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Patrick Donovan

Brooklyn, NY, USA
married, 1 child
Speaks: English
Joined Feb 27, 2011

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For the record, Care2 wiped out my Billboard for no reason I know of for the 5th (yes, 5 times already).  I will try again over time.  But some posts were one offs for which I am really ticked at C2 for wiping them out.

"Both tears and sweat are salty, but they render a different result. Tears will get you sympathy; sweat will get you change."
    Jesse Jackson

“Until one has loved an animal, a part of one’s soul remains unawakened.”  – Anatole France

"To close your eyes, will not ease another's pain."

'RESCUE EXPLAINED.........  The neglect changes you.  The abuse hardens you.  The suffering breaks

(Note: several friends said it took several readings to finish the following poem.  Rescuing is hard, but the rewards are worth it.  "Saving one cat will not change the world, but surely for that one cat, the world would change forever." )

The neglect changes you.
The abuse hardens you.
The suffering breaks you.
The ignorance angers you.
The indifference disturbs you.
The injustice destroys you.

On a daily basis…your faith will be tested.
Your heart will be wounded....
Your soul will be altered.

On a weekly basis…you’ll question yourself.
You’ll question your strength.
You’ll question the world.

On a monthly basis…you’ll fall down.
You’ll get up.
You’ll go on…

On a yearly basis…you’ll look back…
You’ll see faces…
You couldn’t save them.
You’ll learn to mourn.
To grieve.
To sob.
You’ll learn to trust a little less.
To do a little more.
To fight a little harder.
You’ll learn to try.
To hope.
To pray.
You’ll learn to fail.
To succeed.
To accept.
You’ll learn when to hold on.
When to give up.
When to let go.
You’ll learn who you are.
What you stand for.
Why that matters.

Then… at times… you’ll forget why you matter.
You’ll question what you’re doing.
You’ll wonder if it’s worth it.

But…here’s the good news… When you forget…
When you question…
When you wonder…
All you have to do…
Is take a look around…
And you’ll see them.

You’ll see their faces.
You’ll see their smiles.
You’ll feel their love.

In their eyes, you’ll see their journeys…
You’ll remember their beginnings…
You’ll know how far they’ve come…
You’ll remember when they didn’t know you…
When they didn’t trust you…
When they’d given up.

You’ll remember how you healed them…
How you loved them…
How they loved you, too.
And as you look back…
You’ll want to move forward…
For them… and because of them.

In your darkest hours, you’ll look around…
To find the differences made…the hope given…and the lives saved…
Because you existed.
In those moments, when you look into their eyes…every doubt will be erased.
Every question will be answered.
Every worry will subside.
Because in that instant…in each of your hearts…
You both share the very same thought: “Every bit of pain was worth it…for this moment here with you.”
And honestly…no matter what else happens…
Those moments hold all the strength you need…
To keep going.

Rescue is pain.
Rescue is joy.
Rescue is worth it…because they are worth it.
And that’s the honest truth.

~ Ashley Owen Hill

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Joined Feb 27, 2011 Activist Aspirations undeclared 
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Groups Cat Lovers, Defenders of the Voiceless, N0 Cruelty to Animals, Petitions & News Place, Slavery Today, The Sound Sanctuary
Birthday Oct 06  
Languages English  
About Me 'When I do good, I feel good; when I do bad, I feel bad. That's my religion.' - Abraham Lincoln
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Pets 3 cats, 3 cats  
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My Philosophy Live and let live - unless you don't agree with that approach, in which case I will be very p*ssed.
What Gives Me Hope Our children.
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Role Models Mahatma Mohandas Gandhi, Jeremy Bentham  
Quotation "The question is not, can they reason? Nor, can they talk? But, can they suffer?"
- Jeremy Bentham, philosopher/animal rights activist; 1748-1832.

"But now," says the Once-ler, "Now that you're here, the word of the Lorax seems perfectly clear. UNLESS someone like you cares a whole awful lot, nothing is going to get better. It's not."
- Dr. Seuss, "The Lorax"
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    HAPPY SPRING !!   

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    You are all of these.
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    el yunque

    He's a "zumbadorcito", his home is El Yunque Rainforest and he needs help!

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    The weather here is great if you're a duck.
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    Hi! I’m a Puerto Rican screech owl or “múcaro”, my home is El Yunque Rainforest.

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    Hello Patrich, have a very happy day.
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    She's the Puerto Rican Calisto, her home is El Yunque Rainforest.

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    Dwarf Forest on top of El Yunque Rainforest.

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