into his SUV and took her to a groomer, who shaved her mangled coat and gave her a bath.
She was then taken to a vet, as it was revealed she had several tumors and other health problems, including arthritis. She was given the medical treatment she needed and eventually taken in by a foster family.
Two weeks ago, a YouTube user commented on Hagar’s video with an update on her health.
The user said she was having some problems with bone spurs in her back and that a vet said it could lead to paralysis.
'She is too old for surgery and that type of surgery is iffy even on a young dog,' the user wrote. 'We have started her on new meds and have started acupuncture. She seems to be responding well to her first session.
'The vet said if she were still on the street she probably wouldn't be walking. Sonya is doing good and is happy as ever. Please send her good thoughts and we will take great care of her.'
adoptpets: I don’t know how that shop owner just did nothing for that poor dog for 10 years. It’s really amazing though how she was rescued by Jennifer looking on google street view & how Jennifer took action and didn’t just ignore the dog. There were some truly great people involved in her rescue. And that dog is just a sweet old gal. At least in her final years she finally found a loving home and the unconditional love she deserves. To donate to Hope for Paws click here:
!!!!! MAGGIE NEEDS IMMEDIATE MEDICAL ATTENTION!!!!
I adopted Maggie on May 1st 2013; she was in rough shape and had just barley survived having her front 12 incisor teeth taken out. When we adopted Maggie she weighed about 45lbs (she is now 70), had severe hair loss on her back, and had a vitamin b12 deficiency. We had to give her b12 injections every week in order to help her gain weight and become healthy once again. Of course her initial appearance worried me— What if she has a lot of medical issues down the road? I don’t have that kind of money…— but the SPCA assured me that her problems were simply because she was a stray.
Unfortunately, a few days ago I noticed that Maggie had broken her top left canine tooth. I immediately started researching broken teeth and calling multiple low cost veterinary clinics in hopes that it would be an easy fix… but unfortunately they will have to put her under anesthesia in order to do her dental. The entire process will cost about $375… It might not seem like much but I am a full-time student, I don’t have a job, and my parents do not approve of me having her. If Maggie doesn’t get the surgery ASAP there is a good chance that her tooth will get infected causing more problems and cost in the long run. Maggie is everything to me, I can’t imagine her being in this much pain. If you could spare a few dollars for this beautiful animal I would be ever so grateful.
please please please donate if you can to this baby, or signal boost if you can’t. she is my housemate and is absolutely the best girl. she likes cuddles, wrestling with her best friend billie, catching flies and howling at fire engines. the physical transformation she’s made in a few months is incredible; her diet is extremely healthy and well balanced, her skin and hair have completely healed. you can no longer see any of her ribs or vertebrae. she is also the happiest dog on the planet and is extremely caring and trusting for a rescue that was in the sort of shape she was in. she is a part of our family and she needs help.
Last week, Animal Place rescued 3,000 hens from an egg-laying farm in California. Another victory for this amazing organization! Remember the massive rescue of the Turlock hens? Animal Place does really wonderful work.
The farm, which will remain confidential, reached out to us after receiving a packet of information on our Rescue Ranch program…which asks egg farmers to relinquish custody of hens instead of sending them to slaughter. To date, this is the largest farm that has agreed to release birds to our sanctuary.
If you want to help Animal Place out, they could certainly use it. Donate here!
Thanks to reader Jenine for sending this my way. Really happy to hear about the Black Girls Code initiative.
In these many branches we call science, engineering and technology, pretty much everyone but white males is underrepresented (not true in all disciplines, but most). The reasons for this are many, hitting rungs on the ladder all the way from societal prejudices to wacky educational policies. The effects are clear though. From their IndieGogo page (emphasis mine, plus I edited it so the stats are a little clearer):
Over the next decade the U.S. economy will create 120,000 jobs that require computer science degrees, but American colleges will only produce 40,000 graduates with a bachelor’s degree in computer science, that means we only have about 30% of graduates to fill these type of jobs. And although women currently make up 57% of undergraduate degrees, women only make up 18% of computer science graduates. For women of color these numbers are significantly lower. Black women make up 3% of students graduating with a computer science degree, Latinas and Native Americans make less than 1%
I don’t need a computer to calculate that this is a little out of whack. I come from the world of biology, and in a building of 300 or so researchers, 3 were black, and one of those was a woman. I know from talking with the people who follow this blog that these numbers don’t represent interest or ability.
There are many projects like this, surely, but any way that we can help one meet its goal and try to make a difference is a win for all of them, and all of us.
Call for Presenters: Sistah Vegan Conference, September 14, 2013
We are having our first annual Sistah Vegan Conference this fall, on September 14, 2013. It will be an online interactive conference, through the service of Anymeeting.com. This means presenters can use webcams, audio, and PowerPoint which will be fully experienced by the audience. At the end of each talk, audience members will be able to engage in Q&A with the presenter. The entire conference talks will be video recorded and accessible after the event, to ensure that this valuable information will not be lost; it also ensures that those with internet access who could not attend will be able to access this information. We are specifically looking for critical perspectives on veganism, animal compassion work, and self-care from the epistemological standpoint/embodied experiences of women/womyn, transfolks, and girls of African descent. We seek presentations that address these topics * sizeism * ableism * lgbtq experience and challenges in heteronormative spaces * intersecting antiracism and animal compassion * how racist micro aggressions in predominantly white spaces affect our health, and why self care is a needed aspect of ‘social justice’ for Black women and girls * critical perspectives on Afrocentric or Afrikan holistic health movement * parenting as a black vegan Topics need not be limited to these above, however, the above are more of a priority, due to their near invisibility in most vegan and animal compassion spaces. This is open to all women and girls of African descent regardless of ‘formal’ education background or writing/artistic style. We encourage academic and non academic presentations. Should your presentation be accepted, we invite you to submit it to be part of the first Sistah Vegan journal issue, which I hope will come out in January 2014. Please send proposals by July 10, 2013 which should include your name, institutional affiliation (if you have none, that is fine too), presentation title and 150 word abstract. Talks should be about 20 minutes long, with 15 minutes for Q and A. Email to breezeharper at gmail dot com. Possible keynote speakers have already been sent invitations. Once their participation is confirmed, I will post their presentation titles. As part of the GoFund me campaign to raise money for the Sistah Vegan Project , I ask that those who can help us, donate to see this conference happen. I will be offering honorariums for keynote speakers and hope to offer scholarships for those who cannot pay registration fees. Why registration fees? Though it is online, I need to pay for the internet conferencing service and a plan that can host one hundred or more people. All are welcomed to register and attend as audience members. Also, let me know if you would like to transcribe the live talks for hearing impaired people. I am hoping there are closed caption options for Anymeeting.com. If not, I will search other services. If you are familiar with such a service, please post this info. Please contribute what you can by clicking on the GOFUNDME Link below. If you do not want to use this method, but prefer paypal, click on the link on the right upper corner of this blog page to donate via PAYPAL.
Masha is a bear that is chained up every day so hunting dogs can attack her to toughen them up.
“Once the dogs are finished attacking Masha for the day, the exhausted bear is returned to a tiny wire cage, just two feet by three feet. She is given little food and water, to ensure that she is weakened for the next days assault.”
Four Paws are trying to rescue her and will file a lawsuit against the owners (so they cannot just buy another one once she is rescued), but they need donations. You can read more about Masha and Four Paws here
A week ago, I found this kitten dragging himself out of the street after having been hit by a car. Today, I went to visit him at the vet’s office and he’s doing so much better! His back legs are still weak after having some spinal damage but with rehabilitation he should be able to be an active little buddy. He’s incredibly sweet, playful, and loving. The vet has generously offered to take him on as a project and find him a good home once he’s back up to full steam. She’s calling him CC (Carcrash). If you can spare some money to send her way, hit me up. This little friend will receive excellent care either way, but I want to show this vet some love for doing the right thing and honoring his life.
My favourite place in the world Freedom Hill Sanctuary need to raise money quickly to build some stables for the horses to keep warm over winter, they have under 20 days to raise the money. If you donate here they are offering shirts as a reward for donating, and have just added mens sizes. If you can’t afford to donate that’s fine, please share this link and reblog this post if you can.
Freedom hill is South Australias first and only farm sanctuary, they are run soley from donations and need as much help as they can get!
I have Pancreatitis, I was hospitalized and can’t afford to get medical attention, now I’m starting to show early signs of liver failure.
this is a really hard post to write.
so my friend ana is really sick and there are signs that it could get worse. she needs to raise money for her medical bills so she can get more help. the prizes offered are all really great. her and her brother and matt all make really awesome art, and the zine package will have my second zine in it also. probably a bunch of better zines too. anyway.
ana and i met five years ago doing tables at fucking warped tour (beginning a solid trend of me meeting cool friends in terrible ways) and she convinced me she had a ridiculous phone number that contained both 420 and 666. we danced to tacky-ass warped tour bands and she didn’t believe me that i was half-Black so i called my dad and had him verify. it was silly and weird and one of those days that could have been so forgettable under most circumstances.
we became penpals/emailpals for a super long time and the same atmosphere existed there as it did at warped tour. we’d talk about lord of the rings and racism and all the while it took months for her to tell me how to spell her first name. our emails would be titled things like “my record player needs a break from me” and “red tea makes babies puke”. it was an odd friendship but a good one.
our paths didn’t cross again until september 2011. i remember being so nervous because it seemed so improbable that we’d be able to cover all the ground in real life that we had in email but we did and it was so fucking awesome. she also (i don’t know if she knows this) really helped me in dealing with mitch’s death. she offered me a perspective on how to approach death/life that i hadn’t been able to consider at that point at all because i was caught up in my grief.
our communication had been sparse for a while but it never changed how i felt. she said it best in an email in november: “this may seem silly, but you are the kind of friend who pops up into my head every once in a while and every time that happens I say to myself that I should write to you but reality catches up to me and I get caught up with being busy and I don’t. So here it is, so saying fuck it to being busy and caring more about friendships… [ed: some other shit about life etc] Anyway, I hope you are ok, actually more than ok I hope life is amazing for you. I look forward to hearing from you, I’ve always have and I’ll always will”.
ana is an awesome person, a great friend, and i don’t like the thought of her dying because our country has a fucked-up medical system. i don’t like the thought of her dying period . anything you could donate to help her out would be appreciated, and if you can’t donate maybe just reblog. thanks a bunch.
♥ Philip Pullman's His Dark Materials;
♥ Margaret Atwood (especially the Mad Adam series & The Handmaid's Tale);
♥ The Hunger Games;
♥ The X-Files;
♥ (Mostly) everything Joss Whedon; and
♥ Unicorns, narwhals, time travel & zombies (not necessarily in that order).
Also, I'd rather pretend that season 6 of Lost never happened, and that Alias ended with the 2003 Superbowl episode.