With all the turmoil, catastrophe, corruption and human suffering in our world, the question is often asked, "Why do you care about animals?"
George Angell (founder of the Massachusetts SPCA in 1868) provides the answer:
"I am working at the roots. When human beings finally learn to honor the spirit of all beings most of the world's problems will be solved."
This touches at the spirit of all the world religions.
During the past several months, Move to ACT (mtA) has refined its focus to meet the challenge of addressing the perpetual promotion of both intentional and unintentional misinformation. The concern of misinformation applies to each of our campaigns. Misinformation misdirects public perception, valuable resources and embarrasses the gift of stewardship opportunity.
- Address the negative perception and horrific treatment of Pit Bulls and Pit Bull Mixes.
- Provide Dog Behavior and Animal Welfare Education
- "Rebuild Trust" in the Humane Society of Indianapolis
Over the last several months, mtA has met (and continues to meet) with organizations such as the Rotary Club, Kiwanis, community leaders, city officials, as well as individual citizens throughout central Indiana to increase awareness of the presence of dog fighting in our communities. We discover that not only are most citizens outside the animal welfare circle unaware of this horrific activity, many prefer to not want to know about it.
Ignoring the cancer of dog fighting (or any animal abuse or malicious behavior) does not make it go away. In fact, ignoring or pretending it doesn't exist only helps it to flourish and perpetuate.
Dog fighting affects everyone and this is a message we share. Besides it being the ultimate betrayal of "man's best friend," it is one of the fastest growing crimes in the country. It knows no socioeconomic, racial or ethnic boundaries. There is a myriad of hostile behaviors that surround this ugly form of animal abuse: Illegal drugs, weapons, gambling, arson, domestic abuse, rape, extortion and murder. Fighting dogs occupy anywhere from 30-50+% of the kennel space in animal control facilities. These numbers result from prolific and reckless breeding and one consequence is tax subsidized animals occupying valuable kennel space while awaiting court disposition. Future generations of dog fighters are constantly being replenished with the exposure of young children to this activity. Interrupting the perpetuation of this behavior is our challenge.
If you would like a speaker for your organization to learn more and how you can help, please contact mtA.
For more information, visit: http://www.movetoact.org/pitbulls.htm
Dog Behavior Training and problem counseling continues to be offered at no cost to volunteers of rescue organizations who are fostering dogs with problematic behavior. This service is provided on behalf of mtA by the trainers of Doggone Connection www.doggoneconnection.com. This opportunity is provided on the north side of Indianapolis at: For the Dogs! www.daycareforthedogs.com 10617 Zionsville Rd, Zionsville, IN., 46077 and on the south side of Indianapolis.at Indianapolis Animal Care and Control, www.indygov.org/accd 2600 S. Harding St., Indianapolis, IN.
Learn more at: http://www.movetoact.org/behaviorEduc.htm
It can be a challenge to bring a new dog into your life. Behavior problems, often caused by anxiety and fear, are a significant reason for the relinquishment of animals to shelters. However, Indianapolis Animal Care & Control (IACC) and Move to ACT (mtA) are working to give new adopters the tools they need to get off on the right paw.
Learn more at: http://www.movetoact.org/pawsitive_reinforcement.htm
ASTRO Pit Bull Rescue, Indianapolis Animal Care & Control (IACC), Spay-Neuter Services of Indiana (SNSI), Move to Act, and Keystone Pet Hospital today offer the "Pit Bull Spay/Neuter Incentive Program," a collaborative effort to encourage the spay/neuter of stray pit bulls reclaimed by their owners at the city's animal shelter. This program is also extended to the mother and/or father of litters of pit bull puppies surrendered at IACC.
Learn more at: http://www.movetoact.org/outreach.htm
Recently more than 100 cats were "depopulated" at a local shelter.
Learn more at: http://www.movetoact.org/panleukopenia.html
MtA continues to receive inquires from across the country on the progress
of this campaign. Sadly this campaign continues to be an exercise in
addressing the manipulation and delivery of information to public.
The Animal Service Providers (ASP) recently lost their case in the Indiana Court of Appeals in an effort to protect the public charitable trust of Mary Powell Crume from being used as collateral for a line of credit by the Humane Society of Indianapolis, the trustee.
The ASP's are petitioning the Indiana Supreme Court to accept this case that will affect both the Indiana trust code as well as the animals of Indiana.
Learn more at: http://www.movetoact.org/dec62005.html
Since our last newsletter, mtA distributed to local rescue groups (including Noah's Wish for the hurricane animals) the following:
1,910 lbs. of dog food
618 lbs of cat food
7,327 lbs of litter
400 lbs of charcoal
350 lbs wild bird seed
41 lbs exotic animal food
300 lbs misc items
Move to ACT appreciates your support and all that each of you do for the animals of our community. We wish goodness for each of you.
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Donations are welcome and can be mailed to:
Move to ACT, Inc.
P.O Box 68658
Indianapolis, IN 46268-0658
Hear our prayer Great Spirit for animals that are overworked, underfed and
cruelly treated; for all wistful creatures in captivity that beat their
wings against bars; for any that are hunted or lost or deserted or
frightened or hungry; for all that must be put to death. and for those
who deal with them we ask a heart of compassion and gentle hands and