Rescue, speciesism, and veterinary capacity building

One and a quarter billion every year.

40 every second.

That’s how many pigs are killed worldwide every year, every second of every day. Animals we do not need for survival are being bred to be killed at a fraction of their natural lifespan and forced to live in horrible conditions until they day they are brutally killed.

Master Julian was meant to be one of those. Our baby Ju Bear was bred to live just six months, living that whole time in a small concrete box in his own waste up until the day he was tied and thrown into a truck to be sent to a local slaughterhouse. There they would have beaten him off the truck onto the concrete floor here they would slit his throat and hang him by his feet to be cut into little pieces. His corpse would have ended up in a market, then a restaurant, then in the mouth of someone who could have had any other damn thing in the world to chew on for 10 seconds before swallowing his dead body with not a second thought about who he was, what he felt, and why he did not want to die for something so petty and useless as the meal for someone who could have eaten a plant instead.

There is not a day goes by that I don’t think about what could have happened to him 5 years ago had I not taken him in that day from the seller on the road. I see the bodies of his kind all over the world, being chewed on by people who will not ever consider him as an individual, only as a potential meal, mostly the same people who will turn to their dog and talk baby talk. Julian is such a kind, generous boy, spoiled to death because he is our little man who deserves whatever he wants because of the one billion who will never have what he has. They won’t know the love and kisses, the baby talk and butt scratches. They won’t know what it is like to sleep in a bed with their “mom” and a bunch of cats and dogs. They will know only a concrete hell and being treated like nothing more than an object worth only the money they will sell them for.

So what can YOU do to end animal suffering?

For starters go vegan and insist on your local rescues and animal advocacy organizations to start working for the animals rather than the animal agriculture industry. If your favorite animal charity thinks eating, beating, or killing dogs and cats is wrong but has no issue with you eating a cheeseburger, chances are they are not working for the animals but deepening the divide of speciesism that is responsible for keeping animals on our plates while promoting kindness to other species on our sofas. As long as we have pigs on our plates in the US, there will be dogs on plates in China. Let’s be morally consistent to start with and change will follow for all species.

Next, donate to organizations committed to solutions, not just BandAids.  Rescue on its own is not a solution.  Sterilization and vaccination are solutions if ending animal suffering is, in fact, the point of advocating for animals. If there are no trained vets capable of the

INVEST, don’t donate.  As someone who runs a nonprofit whose salary comes from donations, I still have a hard time pushing people to donate as I find it to be a non-solution to a permanent crisis. The difference between donating and investing in an organization is the same as the difference between renting and owning a house.  After watching money slip through our fingers and not being given a moment’s rest in 6 years to simply invest in a method of achieving sustainable income, I can tell you that I would kill to start over from scratch as a social enterprise running solely on self-generated income.  Rescue organizations need consistent income to be able to maintain programs, recruit and keep vital staff, and to just know from day-to-day that they are not going to lose everything.  The stress that comes with financial crises is incredibly disruptive.  If you have anything to give, help small rescues invest in projects that sell goods or services that will provide enough income to cover basic overhead at least. Not everyone has $1000 or more to invest in such a project, but donate your time to help if that isn’t possible.  If you are interested in really helping animals, you’ll find a way to invest rather than donate to professionally managed, solution-focused rescues with long term impact in their sights.

For us in Vietnam, we need a clinic that will be able to provide the health care we need for our rescues at our shelter and farm sanctuary and to be able to address the long-term needs of central Vietnam’s animals of all species. I’m not going to go over the piss-poor vet care available to us once again, but revisit this page if you need a reminder.  Running this new clinic as a nonprofit would be the same nightmare that we closed 2 years ago, and we’d prefer not to ever return to that nonstop crisis.  Running an international mixed practice clinic will provide us with income from private clients to care for the animals we have already rescued and allow us to once again have mass sterilization projects for cats and dogs all over central Vietnam, including Trap Neuter Release (TNR).  We need massive investment and so far, none of the routes I have gone down to find that have paid off.  Other animal organizations have their own problems and missions, most of which are totally contrary to helping ALL species unfortunately though.  Without being specifically for cute little doggies, it’s been quite hard to get anyone to respond. So far I’ve not had a single positive response from the large organizations you might think would jump at the chance to help.  Not even veterinary organizations will take this project under their wings. I feel like private investment is the only way forward.

Any help we can get to open a new clinic which will create real change in central Vietnam would be appreciated as the leads have dried up on investors at this point.  Come hell or high water, I am getting these animals international vets capable of all services available to cats and dogs in Southeast Asia plus care for farmed and wild animals (no breeding services for farmers or companion animals though).  If you have contacts to help us, we would really appreciate the assistance.

As we currently do not yet have any other forms of income besides donations, we do need your help from donations to keep our shelter running until we have that set up.  Please donate to the link at the top of the page so that we can keep going. This is hard work to maintain and it will never come cheap, but we are doing our best to start a sustainable funding model that will allow us to continue.