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October 14, 2021 2 min read

Knowing I Can Help Animals Brings Me Joy

Even when it's tough, gross, or exhausting

Photo by Joe Caione on Unsplash

I used to sing to the birds in my front yard when I was little. I'm sure I've written about this before, but I can't remember that article. I wanted to be their friend.

I would see stray animals and wanted to give them a home. The one time my family found a tiny ginger kitten in bushland near home, my mum reluctantly let us take it home in the car.

I held it on the ride home and noticed it had bugs — fleas probably, I was young-in its fur. Then it scratched me a bit. And then it shat on me.

I was smiling the whole way home and had no regrets.

I spent so many years in the police seeing animal neglect and abuse, and I always wanted to do something. Desperately.

When I started my social enterprise small business, Paws for Giving, I knew I had found a way to really help animals.

Not only that but helping the humans like me who cared so much for animals that they would sacrifice huge parts of their lives to rescue them.

Through donating 50% profits to those rescues and by providing help where I could. Small rescues often have no one to do graphic design, web development, and other tech-focused things. Things I could help them with.

I've made best friends through Paws for Giving — from the rescuers to reconnecting with old friends with whom I had either never been that close, or we drifted apart, to even befriending customers over our love of animals being good humans to each other.

I have so much joy in my heart for Paws for Giving and the community around it that I can't help but smile to myself when I think of it.

Thank you for providing this to me, Dancing Elephant, a place to reflect on positive things in my life and what brings us joy. I am so lucky in so many ways, but often it's easier to write about the negative things happening.

This is a wonderful reset, and I recommend to anyone else to try this as an exercise.

Ask yourself, what brings you joy? Tag me so I can see what you write.

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