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I Don’t Know Why I Care So Much About Animals — 22 Comments

  1. They sure do,like it is okay to love humans and dogs but when it comes to cats it is a different story.They are the ones missing out though because the love a cat gives is the best.The cat you lost in 1994 obviously showed you the sort of love I am talking about…Getting to my cat Hendrix and his bad behaviour towards his mum he has treated another female cat we had the same way and we had to give her back to her previous owner.The vet said that the stress his mum is showing he picks up on it then chases and bullies her whenever he can.Without him around his mum is a very nice laid back loving cat but when they are together she is a nervous wreck which is not fair to her at all.Rehoming mum was my only option as the vet said Hendrix wouldn’t cope being rehomed and it could make Hendrix’s condition worse.

  2. What a lovely article,i know you wrote it a couple of months ago but I have just come across it while looking through my emails.You Jennifer are a wonderful person and I wish more people were like you and understanding like you.I am an animal lover too but my favourites are cats.I have recently had to rehome one of my babies as she was being terrorized daily by her son.He has behavioural problems and has to be on Prozac so the animal behaviourist recommended I rehome her.For her to have a better life I rehomed her and her new mum is a lovely lady who I will be forever grateful too.I have cried since she went though I know my baby is better off,it’s nearly killed me.i couldn’t eat,go out or barely function and no one could really understand,you will be right or just get over it they said.As I don’t have human children my cats are extra special to me but people do not understand and they think I am crazy but I don’t care what they think.It was so nice to read about you and how much you love animals and how much they love you.I do think to love and care for animals you can’t be a selfish person and you must always put the animal first.Maybe that’s why so many people are heartless when it comes to animals because they are to wrapped up in themselves and too selfish:-(

    • Well said Ali. We understand completely. I lost a cat in 1994 who was a daughter to me. I can still cry over her loss 20 years later. Did you find out why he was terrorising his mother? Is there an explanation? People tend to be ego-centric and arrogant when it comes to their relationship with the domestic cat.

  3. Oh Jennifer.
    Much of what you wrote sounds so much like me that it’s spooky.
    I can, especially, relate to chasing down those lizards in order to save them, not to mention the countless spiders and grasshoppers.
    I’ve always had that animal passion too.
    I wonder a lot of times who I would be if I didn’t have, or never had, that love.
    So much of my identity is defined by that.
    I guess I would just be an empty shell.

    • Spiders are where I draw the line. LOL Not a huge fan of them at all. 🙂 Thank you Dee, I am so happy to hear of your love and dedication to animals and the like….it makes me smile.

      • I am not bad with spiders really (he says confidently!) 😉 I capture them with a glass and then slide a bit of cardboard underneath the glass to trap them in the glass and then walk them out of the home and release them. I never kill them.

        • I pretty much to the same thing but not with cardboard and a glass, thats too close for comfort for me. I use a bucket and a broom. LOL I don’t like to kill them but I have been known to kill black widows or to have them killed. Only because of safety for everyone though.

          • I use a bucket and a broom.

            That sounds very safe 😉 In the UK we have almost no poisonous spiders. We don’t think of spiders as possibly being poisonous. It does not enter our minds really. I guess that helps.

  4. I can so totally empathise with you Jennifer, I love animals so much that it hurts!
    I just had to work with animals, I had no choice, sometimes it was unbearably sad but I couldn’t walk away. My life would have been so much easier in any other career but I felt compelled to try to do some good as a vet nurse. I have many dreadful images etched into my brain from that career as I’m sure you do too.
    All my childhood I cared about animals but didn’t realise the extent of their abuse until I grew up and became involved in the RSPCA, the BUAV, Cats Protection and various other organisations.
    Now I’m well into my sixties and can’t do as much physically, I’m driven to doing more and more for animal welfare on line, educating especially about the cruelty of declawing cats.
    Like you I know no other life and we wouldn’t be us if we hadn’t dedicated our lives to animals would we!
    This Thursday we have a huge event at my sister’s workplace for our 4 local Animal Rescue Shelters, we are frantically busy preparing and emotionally and physically drained, but we both feel we need to do this, the Shelters are all overflowing, they need our help and we intend to make this go as well as we possibly can.
    My treat to myself is writing for PoC and reading lovely articles like yours. I’m too busy to indulge myself this week though with designing posters and I miss that!
    PoC is my second home now 🙂

    • Ruth, I am happy to know that there are others out there that care so much. Sometimes it’s discouraging, as Michael said, there is so much lack of concern. But in the end, no matter what other people do, as long as I keep fighting for them, I know I have done my part. I will never be a part of the problem only part of the solution.
      It does get overwhelming, I have been working in rescue for so long now and sometimes it gets to me but the only other option I have is to look away and that is not an option that I can live with, I’m glad it’s not an option for you either.
      As for this website, I love it here, It’s wonderful, I have been reading everything for days now. 🙂
      Thanks so much for reading the article.

    • I know exactly how you feel as well, Ruth, about animals because I feel exactly the same way. Both of us are like Jennifer and the other regulars.

      You know that I am a great admirer of you in the work that you do to help animals and your clarity of vision and thought about what is right and wrong in respect of how we interact with animals.

  5. love this article and yes i cant save them all too as i know im at my Quota. I feel for animals esp hurt even when my cats bring a bird half alive in i try my hardest to save that bird to let it fly away. I guess im sensitiveness and too caring. Its all worth it though as animals give so much back in return and they dont ask for much.

  6. Beautiful article and thank you very much for letting me publish it here. Your article poses many questions for me. Clearly, on the planet today, not enough people are concerned enough about all animals and nature because the signs of a lack of concern are there for all to see.

    I will make a big guess and say no more than about 1% of the entire human population of the planet are as concerned as you are about nature and animals.

    Many people are concerned about animals but it is a question of degree. When a person is as concerned as you are, I believe, that it makes life quite a bit more difficult. This is because there are a lot of animals in need of help and animals are vulnerable and therefore your degree of concern can be quite painful, emotionally.

    In addition, as there is a general lack of concern at the highest levels and far too much animal abuse and neglect, there is a general downward trend in respect of wild cat species populations in the wild and the same applies to all wild animals living in the wild. They are being pushed off the planet by the disease that is called the human race.

    I understand your article because I feel the same way but perhaps not quite to the same degree as you. For me it results in anger; anger at people such as sport hunters who I consider complete idiots. Anger at the massive exploitation of wildlife. International trade in wild animal species amounts to billions of pounds every year. Tiger parts are worth tens of thousands of pounds or dollars in terms of individual parts of the tiger such as his penis! It is all quite insane.

    I detest the people who trade in tiger parts because it leads to the extermination of the tiger on the planet, in the wild. Of course, I could go on and on and on about animal exploitation and abuse but it will only make me more angry so I tend to put it out of my mind.

    • Thanks Michael. You are right, it has made my life more difficult at times but mostly not because as I said I am only one girl. I do not have the power to change it all but I will stay true to my heart even if that means I only help one. We live in a painful world where animals do not carry the same rights and it hurts me. But I can’t change that, I just try to put it to good use.
      Oh and I cannot resist sharing a very special Tiger with you….His name is Odin, I am friends with his Trainer Lee Munro, a man who has done his best to take good care of a Tiger who was born in Captivity
      This is Odin….he lives at Six Flags Discovery Kingdom. Odin is a 13 year old White Bengal Tiger who was hand raised, his trainer is Lee Munro. Odin is 10 feet long from nose to tail and he loves to swim; he is the star of the exhibit “Odin’s Temple of the Tiger”. Odin’s mother was the first White Tiger born at the park. I took this photograph myself in 2009 ( he was 8 years old when it was taken)
      I was so taken by this guy, he is so handsome and has such a personality. The face he is making here is actually keeping the water from going up his nose.

      • I completely understand where you are coming from. I understand your feelings about animals and I fully agree that if we help one we help them all. At the end of the day, we can only do what we can personally do and every little bit helps.

        Tigers are wonderful swimmers and they like water. Many of them stay in water for long periods in the daytime, in hot climates. I have a page on the ubiquitous Lion versus Tiger fight which people like to discuss, and in it I compare the athletic abilities of the Lion and the Tiger. As for swimming, Tigers certainly wins the battle. I read that a tiger swam in the open sea for 2 miles off the coast of Sumatra – I think it was Sumatra – to an island. Pretty impressive stuff.

        The tiger is an enormously impressive animal in respect of athletic ability. That is why people like to kill it and eat it because they think it makes them more athletic and better in bed! That’s people for you.

      • I am friends with his Trainer Lee Munro, a man who has done his best to take good care of a Tiger who was born in Captivity

        If you have time and the inclination you can write an article about that. There is nothing on this website about caring for a captive tiger. You will get paid for that 😉

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