Everywhere I look on Twitter and Facebook and all the other social media sites that keep popping up I am shocked and dismayed at the stories of abuse and neglect taking place all over the world involving animals, some burned alive, skinned, raped, thrown down man holes and starved for months while being taped, tied to railroad tracks, mamed, paws cut off, drowned, thrown out of moving cars, you name it all over the world it is being done by someone. It seems the cruel are now trying to out do one another all at the expense of some poor animal. I wonder to myself, where and how does this go on without anyone around to stop it from taking place at all? After all we all seem to have cell phones and record everything but the actual event of cruelty itself. I know from my own attempts at rescue that the answer is simply, most people just don’t want to get involved or even care. How many times I myself have reached out to others when trying to save a dogs life have I been told no help available, to many times to count. I am coming to the sad realization that we, the real and true animal lovers and fighters, the voices for those who speak a different language, are getting fewer and fewer. There are so many ways to help if you choose to, it might not be to volunteer at a shelter as for me that would be heartbreaking and I praise those that do it, I myself find other ways to help, like having six strays that I rescued from the streets, taking in other dogs left out in the area I live and trying to find them homes and always being on the look out for any signs from any animal that they might need help from ignorant owners not taking care of them properly, networking and always speaking up about any injustice I see taking place and letting those who are cruel know they are not totally winning in trying to do away with those of us who fight animal cruelty and that those who think it is ever okay to put their hands violently on another living creature will some how be held accountable for doing so. We will fight tooth and nail and we will make our voices heard so that those who have died at the hands of cruelty will be heard through us. At times I feel alone in this fight and wonder why it was put into my heart to begin with? I look at the faces of my six dogs and wonder what their lives were like before I saved them? I answer my own question as to why I fight for them, their love is so pure and innocent and the way love should be, I am their voice and will voice to others how I feel about protecting them and others like them so that maybe some of who were ignorant will become better pet owners. As I am sure that is the dream and hope most of us who truly love animals have. I have no right to abuse another living creature just because I might find sick pleasure from doing so. I guess that is what I cannot understand when thinking about what takes place in this world, how anyone of us could ever think it is okay to go to that dark place and be so cruel to something so loving and kind as animals are. To deprive another life of just that their life is abuse of the power and knowledge we have been given. To use our hands to cause injury to another living creature instead of lending a hand extended with the purpose of helping is something we choose to do or choose not to do. We are not born cruel we are taught cruelty and then choose to either continue that cycle or not. I have chosen not to and could have easily chosen to continue a very violent cycle of abuse. I have chosen to stand for something I believe in with every bone in my body and every breath I take, I will not now or ever give in to what is easy or popular. I will stand alone if I have to, knowing as long as I am here, loving animals and fighting to keep them safe and protected, that cruelty has not and will not win. I know with one voice reaching out to others there is always the chance that other voices will be added and together we will fight harder and stronger for those others want to needlessly abuse and silence. I will not be silenced and nor will my fellow animal warriors, we may be small compared to the army of cruelty but we are mighty and we will continue to roar loud and clear so that those you wish to hurt know we are coming, maybe we don’t save them all now but we will never give up that one day we will do just that.