Candlelight Vigil for Animals

Charlie, one of Carol's beloved cats.I lost my dog several years ago, and it was the first time I had to go through such a devastating loss. Since then, in honor of his memory, I’ve fostered kittens and rescued cats from the streets. I’ve volunteered with large shelters and with small rescue groups, and have seen way too many things I wish I hadn’t seen: kittens being abandoned at a dumpster, animals being shoved in a box and left at the parking lot of a shelter, the aftermath of abuse.

But I have also met a lot of wonderful people who will never stop fighting on behalf of these animals, and a lot of these folks will be in front of San Jose City Hall (200 East Santa Clara Street) on Tuesday March 18th for a rally and candlelight vigil. The rally is to honor animal rescuers, animal control officers, shelter staff and volunteers for their dedication and service to animals. It is also to bring attention to low cost spay/neuter programs and to honor animals that have died and will die in shelters because there is not enough space, or homes to place them in. (Please keep in mind this is not a pro-AB1634 mandatory spay/neuter, or pro-TNR rally.)

The rally will begin at 6:30pm and the candlelight vigil will begin at 7:15pm. Folks are asked to bring a candle, a photo of a deceased pet, a poem, a song, or a story they’d like to share.

Please come on out to meet some of these wonderful people and to share your stories and memories of that special animal that changed your life.

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By the way, do any of you recognize the black and white kitty in the photo above? That’s Charlie, one of Carol Chapman’s beloved kitties.

4 Comments so far

  1. Joann Landers (joannlanders) on March 16th, 2008 @ 9:45 am

    Have you read the book "Rescuing Sprite – A Dog Lover’s Story of Joy and Anguish" it tells of a dog adopted from a shelter? If not, you may enjoy it – with a box of tissue.


  2. SOOZ (sooz) on March 16th, 2008 @ 10:29 am

    I have a love/hate relationship with animal books ever since I picked up "Where the Red Fern Grows" in Grade 5. I noticed the majority of these books end in tears which I absolutely dread because you know what’s coming.

    The last one I picked up was "Marley & Me" and the one before that was "From Baghdad, with Love: A Marine, the War, and a Dog Named Lava". I’ll add "Rescuing Sprite" to my Must Read List. Thanks for the recommendation.


  3. Joann Landers (joannlanders) on March 16th, 2008 @ 10:34 am

    I forgot to add that It is a true story.


  4. SOOZ (sooz) on March 16th, 2008 @ 10:35 am

    That’s even worse. =P



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