Rainy Evening Didn’t Squelch Vigil

Sunday, April 19 at 7:00 p.m. volunteers of Animal Education and Rescue gathered together inside Care Animal Hospital in recognition of Prevention of Animal Cruelty Month. In the warm lobby of the animal hospital people gathered around as Director, Sandy Kamen Wisniewski asked some of the youth club members to join her.

Giving each child a sign with a name on it she asked each child to hold the sign out. On the signs were written: Davey, Sydney, Great Dane, Kitten and Kitten. One by one Sandy told the sad tale of each animal’s neglect and their ultimate demise due to neglect and cruelty.

But wrapped around each tale was a thread of humanity as the director told of the doctor and staff at the animal hospital who lovingly caring for each animal and of the volunteers who gathered together holding the animals right before they passed away. Then Annette, an AEAR volunteer read out loud the poem The Rainbow Bridge. Part of it reads: all the animals who had been ill and old are restored to health and vigor. Those who were hurt or maimed are made whole and strong again.

Then Sandy talked about the investigators that volunteer for AEAR and how important they are and the lives they have saved. One of the animals was there that night. Nala, a pit bull terrier, was saved from neglect living outside in filth as a four-week-old puppy. She is now big, healthy, strong and happy and part of the Perez family, dedicated volunteers of AEAR.

Then everyone grabbed orange ribbons and went outside in the rain and tied the ribbons on the trees all around the animal hospital, symbolizing that we will not tolerate abuse and neglect of animals. We ended the evening lighting candles and sharing thoughts. It was a wonderful evening of a shared mission and healing.

Date: April 26, 2009

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