Thursday, April 7, 2011

Did you know...

...that you really can make a difference, even in the face of so much bad news? It's true.

There was another earthquake and tsunami warning in Japan today. And school children were shot and killed in Brazil. And a starved and tortured pit bull named Patrick is recovering after being tossed down a trash chute in a New Jersey apartment building. Millions of people are still out of work.

It's hard news. It makes you wonder what you can do--if what you are doing today is the most important work you can do in this world. It makes some of us feel helpless. As we gear up for our Woofstock event, and I read the news of the day, I wondered how important it really was to reserve the walkie-talkies, decide on what beer to have, and make sure our face painters know how to turn a little kid into a cat or a dog.

But maybe the best we can do is to take care of those around us, in our immediate families and community. Maybe a great way to honor all of those who suffer around the world is to help one of our neighbors. Richmond Animal League has had the support of this community since the beginning--in 1979. Because of that support, we've been able to take care of more than 800 helpless cats and dogs every year by getting them healthy and finding them permanent, loving homes.

At Woofstock, we'll be celebrating that support and continuing our mission of SAVING LIVES: providing hope, help and homes to animals in need. And that's the most important thing I can be doing today, right here, right now. In my own community.

We hope you will join us in doing what you can. A fundraising walk kicks off Woofstock. You can register here and join us on Saturday, April 16th. And make the world a better place.

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