Posted by: secondchancehumanesociety | June 1, 2010

Young Author Animal Advocates

Jakoby Reads the Ridgway Sun

Recently the Ridgway Sun printed essays, written by Ms. Justine Wilson’s fifth grade students at the Ridgway Elementary School, on their beliefs.  The well written and moving essays, entitled “This I Believe”, were thoughts of the individual students and not altered by Ms. Wilson or other parties.  I was impressed by the range of belief systems that came forth on topics such as friendship, good sportsmanship, ghosts, and religion.

I did, however, note a particular theme that was written about significantly more than others, in fact almost half of the students wrote about their belief in kindness toward and/or protection of animals.  Reading these essays were paws down the best thing I have read since taking up shelter here at Second Chance Humane Society.

Brooke Krehbiel wrote about her belief in animal rights and shared stories of her adopted cat whose past mistreatment continues to impact the life of the cat and Brooke’s family to this day.  Emma Copp wrote a dramatic piece promoting the role of humanity in ending the suffering and euthanasia of animals.  She also mentioned the responsibility that people have in training pets positively in order to prevent behavior problems that result from harsh training techniques.  She even spoke out against cock fighting and dog fighting rings while promoting the human-animal bond, which happens to be an important aspect of Second Chance Humane Society’s mission.

Elizabeth Ragle wrote about her big-hearted Uncle who saved bunnies from being killed and taught her “the beauty in caring for animals and nature”.  Riley Dickerson writes of how the simple act of helping a lost dog find its way home can make positive change in the world.  Adam Reynolds wrote of occurrences of people being mean as well as nice to animals and his belief that seeing others being nice to animals is what makes him feel happy.

Emma Gould wrote about how hard it was for her to see abused animals on television or pictures of sad homeless pets at shelters and thus led her to the belief that “we should save animals from being hit, kicked, and starved to death”.

These essays give me great hope for the future and comfort in knowing that the next generation of youth is more aware and concerned about animals like me who are in need of human kindness.  I am fortunate that I found my way to the Second Chance Shelter and I feel that with the Emma’s, Brooke’s, and Riley’s in the world many more animals will also be helped along their way as well. 

I am hoping that one of the authors mentioned above is reading this Pet Column.  I further hope that you will next contact the director of Second Chance (her contact info is below) and come in to the Shelter to meet all the animals who you have inadvertently helped.  I also would like one (or more) of you to write more on your thoughts about animals for a future Pet Column, for you are powerful writers with very important things to say. 

To all the authors above, thank you for speaking out for us, you are our voices and I hope that you continue to be heard as you promote our rights, needs, and all that we contribute to humanity.  Lovingly, Jakoby (the newspaper reading, adorable, loveable, orange striped cat seeking my forever home…) 

Call the Second Chance Helpline at 626-2273 to report a lost pet, learn about adopting a homeless pet, or about the SCHS Spay/Neuter Financial Assistance, Volunteer & Foster Care, or other Programs.  Visit our shelter pets online:  Direct Pet Column questions to:  kelly@secondchancehumanesociety.orgPhoto by Real Life Photographs.


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