ANDERSON, Ind. —
This is a column of gratitude for this community and the wonderful people in it who support the Animal Protection League and other nonprofit organizations in our area.
We all hear so often that this community is dying and that all the “good” people are leaving. They are not. There are wonderful acts of kindness in our community happening every day; we just don’t hear about all of it.
It is so easy to get bogged down in the sadness of life and to forget to look up to see the light at the end of the tunnel. Rescue work of any kind, whether it is animal or human — work that shows the worst side of human nature — is often overwhelming to those who do it. It becomes easier to focus on the bad because it is often horrific and seems to be always there. But, that would be a mistake because we only have to pay attention to see the good. It is always there.
Here are some examples: We have been trying to find a home for Thor, the sweet hybrid dog who has been heartworm-positive (the treatment is very expensive) for almost a month. He is getting more depressed by the day. We made yet another plea for him in this column and on the Animal Protection League Facebook page. In one day we found a great foster home and possibly a permanent home, and we received payment for his heartworm treatment.
The treatment was paid for by a father whose daughter has volunteered for us and is now going to Purdue University to become a veterinarian. He asked her what she wanted for Christmas. To save Thor and pay for his heartworm treatment, she said. Because of Ally and her giving spirit, Thor gets to live. Ally is a gift to all of us; not just Thor. By her example she reminds us what Christmas is about: giving to others.
In that same day two other people offered to pay for Thor’s treatment as well as the heartworm treatment for another little dog, Waldo. Waldo is being adopted by a kind soul from Ohio.
Ms. Kelly Hodson’s sixth-grade class at Highland Middle School did a community service project. Around 200 students either sold items through a fundraising catalog or donated their cafeteria snack money to the cause. They chose two organizations to receive the donations; the Animal Protection League and the Chesterfield food pantry. These children raised over $3,000, which they split between the two organizations. They children are learning the gift of giving to those in need — homeless animals and people who need help.
Thank you to this community and everyone who supports the Animal Protection League and other nonprofits. It is because of your support, kindness and giving spirits that so many good things can be done. It is because of you that we are making a difference. We are thankful for you.
Maleah Stringer is executive director of the Animal Protection League, 613 Dewey St., Anderson. She can be reached at 356-0900 or at email@example.com.