Did your pet come from an animal shelter?
If so, the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA) wants you to tell them about your pet and include a photo when you log on to aspca.org. Talk about how your pet has enriched your life and how rescuing a pet from a shelter made you feel.
“Every day thousands of loving and adoptable cats and dogs are euthanized in animal shelters because there are simply not enough homes for them all,” said Agata Gussman of Care 2.com, a non-profit humane organization. “The ASPCA is launching a focused effort to create a country of humane communities, one community at a time.”
Gussman said including others’ stories is a fun way to spread the word about the importance of adopting pets from shelters rather than pets stores and encouraging others to do the same.
In other animal news, writer Daniel Gabriel recently got an up close and personal look at wild animals at the Belize Zoo.
“The jungle around us had shrunk to the narrow cone of light waving on the end of the park ranger’s hand,” said Gabriel. “Then the flashlight stopped. Into the tiny spot lit by the guide’s flashlight muscled the heavy rolling shoulders of the largest cat in the New World.”
Gabriel said that The Belize Zoo has developed an international reputation for its conservation programs.
“The property was developed in 1983 by an American who came to Belize to help make a documentary,” he wrote. “Now you can spend the night.”
Gabriel reported that the zoo’s Tropical Education Center offers the chance to experience the local wildlife in unusual ways.
It’s rare to spot a toucan in the wild but at the Belize Zoo visitors sometimes can get a better look.
“We stayed in a lovely jungle lodge with a screened veranda set on a wooden walkway built over an inland lagoon,” said Gabriel. “The center also features bird-watching platforms, raised wooden walkways through the surrounding pine savannah, and an iguana breeding project. But perhaps its most delightful feature is the opportunity to take a guided nocturnal zoo tour.”
Gabriel said when he and his family visited during the day there were other excitements.
To book lodging, contact the Tropical Education Center at 011-501-220-8004. Visitors with their own car will have no problems.
In bird news, some birdhouses signal an eco-friendly community in East Dallas.
“More than modern masterpieces for fashionably feathered flocks, designer wildlife shelters serve as petite clues to the transformation taking place just north of Royal Lake on the east bank of Upper White Rock Creek,” said writer Carla Jordan. “Many eco-friendly building materials are foreign to most consumers.”