photos by gerry ellis from the david sheldrick wildlife trust, a nursery and orphanage for elephants in kenya’s tsavo east national park. here, fifty five keepers are charged with being around the clock parents to an elephant. the elephants, however, are the ones who chose their caretakers; it is the keepers who must ingratiate themselves to the elephants and earn their trust.
when elephants first arrive at the orphanage they are often traumatized from having witnessed the slaughter of their mothers and family by poachers. grieving can last several months, and they often lose the will to live. but as dame daphne sheldrick, founder of the orphanage, explains, a caretaker is charged with “persuading an elephant to live when it wants to die.”
approximately 35,000 elephants are killed by humans every year. with an estimated 350,000 elephants left in the whole continent of africa, they will be gone in the wild within ten years.
cbc’s the nature of things did a program on the elephants and their caretakers. you can foster an elephant with the david sheldrick wildlife trust online here. for more on the emotional lives of elephants, as well as the david sheldrick wildlife trust and other human efforts to save them, check out these posts
PLEASE PASS THIS ON!
I want to make sure every one knows about this and what it can do to your pets
this is what has happened to my sisters cat after she wore a hartz flea and tick collar and now has a burn like wound on her neck. please pass this on and do not buy hartz’s products! they use poison in their products pets have died because of this!!
Yes this is my cat she is doing fine at the moment but I’m so sorry for the people who’s pets are not so lucky
oh my god
PLEASE REBLOG THIS PEOPLE
Hartz is the worse EVER! my aunt used it and it ended up killing two of her cats. only one survived but she had the worse skin condition. NEVER USE HARTZ
BETTER REBLOG THISS!!!
Guys this is an actual issue. We had Hartz collars for my dog and he kept having seizures. one seizure he had on the stairs and fell backwards down the stairs, and he also stop breathing from these seizures. When I found out about Hartz causing this I took it off my dog and he hasn’t had a seizure since. And he used to have one at least every few months. DON’T USE HARTZ.
This was meant to be a quick warm up, but it turned into a comic that I’ve wanted to draw for a while. This is something that is extremely important to me, and I appreciate it if you read it.
A while ago, I heard a story that broke my heart. A family went a cat shelter to adopt. The daughter fell in love with a 3-legged cat. The father straight up said “absolutely not”. Because he was missing a leg. That cat was that close to having a family that loved him, but the missing leg held him back. Why?!
Many people have the initial instinct of “nope” when they see an imperfect animal. I get it, but less-adoptable does NOT mean less loveable. 9 out of 10 people will choose a kitten over an adult cat. And those 10% that would get an adult cat often overlook “different” animals.
All I want people to do is be open to the idea of having a “different” pet in their lives. Choose the pet that you fall in love with, but at least give all of them a fair shot at winning your heart.
Don’t dismiss them, they deserve a loving home just as much as any other cat. They still purr, they still love a warm lap, they still play, they still love you. Trust me, next time you are in the market for a new kitty, just go over to that one cat that’s missing an eye and see what he’s all about!
Ilustrations by the incredible Carol Rossetti check her out and follow her here! http://carolrossettidesign.tumblr.com/
Some questions you might have:
How much will they be?
Right now, I’m working out the most cost effective way to produce these so I don’t have an answer yet. I am aiming for $15-$20.
Where will the money go?
We are hoping that at least half of your purchase will go towards donations to various cat shelters. We also have to pay for the material, sewing machines, stuffing, website, etc. But our goal is to give as much to kitties as we can.
We would like to donate to many shelters and organizations. There are wonderful people who pull cats out from shelters literally hours before they are put down. Individuals can pledge money to any shelter that pulls a death row cat.
To see this in action: https://www.facebook.com/PetsOnDeathRow CAUTION: THIS PAGE IS EXTREMELY UPSETTING, CLICK AT YOUR OWN RISK. Newborn kittens are put to sleep as well. We would like to pledge money to save these cats lives.
There are also many shelters that are very open to accommodating less-adoptable cats, such as ones that create separate rooms for ones that are infected with FIV. There are also shelters that take care of special/different cats instead of putting them down. We would like to help these shelters financially and encourage other shelters to do the same.
What is a less-adoptable cat?
Take a look at this comic
Less-adoptable mean less likely to be adopted. Physical defect, neurological disorder, elderly, chronic illness, special diet, shy, mean, or black (yes even black cats) are not likely to be chosen to go home with a family.
Will you add more cat designs?
What happens after Kickstarter?
Our first goal is to create awareness for this project! Kickstarter and social media will hopefully get some people hyped! Our eventual goal is to have an online store with new designs added frequently. We will also add other items as well!
When will I know more about this?
Follow us here on Tumblr, as well as these other places:
Can I help?
Right now it would be awesome if you helped spread the word! We would like to take guest artists to design new kitties, but not at this time!
HEY GUYS! Remember that super-sweet comic about adopting older cats that was everywhere a little while ago? My friend made that, and now she’s running this super cool project. You’ll be able to buy cute plushies and help cats in need! What more could you want?
This is absolutely the best. Hoping I will be able to purchase one <3
"Ratvocates" part 2!! For part 1, see here
Rats are intelligent, affectionate, clean animals. They have a bad rap because of the actions and reputations of their wild cousins but they make amazing pets that love to play, learn tricks, and cooperate for photoshoots :) Domestic rats are used extensively in scientific testing that saves and improves millions of human and animal lives. Their wild African cousins are used to sniff out landmines to make our world a safer place. Rats follow us wherever we go and the similarities between our species and theirs are striking. Before you judge a rat for it’s name, get to know one and I guarantee your opinion of them will improve!
CHINAS LIVE AQUATIC SOUVENIRS
These living fish and turtle charms are being sold in many places throughout China and must be stopped. They are cruel and the animals only live for a few days in these bags, even though tourists are told they live for one month.
THIS is a petition to stop this. Please sign and share!
Outrageous - Petco Throws LIVE Baby Iguana in Dumspter!!
(Contains strong language)
Cats who can’t figure out walls [x]
PLEASE TAKE YOUR CAT TO THE VET IF YOU SEE THEM DOING THIS BEHAVIOR OVER TIME.
It’s called “head pressing” and it occurs in dogs and cats.
Head pressing is characterized by the compulsive act of pressing the head against a wall or other object for no apparent reason. This generally indicates damage to the nervous system, which may result from a number of varying causes, including prosencephalon disease (in which the forebrain and thalamusparts of the brain are damaged), or toxic poisoning.
http://www.vet.cornell.edu/FHC/health_resources/toxoplasmosis.cfm (head pressing is listed as a symptom)
http://sevneurology.com/patients/clip-multilobular-osteochondroma (About a dog’s brain tumor but head pressing is listed as a symptom)
Good job pet store. That is what’s up.
I worked in a pet store for 5 years, and every Easter our rabbit sales went up exponentially. I can tell you from experience that almost half of the rabbits we sold were brought back in as early as two weeks after they were adopted. Some people let them loose, and some people send them to a shelter. People need to understand this very statement, and truly think about it. A rabbit is a big commitment, and should not be a fad or seen as a compulsory pet.
I cannot like this anymore than once, but I sure as hell hope people will spread this message, because it’s important as hell. I used to hand out care sheet BOOKLETS to everyone looking to adopt, and it prevented many of them from adopting in the end.
This goes for any animal, holy hell big underscores and exclamation marks. Huge props to this pet store for trying to put their pets before sales instead of shelling them out like candy.
The project started by chance back in 2008. I was visiting the local zoo, which I hadn’t been to in ages, and started taking pictures of the captive animals, just like everyone else was doing. My attention kept being drawn to their eyes, which, to me, seemed very sad, and I ended focusing my camera on them. I was intrigued by whether my impressions would be apparent to other people in the images. I wondered if that popular old saying, referring to humans, that goes the eyes are the windows to the soul could hold true for animals as well.Oscar Ciutat