Run to the Rescue With Love…
When Joaquin Phoenix uttered the words of his late brother, River, at the Oscars, “Run to the rescue with love,” it set hearts ablaze across the globe.
For nothing puts a fire in one’s belly like that which comes from helping others. Regardless of the species of the other. Coming to the rescue of four abandoned and forgotten sheep recently was a kind heart who took them in and rendered immediate care. Treating their fly strike and making a valiant attempt to rid them of their overgrown fleece.
Quickly realising that the care this brave quartet needed was beyond what they could deliver, the sheep were rushed to sanctuary. With our gravest of concerns landing on dear old Grandpa – an aged lad of few teeth and even less muscle mass. It came as no surprise to learn that, when found, he could not stand and had sustained a nasty injury to his right eye as a result of it rubbing against the soil in his desperate attempts to rise.
Our kind heart was not even sure he would make the distance.
However, today all that has changed, as our spritely new friends, and that includes dear Grandpa, run towards us like we are their long-lost buddies. All four relieved of the burden of their lice-riddled fleece and internal parasites, and with their hooves appropriately trimmed and good nutrition.
Rounding out Grandpa’s little posse is the dashing young Mr Friendly. If you have the good fortune to meet him, you will quickly realise we have been spot-on with his name. Then there is the diminutive Little Miss Sparkle, who, as her teeth do tell, is shortly to reach her first birthday. And last but not least is a brave young miss, who could well be Little Miss Sparkle’s mumma, and too has a name that equals her personality, Little Miss Brave.
Witnessing the incredible transformation of these sheep, and in such a rapid turnaround, is indeed inspiration enough to cause one and all to want to run to the rescue with love. To save their kind from their human-imposed doom.
And whilst not all of us can do just that, there are so many other ways we can save the lives of animals. To speak up when you see cruelty or neglect is a great one. Or to pen a polite, yet kindly and firm letter, email or text to a decision-maker. Or to offer sanctuary to rescued animals, if you can. However, the most ready-at-hand and easiest way to spare animals suffering, neglect and death, is to choose kindness every time you sit down to eat.
It really is that simple.
Run to the rescue with love.
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